With a full week still to go until HTC One’s sequel, nicknamed M8, will break cover in London and New York, UK merchant Carphone Warehouse has gone on record to confirm a “retail first”.

All New HTC One2 Official: All New HTC One landing in select UK stores on March 25

And just like that, the final piece of the puzzle falls into place. The All New HTC One puzzle, that is, though ultimately, it appears the metal-clad Android smartphone will simply be called HTC One and referred to as the HTC One 2014 to avoid any confusion.

According to one of Great Britain’s most prominent mobile phone retailers, the worst kept secret in recent Android history shall be up for grabs in six Carphone Warehouse locations in London starting mere minutes after being presented on stage for the first time.

That’s right, March 25 is no longer only M8’s unveil date, it’s also the official launch D-Day. Globally? Not likely, but I wouldn’t put anything past HTC at the moment. After all, time is of the essence for All New One’s blockbuster potential, with Samsung’s Galaxy S5 and Sony’s Xperia Z2 ready to roll out before long as well.

HTC One 2014 Official: All New HTC One landing in select UK stores on March 25

Releasing a high-end gadget the same day you announce it is certainly a fresh approach, and one that we’d love to see mimicked by all other major Android players. However, one must wonder whether it would have been smarter for HTC to simply go the beaten path, uncover the phone earlier, dodge the leak fest of the past few weeks, and then start selling it on March 25.

I know, I know, it’s silly to complain when HTC is clearly doing everything possible to build (back) the buzz surrounding the M8, but let me ask you this. Can you still be excited about next week’s shindig knowing everything there is to know, from the way the device looks, to its most intimate hardware specifications, pricing structure, etc., etc.? Exactly.

Source: Android Central