Last week I told you that HTC might soon issue a stock Android HTC One.  And today the company, along with Google, announced just that.

The HTC One, with the Nexus user experience, will go on sale on June 26th to the tune of $599.  That’s a significant premium over Google’s Nexus 4, but perhaps the payoff is in the build quality, which looks folds above LG’s.  The stock Android HTC One will ship with 32GB of built-in storage and will work on AT&T and T-Mobile.  Moreover, it’s capable of true 4G LTE connectivity, something that is lacking on the Nexus 4, a phone that is quickly beginning to look dated.

HTC has confirmed that the HTC One will retain its two button setup, with the home key still serving as such, though a long press of it will initiate Google Now and a double tap recent apps.  And fear not, Beats Audio will still be integrated into the device’s hardware.

The stock Android HTC One goes on sale the same day as Samsung’s vanilla S4, though that phone will sport a price tag of $649.

Of note, this version of the HTC One will also include an unlocked SIM, an unlockable bootloader, and HSPA/WCDMA ( 850/1900/2100 MHz); GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz); and LTE (700/850/AWS/1900 MHz) bands.  Sorry, it will only be available in silver, at least for the foreseeable future.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."