The story of the HTC One seems to be sort of a mess at this point in time. HTC has done a fairly good job at keeping people talking about the handset. We have seen several promo videos since the announcement and the One actually received fairly nice reviews. In short, it seems that the One is a device that people may actually want to buy. Of course, therein lies the problem -- the handset has yet to come available for purchase.
We do have a bit of good news though, HTC has recently provided us with a statement on that very subject. The HTC One global roll-out will begin next week. According to HTC, the roll-out will begin in the UK, Germany and Taiwan. Otherwise, looking towards other markets and things become bit more generic. HTC has said that the One will be available "across Europe, North America and most of Asia-Pacific before the end of April."
In other words, those outside of the UK, Germany and Taiwan may still have roughly five weeks to wait. We have to wonder how may people are willing to wait. Then again, we have yet to see the GALAXY S 4 arrive for sale either so that does mean some potential good news for HTC. In addition to providing a release timeframe for the One, HTC has cited "unprecedented demand" and made it clear they appreciate the patience. You can read the full statement below;
"HTC has seen unprecedented demand for and interest in the new HTC One, and the care taken to design and build it is evidenced in early reviews. The new HTC One will roll out in the UK, Germany and Taiwan next week and across Europe, North America and most of Asia-Pacific before the end of April. We appreciate our customers’ patience, and believe that once they have the phone in their hands they will agree that it has been worth the wait."
Otherwise, looking back and the HTC One was announced on February 19. We initially noticed that Verizon was not on the list for release in the US and that is a subject that remains discussed to this day. In addition to a solid piece of hardware, HTC has also added some software perks such as BlinkFeed, BoomSound and Zoe. Those who may have missed it, you can check out our HTC One review, and yes, it does include a sample Zoe.