The HTC One M8 is one of the most adored Android phones of the year and it is no surprise, when Microsoft approached the company, it had no qualms in choosing the M8 specifically. The HTC One M8 powered by Windows Phone 8.1 OS is now available with Verizon for $99.99 along with a two year contract.
Jeff Gordon, HTC’s online communications manager, “The M8, as our flagship, has been doing fantastic. Microsoft came to us a while back and, loving what we did with the HTC One M8 for Android so much, they wanted to do something similar, but running Windows Phone software.”
The specs of the Windows version of the HTC One M8 are akin to the Android version. It has the familiar 5 inch full HD screen and is powered a powerful Snapdragon 801 chip as well as the ‘Boom sound’ speakers. In fact if it is not for the Windows Logo at the back, it will be difficult to differentiate between an Android M8 with a Windows M8. The Windows HTC One M8 is exclusive to Verizon and is available for $99.99 along with a two year contract or $29.99 a month under Verizon edge.
The Smartphone is running on the latest Windows Phone software (version 8.1.1), and includes Microsoft’s virtual assistant, Cortana. HTC has also ensured that the unique features of the Smartphone like built in TV remote control are available on the Windows version also albeit with some minor changes.
BlinkFeed — the Android home screen which bears information from the social feeds and news sites is available through an app on the Windows Version. HTC had introduced color coding in its Android version –Green for articles and orange for media etc. In the Windows version the color theme is selected by the user.
One of the best features of the HTC One M8 is its Duo camera and it finds its way into the Windows version also. Users can do everything which they do with the Android version like refocus photos, add stylized textures to the background and even create the same crude 3D effect. The only feature which is absent is the Zoe camera. The infra red port also serves as a remote control