Information about HTC launching alternative version of their HTC One M8 running Windows Phone have been going round for months. Now few more details concerning the handset have come to the light. The phone will be released this August with Verizon as its carrier. So, the HTC One M8 isn’t only a serious rival in the race for “the best 2014 Android phone” title, but it also might be the dark horse of “the best 2014 Windows Phone” race as well.
HTC One M8 Windows Phone 8.1 coming as HTC One W8?
According to the sources with information on the Microsoft’s launching plans, the new HTC flagship with Windows Phone may be called the One W8 or One M8 for Windows. The new HTC’s handset will be equipped with the giving significant audio boost BoomSound speakers and the greatly enhancing imaging depth-sensing Duo camera. Both features are well- known for all the Android-based HTC One M8 users.
But apparently, the company don’t intend to rest on their laurels and want to impress their new prospective customers with adding something new to the already known product, especially when the sales of the Android- based version of the smartphone are gradually decreasing. What resulted in the decision, that the HTC One for Windows will be the first smartphone to support Voice over LTE, so the Windows Phone users won’t wait too long to enjoy the high quality calls.
It is still something of an enigma whether the phone will go on sales with ready to use VoLTE, but even if it won’t be launched with the preloaded VoLTE, the Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 will solve the problem by adding the support. And since the Microsoft stores are preparing to sell additional accessories for the device, such as: the Dot View case with ‘smart cover’ supported by the Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, the HTC One for Windows is hugely probable to be released with the Update 1 on the board.
Speaking of the smartphone’s appearance , it will be launched in silver cover, with cases like Otterbox and Speck in the plans. Furthermore, the phone will host the Verizon logo on its back.
The HTC One for Windows will be available in two options. You may decide whether you want to buy the phone at its full retail price which is estimated at $610, or whether you want to sign a two-year contract that will give you the opportunity to purchase the device for only $200. The decision is yours.
The smartphone is expected to be launched on August 21 via Microsoft Store; then by the end of September, it will be added to the Verizon offer. So far, there is no word on the street whether the HTC One for Windows will be launched by any other carrier.