The One W8 melds Windows Phone style with HTC design

A leaked press render of the Windows Phone-based HTC One M8 has finally emerged on Verizon's site showing a similar design to the Android counterpart. The all-metal phone is shown in a slate grey finish and comes with the trademarked HTC BoomSound speakers along with Microsoft's Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 operating system with on-screen navigation keys.

What's interesting in this render is that the lower speaker grill appears to be skewed further to the bottom than the Android-powered HTC One M8. It's unclear if this is an intentional design feature (the image is found hosted on Verizon's servers, after all) or an intentional image manipulation. The phone is rumored to be introduced at an event on August 21st and could also go by the name HTC One M8 for Windows.

Bigger this time

In addition to the BoomSound speakers, it appears that the HTC One M8 will also carry over the IR blaster to control your TV and home entertainment system, at least if the appearance of the TV Live Tile on the Start screen is any indication. Other carry-overs from Android would include a 5-inch 1080p resolution display, 4G LTE support, and the dual camera setup on the rear.

Also interesting is the addition of a "BlinkFeed" tile. BlinkFeed is HTC's custom home screen experience on Android, intelligently pulling in news and social streams. It's not entirely clear how it would work on Windows Phone, though like Samsung and Nokia's customizations it'd provide a differentiating software experience.

Are you excited about an all-metal HTC One M8 for Windows Phone? Will this be your next phone purchase?

Source: Verizon (for now); Via PC Mag