HTC has finally took the wraps off HTC One M8’s variant for Windows Phone. The company, despite all the rumors that hinted to “HTC One W8 for Windows” moniker is going with HTC One M8 for Windows. It is its yet another attempt at making Windows Phone powered devices. Unlike the company’s previous Windows Phones– 8S and 8X, the HTC One M8 for Windows is a high-end flagship smartphone.

HTC One M8

Much like HTC One M8, its Windows Phone counterpart carries the same design, and hardware specifications. The phone has smooth aluminum shell with rounded corners. The device has the same 5-inch 1080p display and the same Snapdragon 801 chip inside. The only difference being, instead of running Android KitKat, the smartphone comes with Windows Phone 8.1 out of the box.

The smartphone also comes with its Dot View Case, and features company’s signature BoomSound speakers. The company is also pushing several of its exclusive apps, such as its news reader, BlinkFeed to the Windows Phone.

Specification of HTC One M8 for Windows

  • Display: 5-inch with 1080P screen resolution
  • Processor: Qualcomm MSM8974AB Snapdragon 801
  • Camera: Primary Dual 4 MP, 2688х1520 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash,5MP front-facing camera
  • Battery: 2600 mAh
  • Connectivity: 4G LTE, 3G, Wifi, 2G, Bluetooth

Exclusive features on HTC One M8 for Windows that you won’t get in Lumia smartphones

There are several features that HTC one M8 with Windows offer that you won’t find on any other smartphone, including and especially Lumia smartphones which account for over 95% of all Windows Phone powered devices around the world.

First of all is the metal body, there is just no other Windows Phone powered device which is carpeted with aluminium. Second is the front facing stereo speakers. There is no other phone that comes with IR blaster either, nor does any feature dual-tone LED flash. While vast majority of Windows Phones come with 5MP shooter at the back, there is no phone — not even Lumia 1020 which has 41MP camera — with 5M front camera.

The smartphone also comes with its Dot View Case, and features company’s signature BoomSound speakers. The company is also pushing several of its exclusive apps, such as its news reader, BlinkFeed to the Windows Phone.

Availability

HTC One M8 for Windows is exclusively available through Verizon in the US, where it will be put on sale in a few hours from now for $99 on 2-year contract, or $29.99/month on the same network. At this point it is not known when it will become available on other regions, and how much it will cost when it does.


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Manish is pursuing a degree in Computer Science and Engineering but spends more time in writing about technology. He has written for a number of Indian and international publications including BetaNews, BGR India, WinBeta, MakeTechEasier, MediaNama, and Digit magazine among others. When not writing, you would find him ranting about the state of digital journalism on Twitter.