What happens if you take HTC’s latest flagship phone and replace the Android operating system with Windows Phone? Apparently you get the HTC One (M8) for Windows… a new phone that’s available in the United States exclusively from Verizon.
Update: And AT&T.

You can pick one up starting this afternoon for $100 when you sign up for a 2-year contract.

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The hardware for the new HTC One (M8) for Windows is identical to the Android version  and you can even use the HTC Dot View Case with it. Like the Android version, this phone also includes a dual-lens camera that lets you adjust the depth of field on photos even after you snap them.

But since the phone runs Microsoft’s Windows Phone software instead of Android you don’t get the HTC Sense user interface. Instead the software looks a lot like what you’d get if you bought a recent Nokia Lumia device.

That includes the Cortana voice assistant feature, a customizable home screen with Live Tiles, and support for apps from the Windows Store rather than the Google Play Store (which is probably the biggest down-side to opting for this phone, since there are hundreds of thousands of Android apps that aren’t available for Windows Phone.

In terms of hardware, the phone features a 5 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display, stereo front-facing speakers, 2GB of RAM, a 2600mAh battery, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, and 16GB or 32GB of storage as well as a microSD card slot.

via PR Newswire

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6 replies on “HTC launches One (M8) with Windows Phone software”

  1. It’s neat that it seems to keep the dual lens camera features that is has with Android. I wonder how the two compare in terms of picture quality. Exactly the same or maybe their Android camera software has an edge since it’s more mature. Also unibody metal casing is something no Windows Phone has had yet.

    The only other current high end Windows Phones are the Lumia 930/Icon and Lumia 1520. The Icon is only for Verizon, the 930 isn’t coming to the U.S. and the 1520 is a phablet so the M8 is a nice addition to Windows Phone.

  2. Windows Phone.. stick a negative in front of the price, or the letters MIR after and then I might go for the deal.

    When that happens then I’ll have a free M8/WP to give away to anyone who wants it.
    Anyone?
    Hello?
    Oh.

  3. I hope HTC has a contract where Microsoft guarantees payment for all the phones produced.

  4. Wow who saw this coming?
    Of course who was looking for it in the first place?

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