HTC One (M8) for Windows finally unveiled

After months of speculation and leaks, HTC has finally unveiled the new HTC One(M8) for Windows.

The HTC One (M8) for Windows is not surprising in any way, but that’s not the say it isn’t a super impressive phone. The One (M8) for Windows is basically identical to its Android counterpart and this includes the sleek design and super powerful internals.

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HTC One (M8) for Windows specs:

  • Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1
  • 2.3 GHz quad-core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
  • 32 GB internal storage; micro SD (up to 128 GB)
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 5-inch Full HD, Super LCD3 display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3; 441 ppi
  • 2600 mAh battery
  • Size: 146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm
  • Weight: 160g
  • HTC UltraPixel camera; 5 MP front-facing camera
  • Nano SIM
  • NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, Miracast, DLNA
  • HTC Boomsound
  • U-Focus
  • HTC Dot View case with Cortana integration - there's also a limited edition Xbox cover

The HTC One will initially launches in the US on Verizon today(!) although a European launch is expected to arrive in the near future. Pricing starts at $99 with a two-year contract.

The handset has been a long time in the making with numerous leaks and rumors coming out over the past six months; but now that it's finally out it will be interesting to see how the market reacts.

This is most definitely a flagship Windows Phone with premium specs, and it's the first time users will have a pure choice in terms of OS: same device on both Android and Windows Phone. The HTC One (M8) for Windows may well prove to be hit, at least if sales reps are fair when they talk to customers.

The event is now over but we'll have more photos shortly.

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Another carrier exclusive. If Microsoft wants to be serious about improving market share for WP, they need to end this exclusivity crap, I just don't understand why Microsoft doesn't see this

If the hardware is the same as the Android, I wonder if dual booting of some sort might be possible (or even swap out the OS at will).

I was still hoping at the last minute they would announce that it had Qi charging. I'd rather have that than the new dot case.

this phone will be getting released later in the year on other carriers, I wouldn't be surprised if rogers or telus picked this up, or worst case there will be other NA variants.

Glad to see HTC onboard, again, offering their highest-end phone with WP, with pretty much no compromises; exclusive apps, the dot cover, IR blaster, etc.

This is the dedication that an OS needs to catch on.

Now if only samsung did that... although they and MS don't seem to be very fond of each other nowadays.

Waiting for Sony to release the Z2/Z3 WP modification. Still I like their design and hardware more, so about waterproof and battery points of the phone.

That's the number one thing I hate about the OS. I loved going into webOS and tweaking things, writing patches, using other people's patches, etc.

its already been said on other sites that the wp8.1 lasts quite a bit longer on battery life compared to the android version. I guess time will tell when proper reviews come out.

I'd like to say that this is a quick release and a solid price now if those Verizon retail people will just stop being so dumb about things and sell them that'd be good.

Too bad I just bought my first non-HTC phone in 10 years yesterday, the Lumia Icon. HTC has been dicking me on software upgrades and I feel this will be no different. I know the Nokia will have consistent updates.

92GTA said,
Too bad I just bought my first non-HTC phone in 10 years yesterday, the Lumia Icon. HTC has been dicking me on software upgrades and I feel this will be no different. I know the Nokia will have consistent updates.

This!!!! I have really liked my 8X but seeing Nokia produce numerous enhancements and apps for their customers is really frustrating when HTC does virtually nothing. My next phone will be a Nokia!

92GTA said,
Too bad I just bought my first non-HTC phone in 10 years yesterday, the Lumia Icon. HTC has been dicking me on software upgrades and I feel this will be no different. I know the Nokia will have consistent updates.

This is why I left Sprint and HTC 2 years ago too. Broke 4 phones from contract switched to ATT and I bought 5 Nokia 920 and never looked back.

I would go to the store and try the camera before judging it on MP alone. I own the Android version of this phone and am taking better shots with this than my previous GS4.

Tempting, but I'm not in the market for a new phone just yet, maybe by the holidays I'll take another look at what's out.

NXTwoThou said,
Only thing not super happy about is the lack of dedicated camera button.

Ant the lack of camera in general. This is the same 4MP "Ultrapixel" camera like the Android version which is below average.

I own the android version. Don't let the 4MP number fool you, the camera can take really, really good pictures and video - especially with the post processing effects and depth sensor.

Steve Galbincea said,
I own the android version. Don't let the 4MP number fool you, the camera can take really, really good pictures and video - especially with the post processing effects and depth sensor.

Compared to what Nokia has to offer on most of their phones, the 4mp Ultrapixel is junk.

-Razorfold said,

Compared to what Nokia has to offer on most of their phones, the 4mp Ultrapixel is junk.

Exactly. People have different needs and standards. Going from a Lumia PureView to this is a huge downgrade. Everything else is just marketing. Real life reviews of the Ultrapixel camera for Android are putting HTC's Ultrapixel tech where it belongs, into the trash category.

Steve Galbincea said,
For high MP shots I have a SLR. Calling the camera on the M8 junk is disingenuous and ignorant IMO, but, to each his own.

Yes because you know everyone carries around an SLR with them everywhere they go right?

Is the M8s camera the worst camera ever? No. But there are better cameras and so if someone claims that they are disappointed with the camera then that's just their opinion and so the only one being ignorant here is you.

