HTC One Now Available in China Ahead of US, UK Markets?

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By Kristin Dian Mariano | February 28, 2013 3:50 PM EST

Recently announced HTC One is set to hit the market in March but reports claimed that the phone is now available in China.

Chinese mobile manufacturer GooPhone, which is famous for making clones of popular devices, released a clone of the HTC One dubbed as the GooPhone One.

Based from the photo, the GooPhone version of the HTC One looks almost identical to the leaked renderings we have seen of the flagship 4.7-inch HTC One. However, the GooPhone One bears the GooPhone logo, and what appears to be Lewa OS rather than Sense 5.

The HTC One clone has two signal strength indicators hinting that the GooPhone One will support dual-sim stand-by and will likely use Mediatek's most up to date quad-core processor - MT6589.

It is also speculated that the GooPhone One HTC M7 clone will likely boast a 4.7-inch display, at least 1GB RAM and possibly even a 13 mega-pixel rear camera.

On the other hand, the HTC One is powered by Google's Android, but the company has distinguished it from rivals by using new software to replace icons on the home screen with a personalised stream of news articles, social networking updates, photos and video.

HTC's CEO Peter Chou said in London that the BlinkFeed feature would reinvigorate the smartphone experience. "BlinkFeed transforms your home screen into a live feed of information that matters to you," he said.

The new smartphone from HTC wowed critics and reviewers at the launch events in New York, London and Australia. The new handset offers a 1.7 GHz quad-core processor; Near Field Communication; LTE mobile broadband; stereo speakers; a big, 4.7 inch screen with a 468 pixel-per-inch resolution; and a 4 "ultrapixels" camera.

The handset will be available in March in 80 countries around the world, including in Australia. Vodafone, Telstra and Optus are all listed as carrying the device.

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