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HTC One M9 64GB model goes on sale, seems exclusive to Taiwan

By April Taylor , Apr 02, 2015 09:26 AM EDT

The 64GB variant of the new HTC One M9 flagship may not see a global release, as it might be exclusive to Taiwan.

The HTC One M9 made its official debut back in early March at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015, and the company originally revealed a single storage option: 32GB. HTC later confirmed that a higher-capacity HTC One M9 with 64GB of internal storage capacity was in the cards as well, and was scheduled to launch in the company's home country of Taiwan initially.

The smartphone was scheduled to launch in Taiwan on March 16 in both 32GB and 64GB variants, but it saw some delays. The 32GB version eventually hit stores on March 21 in Taiwan, but the 64GB model was further delayed for some last-minute software fixes.

According to a new report from Focus Taiwan, the 64GB HTC One M9 has finally gone on sale in Taiwan on April 1, more than two weeks after the originally scheduled date.

The 64GB variant of the HTC One M9 will be available only via HTC stores and Chungwa Telecom Co., the largest mobile provider in Taiwan, sporting a starting price of NT$23,900 (roughly $765).

While there is no clear confirmation, it seems that this higher-capacity HTC One M9 with 64GB of internal storage capacity may be available only in the company's home country of Taiwan.

The HTC One M9 has already gone on sale in the U.S. as well, at least online, but only in the 32GB version. Even if the 64GB version doesn't see a wider release, however, the smartphone still has a microSD card slot that allows for additional memory of up to 128GB.

As a reminder, the HTC One M9 comes with a 5-inch full HD display, a 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 20-megapixel rear camera, an UltraPixel front shooter, and a 2,840 mAh battery.

The smartphone has stirred lots of interest since its debut and is expected to be one of the hottest smartphones of this year, as it's already shaping up to be in high demand. A more readily available 64GB model could further boost its popularity, but it remains to be seen whether it will ever reach more regions other than Taiwan.

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