You can pre-order the HTC One A9 in the U.S. right now for the appealing price of just $399, but starting on Nov. 7 the device will cost a good deal more. In an emailed statement this morning, the company let us know that it plans to raise the cost of its new smartphone by $100 once the device hits shelves.
To be fair, HTC made it clear that the $399 price tag was a limited time promotion. At least this way you have plenty of warning if you’re planning on grabbing the device. It’s also still a lot cheaper in the U.S. than in Europe, where the One A9 is more expensive and ships with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage.
The Taiwanese phone-maker even offered up a statement explaining why the price varies so much depending on where you live:
The cost of the HTC One A9 is the same worldwide to all distributors and operator partners. For end consumers, HTC’s sales regions are given the freedom to set prices and promotions as they see fit for local market needs. The One A9 price in the US is a very limited-time promotional offer for that region’s online store, as well as select HTC-only franchise stores. The offer is a special promotional pre-sale and is expected to conclude once the One A9 is available on-shelf at major retail and distributor partners.
The One A9 is a pretty solid phone, even if it looks like an iPhone knockoff. HTC’s packed in solid specs, a fingerprint reader and the latest version of Android. That’s not a bad deal for $399 of even for $499, though if you’re interested in buying the device you might as well do it before Nov. 7 and save $100.