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Boxed HTC One (2014) unit hits eBay, is quickly sold for $499.99

Boxed HTC One (2014) unit hits eBay, is quickly sold for $499.99
As we guessed earlier today, we are back with yet another HTC One (M8)-related leak before the day is even out. This time around, some sneaky person has apparently, somehow, managed to get his hands on a Verizon-branded, fully-boxed HTC M8 and has already managed to sell it on eBay after a short bidding exchange that saw the price shoot up from the initial asking price of $199 all the way up to $499.99.

The loosely-controlled stock of the HTC One 2014 is nothing new -- we've been reporting on leak after leak this past week. What's new, however, is that HTC has obviously decided to stick to the same flagship name, as seen from the actual retail packaging. That's a rather strange, not to mention confusing, decision, so it wouldn't be surprising if we end up referring to its new top shelfer as the HTC One 2014. 

Whilst we're still on the topic of the box, it's worth pointing out that much of the rumored specs seem to be on target. The packaging clearly states that the 5-incher will, indeed, come packing a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor along with 2GB of DDR2 RAM. The 'Duo Camera' will, as rumored, boast UltraPixel tech, though the exact pixel count isn't being disclosed. This doesn't hold true for the front camera, however, so expect a 5-megapixel BSI unit with wide angle, HDR-capable lens, and support for 1080p video capture.



source: eBay via GSM Arena

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posted on 12 Mar 2014, 10:22 15

1. ankiipankii (Posts: 81; Member since: 21 Jun 2013)


lol WTF ..how can this be possible

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 11:25 6

23. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Same question is that a good marketing?

500$ not too bad. HTC how this can be possible before announcement. Oh God why.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 12:33 6

34. amro99 (Posts: 105; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)


Smart marketing or whatever it is called, its getting so much on my nerve! I think I will stop visiting these tech sites until 25th :(

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 17:30 2

61. Muzhhur (Posts: 260; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


Yes indeed ! smarth one who make it happend and lucky one who take that price!

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 14:17

42. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


It's probably a fake with a blank mirror

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 22:29 1

77. AiAiRon (Posts: 10; Member since: 12 Mar 2014)


Does everyone really think that these prices are just coincidences?? There is no way that the auction just happened to end at $499.99 to the penny. HTC are refreshing their flagship phone to be more affordable. I guarantee that the non-contract retail price on this phone will be the exact same as what this phone was sold for on ebay!

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 10:23 10

2. LiyanaBG (Posts: 381; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)


this confirms GSM Arena liers they said only 16GB internal memory. same for the camera all they said was lies

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 10:38 3

9. LiyanaBG (Posts: 381; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)


i can't wait to see how big is the battery now that GSM Arena give out false information this brings hope back.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 11:04 4

15. TechFreak123 (Posts: 85; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)


This box only means there is a 32GB version, but there might be a 16GB version as well.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 17:56

63. giani (Posts: 269; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


I Dont really care about the camera but if the battery is indeed 2600 I won't be upgrading from my One 2013. To be honest that's why I would have hoped the role of the Fcking bezel is...make phone bigger put a decent battery in...
Guess wait for 25th then..

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 10:24 6

3. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


What?! A phone got sold before it's even announced? LOLOL

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 14:43 4

46. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Sounds to me like a Verizon employee stole it and sold.it for some easy cash.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 10:25 4

4. Calm_down_mon (Posts: 43; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)


This is getting out of hand >.> if this in not some clever plan from htc's marketing deparment that I simply do not understand , htc should get it's sh*t together.

Nice price thou.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 10:27 1

5. LiyanaBG (Posts: 381; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)


if it was HTC plan they would not sale it for $499. 99 they would drive the price very high on eBay.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 11:06

16. pwnarena (Posts: 1129; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


they bought it themselves. come on.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 11:10

17. LiyanaBG (Posts: 381; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)


true that can happen but they would drive the price higher and buy it just like apple did drive the price up to $10000 last year. $499. 99 price just doesn't scream HTC plan

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 11:17 1

19. AiAiRon (Posts: 10; Member since: 12 Mar 2014)


I really do think that this was a marketing move on HTC. I believe what they are saying is that the phone will go for $199 on two-year contract and $499 without contract.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 13:19 1

37. xche78x (Posts: 101; Member since: 11 Mar 2014)


Negative publicty is still publicity and can be turned to positive. This is htc leaking their own product and even buying it too. Bad marketing strategy that may surprise and have rare outcome. Still wont buy htc though, id rather buy an asus zenphone 6...

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 20:40

73. lsutigers (Posts: 820; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


No way this was HTC. This is a Verizon employee who will be jobless as soon as ebay gives up his/her info when HTC presses them for it. This is ILLEGAL. This phone has NOT been released yet.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 10:30 5

6. newbey123 (Posts: 605; Member since: 19 Mar 2012)


I want this phone and I want it now! Looking to be the hottest phone on the market.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 11:28 6

25. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I'm starting to really like this phone as well... Decisions decisions.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 10:36 3

7. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


This is getting awful

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 10:38

8. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Anyway nexus 6 will break its records

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 10:38 2

10. KingDingaLing (Posts: 324; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)


If this is an actual HTC phone, I would think it would sell for a lot more than that. I just sold an iPhone 4S 64GB for $300 on ebay. Odd, to say the least.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 10:39

11. UglyFrank (Posts: 1724; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


Why would they use DDR2 ram when they have used DDR3 ram before?

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 11:03

14. TechFreak123 (Posts: 85; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)


They didn't, the HTC One is also DDR2.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 11:34

28. UglyFrank (Posts: 1724; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


that is strange, I thought they had used DDR3 in the One X+, there is no disadvantage to using better ram besides cost.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 14:44

47. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Ddr3 improves the battery life which was the main plus.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 16:23

52. UglyFrank (Posts: 1724; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


I know that

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 10:53

12. AiAiRon (Posts: 10; Member since: 12 Mar 2014)


I really do think that this was a marketing move on HTC. I believe what they are saying is that the phone will go for $199 on two-year contract and $499 without contract.

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