Before Android fans could take their eyes off the recently announced Samsung Galaxy S4 Nexus, Google threw another surprise by announcing the HTC One Nexus Edition. Google’s Sundar Pichai unveiled the device at the D11 technology conference.
U.S. consumers are assured a June 26th release of HTC One Nexus edition on the Google Play Store. The remarkable coincidence is that the Galaxy S4 Nexus will also hit the market on the same day. However, HTC One’s Nexus edition priced at $599 costs $50 less than the Galaxy S4 Nexus.
A Nexus experience definitely offers unparalleled advantages, which are creating all the hype for pure Android devices. Compared to custom Android versions, pure versions have an advanced interface, are more responsive, and are eligible for direct updates from Google. However, some HTC features like the Zoe will be missing, because the software has not been designed keeping HTC’s hardware in mind.
The Nexus edition of HTC One will feature the same full metal design, 4.7-inch 1080p screen, Ultrapixel camera and quad-core processor, but the pure Android version could be 4.1 or 4.2 or even 4.3. It will come with an unlocked SIM card slot and bootloader, and support HSPA, WCDMA, GPRS, EDGE, GSM and 4G LTE. It will run on T-Mobile and AT&T in the U.S. Sources say that HTC is sorting out the best means to support early buyers of the HTC One, meaning that HTC One owners fretting over the Nexus edition may expect something satiating.
Ever since Google announced the Galaxy S4 Nexus at its I/O conference, rumors about a similar HTC One brand have been soaring, given its coveted hardware features and all-metal design. With both running the same software, it will be exciting to see which smartphone outsmarts the other.