Windows Phone version of new HTC One said to be on the way

The all new HTC One (known also as the 'M8') was finally revealed earlier this week, following numerous detailed leaks that left little for HTC to actually announce, and it seems that the company did another great job this time around - although it is fair to say that the device isn't quite perfect. 

Even so, HTC's Windows Phone fans may well have looked on in envy at the release of the new One, wondering when they'll get some love from the company. After all, HTC's current Windows Phone line-up consists of the 8S and flagship 8X - both of which were announced in late 2012. The 8X has received some minor upgrades in the form of the 8XT, but it's been a long time since we saw an all new Windows Phone from the company. 

It looks like the wait may soon be at an end, as WPDang reports that HTC will base its next Windows Phone flagship on the new HTC One. The new HTC One features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, 5-inch 1080p display and up to 32GB of storage. It may also feature the One's unusual UltraPixel camera, of course. Still, as a basis for a Windows Phone 8.1 flagship, this doesn't sound too shabby. 

One of the changes that Microsoft is implementing with Windows Phone 8.1 is the ability for manufacturers to drop the hardware buttons (Back, Start, Search) on the front of the device, to afford greater hardware commonalities with Android devices. This move will help OEMs to reduce their development costs for Windows Phone handsets, and would make it simpler for HTC, for example, to release a similar version of the new One running Microsoft's OS. 

We have a feeling things will start to become a lot clearer once we hear more about Windows Phone 8.1 - and there's not long to wait. We'll be getting our first formal look at the biggest update to the OS since its launch at Microsoft's BUILD conference in San Francisco next week. 

Source: WPDang via WPCentral | image shown is a Neowin mock-up, and not an actual image of the rumoured device 

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Haha, hells yes, my dream just came true and I can finally ditch my old Titan II this summer I've had for 2yrs!!!!!

panacea said,

what? its one of the top 4 best rated phone cameras available.

It's well known for over exposing pictures, having off-colours and let's not forget the 4MP. Means you can't capture much detail, cropping? Forget about that.

Even if I thought this was great looking hardware the problem remains HTC don't support the Windows Phone platform. It's a case of "Thanks for buying the handset we'll see you when you need a new one." I learnt this from carrying the HTC Mozart for two years.

trip21 said,
Even if I thought this was great looking hardware the problem remains HTC don't support the Windows Phone platform. It's a case of "Thanks for buying the handset we'll see you when you need a new one." I learnt this from carrying the HTC Mozart for two years.

Unfortunately this has generally been the case historically. They simply don't seem dedicated to it - it feels more like an afterthought than something they're serious about. They really don't bring any value to their devices. Why should I pick this phone over a competing Lumia which I know already will be getting regular updates and value added software (Nokia actually writes quality software that people want - what does HTC have?)

I have no issues with hardward key removal for others. But if MS drops hardware keys from Lumia, Elop is getting a very angry email from me.

Crimson Rain said,
I have no issues with hardward key removal for others. But if MS drops hardware keys from Lumia, Elop is getting a very angry email from me.

If they work the same way, how does it matter? It isn't like Nokia phones have physical buttons, they are just capacitive areas.

I think the removal of hardware buttons allowing OEM's to reuse Android designs was a pretty smart move TBH, I mean why not from an OEM point of view?

Looking forward to a fresh wave of quality hardware on the WP front soon.

The soft keys look awful. It would look much more elegant without them.
The Windows key is way too far away from the bottom edge of the device.

kaizad1993 said,
The soft keys look awful. It would look much more elegant without them.
The Windows key is way too far away from the bottom edge of the device.

The Android version isnt any different. Although on WP you can auto-hide the soft keys and access them via swipe up.

And on Android, you can change them and make them smaller, bigger, or a different shape. But you have to be rooted.

I like the WP softkeys tho. They dont like big and are not in your face.

kaizad1993 said,
The soft keys look awful. It would look much more elegant without them.
The Windows key is way too far away from the bottom edge of the device.

Bear in mind that the phone is a complete mockup done by the author of this article, not an actual existing HTC One Windows Phone :p

But it's highly likely that it is correct, just like Android softbuttons appear to have a very small footprint on the screen.

Edit: Example http://i0.wp.com/c2.bgr.com/20...bgr-htc-one-m8-14.jpg?w=952

Looks extremely promising. Will be interesting to see what features are confirmed in WP 8.1, and what software customisation HTC add on top of it, because it's going to take a lot to drag me away from my 1020's Nokia-only features such as Glance, call+SMS blocker, Maps, and the excellent camera (both hardware and software).

Our esteemed fictional carrier, Neocom. If I recall correctly, I think the company tagline was 'almost always connected'. :D

The HTC One really is a beautiful phone. Probably the prettiest phone out there. If only HTC would put as much effort into customer service and software upgrades... then I might actually consider buying one.

gcaw said,
Our esteemed fictional carrier, Neocom. If I recall correctly, I think the company tagline was 'almost always connected'. :D

Wasn't it "Where flaky coverage sounds better"?

cybersaurusrex said,
The HTC One really is a beautiful phone. Probably the prettiest phone out there. If only HTC would put as much effort into customer service and software upgrades... then I might actually consider buying one.

yep. I just wont buy one because they suck a55 at supporting their products

cybersaurusrex said,
The HTC One really is a beautiful phone. Probably the prettiest phone out there. If only HTC would put as much effort into customer service and software upgrades... then I might actually consider buying one.
Yeah, they've only updated the HTC One (M7) from 4.1.2 to 4.2.2 to 4.3.1 to 4.4.2 in just a years time. And they've already announced further upgrades to Sense 6 for it, as well as any other OS upgrades for the next year. How dare they! :p