If you thought HTC’s recent naming strategy was hella lazy, get ready for this. The phone logically rumoured as the HTC One W8 (M8 + Windows = W8) has just emerged as the – wait for it – “HTC One (M8) for Windows”. Good lord.
Silly name aside, the HTC One M8 for Windows is arguably one of the most interesting smartphone releases of the year, essentially taking the Android-fuelled One M8 and shoving Windows Phone on board.
In terms of specs and hardware, the One M8 for Windows is the exact same phone as HTC’s current Android flagship, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Quite the opposite, in fact.
For starters, you’re getting a 5in 1080p display all wrapped up in a decidedly premium aluminium unibody. Yeah, ultimately you might want to shove a cover on it (maybe HTC’s own Dot View case), but the HTC One M8 for Windows looks outrageously sexy out of the box. Stop that.
Other HTC One M8 for Windows specs include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor (a first for Windows Phone), 2GB of RAM, 32GB internal storage, and a microSD slot for expansion.
As for the rear camera, the HTC One M8 for Windows offers – you guessed it – the same dealio as its Android-based brother, so you’ve got the 4MP UltraPixel camera paired with a second unit for depth effects and whatnot.
Other bells and whistles include front BoomSound stereo speakers, while your personal organiser is – not Google Now but – Windows Phone Cortana.
HTC Advantage means your first cracked screen is repaired for free, though – here’s the killer – there’s no word just yet on a UK release for the One M8 for Windows.
For what it’s worth, the HTC One M8 for Windows is available now, exclusively on Verizon, where it costs $100 on contract. Son of a…
Thoughts? Is this the Windows Phone you’ve been waiting for, or a mere cursory nod to our third-place operating system?