The debut of the HTC One Google Edition was very much in accord with abounding expectations that it will follow hot on the heels of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Nexus phone announced at Google’s I/O. The Google Edition of HTC One will provide the much touted Nexus experience or pure Android experience, so it will enjoy priority for direct software updates from Google.
The HTC One Google Edition shares similar features with the regular HTC One except that it will not have the HTC Sense 5 UI and the associated features like Zoe, BlinkFeed, Beats Audio, IR Blaster, FM tuner and Highlights. Measuring 137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3mm and weighing 143 grams, the device touts an all-aluminum body.
To detail the features, the device will sport a 4.7-inch 1080p display with Corning Gorilla Glass 2 protection, 2GB RAM, 2,300mAh non-removable battery, 4MP rear camera with UltraPixel technology, 2.1MP front-facing camera, and 32GB internal storage with no microSD. The OS is Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and the processor is a 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 chipset with four Krait 300 cores and Adreno 320 GPU.
In addition to getting preferential treatment from Google for quick updates, the stock Android smartphone comes unlocked, so there is no need to get into contracts with cellular carriers. The device will run on AT&T and T-Mobile networks. Connectivity features include Wi-Fi Hotspot, Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC chip, microUSB 2.0, LTE and audio jack. However, it lacks compatibility with 4G LTE networks in Europe.
The HTC One Google Edition and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Nexus will join the Google Play Store on June 26th, but the former’s price tag of $599 will be $50 cheaper than the latter. With the regular versions of HTC One and Galaxy S4 competing hot in the market and rivaling the iPhone 5, how will the respective Google Editions perform?