The HTC 10 has already gone up for pre-order in many regions around the world including the US and the UK, and Australian residents apparently won’t have to wait too long to get their hands on the device either, if a report coming out of the country is anything to go by. The report, originally published by Aussie tech site Ausdroid, claims that the latest premium smartphone from the Taiwanese tech company will be available for purchase in the country from May 3rd. It’s important to note here that the website cites ‘unnamed sources’ for this report, which could not be independently verified, so unless there’s any official confirmation regarding the matter from either HTC or any of its retail partners, it would be wise to take it for what is at this stage – just a rumor.
The report also claims that the smartphone in question will come with an official price-tag of A$1080, which is around US$832 at today’s exchange rates. While that sounds like a significant premium to the device’s pricing in the US, electronics, including smartphones, PC components and televisions are known to cost significantly higher Down Under than it does in America. A few cases in point would be some of the recently-launched smartphones like the Galaxy S7 duo from Samsung and the G5 from LG, all of which reportedly cost close to the US$1,000 mark in the country. That being the case, it wouldn’t be completely out of place to expect a similar pricing for the HTC 10, although, there’s just no confirmation about that at this point in time, as mentioned already.
Another thing that needs to be pointed out is that the pricing being talked about here is the full retail price for the unlocked, SIM-free version of the device, but carriers are expected to come with their own deals and discounts on the handset once the launch is confirmed from official sources. The good news for the Aussies is that the device will apparently be carried by all three major carriers in the country, so those wanting to get their hands on the HTC 10 may still get it without having to pay a boatload of cash for it upfront, although there’s no official word on that front either at this stage.