Over the past few months, we have heard multiple rumors about a Windows Phone running HTC device. The most recent leak said that the device would be an exact replica of the popular One M8 smartphone released earlier this year.
Looks like these rumors were bang on target as HTC unveiled its first Windows Phone device today. The last two Windows devices from the company were HTC 8X and 8S, both of which were not quite successful.
However, things have changed for HTC as well as Microsoft since 2012. The Redmond Company recently acquired Nokia to strengthen its mobile division, while HTC is having luck with its One series smartphones, especially its flagship lineup, One M7 and One M8.
Given that HTC One M8 is one of the hottest smartphones released this year, it’s not surprising that Microsoft contacted the Taiwanese giant for a Windows version of the flagship.
In fact, the only major difference between the current flagship model and this version is the operating system its running. The phone comes with the latest Windows 8.1.1 operating system instead of the traditional Android plus Sense UI.
Like the rumors hinted, the company even named the device as HTC One M8 for Windows which shows that apart from the operating system, almost everything else is the same as the flagship model.
The device comes with the same hardware as One M8. Inside, there’s a Snapdragon 801 chipset, which makes it the fastest Windows device yet. Further, there’s 2GB RAM onboard along with 32GB internal storage which can be expanded via a MicroSD card slot.
HTC has also incorporated Duo camera on this device. So, you can adjust the depth and focus on an image even after it’s taken. There’s also a front shooter of 5MP like the Android version.
For those who liked Blinkfeed, the Windows version has it too. But instead of just a swipe away, you have an app to access the feeds. Also, the infrared port on the device works as a remote control, even though Windows Phone OS doesn’t traditionally support it.
However, there are some differences between the Android and the Windows model. For example, on the back, there’s a Windows Phone logo below the HTC logo. Also, it will come with Microsoft’s virtual assistant Cortana.
In short, HTC One M8 for Windows looks like a great device for Windows Phone fans. The phone will be available exclusively on Verizon for a promotional price of $100 starting today.
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