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HTC One Headed to AT&T, Sprint on April 19

After a brief delay, the HTC One will finally be available through AT&T and Sprint on April 19, the carriers announced today.


AT&T will offer a 32 gigabyte version for $200 with a two-year contract, and an exclusive 64GB model for $300. Preorders start on April 4 at 11 am PT. Meanwhile, Sprint will begin taking preorders for the 32GB HTC One on April 5. Pricing is also set at $200.

HTC’s flagship phone will make the rounds to all four major U.S. service providers. T-Mobile said at its media event last week that the HTC One will be available with its new Simple Choice plans for $100 down and 24 monthly payments of $20. The handset is expected this spring, but a specific date has not been announced.

As we reported earlier, Verizon’s version is expected to come a month or two after the other carriers.

Announced back in February, the HTC One features a 4.7-inch HD touchscreen, a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, and integrated Beats Audio technology. The smartphone also has what HTC is calling an “Ultrapixel” camera, which promises better low-light performance and has a built-in video editor, among other things.

Early impressions from tech reviewers have been largely positive, with many pointing out that the aluminum-backed design of the HTC One makes it feel better than the plastic body of the Samsung Galaxy S4.

The flagship Android smartphone is an important one for HTC, which has struggled to keep up with its competitors over the past year. But the company isn’t going down without a fight.

The HTC One will beat the Samsung Galaxy S4 to market (available for preorder on April 16 from AT&T), and costs $50 less.

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