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HTC One (M8) for Windows is here - WP 8.1 in a premium, metal package

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HTC One (M8) for Windows is here - WP 8.1 in a premium, metal package
It's finally official - the HTC One (M8) for Windows has been announced, and it's what we've been expecting - a Windows Phone 8.1 version of the popular One (M8) phone. However, this live tile-ish variant of the smartphone will, at least initially, be exclusively available through Verizon Wireless.

HTC has done some pretty nice hardware design with the One (M8), so we aren't all that surprised that the company has decided to simply reuse the same exact device one more time. This time, however, the OS powering the smartphone will be Windows Phone 8.1 - ladies and gents, please meet the not-so-imaginatively-named HTC One (M8) for Windows!

It's actually a good thing that HTC has gone for pretty much the same exterior as that of the well-known One (M8) with Android - it's a good-looking metal phone with a curved back side and a serious, mature look. Sadly, there's quite a bit of bezel surrounding the display, which makes the phone rather bulky, especially in terms of height. Still, what a looker this is!

Besides the OS, everything else in the One (M8) for Windows seems to be the same - the screen is still 5 inches big and has a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, while the chipset powering the whole shebang is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 - a perfectly sufficient chip that will no doubt enable a very smooth and fluid user experience with Windows Phone 8.1.

One thing that has also remained intact from the Android version, and this time we're not so excited to say this, is the so-called UltraPixel camera. Yes, it still has just 4 megapixels, so we expect image quality that's very close, if not identical to that of the One M8 with Android.

As far as Windows Phone goes, there isn't that much to talk about, as we can expect a user experience that's more or less identical to that of any other Windows Phone device, complete with new Live Tile sizes and Cortana. However, HTC has made sure to add some unique touches in order to differentiate its product. Some of those touches include HTC's own Camera app, which brings those funny Duo Effects, as well as BlinkFeed, and Sense TV. However, while such services tend to be a bit more deeply integrated on the company's Android phones, they are actually more like apps here on the M8 for Windows. Meanwhile, Verizon throws its NFL Mobile application into the deal, with customers who add the phone to their More Everything plan getting free access to the app's features, including the livestreaming of games. Additionally, it looks like this will be the first Windows Phone device that will come with Verizon's own IM service, Messages, allowing you to chat with your buddies for free over Wi-Fi.

The HTC One (M8) for Windows will be available in Verizon's online store as soon as today, starting around noon, at the promotional price of $99.99 with two-year contract, or at $29.99 per month with Verizon Edge. Retail stores are expected to have stock tomorrow, August 20.

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posted on 19 Aug 2014, 09:52

1. Antimio (Posts: 313; Member since: 11 Nov 2013)

On-screen buttons? is this new? (not being sarcastic,I just don't know if there's another WP with on-screen buttons, and if there is, I never knew!)

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 09:56 5

4. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

Well, the Nokia Lumia 630 and 530 has on-screen buttons as well.

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 10:13 1

13. Antimio (Posts: 313; Member since: 11 Nov 2013)

Thank you for that. I guess I need to do my homework

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 09:52

2. brar.arsh (Posts: 202; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)

Exactly same hardware, XDA devs can port WP 8.1 on Android handset I guess if HTC releases RUU for WP.

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 09:56 5

3. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2072; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

Release it internationally HTC!

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 10:01 2

6. T.Law (Posts: 418; Member since: 10 May 2014)

It won't matter since they won't be selling tons of these anyway.

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 10:05 3

8. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2072; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

Who gives a dime! I will be buying it, and I'm sure many TRUE WP fans will be buying it as well. It's not that the Android version is selling like hot cakes!

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 10:09

11. hurrycanger (Posts: 1624; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)

I agree with you. I'm sure some true WP fans will buy it too, especially if they like Metal or they were a fan of HTC phones (let's say... from an HTC 8x user)

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 09:59 2

5. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2285; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)

Good pricing

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 13:39

16. Jason78 (Posts: 280; Member since: 10 Apr 2013)

How is $600 a good price?

Edge Pricing: $30 x 20 payments = $600.

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 10:04

7. RobVLC (Posts: 13; Member since: 02 Apr 2014)

Benchmarks comparing HTC one M8 for windows and the android one please!!. Which one has got better performance?

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 10:07

9. hurrycanger (Posts: 1624; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)

Verizon exclusive is not cool. It's just gonna hamper the success of this device.

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 10:10

12. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2072; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

I agree. Since HTC has a good footing with most US carriers, this phone should have been released on all major carriers.

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 10:09 2

10. NateAdam8 (Posts: 388; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)

This exclusive thing could be another way for companies to be trying to Kill Windows Phone 8/8.1 cause all they're doing is shooting it and themselves in the foot.

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 10:45

14. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

I hate exclusives. They will never sell if you pit it on only one carrier. But a beautiful device on a Windows platform.

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 13:03

15. tigermcm (Posts: 860; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)

whats the off contract price is my question

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 14:09

17. farzad_funny (Posts: 54; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)

Great design and great specs. Your move Nokia.
But it seems to me that HTC didn't sell enough of M8 so some remained in storages and simply changed the OS to sell those remains. Hence Verizon exclusivity.

Still it's too funny and desperate to be true but with their recent financial reports maybe it's true.

Heck, who gives a damn. Maybe HTC cam flourish in Windows Phone like the old days.
At least so far this is the definitive phone for WP 8.1

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