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HTC introduces One M8 for Windows Phone


Good news for all users of Microsoft's Windows Phone mobile operating system: two years after HTC launched its Windows Phone flagship model 8X the Taiwanese manufacturer now offers another high-end model with the Microsoft OS, giving consumers more choice. Today HTC has revealed a Windows Phone version of the HTC One M8, originally launched with Google's Android OS in March this year.

The One M8 for Windows is currently an exclusive model for Verizon in the US and comes with identical hardware to its Android sibling. However, on the software side of things Windows Phone 8.1 is running the show. Despite the OS swap HTC users will still find the familiar Sense UI apps on the device, including BlinkFeed and the HTC Camera. 

Of course this also means you'll be able to use the One M8's unique Duo Cam features in a Windows Phone environment. If the HTC One M8 for Windows looks appealing, you can check out the image quality, features and operation of its camera in our full review of the Android version. We have no reason to assume camera performance will be any difference on the One M8 for Windows but we hope to get a test unit soon to confirm.

Key Photographic/Video Specification:

  • 4MP 1/3-inch CMOS sensor, 2.0 um pixel pitch
  • F2.0 aperture
  • 28mm equivalent focal length
  • 1080p video
  • Slow-motion video
  • 5MP, F2.0 front camera

Other Specifications:

  • 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-Core CPU
  • Windows Phone 8.1
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16 or 32GB storage
  • microSD card up to 128GB
  • 5.0-inch, 1080p display (441 ppi)
  • 2600 mAh battery

Via: GSM Arena



Total comments: 22

I would think that it's a good thing for WP. I happen to enjoy the OS. My L925 runs well and takes great snaps. I'm happy to see HTC making a Great offering. And yes if this hit's T-MO US I will grab it. It's one nice device. be that if it's running Android or WP8.1 though the later gets better battery life and is a little faster.

Michael Piziak

Microsoft missed the ship on smart phones.


Hello, MS basically invent smartphones, more than decade ago. Are you 3 years old?

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Michael Piziak

I nearly laughed myself out of my seat when I read that you typed that Microsoft invented the smartphone. I guess the next thing you'll type is that Al Gore invented the internet.
But seriously, the modern day smartphone was invented by Apple with the first iPhone, then Android became the next modern smartphone and competed with the iPhone, then Microsoft attempted to catch up with their version [the Windows phone] but they still haven't caught on with the masses - most folks want an iPhone or Android smartphone because those are the ones that hundreds of thousands of apps are available for. Or one could throw away fun and get a Windows phone and do real work and run office - boring !

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" nearly laughed myself out of my seat when I read that you typed that Microsoft invented the smartphone. "

Well, actually, the first true smartphone powerhouses, starting with 2004, did run Windows Mobile. They were, hardware capabilities-wise, far superior to Symbian (the then-common smartphone OS) and Palm OS only later received GSM support.

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"I nearly laughed myself"

You should. Its better to laugh than to write stupid comments edited 3 times.

Tonkotsu Ramen

*shakes head*


I thought HTC abandoned the 4MP low-light camera concept...?

Lars Rehm

no, it's still alive and kicking in their top-end model.


I have recently tried the LLS (low light shot) mode on a Galaxy S3, and must say I'm impressed.

From the limited number of shots I made I'm guessing it uses some sort of multi-shot tech in order to reduce noise.

The end result is an impressive, noise-free, at least 4MP-worth image.
AND you still have 8MP pictures in daylight.

With high computing power, fast burst rate (S3 is excellent in that regard) & high MP count you don't need bigger pixels.


If you're gonna go Windows Phone, Nokia is the way to go.. the Nokia suite of apps is awesome, esp. the Drive and Here maps. And they give you dedicated WP hardware, not, recycled last generation cr@p with a different OS rom.

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Recall when everybody was pleading with Nokia to release their great phone hardware ... in Android?


Well, given that there still isn't a single Android handset to dethrone the 808 (or even the 1020), I can rightfully assume Nokia could have been much more successful with high-end Android handsets; for example, with a direct Android-based remake (with an armv7 CPU and a higher-res screen, obviously) of the 808.


Great M8 body with usable lagFree OS finally!


Who cares about Windows for phones?? Learn from Nokia's mistake.

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I do! I love my Ativ S!


I do.
I absolutely love the live tiles and how smooth the OS feels.


Yeah learn from their misstake!

As soon as Nokia decided to make Windows Phone devices, I bought stock in Nokia.

Thanks to Nokias big "mistake" i tripled my Money when Microsoft bought them!

Whish more such mistakes comes my way! :-)

Ben O Connor

Front faced speakers are the only thing that I miss on my 1520.

Very good decision HTC.


Wish it can be made dual boot just like the HTC HD2.


In XDA-Devs we trust ;-)

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