HTC One M8 for Windows vs HTC One M8 for Android: first look

Oh boy! This first look comparison between the HTC One M8 for Windows against its Android-powered sibling is an intriguing one, especially when we can all argue that the Android one did it first. By that, we’re talking about its design and hardware, of course, leaving the software experience to be the main differentiator between them. Well, to be more specific, we’re scoping out the Harmon Kardon edition of the HTC One M8, which sees some additional enhancements over the usual HTC One M8 for Android.


Come on. Is there really one smartphone we can vouch for that has the superior design? Not really, considering that they’re pretty much identical with one another, aside from the obvious difference in paint jobs. From the get-go, the HTC One M8 for Windows is only available in gunmetal grey – whereas the HTC One M8 for Android is available is in a handful of colors, which vary depending on the carrier version you snag. In particular, our Sprint Harmon Kardon version has a gold and black color scheme, which we’re not totally sold by, but nevertheless, there are other colors of the Android powered smartphone that are more pleasing. As we’re told by HTC, the made-for-Windows smartphone will hopefully be available in other colors as well.


Sharing the same 5-inch 1080 x 1920 Super LCD-3 display with Gorilla Glass 3, there’s not one we can say right now that proves to be minutely superior than the other. Indeed, they’re identical in the specs department, but until we put it through our own display benchmark process, we can’t comment on the little things that might make them different. For what we can gather at this exact moment, the two are crisp, rich in detail, offer great viewing angles, and have enough potent lighting to make out.


Now this is where things become heated, as HTC has focused a lot of its attention on building and expanding its Android experience – more so than Windows, obviously. Looking at the HTC One M8 for Android, it has manages to stand proud and tall for the distinct qualities of its Sense 6.0 interface on top of Android. As we’ve come to know, it continues to draw us to its modernized looking UI – while employing some slick software features that aren’t too dizzying in totality.

Each of the respective platform experiences has their distinct qualities, but as we’re familiar with, Windows Phone operates on a uniform platform – where its features, operation, and overall look and feel don’t drastically differ from one Windows Phone device to another. To tell you the truth, Sense 6.0 on top of Android continues to be the more compelling one between the two, as it receives more love and tender care from HTC. From its iconic looking widgets, to its integration of BlinkFeed with the homescreen, there are just more profound qualities with the Android experience. In contrast, many of experiences that make the HTC One M8 so memorable are lost – broken down to being apps instead.

Processor and Memory

Reading the specs sheet, they share the same quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC with 2GB of RAM. For high-end smartphones, their performances aren’t all that surprising, since we know the kind of beefy operations that this piece of silicon is able to deliver. The snappiness is in tow with these two, as they handle the same processes with barely any hitches.

At the bare minimum, we have 32GB of internal storage with these two – further supplemented by their microSD card slots.


Windows Phones have something to be joyful about, as the HTC One M8 for Windows is packing the same duo camera system of its Android counterpart. Yet again, the hardware present between these two are identical – so that leaves essentially the extra set of shooting modes and effects of the HTC One M8 for Android to be the main differentiator. Nonetheless, Windows Phone fans will have access to the same unique uFocus feature, allowing photos to receive that professional-grade look with the bokeh effect applied post shot.

As it currently stands, these two are shaping to rival one another, which isn’t a shocking revelation, but we’ll need to take a closer inspection later on to try and determine if there are any differences with their qualities.


HTC is still a top-contender in the Android space, where the HTC One M8 remains to be one of the best designed smartphones of the year. The more we think about it, the more we’re torn on whether or not we would’ve preferred a totally different designed or named phone for the company’s major Windows Phone powered smartphone in a while. Sure, they could’ve made some minor tweaks in the design and named it something else like the HTC Titan III, but in some strange way, their actual decision makes a whole lot of sense.

Take the stunning design of the original HTC One M8, make it run the latest Windows Phone experience, and simply call it the HTC One M8 for Windows. Yeah, it sounds crazy, or even lazy, but heck, it’s hard to deny that the brand recognition of the phone is something that resonates deeply with consumers. Throw in all of the advertising and marketing they’ve done already for the M8, it’s a logical reasoning for them to keep the established brand name with its Windows Phone.

Related phones

One (M8)
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(20h 3G talk time)
One (M8) for Windows
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(22h 3G talk time)



1. DarkStar286

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 18, 2014

Well that was utterly pointless....

12. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Now consumers can choose their favorite os.... While keeping the good looks of the handset.

13. DarkStar286

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 18, 2014

No, I meant the article was utterly pointless, not the phone. Comparing 2 identical phones was clearly going to be an exercise in futility, I don't know why they bothered.

14. michaelny2001

Posts: 345; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

i guess it should allow me to wipe out android and install windows or vice versa, otherwise not a whole lot of special.

2. RobVLC

Posts: 13; Member since: Apr 02, 2014

benchmark comparison please!!

3. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

It is basically the SAME device with windows phone installed instead of Android. The EXACT SAME DEVICE

4. Jobayer

Posts: 167; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

perfect for comparing the two OSs !!! M8 GPE vs M8 windows !!!

5. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Let the benchmarks begin lol, probably be the same. Though the 1520 proved to be the soc to beat in gaming marks

6. Smarter

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 18, 2014

You are a bit wrong. Android ist much better system in highends. See this comparison: Feature....................................M8 Android..............................M8 WP USB Host.......................................yes....​ USB Otg.........................................yes...​ Dual Sim.........................................yes...​ Mhl...............................................​ Notification LED..............................yes..............​ Apps..............................................​.more....................................less Personal adjustment of system......better................................​.worser Availability.....................................w​orldwide...........................US carrier Price.............................................​...lower..................................higher Do you see the diference? Do you see how WP destroyes this highend smartphone to the midrange phone? So what is better choose a phone with Android or with WP?

8. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

are you serious? I think you are. so sad. the only credit you have is the usb otg which is something that microsoft strangely doesnt provide. same with mhl. the capabilities are there but... microsoft is diqqing around are you saying that wp doesnt have dual sim? worser? really? what apps and their equivalents do you want that are not on wp? give me a list. I really want to know this is a new device... of course the price is higher than a phone that came out months ago ugh seriously. the only killer feature the android has over the wp is the usb otg. but seriously... give me a list of apps absent from wp that are ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY

11. Smarter

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 18, 2014

You are right. I am serious. HTC ONE M8 is a dual sim phone. That´s a fact. (there are two versions of M8 - with dual sim and without dualsim, you can choose). Personal adjustment is worser because one can not choose launcher or keyboard. There is a lot of missing apps. I am from Europe and there are very low number of local apps in my language (bank apps, vocabularies, travelling orders and so on.

17. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

give me a LIST of apps you want that are not here

9. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

I especially love how the list of missing stuff on wp is getting shorter and shorter... Microsoft is STILL dragging their arse which is why their market share is contracting carrier exclusivity does NO GOOD. wdf?

7. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

curiously enough though... the wp version has a better battery life... please do a side by side benchmark video

10. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Less stuff running on back end my 521 test phone always out lasts m8, z1s, iPhone during the day use

15. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

They should have used the same wallpaper on the M8 for Windows. Come on PA, make use of Start Screen backgrounds so that people can see a better comparison of the two. Same wallpaper and hardware, different OS.

16. Feredzhanov

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I just love comparisons of Windows phones made by Android lovers. The Android is choppy amd slaggy, even the S5 that has better and faster jarware is slaggy, but nooooo, we have to point exactly that Windows is slaggy. And ofcourse we show all differences that are pros to the Android, we tactically miss that the Windows version is rated with double battery duration. As for Smarter......branded - HTC decision, nothing to do with Windows, dual SIM - original M8 is single SIM, dual SIM is supported in Windows it's HTC that made it single SIM, apps - more but the same and half of them with ugly interface drawn on Paint, there are some of those you have to buy to see what it looks like, the only apps missing are those from Google, those that made MS to remove their YouTube app necause it doesn't work on HTML5, the Android and iOS one doesn't work on HTML5 either, but hey, cut acces from Apple amd tomorrow YouTube won't be the most popular video site, but some other, and still, the amount of apps for WP is rappidly rising. As for the MHL, I'm not quite sure, that it's not supported, since 8.1 screen projection is supported, but only the Lumia 1520/930/Icon have support for Miracast, rest get message to use a cable. Also, Android is the only OS for smartphones, that keeps all the apps up and running to get notifications, and as soon as you forget the messanger minimized - bye, bye battery..........the reason why the WP version has double duration.

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