HTC One M8 for Windows officially announced with Windows Phone 8.1
As expected, HTC One M8 for Windows officially announced at a press event in Bellevue, Washington. Being as the company’s first Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone, the One M8 for Windows is so far exclusive to the US market although some similar plans would also be there for global regions as well.
The HTC One M8 for Windows comes with the same specification list that originally enclosed with its Android counterpart. This means that the Windows Phone smartphone features a 5-inch 1080p (full-HD) display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset with a 2.3GHz quad-core Krait 400 CPU and 2GB of RAM.
The smartphone has Duo Camera setup with a 4-megapixel primary sensor which the company called Ultrapixel. There is dual-LED flash to give details under dark and a 5-megapixel camera is available on the front with a wide-angle lens to enable decent selfies and VoIP support.
HTC has provided a support for CDMA network to provide Verizon connectivity and 4G LTE is available to give high-speed data and voice connectivity. Aside network connectivity, there is Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, A-GPS, NFC, Infrared and a microUSB port along with USB On-the-Go (USB OTG) support.
There is non-removable 2600mAh battery to give up to 24 hours of talk time on a 3G network. The smartphone has 32GB internal storage along with microSD card support for further expansion up to 128GB.
Unlike its Android version, the HTC One M8 for Windows has Windows Phone 8.1 Update which comes with Live Tiles and Cortana integration. Users can access the pre-installed Microsoft Project My Screen service to mirror the screen content on a large screen desktop or notebook.
On announcing the HTC One M8 for Windows, Jason Mackenzie, president of HTC Americas, said:
“Consumers love the HTC One (M8) and today’s introduction extends that enthusiasm to new audiences hungry for choice in their mobile experience. HTC fills a gap in the market for unique devices that put a premium on form and function. Microsoft shares our vision, and that’s why we committed to bringing the Windows Phone platform to the HTC One (M8).”
The HTC One M8 for Windows comes under HTC Advantage program to give users an advantage to claim for free cracked screen replacement within six months after purchase and also get software updates. Besides, there is an option to get DotView case for $25 to get further protection.
HTC has partnered with Verizon Wireless for launching the HTC One M8 for Windows in the US through its stores and online channels starting today. With this partnership, Verizon subscribers can opt for the new smartphone by spending $99.99 with a new two-year contract for a limited time or $29.99 per month on Verizon Edge.