HTC One in SA: launch windows emerge

A window for the South African launch of the HTC One has been opened

By - March 19, 2013

The HTC One is expected to launch in South Africa in May 2013, it was revealed today (19 March 2013) at the local unveiling of the Android smartphone.

This is a month later than the April 2013 retail date HTC was aiming for in South Africa.

HTC said it did not have an estimated South African retail price for the device.

According to an HTC representative, stock of the HTC One should be delivered to operators from mid-April 2013, giving the operators a week or two to distribute the device to their stores.

At its global launch event in February 2013, HTC announced that 185 carriers would carry its new Android flagship, and among the operators listed were Vodacom and Cell C.

Specifications HTC One
Dimensions 137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3mm
Weight 143g
Operating system Android 4.2
Display 4.7″ HD (1080×1920) IPS
Rear camera 4MP “Ultrapixel”
Front camera 2.1MP
Storage, internal 32GB/64GB
Storage, expandable No
Processor 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm
Graphics Adreno 320
Battery 2300mAh
Cellular data LTE / HSPA+
SIM type Micro SIM

Vodacom has confirmed that it plans to offer the HTC One, while it is understood that Cell C is planning to launch the HTC One towards the end of May or beginning of June.

The HTC One features two front-facing speakers, dual microphones with two membranes in each, and boasts HTC’s new “BlinkFeed” software.

It also has an infrared (IR) sensor, which HTC’s head of Middle East and African operations, Jon French, said would let users train their smartphone to turn their TV on and off and change channels.

In future, provided suitable content partnerships present themselves, French said a software update may make it possible to download an electronic programme guide from which to change channels.

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