It's been a while since we've seen a high-end device running Windows Phone 8 launch from a company other than Nokia. Despite Nokia's dominance, HTC has certainly not given up on the platform and today they're demonstrating that with the launch of a new flagship Windows Phone 8 device that you may already know very well. This new device is named the HTC One (M8) for Windows, and both its design and its hardware are essentially the same as the Android powered HTC One M8 that HTC launched earlier this year. We've laid out the specifications of the One (M8) for Windows below.

HTC One (M8) for Windows
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974ABv3) 4 x Krait 400 at 2.26GHz
Adreno 330 at 578 MHz
Memory and Storage 2GB LPDDR3, 16/32GB NAND + microSDXC
Display 5” 1920x1080 Super LCD3 at 441 ppi
Cellular Connectivity 2G / 3G / 4G LTE (Qualcomm MDM9x25 UE Category 4 LTE)
Dimensions 146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35mm max, 160 grams
Camera 4.0 MP (2688 × 1520) Rear Facing with 2.0 µm pixels, 1/3" CMOS size, F/2.0, 28mm (35mm effective) and 2.0MP rear DOF camera, 5MP F/2.0 FFC
Battery 2600 mAh (9.88 Whr)
Other Connectivity 802.11a/b/g/n/ac + BT 4.0, USB2.0, GPS/GNSS, MHL, DLNA, NFC
SIM Size Nano-SIM
Operating System Windows Phone 8.1

With regards to the hardware there's not a whole lot to be said. This really is the HTC One (M8) running Windows Phone 8 instead of Android. For an in depth look at the experience on Windows Phone 8.1 you can take a look at Anand's review of it from earlier this year. HTC has worked to also bring over some of the features they include with HTC Sense on the One (M8), which include BlinkFeed, Duo Cam, and Sense TV.

BlinkFeed makes its way over to Windows Phone 8 with the One (M8) for Windows. For those who arent familiar with it, BlinkFeed is a feature that comes on some of HTC's Android devices which aggregates Facebook and Twitter posts, news, sports information, and more into a vertically scrolling list on HTC's launcher. On Windows Phone 8 HTC doesn't have the luxury of being able to drastically alter the launcher and so BlinkFeed is included as an application which functions in the same manner as the launcher widget on Android.

Because the One (M8) for Windows shares the same hardware as the M8, HTC has brought over their post processing effects enabled by the secondary sensor in their Duo Cam camera system. In addition, we see that Video Highlights is present in the stock OS. Unfortunately, the camera app doesn't also inherit the manual controls from the M8 and so users wanting more control over the exposure of their photos will have to look to Nokia's Windows Phone devices or buy an application like ProShot which has such controls.

The One (M8) for Windows also brings along HTC Sense TV which acts as a TV guide and a universal remote that displays when your favorite shows are playing as well as recommendations for shows you may like based on what you already watch. HTC emphasized the difficulty of bringing this functionality to Windows Phone, as it required close cooperation with Microsoft to properly implement IR remote functionality.

For some users the most exciting prospect of the HTC One (M8) for Windows may come from the fact that it shares the same hardware as the One (M8). It's possible that the developer community will be able to load the firmware from the HTC One (M8) onto the device in a dual boot configuration with Windows Phone 8 so users can switch between the operating systems as they please.

Overall, this seems to be a smart move for HTC. Instead of assuming additional risk in the form of new hardware, the only resources needed are for software development. There's no need for a new production line, hardware certification is easier because the hardware should be unchanged from other variants, and cost across the board is driven down due to increased economies of scale.

The HTC One (M8) for Windows will go on sale on August 19th at 12:00PM Eastern Time through Verizon's online store, and will be available for $99 on a two year contract.

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  • andrejg - Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - link

    I have 920 WP81cyan and 1520 with 81/cyan. For most stuff I'd say, that SoC doesn't matter at all, but when I work with camer, launch camera etc..., 1520 is just faster and better.
    But fact is, as I read today's media, most judge by numbers an have no clue, what else to compare. And it is kind of crazy, as I was installing servers in 1995, that had much less computing power and storage, than my today's phone.
    Anyway, can someone put up a comparison table of 90's PC or server cpu's against today's phone cpu's?
  • Da W - Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - link

    Cause its been that way in computers forever.
  • bleh0 - Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - link

    This being a Verizon exclusive really kills this for me.
  • BMNify - Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - link

    An International version should be launched soon, so i don't care and carriers in USA are way too powerful for allowing an HTC WP8 device on all carriers, they can demand exclusives or refuse to carry such device, such tactics should have been banned and Anti-trust should focus on these but i doubt the fucked up state of USA telecom operators/ carriers can be salvaged now and returned anywhere near to the telecom markets of "Rest of the world".
  • Da W - Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - link

    Bring it to Canada plz. Gonna sell my HTC one (M7) and my HTC 8X for this one!
  • Devilstar - Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - link

    For me as we'll, if it was on AT&T or even better sprint (which I am already on) it would be a n brainer for me to drop my m7 (and give to he wife haha )
  • BMNify - Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - link

    Good news for you, AT&T have confirmed that they will be carrying this phone soon :) I guess maybe 3 months max exclusive for Verizon as AT&T won't confirm unless the launch was near.
  • BMNify - Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - link

    Micro SD card implementation is the best in WP8.1 as stated by Anandtech :) As WP8.1 allows you to install apps and games to Micro SD, the 8.1 update 1 added the capability to even store OS updates on SD card, so that you can update the OS even if you have low phone storage.
  • BMNify - Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - link

    @Brandon: Can you recheck your camera app information as wpcentral is reporting quite the opposite to what you have posted, here is the camera app info from wpcentral:

    "There are still a few surprises on the software side from HTC, but they come in the form of apps. You can use the stock Windows Phone camera app if you want, or you can use the camera app from HTC. The UI and controls of this camera app are carried over from the one found on the Android version of the HTC One M8. With it you get control over ISO levels, white balance, exposure value and more. You can switch between various modes like HDR, panorama, anti-shake, landscape, portrait and more. You can also use UFocus to change the focus point of your photos after you've taken them."
  • Brandon Chester - Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - link

    I'll have to check with Josh. He was the one who ended up doing the hands on with the phone itself.

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