Some people care about having a good camera on their phone, and for that reason the M8s camera is junk. Nobody cares about the MP figure anymore, it's a meaningless statistic. They care about the picture quality.

People keep saying that and the majority of them have never used the camera. The photos look great imo and it takes really good night shots.

Ok, to lighten the mood (and prove the camera is not junk) I present my son eating ice cream. He moves a lot, so to get a picture this still of him is rare. Dropbox compresses the crap out of them for the web preview, download to view the raw image.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/c865...2014-08-16%2012.54.31-1.jpg

and a new toy I just starting playing with:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/4m4s...2014-08-09%2016.58.53-1.jpg

I say again - not junk, especially based on the lighting conditions of both photos (no flash was used).

-Razorfold said,

Yes because you know everyone carries around an SLR with them everywhere they go right?

Is the M8s camera the worst camera ever? No. But there are better cameras and so if someone claims that they are disappointed with the camera then that's just their opinion and so the only one being ignorant here is you.

Some people care about having a good camera on their phone, and for that reason the M8s camera is junk. Nobody cares about the MP figure anymore, it's a meaningless statistic. They care about the picture quality.

It's in picture quality where the M8 and the M7 compete. If you compare pics taken with them to other phones with better cameras, the quality is there as long as you don't print the photos or crop the hell out of them.

Sure, it could have a larger mpx count but as it is, the quality is very good and underrated by most sites and people who don't have 1st hand experience with it.

Steve Galbincea said,
Ok, to lighten the mood (and prove the camera is not junk) I present my son eating ice cream. He moves a lot, so to get a picture this still of him is rare. Dropbox compresses the crap out of them for the web preview, download to view the raw image.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/c865...2014-08-16%2012.54.31-1.jpg

and a new toy I just starting playing with:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/4m4s...2014-08-09%2016.58.53-1.jpg

I say again - not junk, especially based on the lighting conditions of both photos (no flash was used).

Nice examples of why the M8 and even the M7 cameras are being downplayed by most people without a reason to do so.

@Steve, nice shots with a very average camera, even thought I do now see anything special, very average quality. There is no need to post pics, it is very easy to get samples from the M8 camera good shots and veeeery bad shots. Personally I am not speaking randomly, a family member has the M8 he came from a Lumia and he gave up on the M8 camera. Everyone has different needs and different quality standards. If I post samples taken with my 2 years old Lumia 920 you will not believe your eyes. Many of my shots are truly DSLR like quality, if I can use that term of course, in any way are wow pics. the M8 simply cannot compete. Of course I am not posting my own shots a simple search on the subject can return stunning results. If you or anyone are satisfy with the camera go ahead and get the M8 other that that is a great device.

Those pictures don't look that great though.. Compare that to an iPhone or a Lumia and the quality is so much better. I give the ultrapixel camera credit for taking fast pictures like the iPhone does, but the pureview camera and the iPhone's camera take much better quality pictures..

Here's some sample pics I've taken with my Lumia 1520.. http://1drv.ms/1sSMleg

Sionic Ion said,
Those pictures don't look that great though.. Compare that to an iPhone or a Lumia and the quality is so much better. I give the ultrapixel camera credit for taking fast pictures like the iPhone does, but the pureview camera and the iPhone's camera take much better quality pictures..

Here's some sample pics I've taken with my Lumia 1520.. http://1drv.ms/1sSMleg

Nobody is saying that the M8 beats the Lumia PureView or the iPhone 5S cameras. What Steve Galbincea said, and I added a comment on that too, is that the M8 or even the M7 cameras are better than most people/sites give them credit for. They will not beat the best out there but are certainly very capable of producing nice pictures.

Yeah but when the M8 is in competition with those phones, it is disappointing. My older phones could take better pictures than the M8. Upgrading to one of the latest flagship phones and getting an okay camera is unacceptable.

It would be like upgrading from an flagship phone from last year that had a 4.7" 1080p display and getting a really good phone that promised true color reproduction on a big 5.7" display but then the catch was oh it's just 720p...everyone would be saying the display is mediocre and mid-range quality, and behind the competition.

The fact is, we are choosing between flagship phones that have top-notch cameras. Sure the M8 can still snap a quick picture, and these pictures are perfect for portraying what you want to show on Instagram or Facebook, and hey the front facing camera can take great selfies...but if you are capturing memories like the 4th of July and the fireworks look like crap, and these pictures will be backed up to the cloud to always come back to...and they look horrific or mediocre, it's not good enough hands down.

And not only is it not good enough, but you could take comparable pictures with an iPhone 3GS/4. The 3GS/4 dates back to 2009 to 2010. 4-5 years ago... And that's not to say that was the best camera phone at the time...The Nokia N8 came out in 2010 and had a 12MP camera.

My point being, the camera isn't comparable at all to current flagship phones. It's comparable to smartphone camera technology 4-5 years ago...and that's a maybe.

Sionic Ion said,
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It's not just as black and white as you say it's disappointing compared to others. The same could said for other features that the M8 has that are better but it would non-sensical to do so because features are relative to each potential user needs.

I will not get into an argument on why you are totally wrong to call the camera as comparable to the 3GS or 4. It's way better, but to each its own.

Let's get phones (really anything) that makes us happy and meet all or most of our needs, shall we? Regards!