Imagine this device running Windows Phone 8.1
HTC has been trying to re-make itself after the company fell on hard times when its Android phones were being over-shadowed by Samsung's Galaxy line of devices. While HTC has built Windows Phones in the past, it looks like they are about to go all-in with a new flagship Windows Phone that will be headed to Verizon.
The device will be called the One M8 for Windows, will support for VoLTE (voice over LTE), have BoomSound speakers, Duo camera support, and is said to arrive by the end of September.
If the device looks anything like the HTC One M8 that we recently reviewed, it will be a fantastic Windows Phone made of premium materials that should give Lumia devices a run for their money.
The next update to Windows Phone, GDR 1 (or update 1) is said to support VoLTE, so this rumor aligns to that information nicely and makes it clear that this device will not ship before that update is released. The addition of VoLTE will be a good differentiator from other devices as the improved call quality really does make a difference once you hear it.
The high-end device will surely make Microsoft happy, knowing that its partners are willing to stick with the platform even after the company bought Nokia so it could produce its own device. As Microsoft is the under-dog in the mobile market, the more premium devices the company can get into the market the better, and will only improve the company's chances of clawing market share back from Apple and Google.