HTC return to Windows Phone with the HTC One (M8)

HTC return to Windows Phone with the HTC One (M8)

It has been a few years since HTC released the HTC 8S and HTC 8X Windows Phones and today HTC have announced he HTC One (M8) Windows Phone which is the same hardware as the Android version of the phone, the first time a Windows Phone and Android phone have shared a hardware platform.

The HTC One is US only at the moment on Verizon and goes on sale today. It is the first Windows Phone to ship with Windows Phone 8.1 Update so it has Live Folders and supports special active cases, as well as the features from Windows Phone 8.1 including Action Center and Cortana. The phone has a 5 inch 1080p display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core 2.3GHz processor. It has 32GB of storage and a MicroSD card slot so you can expand the storage. There is a 5MP front camera and HTC One Duo Camera.

The Android edition ships with BlinkFeed a Flipboard type news reader and the Windows Phone version also ships with the app which is pinned as a live tile. The Dot View case is a special case that integrates with Cortana and gives you access to the phone when case is closed.

In the past I felt that HTC didn’t support Windows Phone as well as Nokia did, they didn’t have any special apps and updates didn’t come as frequently (hardware or software) so personally I prefer Nokia devices but that could change with improved support by HTC and we don’t really know how the Nokia apps are going to fair under Microsoft’s ownership.

There are no details on when or if the phone will be available outside of the US.

Via the Windows Blog.

 

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