An alleged press image of the Verizon HTC One. (Photo : @evleaks)
After much waiting, the release date for the Verizon HTC One has finally been revealed.
So many rumors have been flying around about the possible HTC One release date recently that Verizon Wireless finally decided it was time to set the record straight. For those customers of Big Red who have been waiting, the time has come at last (actually, in about a week): Verizon Wireless has set the release date for the HTC One for Aug. 22.
They've also revealed the price you can expect for a renewed contract purchase of the HTC One. You can get an HTC One, finally, on Verizon Wireless's 4G LTE network for $200. Just a few days ago, Verizon Wireless made its sign up page live (that is, sign up for more information, not to pre-order), and the date on the HTC One's image seemed to hint at a Sept. 5 release date.
But on Friday, Verizon Wireless's News twitter account, @VZWNews tweeted the official announcement at 9:40 a.m., EST:
— Verizon Wireless (@VZWnews) August 16, 2013
This is the end of a long, patience-testing summer for Verizon Wireless customers who wanted the new HTC flagship phone. Every other major carrier in the U.S. - AT&T, T-Mobile, and even Sprint - have had at least the primary HTC One device on their shelves for months now. Sprint even has a custom red HTC One coming out Friday, Aug. 16.
But now, if they haven't abandoned the carrier already, HTC One fans on Verizon will get their chance at the top-tier device. Verizon was the last carrier to have a release date for the HTC One because the company first passed on carrying the popular and critically-acclaimed handset. After it became clear that some customers were not satisfied with a Galaxy S4 or an iPhone 5 - and wouldn't settle for a mid-tier HTC phone - Verizon finally broke down and decided to launch the HTC One sometime in the "late summer."
With a release date of Aug. 22, the carrier really skimmed the line on missing that "late summer" release date, but it has kept its promise. Now it will be interesting to see what HTC die-hards are left on Verizon and which customers who have been waiting for a flagship phone might be tempted to wait a little longer, as Apple is likely to unveil a new iPhone (or two) in just a few weeks, right after Samsung reveals the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
The Verizon HTC One, at $200 on-contract, will likely feature the same specs as it does on other carriers. That means it will come with the 4.7-inch 1080p display that packs 468 pixels per inch, running on a 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, assisted by 2GB of RAM. The base model has 32GB of internal storage, which is double the similarly priced 16GB Samsung Galaxy S4, but there's no microSD slot in that aluminum unibody frame, so 32GB is all you'll have. There's also a 64GB version, which will probably cost about $100 or more extra.