HTC's new Windows Phone flagship device reportedly set for Aug. 21 launch

Yesterday, news circulated that HTC was preparing to launch its new flagship Windows Phone device sometime soon. According to another report, "soon" is less than a month away.

A report by Windows Phone Central claims the HTC One (M8) for Windows will launch on Aug. 21 at Microsoft Store retail outlets. The report claims Microsoft Stores have a "planning date" of Aug. 20 and that the full price of the phone without a wireless contract will be $610, though it will likely cost about $200 with a wireless contract.

The report further states that the phone will indeed have a case that displays information such as the time and weather, like its Android counterpart. That case will work thanks to the forthcoming GDR1 update for Windows Phone 8.1, which brings the ability for developers to create phone covers that use information from the devices they're attached to.

The One (M8) for Windows will be HTC's first Windows Phone device in more than a year; its last device for Microsoft's smartphone operating system was the HTC 8XT for Sprint. Prior to that smartphone, its only Windows Phone devices were released to coincide with Windows Phone 8's launch in 2012. The One (M8) for Windows should replace the Windows Phone 8X, HTC's previous flagship smartphone for Microsoft's mobile OS.

Source: Windows Phone Central

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"The report further states that the phone will indeed have a case that displays information such as the time and weather, like its Android counterpart. That case will work thanks to the forthcoming GDR1 update for Windows Phone 8.1, which brings the ability for developers to create phone covers that use information from the devices they're attached to."

Windows Sideshow returns! :-P

I really want unlocked Nexus like phones. High end specs, 350 dollar price range, unlocked for all carriers. This exclusive crap sucks.

I am forced to by Android.

Now that Nokia = MS, the software advantage is gone. Before that there was no contest. Nokia was the only OEM that was 'all in' so it was the better choice. Now that MS has bought Nokia it makes sense to also look at other options. So I'm looking forward to seeing this device in action, especially since MS cancelled their own flagship.

Ronnet said,
Now that Nokia = MS, the software advantage is gone. Before that there was no contest. Nokia was the only OEM that was 'all in' so it was the better choice. Now that MS has bought Nokia it makes sense to also look at other options. So I'm looking forward to seeing this device in action, especially since MS cancelled their own flagship.

It was probably the smart thing to do, I doubt the tech they had in mind worked well and was probably gimmicky. I'd rather they try to use it when it's ready to be used and not some half hearted attempt.

Saying that, I still expect Lumias to come to market with support for some stuff first before other OEMs.

Cosmocronos said,
WPCentral says it will be a Verizon exclusive... If so another asinine decision IMO.

If Verizon is willing to pay extra to market and make it exclusive then who are they to say no? Specially with how Sprint doesn't seem to care at all about selling anything other than the iPhone, as far as I've seen.

George P said,

If Verizon is willing to pay extra to market and make it exclusive then who are they to say no? Specially with how Sprint doesn't seem to care at all about selling anything other than the iPhone, as far as I've seen.


The World is a quite bigger than Verizon and Sprint. Exclusivity is what locked the Icon to Verizon and being launched Worldwide only months later and missing the, possible, "Wow" effect that, for example, the 920 had.
I am not saying that I would have certainly replaced my 920 with this HTC One but if there was an Unbranded, Country variant model I would have definitely considered it.

I like my 8X, I just wished HTC would do more on the software side which is what sets Nokia apart from the rest. The m8 hardware is good, I like it overall, though if I was going to get a new phone it'd at least be 5" not 4.7".

It'd also be good if MS could get new phones out every month or so, the 63x was late June, early July iirc, the 930 just started not too long ago, one or two new phones in August and maybe 1 or 2 more for September would be a good way to do it from now on instead of 4-6 months with nothing new on the WP market.

George P said,
I like my 8X, I just wished HTC would do more on the software side which is what sets Nokia apart from the rest. The m8 hardware is good, I like it overall, though if I was going to get a new phone it'd at least be 5" not 4.7".

It'd also be good if MS could get new phones out every month or so, the 63x was late June, early July iirc, the 930 just started not too long ago, one or two new phones in August and maybe 1 or 2 more for September would be a good way to do it from now on instead of 4-6 months with nothing new on the WP market.


I love my 8X's design, but I've been having tons of issues with it says the SIM card can't be found (even though it's not removable) until I restart my device. Typically happens once a day or so.

Anthony Tosie said,

I love my 8X's design, but I've been having tons of issues with it says the SIM card can't be found (even though it's not removable) until I restart my device. Typically happens once a day or so.

Never had that with my 8X, that did happen for a bit on my original LG Optimus 7 with WP7.x till some update fixed it. I just want a bigger screen at some point, better for me with my poor eyesight.

"I like my 8X, I just wished HTC would do more on the software side which is what sets Nokia apart from the rest"

I completely agree! I would love a larger version of my 8X with all the extras that Nokia puts into their phones.

frett said,
"I like my 8X, I just wished HTC would do more on the software side which is what sets Nokia apart from the rest"

I completely agree! I would love a larger version of my 8X with all the extras that Nokia puts into their phones.


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