Verizon to get HTC One (W8) for Windows Phone on August 21
Reports that HTC would be reconfiguring their popular Android based One M8 for Windows Phone have been circulating for months with Verizon as the flag bearer, but details of the device – and release – are now coming into focus. Tonight, Engadget is reporting that the name of the phone is called "One (M8) for Windows," which is a little awkward, although if you drop the M8 it has a nice ring to it.
Engadget reports that they phone should launch by on "Verizon during the third quarter, or no later than the end of September" although our sources tell us that Microsoft Stores have a planning date of August 20 with a launch on the 21st. The off-contract, full price of the phone is listed at $610 with on-contract price most likely nearing $199. The name is also confirmed as "One (M8) for Windows" according to documents we have seen.
Indeed, Microsoft Stores are getting ready to take stock of numerous accessories, including the Dot View case that leverages the new 'smart cover' feature found in Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1. The One M8 for Windows comes in silver, as expected and since cases like Otterbox and Speck with the M8 designation are in the plan, it is very likely that the W8 is an exact clone of the M8. Interestingly, the W8 is the first Windows Phone to support Voice over LTE (VoLTE), which is once again yet another feature of Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, making this phone highly likely to ship with the update on board.
There is no word, at the moment, of other carriers are following Verizon, as so far they are the only one listed as launching the phone, leaving AT&T users on the side.
Finally, the W8 is supposed to sport BoomSound (opens in new tab) and Duo cameras, with the former giving a significant boost in audio and the latter greatly improving the imaging.
More information is expected in the coming weeks. For now, you can read the full review of the Android HTC One M8 at Android Central to see what is in store.
Anyone here excited about the prospect of picking up the HTC One for Windows? Let us know.
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2015, JAN, new phone, lumia680
WP has 10% marketshare in Europe, close to nothing in Japan and US. Guess why.
The definition of insanity - Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
At this point, with respect to the mobile phone market, I can only hypothesize that MS/Nokia's Windows Phone strategy is insane.
Nokia was reported to be working on a very similar concept to the Duo Camera (also 2 cameras setup) Completion is good! Makes OEMs try different approaches & experiment with different stuff.
I'm being objective here.
It's true. I have VZW as my work paid for phone and ATT for my personal. I use my personal phone for work conference calls because Verizon drops to many calls. And CDMA data outside of LTE is dial up. Just terrible.
Bet hey congrats people who overpay!
I'm definitely excited for "One (M8) For Windows" !!!!! Excited, don't even describe it! Couple of questions Daniel,
- Did you hear if its a completely Verizon exclusive like the Ativ SE? Or will HTC release it world wide with Verizon being the exclusive carrier in the US?
- is the Silver gonna be the only color available? Or we will also get that sweet GunMetal Grey one?
Currently HTC has the worst cameras on any Android device. Even Samsung's S5 has a better camera. And since I don't believe HTC will spend a single cent developing any new tech for the W8, it's gonna come with the horrible 4 "UltraPixel" dual camera the M8 has.
(also, I disagree regarding the camera quality. There's only one company that can come close to Nokia standards in that field and that is Sony...)
Would the specifications all likely be the same as the HTC One M8? I guess I'll look them up on Bing.
I miss my HTC TouchPro2 with its physical sliding keyboard and tilting screen.
2. Support. Back with WP7 HTC was the dominant WP manufacturer until Nokia came along. Since the 8X and 8S support has been lackluster at best from what I've seen. This might change with 8.1 but idk if it will. Other than that, it looks like it'll be a great phone. Where I live everyone buys their phones outright so if an international variant is available that should be nice. Glad to see HTC making a comeback. It's refreshing not to see just Lumias being released.
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