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HTC One M8 UK release: Smartphones hits Vodafone, Phones4u and Three just minutes after launch

HTC’s new One M8 smartphone is already on sale through almost all of the UK’s mobile phone networks just minutes after it was unveiled at a central London launch event.

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Phones4u, Three and Vodafone all announced that the device has already gone on sale with each one offering exclusive deals to customers that decide to take advantage of the shiny new smartphone.

Vodafone has already started selling the new HTC One [M8] at a handful of UK stores with the first 3,000 customers able to take advantage of a free HTC BoomBass rechargeable speaker that can play music for up to nine hours on the trot.

The new smartphone, which was unveiled earlier today, is free for customers that sign up to one of Vodafone’s Red 3G plans that start at £42 per month and include unlimited calls, texts and “loads of data.”

Vodafone stores at London’s Westfield shopping centres in Stratford and White City have already started to sell the device in addition to the Oxford Street Experience store and the shop on Kensington High Street with all other stores stocking it from 27 March.

Three, meanwhile, is offering the HTC One [M8] for £49 upfront with a choice of four different 24 month price plans that start at £38 a month for 600 minutes and 2GB of data and stretch to £44 a month for the all-you-can-eat data and minutes plan. It can be bought both in-store and online now.

Finally, Phones4u announced that the device could be bought from its stores on London’s Oxford Street, Tottenham Court Road, High Street Kensington and in White City before it is rolled out the company’s remaining 700+ stores from 27 March.

Phones4u offers a variety of options to customers with the device available SIM free for £529.95 and 4G contracts starting at £42 and including the free BoomBass speaker and HTC folio case as well as £25 to spend in the Google Play Store.

HTC unveiled its new One M8 smartphone at a glitzy launch event in London earlier today and it comes in at the very top of the Android smartphone market. The specs include a 5in full HD 1080p display as well as a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor clocked at 2.3GHz and the device will have the brand new Sense 6.0 UI running over the top of Android 4.4 KitKat.

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One of the headline features of the new device is its dual-camera feature on the back of the handset that is comprised of a primary UltraPixel lens as well as a secondary camera that could one day allow 3D video shooting. In addition to this there is a third 5-megapixel snapper on the front of the device that will be popular among selfie fans.

To experience the launch as it happened, check out our liveblog of all the action over at the Kensington Olympia.