It looks that Microsoft is seriously looking at getting as many OEMS as possible on the Windows Phone 8.1 bandwagon. And now that the first update brings some useful features onboard, there are even more reasons to embrace it. HTC is allegedly one of the companies that is interested in continuing its partnership with Microsoft, after it had previously released such Windows Phone-based handsets as the 8S and the 8X.
HTC has started sending out invitations to a press event set to take place in New York City on August 19, and if recent rumors, leaks and hearsay are anything to go by, we’re going to witness the launch of the same HTC One M8 featuring Windows Phone 8.1.
The new flavor of HTC One M8 is said to become available for Verizon’s customers starting August 21. While HTC hasn’t disclosed any details or hints, it’s interesting to note that invitations have been sent to websites focused on Microsoft’s mobile OS. WPCentral says that the new handset won’t be called HTC One (M8) but it will actually feature the name of HTC One (W8).
The Windows Phone 8.1-based HTC One M8 version is said to sport about the same hardware specs as those of the Android flagship, including the all-metal body design. Thus, it could feature a 5-inch touchscreen display capable of delivering a full HD resolution, a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, as well as by 16GB or 32GB of internal memory. A microSD memory card slot could support up to 128GB of internal memory.
The upcoming HTC One W8 is also said to measure 36 x 70.6 x 9.35mm and weigh 160 grams. It could arrive in three color versions – Gunmetal Gray, Glacial Silver, and Amber Gold. Initially, it could be made exclusive to Verizon and it will also include support for Verizon’s new Voice over LTE (VoLTE), being the first Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone to feature it.
It could get the same Dot View Case that was released alongside the Android variant. This would make sense, since Windows Phone 8.1 Update comes with features that include support for smart covers. It could get other special features like BoomSound and Duo camera. There’s a little more than 2 weeks before the launch, and that’s when we’ll know more about this.