Those impressed with the HTC One series of phones can now pre-order the HTC One X, HTC One S and HTC One V from Expansys. As you might expect, the unlocked devices are a bit expensive, but the prices are on par with those of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the Sony XPERIA S.
We know most consumers in the US like to take advantage of carrier subsidies, which are paired with new two year contracts, but if you want to be the first in town with a new HTC One phone, we highly suggest paying full price to purchase an unlocked version of the phone. All three devices are compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile’s GSM networks, but AT&T customers are the only ones who will be able to use the handsets’ 3G capabilities. This is the only silver lining for AT&T customers, who were disappointed to hear that the AT&T-bound HTC One XL will be powered by a Qualcomm S4 chip rather than the Tegra 3 chip found in the international version of the handset. The only tradeoff is that they will not have support for AT&T’s new 4G LTE network.
As we mentioned above, the prices for the HTC One phones are a bit steep. Just keep in mind that the UK prices includes a 20% VAT, which you shouldn’t have to pay when shipping the phone to the US. Will any of you be buying an unlocked HTC one phone? Or will you wait for AT&T and T-Mobile to release the HTC One XL and HTC One S later this spring?