HTC One M8 for Windows with WP8.1 goes official; Specs and Price
Not surprised ! just like we thought, HTC has finally unveiled the most rumored and anticipated Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone previously known as HTC One W8, and officially as HTC One M8 for Windows, so don’t get confused by its look and name. Yes the same device and same name but different OS for those who want a change and experience the Windows Phone in a premium body. HTC announced its new device at press event scheduled for today. The smartphone is exactly like its Android counterpart except for the OS and Windows Phone print on the back. The device will be exclusive to Verizon at least now and available online.
HTC’s emergence with M8 for Windows Phone is certainly going to give its competitors, especially Nokia a run for their money. The smartphone with premium metal body unlike Nokia’s poly-carbonate casing certainly looks better despite a bit of bezel around the display making the device a bit bulky. The phone has same curvy back and round corners and device comes in Gunmetal Gray. HTC One M8 for Windows is the latest one in the lineup from the company in couple of years after Windows Phone 8X and 8S release and this shows the HTC’s serious look into the OS and its wish to enter to a major battle with other Windows Phone devices.
In terms of specs, there is no much difference compared to its Android version. The M8 for Windows is powered by a Snapdragon 801 chipset and CPU clocked at 2.3GHz making it the fastest WP8.1 device yet. The WP8.1 phone has 5″ 1080p Super LCD 3 touchscreen and packs 2GB of RAM, 32GB of built-in storage and a microSD card slot supporting up to 128GB storage..
When it comes to camera, HTC has kept the Duo camera setup with 4MP UltraPixel camera. The additional camera helps depth-measurements and special effects. The primary shhoter can capture videos at 1080p resolution with HDR. The device has 5MP of front-facing shooter for video call. The device boasts proprietary HTC ImageChip 2.
For connectivity, the One M8 for Windows offers all the usual features that includes Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX, NFC, a microUSB 2.0 port, infrared port and LTE support. It supports Microsoft Project My Screen with which you can operate the device on PC via USB connection.
In the software department, the device running on Windows Phone 8.1 with the new Cortana digital assistant has got HTC’s own tweaking so as to differentiate its device from other ones in the market. Some those touches include HTC’s own Camera app, BlinkFeed which offers a combination news reader and social networking app and Sense TV.HTC has kept three of the most popular Duo effects from Android: UFocus, Foregrounder, and Dimension Plus. Verizon also joins the party with its NFL Mobile application, for customers adding the device to its More Everything plan.
Finally the pricing and availability, the HTC One (M8) for Windows is available from the carrier starting today for a promotional price of $100. The device is also offered on $30 a month on the Verizon Edge program. The device is released in stores tomorrow.
HTC also throws in its the HTC Advantage program which offers a free one-time replacement if you crack the device in first six month. There is also HTC Dot View case that you can use to protect it. So that is all about the new HTC One M8 for Windows, but are you in a dilemma or gonna get this one over its Android counterpart?. Leave your comment in the box.