New HTC One (M8) updates: developer/unlocked sales, teardown

One day post-launch, and HTC’s new One continues to attract a ton of attention. We’re trying to keep in mind that there’s a lot more going on in the smartphone world than just this one phone, but honestly, we could probably cover nothing but the new One for days to come – there’s just so much buzz around it. In the interest of hitting a few bits of M8 news all at once, we’ve got a couple new One stories to check out, concerning sales and the phone’s hardware.

Yesterday we gave you the rundown on how sales of the new One are getting underway: who’s got the phone when, and for what price? We had answers from the carriers, and saw the Google Play edition go up for sale, but HTC had yet to start offering the developer edition or the unlocked One on its own site. Today we see them show up, ready for you to order. Both options are available in gold, which is otherwise unavailable to US shoppers. Either one of these devices goes for $650, though both are currently listed as being backordered. Shipments are expected to start going out in one to two weeks.

Last year, shortly after the One (M7) launched, we checked out a teardown which assigned the phone one of the worst repairability scores ever. Now it’s the new One’s turn on the chopping block, and while this is still one phone you’re definitely not going to want to open up yourself, it doesn’t do quite a poorly on its repairability score, snagging a 2 out of 10. Then again, with HTC Advantage now in effect, owners will probably be less tempted than ever to put their One under the knife.

Finally, we have a little update on last year’s model. While yesterday brought the new One to the Google Play store as a GPe device, it also turns out it marked a change in price for the original 2013 GPe One. Instead of nearly $600, the phone is now marked down to around $500.

Source: HTC, iFixIt, Google Play
Via: Droid-life, Phandroid 1,2

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!