We talked at length recently during a DL Show about how we were starting to wonder if HTC would try to release the “All New HTC One” to the public, the same day that they unveiled it. That day, as you know, is going to be March 25 (next Tuesday). According to Carphone Warehouse, a UK electronics retailer, they are indeed going to make the phone available for purchase at six of their London stores just minutes after HTC unveils it to the press.
Carphone Warehouse didn’t mention specs or anything else in the release, this note was simply created to say that the phone will be available on “announcement day.” Customers can pre-register their interest in the device today.
At this time, we have no word from U.S. retailers, but with press events being held in both London and NYC, there is always a chance that we’ll see something similar happen in NYC or online or in select markets.
So much for HTC missing out an opportunity to launch the new One before Samsung released their Galaxy S5. It looks like they’ll clear Sammy by a couple of weeks.
All New HTC One Available From Carphone Warehouse From 25th March Announcement Day
March 18th, 2014
London, 18.03.14: In a retail first move, Carphone Warehouse has revealed that the new HTC One (M8) handset will be available from selected stores from around 4pm on Tuesday 25th March – just minutes after it is officially announced.
The new HTC flagship device will be officially unveiled by the manufacturer at special events in London and New York earlier that afternoon. Shortly after, the new HTC One (M8) handsets will be transported directly from the venue of the launch announcement to six Carphone Warehouse stores in London. Westfield Stratford, Westfield White City, Oxford Circus, Centrepoint and Tottenham Court Road stores will all be hosting special events celebrating the HTC launch with entertainment and giveaways as well as the first chance for customers to get their hands on the new device. Carphone Warehouse at Selfridges will also be stocking the handset from the same time.
Full information including videos of the new handset will be shared on http://www.carphonewarehouse.com and customers will be able to order the HTC One (M8) over the phone from the same afternoon, before it is available from all 770 Carphone Warehouse stores and to order online shortly afterwards.
A Carphone Warehouse spokesperson comments, “The HTC One is an award winning handset that set the bar for design during 2013 and made many sit up and take notice – the new HTC One M8 is likely to continue that trend and will cement HTC’s future as a heavy-hitting smartphone manufacturer. We know how keen customers are to get hold of the latest tech as soon as possible and that is why we are so excited to be able to offer the new HTC One so quickly after it is unveiled.”
Customers can pre-register their interest in the new HTC One (M8) now at http://www.carphonewarehouse.com/help-support/advice-and-news/news/launchpad-rumours/htc-rumours