HTC One M8 for Windows: ‘going Microsoft’ just got a little more tempting

HTC One M8 for Windows: ‘going Microsoft’ just got a little more tempting

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?

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17 comments

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 20, 2014 at 14:19

That is one (pun) of the dumbest names ever devised for a devise....

mightyforest  Aug. 20, 2014 at 16:03

Must admit being a fan of the Nokia Lumias that this just adds something different to what the Lumias do currently,the shape and design is very nice and subtle, only thing that concerns me is the camera, having played with it Jan can you recommend the camera ?? i know it wont be on par with the likes of the 1020 but being on par with at least an 8mp camera may tempt me

mrew42  Aug. 20, 2014 at 16:15

Just my 2p worth, I like the camera on the M8 (better IMO than iPhone 5s & SGS3/4/5), but I haven't used a Lumia.

mrew42  Aug. 20, 2014 at 16:21

https://mega.co.nz/#!VpRSwLoL!3qdrz4kE5ez4ohGeQK9uEaFgBvU4v3HIWRIR89FNVYI
I don't know what you mean, what Pigeon?

mrew42  Aug. 20, 2014 at 16:23

I love it when posting pictures fails so miserably
https://app.box.com/s/00hu240eyr8sv67rbq7g

mrew42  Aug. 20, 2014 at 16:25

I give up

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 20, 2014 at 16:30

Mightyforest, the M8 camera beats the Lumias' when you need quick snapshots fast.
Its autofocus is very fast even in cr*ppy light. Absolutely beats the 930, 1020 and 1520 I used. However, it's very iffy in high contrast areas - shadow and light....
But I do like it - great for actionshots ...
For well planned shots however the Lumias are superior.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 20, 2014 at 21:53

I love it when posting pictures fails so miserably
https://app.box.com/s/00hu240eyr8sv67rbq7g


You have a tiny tiny cat... Is that taken with the M8?

mrew42  Aug. 21, 2014 at 08:13

I love it when posting pictures fails so miserably
https://app.box.com/s/00hu240eyr8sv67rbq7g


You have a tiny tiny cat... Is that taken with the M8?


Yep. He's next door's Ginger Tom. And he's much bigger than he seems there...

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 21, 2014 at 08:58

Not a bad pic... my cats are currently examining it for signs of editing :D

mrew42  Aug. 21, 2014 at 10:51

Not that I do much editing of course... but it's all in the meta data. :P

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 21, 2014 at 11:21

I usually just create some balance with Snapseed... When the bright bits are too much and the darks are too dark ...

mrew42  Aug. 21, 2014 at 11:23

Oh, me too. It's just me showing off that I get it right first time :p:p:p

mrew42  Aug. 21, 2014 at 11:37

BTW, This photo Gallery produced by Engadget from an M8
https://www.flickr.com/photos/phonewisdom/sets/72157642913906483/

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 21, 2014 at 11:43

Not too bad...

Have you tried the new web viewer for the 3D Dimension Plus images?
Bit buggy, but okay

mrew42  Aug. 23, 2014 at 10:22

No, I'll take a look. Thanks

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 23, 2014 at 10:57

No, I'll take a look. Thanks

I noticed it's not working on Firefox on desktop...
Chrome?

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