T-Mobile shows HTC One with LTE on its sign-up page
An LTE capable HTC One is coming to T-Mobile soon
T-Mobile announced yesterday that it will be carrying the HTC One, HTC's flagship Android device. What we weren't expecting, and is somewhat a pleasant surprise, is an LTE-equipped HTC One for T-Mobile. We all knew the carrier was planning on going this route for some time, but we just didn't know exactly when -- and the HTC One heralds its arrival.
The carrier has been quite the underdog for some time, lacking the iPhone and a proper 4G network. T-Mobile has been calling its HSPA+ a 4G network since around October 2010, and while it has been speedy, it hasn't been as reliable or powerful as LTE.
Although the HTC One for T-Mobile will have LTE, it could still be a long time before it has good nationwide coverage. Sprint has launched its own LTE network not long ago, but it still doesn't have the footprint that Verizon or AT&T have for example. Nonetheless, it's good to see that T-Mobile is stepping into the future and not putting all its weight behind HSPA+. As good as it has been, T-Mobile's 4G HSPA+ network--something I've always been reluctant to call 4G--hasn't been very reliable. There were many times when my Nexus 4 or Galaxy S3 would drop from HSPA+ down to EDGE for reasons unknown.
T-Mobile fans have a lot to look forward to in the HTC One. It features a new version of Sense UI, which I happen to love, and an excellent new 4MP camera with what HTC calls UltraPixel technology. I've explained what that means here, and it's something to look forward to. The HTC One also has a few camera and video tricks up its sleeve, like HTC Zoe, which will shoot video and still photos at the same time and blend them into a movie for you.
There is no official launch date or pricing info, but HTC says the HTC One will start shipping at the end of March.