updated 11:23 am EDT, Tue August 19, 2014
Windows Phone version of HTC One M8 uses same specifications as Android original
HTC has launched the Windows Phone version of its One M8 flagship at an event in New York. The HTC One (M8) for Windows is a metal-clad smartphone with the same specifications as the Android original, including an identical five-inch 1080p display, quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.3GHz, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of expandable storage.
Just as with the original, this version includes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and IR connectivity, along with LTE over Verizon's cellular network. On the back is the same 4MP Ultrapixel camera with the extra DuoCamera sensor, allowing for DSLR-style bokeh and other visual effects, while on the front is a 5-megapixel camera with 1080p video recording and a HDR mode. A 2,600mAh battery and Gorilla Glass 3 front screen protection are also included.
As it uses Windows Phone 8.1 instead of Android, the user experience has changed considerably. Aside from the use of Live Tiles, Microsoft's Cortana virtual assistant is onboard, along with the new Action Center for notifications and messages, as well as Apps Corner for sandboxing apps and folders. The One M8's Dot View case is also usable on the phone, with Cortana accessible and providing reminders without needing to open the case.
Verizon will start selling the HTC One (M8) for Windows online today, with store sales beginning tomorrow. As a launch promotion, Verizon is charging $100 for the device with a two-year contract, or $30 per month under Verizon Edge.