HTC One 64G Developer Edition preorders start today

The $649 unlocked and tweakable version of the HTC One is now up for preorder. Buyers can place their orders at the HTC Web site.

The HTC One Developer Edition.
The HTC One Developer Edition. HTC

Those of you willing to shell out $649 for an unlocked and tweakable version of the HTC One can preorder the device in the U.S. as of today.

A tweet yesterday from HTC confirmed that the Developer Edition would be available for preorder starting at 7 a.m. PT today. Buyers can place their orders directly at the HTC Web site.

The Developer Edition is decidedly not for your average smartphone user. As per its name, it's designed for developers, hackers, and tweakers who want to play around with the phone without bumping into the limitations of the locked edition.

Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, the HTC One Developer Edition comes with a full 64GB of internal memory, 2GB of RAM, and an unlocked SIM card slot.

An unlocked bootloader is also part of the package, meaning you can root and reprogram the phone with custom ROMs. Such ROMs contain only the operating system and a few basic apps and leave out the extra stuff imposed by the manufacturer and carrier.

The HTC One Developer Edition is available only to buyers with a U.S. ZIP code and in limited quantities.

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Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.


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