Say, what’s the high-end Android smartphone that has caught your eye the most this beginning of the year? Is it Samsung’s Galaxy S4 or the HTC One? It’s probably a tie, isn’t it?
Well, American carriers will not make your decision any easier, as the two snazzy super-phones are scheduled to go on sale practically at the same time. The Galaxy S4 is to start shipping on April 30 via AT&T and May 1 from T-Mobile, while the HTC One is apparently slated for releases on three of the four major US networks over the next eight days.
First, you’ll be able to get your hands on the on-contract Ones with AT&T and Sprint. Both carriers are apparently planning to ship the first units on April 19, which is this Friday. If you’re willing to wait it out a little bit though, you could get a brand spanking new HTC One with no contract restrictions, courtesy of T-Mobile’s new “Uncarrier” strategy.
T-Mo is to kick HTC One shipping into gear on April 24, according to a couple of unofficial, but extremely reliable sources. For now, Magenta’s website shows no sign of the phone (unlike the Galaxy S4, which is heavily advertised on the front page), but we’re pretty certain that will change in a matter of days.
In terms of pricing, you really can’t do much better than T-Mobile’s offer. The carrier will be selling the One for $99.99 upfront, plus 24 monthly installments of 20 bucks each. That’s for the 32 GB version of the phone, while the 64 GB model will be exclusive to AT&T.
AT&T, just like Sprint, will be selling the 32 GB HTC One for $199.99 with two-year contracts, whereas Ma Bell’s 64 GB model will have you cough up an extra $100 while having to pen the same customary carrier agreement.
Finally, if for some reason you dig T-Mobile, but not its new no-contract approach, you will be able to get the HTC One with contracts via Best Buy and a few other similar retailers. In that case though, you’ll have to pay $249.99, which is not what I’d call a lucrative deal.
All things considered, are you planning on going for the HTC One or Samsung’s Galaxy S4? Or are you actually thinking of picking up one of the underdogs – the Sony Xperia Z, BlackBerry’s Z10 or LG’s Optimus G Pro?
Via [Phone Arena]