Smartphone makers have been releasing miniature versions of their flagship phones for quite some time and by now we are accustomed to such practice. Samsung went even further and is offering several models of the Galaxy S5 each one focusing on a different feature, just like it did last year with the Galaxy S4. What we haven’s so far is a variant of a flagship phone running a different operating system. Until today. A few hours ago HTC announced Windows Phone version of the HTC One M8 for Verizon and the phone is now available at carrier stores.
HTC One M8 Windows Phone for Verizon
The HTC One M8 with WP platform on board is exclusive to Verizon Wireless, so don’t go looking for it on other carriers. Like the original One M8, the WP variant is priced at $99.99 with a two-year contract. If you prefer to pay off the device in monthly installments, you can opt for Verizon Edge and have the handset for $29.99 per month. Full retail price is set at $599.99. The new One M8 is up for grabs from Verizon’s online store today and will arrive at physical locations tomorrow (August 20th).
The main, and in fact only, difference between the WP variant of the HTC One M8 and the Android model is the operating system. The phone runs the latest version of Microsoft’s platform complete with Cortana, the brand new notification center, Wi-Fi Sense, Data Sense, Battery Sense and a few more cool tricks. Despite running on different OS, the device keeps HTC’s most popular features such as BlinkFeed, SenseTV, Video Highlights, and BoomSound.
As far as hardware is concerned, HTC didn’t surprise us with any changes. You still get the same 5-inch 1080p display, quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, Ultra-pixel main camera and 5-megapixel user-facing camera. The premium aluminum design remains unchanged too, so with the screen turned off you won’t be able to tell it apart from the Android version.
Users who prefer Windows Phone system over Android don’t have too many options to choose from. The platform is mostly commonly found on Nokia phones with very few other brands offering WP devices. For this reason, the Windows Phone version of the HTC One M8 could be an interesting alternative to the Finnish phones.