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​How to preorder the HTC 10

The highly anticipated HTC 10 has finally been unveiled, but before you rush to preorder, there are a few things you should know.

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For the last 12 months, HTC fans have been waiting with baited breath to learn about the new flagship phone, the HTC 10. The details have finally been released and with the world's first dual OIS front and back cameras for photos, end-to-end 24-bit Hi-Res sound, and streamlined Marshmallow, it hasn't disappointed. If you're eager to get your hands on one, here's what you need to know.

Availability

In the US, the HTC 10 will be available across multiple wireless providers -- just not yet. As of right now, it's only available to AT&T, T-Mobile, MetroPCS, Alaska Communications, Cricket, NET 10, Straight Talk and Wal-Mart Family Mobile customers. It will be available for Verizon Wireless and Sprint soon, though the company hasn't pinned down an exact date, saying it will be available in "a few weeks."

Verizon currently has a sign-up form for those who want to be alerted when the HTC 10 becomes available for preorder. Sprint has stated that it will release more information about their availability closer to the HTC's release date.

Two processors, one choice for the US

Your location determines the processor that will come in your phone. The HTC 10 has two different Qualcomm Snapdragon processors it could possibly come with. Both options have the same design, audio, camera and display, with a similar software experience and battery life, according to HTC. In the US, customers will be given units built with the Snapdragon 820 processor.

Preordering the HTC 10

Each provider offers different colors, availability and pricing, though HTC is offering an Unlocked edition through preorder as of April 12. These preorders are expected to ship in early May.

The unlocked edition comes in two colors, glacier silver and carbon gray, and costs $699. It also comes with Uh-Oh Protection, which includes one phone replacement at no charge within the first 12 months and covers cracked screens and water damage.