Following its official unveiling last week, HTC One (M8), the latest flagship Android-based handset from Taiwanese mobile phone maker HTC Corporation, has arrived on shelves in the Middle East in a gold-plated flavor, it seems.The device should be already available for purchase in some markets in this area, as Nikitas Glykas, executive director, HTC MEA unveiled that it was planned for release there on Friday, April 4.
The phone was announced in the UAE with a price tag of 2,750 Dirham attached to it and costs SAR 2,800 in Saudi Arabia. That would translate into around $750/€550.
HTC has unveiled the new mobile phone in Grey, Silver, and Gold, though the new variant does not arrive on the market only with a Gold color, but is actually gold-plated, it seems.
However, the phone is not as expensive as you might have expected it to be, as the price tag announced for it is only a $100 premium when compared to the cost of the original variants.
According to HTC Source, the Taiwanese vendor is also planning the release of a more expensive, real gold variant of HTC One (M8) in the area, though users interested in grabbing this flavor of the phone will have to wait until late April or early May for that.
Although the price tag for this premium variant hasn’t been unveiled as of now, Phil Blair, president of HTC EMEA, said that it would be very expensive, a recent post on HTC Source reads.
What remains to be seen is whether HTC will also decide to make the device available for users in other markets out there. Most probably, it will all depend on the demand in the end.
For those out of the loop, we should note that HTC One (M8) was made official on March 25 with a 5-inch touchscreen display capable of delivering a full HD resolution, as well as with an Aluminum body.
The smartphone is powered by a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor and features 2GB of RAM. It was also announced with 16GB of internal memory, as well as with a microSD memory card slot for expansion purposes.
The phone sports twin-sensor UltraPixel camera on the back, along with a 5MP front camera for making video calls while on the go, and the entire set of usual connectivity capabilities and sensors.
HTC One (M8) runs under the Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system, with HTC’s Sense 6.0 user interface loaded on top, with various exclusive applications and features packed inside.