While we like the new HTC One M8 for what it is, and we appreciate the phone as HTC intended it to be in all its glory and purest form, some people just don’t like the software overlays. By that we mean the manufacturer user interface, better known as the UI. That’s why some people were happy to hear the announcement from HTC confirming that a GPe HTC One M8 would be available starting today at some point. Earlier today we informed you when the web page went live where you could access to the Gpe version of the M8, but you couldn’t purchase the device just yet. We’re happy to let all of you know that were interested in this particular version of HTC’s new flagship, that you can now hit the buy button and order yourself a new phone.
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Everything about the GPe HTC One m8 is pretty much the same as the models that will be making their way to carriers and other retail stores, except for the fact that it holds no HTC Sense 6.0 UI within. It is just like the other GPe versions of last years devices, and is strictly the device hardware from HTC with the purest of the pure Android software experiences baked right in. You get pure Android kit kat in this GPe M8, so you can have a completely stock experience just like those folks who use the Nexus line of devices. This of course also means that when future updates come out, you’ll be in line to get them before other devices, second to the Nexus crowd.
If you were waiting until you could purchase one of these, the page is live and you’re good to go, all you have to do is part ways with $699 and the phone can be yours. The Play Store lists that it will leave the warehouse in two to three weeks, so you won’t get as quick of a turn around as you might have with a Nexus 5, but the phone did just get announced today so we aren’t judging. Since it’s the Google Play edition phone, that also means it’s carrier unlocked just like the developer edition, so should you have a change of heart on carrier you can go where you please. Everything else about the GPe and the regular models of the M8 is the same, so you’re not missing out on anything but the Sense software.