HTC One (M8) for Windows offers Windows Phone instead of Android, will launch later todayAlex Wagner - Editorial Director of News and Content
After leaking out several times, including on Verizon’s own website, the HTC One (M8) for Windows is now officially official.
The HTC One (M8) for Windows is basically a Windows Phone 8.1 version of the Android-powered HTC One (M8) that launched earlier this year. That includes its spec sheet, which looks just like the Android One (M8)’s:
- 5-inch 1080p display
- 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor
- Duo Camera setup with UltraPixel rear sensor
- 5-megapixel front-facing camera
- 32GB of storage, microSD slot with support for cards up to 128GB
- 2GB of RAM
- BoomSound front-facing speakers
- DotView case support
- Windows Phone 8.1
- 2600mAh battery
The One (M8) for Windows isn’t stopping at copying the One (M8) for Android’s look and specs, though. It’s also taking its speedy launch strategy. Verizon says that the HTC One (M8) for Windows will be available online starting at 12:00 p.m. ET today, August 19, for $99 with a two-year contract. Those that prefer a brick and mortar shopping experience will be able to snag a One (M8) for Windows from Verizon stores tomorrow, August 20. It’s also worth noting that the One (M8) for Windows is a Verizon exclusive.
It’s been quite a while since we’ve seen any new Windows Phone hardware from HTC, but the One (M8) for Windows is a great way for HTC to get back into the Live Tile game. The One (M8) is widely thought of as one of the best Android phones on the market, and so it should have no problem becoming a contender for the title of “Top Windows Phone,” especially since the hardware pickings on that platform are a bit more slim than with Android.