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Pre-orders for the new HTC One M8 Google Play Edition are about to hit the virtual shelves of the Play Store, but one will set you back a whopping $699. Some jaws are surely sore from the ground impact they just suffered, but here's something that may help with the swelling. The price of the 2013 HTC One (M7) GPE has just dropped by $100. Now instead of parting with $599 all at once, Google will ship you one for $499.

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The Googley variant of the HTC One was a costly piece of metal when it launched at its original price point, but relative to what its successor is now going for, it's starting to look like a relative bargain. The device is still an impressive feat of engineering, and last year's top-of-the-line specs are still better than what most Android devices ship with. It lacks the Sense goodies, but if you're shopping for devices on Google Play, then that's entirely the point. Link's below.

HTC One Google Play Edition

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Kent Daniels

    Such price. Very metal. Wow. So bargain.

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      Many One, So HTC, much Google

  • Mystery Man

    This article is confusing. You say it was 699 in play store now its 499 so $200 price drop? The $599 is what retail price of non-gpe?

    • AbbyZFresh

      The 2013 HTC One GPE was $599. Now it's $499.

      The 2014 HTC One GPE is $699.

      • TylerChappell

        And considering that the 2013 model dropped by $100, there's absolutely no reason this one shouldn't be $599. I mean seriously, when the 2013 One came out, it was $600 regardless of being the GPE version or not, so what has changed? I love pure Android, but HTC's Sense has matured to the point where it's clean, fairly minimal, and offers what I think most would consider a superior camera experience than stock Android, so I really don't see any reason for them to justify this uptick in price. It's a GPE edition, shouldn't that mean it takes LESS of people's time and money to develop for since they don't have to deal with all those extra Sense features?
        If I were buying one though, I would probably opt for the dev edition at $649, but I still would be partially reluctant to do so.
        In the meantime, there's little this offers over my Droid DNA that I would be dying to have other than better battery life and a longer future of updates.

    • simp1istic

      It's not the article that's confusing, it's htcs idiotic naming schema that is

  • Chris Webster

    That is a steal, especially considering this years hardware isn't much better than it. I just wish it had a bigger battery (and I'm not exactly a fan of the space-consuming BoomSound), but I do (for one) actually like the 4.7 inch display (coming from a guy who just bought a LG G2)

    • ProductFRED

      For day to day use you're right. However, there's a big difference between snappiness with the Snapdragon 600 and Snapdragon 800/801. Plus, you're losing out on a MicroSD card slot. IMO the M7 should be $399 at most. The value on Swappa, depending on condition and carrier, is like $250-$350 (used/no contract).

  • Jimas

    Given that it's GPE, does the software take advantage of hardware features like the IR blaster and Ultrapixel camera?

  • Severo Rivera

    Pretty nice deal. If I didn't have a Nexus 5 already I'd get this phone.

  • Suman Gandham

    Needs to be cheaper...

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