HTC won’t announce its next flagship, currently dubbed the All New HTC One, until its press event in New York City and London on March 25. Some rumors have suggested it won’t be available for purchase until early April, but one U.K. retailer says it will start accepting orders the day of the announcement, around 4 p.m. local time.
Carphone Warehouse is the retailer in question, and it sounds like the store will have units in stock ready to sell almost immediately after the phone is announced. “Shortly after [the event], the new HTC One (M8) handsets will be transported directly from the venue of the launch announcement to six Carphone Warehouse stores in London,” the retailer said in a statement. The stores that will have stock include the Westfield Stratford, Westfield White City, Oxford Circus, Centrepolint, Selfridge and Tottenham Court Road locations. Carphone Warehouse didn’t say how many units it will have, though considering it’s pushing out an official announcement it sounds like there will be a decent supply.
HTC hasn’t really confirmed the phone, only saying that it will make the announcement on March 25. We don’t know if this means an immediate launch on U.S. carriers, too. HTC could strategically do very well here, especially if it sneaks the phone out to retailers before the Galaxy S5 launch in April.