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HTC One said to cost $249.99 on AT&T, pre-orders expected to begin April 5th

HTC One said to cost $249.99 on AT&T, pre-orders expected to begin April 5th

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We have yet to hear any specifics on when the HTC One will be available in the US, but a leaked image today suggests that AT&T will begin pre-sales for the thoroughly-excellent Android smartphone on April 5th. A photograph of an internal system at AT&T, sent to Engadget by an anonymous tipster, says that both the white and black 32GB versions of the handset will cost $249.99 with a contract on that day, though, reportedly, online orders will open on the 4th. The 64GB model looks like it will take a bit more time to get out of the gate, though the tipster says it will cost $299.99 when it's ready.

There's still no word on when purchasers will be able to get their hands on the device, but if the information is accurate, HTC's timeframe — which says the device will make it to North America, Europe, and parts of the Asia-Pacific region before the end of April — looks spot-on. Customers in Taiwan, Germany, and the UK began receiving the device last week. Beyond AT&T, T-Mobile has announced that the HTC One is "coming soon" for $99 up-front, and rumors earlier today suggested Sprint's model would cost $199.99 with a two-year contract. AT&T's rumored $249.99 price-point would place the HTC One in direct competition with Samsung's Galaxy S4, which is already the clear winner when it comes to mindshare.