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HTC One confusion over elusive Red variant

At long last, the HTC One is finally official following on from HTC’s highly anticipated event just hours ago. As expected, the device formally known as the M7 packs a 1080p 4.7-inch display on top of some other truly impressive hardware specs. The device will be available in two colors at launch, but there appears to be some initial confusion of the availability of a third red variant that had been spotted.

To give you an idea of just what this beast is capable of, there is a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor on board which is apparently more powerful than the Snapdragon S4 Pro processor found inside the Droid DNA. Next, we have an ‘Ultrapixel’ camera which HTC claims provides 300 percent more light than any other smartphone camera.

There’s also a 1080p video camera included, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, MicroSD card support, 2GB of RAM, 4G LTE connectivity, NFC and a 2300mAh battery. The device will come with Android Jelly Bean on board, customized on top with HTC’s own Sense UI as expected, although there’s no word on whether this is version 5.0 we’re talking about yet.

There was a lot of talk on the front speakers located on the top and bottom of the device, and now HTC has confirmed that these will be powered by BoomSound – new sound technology that includes built in amplifiers that enhance music depending on what media or game you are playing.

What we wanted to discuss though, was the initial confirmation of a red HTC One. The image you see above shows that a red model had been clearly listed on HTC’s official website. However, the image has now been removed completely in an apparent error, leading consumers to question when the red model will be available.

The red HTC One looks pretty slick in our opinion and if we had to choose we may just opt for it over black or white. As it stands though, the device will be launching in black and white, and on AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint in the US only – no sign of a Verizon release as previously revealed prior to launch.

One possible arrangement that could be in place is that the red model turns up as some sort of Verizon exclusive later in the year. Current Big Red customers won’t be happy that the HTC One won’t be available on their network at launch, but it would surely make the situation a lot more pleasing if they’ll receive a red version that won’t be available any where else.

What are your initial impressions of the HTC One – is it the 2013 ‘superphone’ that you were expecting to see or not? Let us know if you would also prefer a red model over black and white and if you also briefly saw it online at HTC’s website.



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