Introduction

Freshly announced for Verizon in the United States, HTC One (M8) for Windows is a welcome return to the Windows _phone_ platform for the Taiwanese manufacturer. The twin brother of One (M8) with Android arrives two long years after HTC 8X made its debut as a Windows _phone_ 8 flagship device (last year's 8XT for Sprint was way too low key to count).



HTC One (M8) for Windows has all the makings of a smartphone flagship. This should hardly catch anyone by surprise - as the Windows phone 8.1 sibling of one of the best Android smartphones money can buy, the newcomer surely doesn't skimp on specs and features. As usual, here goes the full list.

HTC One (M8) for Windows at a glance:

  • Connectivity: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE/HSPA/HSPA+; LTE; Ev-DO; Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac; Bluetooth 4.0; GPS; GLONASS; microUSB 2.0; NFC; DLNA; IR port
  • Display: 5" Full HD Super LCD3 unit (1920 x 1080 pixels)
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset with 2.3GHz quad-core CPU; Adreno 330 GPU; 2GB of RAM
  • OS: Microsoft Windows phone 8.1.1
  • Camera: 4MP UltraPixel main camera with 1/3" BSI sensor; 2µm pixel size; 28mm f/2.0 lens; secondary camera for depth information; 1080p video recording; 5MP front-facing unit
  • Storage: 32GB of built-in memory; microSD card slot (up to 128GB)
  • Battery: 2,600 mAh non-removable battery
  • Dimensions: 146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm; 160 grams
  • Misc: BoomSound stereo speakers; HTC BlinkFeed; HTC Dot View case support

In case the specs of HTC One (M8) for Windows look a tad familiar to you, don't be surprised. When we mentioned earlier that the device is a twin to One (M8) with Android, we meant it literally. With One (M8) for Windows, HTC simply swapped the Sense-d Android KitKat we know and like for the latest Windows phone 8.1.1 build.

HTC One (M8) for Windows might be toting the Windows phone tiled UI, yet it still offers the signature Sense UI apps, including BlinkFeed and HTC Camera. Even the HTC Sense wallpapers have made it over from Android.

HTC One M8 for Windows
HTC One M8 for Windows
HTC One M8 for Windows
HTC One M8 for Windows

HTC One (M8) for Windows live photos

HTC has deliberately kept One (M8) for Windows identical to the Android version. The latter has fared well with consumers and even helped get the manufacturer back in the black. The Windows phone 8.1-booting model will also benefit from an extensive and classy marketing campaign, which has been in place over the past several months.

Are you ready for a Windows phone 8.1-flavored déjà vu? Read on to check out our HTC One (M8) for Windows hands-on.

HTC One (M8) for Windows hands-on

Save for the small Windows phone sign under the HTC logo on the back, HTC One (M8) for Windows is a carbon copy of the Android version. As a matter of fact, you can easily mistake the two devices when looking even at their lockscreens.

HTC One M8 for Windows
HTC One M8 for Windows
HTC One M8 for Windows
HTC One M8 for Windows

HTC One M8 for Windows
HTC One M8 for Windows
HTC One M8 for Windows
HTC One M8 for Windows

HTC One (M8) for Windows alongside its Android relative

Being a twin to one of the best looking Android smartphones at the moment bodes well for the newly announced smartphone. Close to six months after we got to see the M8 with Android for the first time, the handset is still one of the best-looking pieces of hardware out there.

HTC One M8 for Windows
HTC One M8 for Windows
HTC One M8 for Windows
HTC One M8 for Windows

HTC One M8 for Windows
HTC One M8 for Windows
HTC One M8 for Windows
HTC One M8 for Windows

A closer look at the M8 for Windows

We must admit that the Window phone 8.1 user interface looks right at home on the gorgeous 5" 1080p display of the device. Design pundits might even argue that the tiled UI is an even better fit for the metal handset than competing Android OS.

HTC One M8 for Windows
HTC One M8 for Windows
HTC One M8 for Windows

Windows 8.1 UI looks great on the device

Unsurprisingly, the HTC Dot View case is also compatible with the M8 for Windows and features similar functionality. Cortana can actually operate while the case is closed and will output information on the case itself.

HTC One M8 for Windows
HTC One M8 for Windows
HTC One M8 for Windows

The handset with the HTC Dot View case on

Overall, despite its highly familiar design, HTC One (M8) for Windows is set to be a highly capable alternative to Nokia's high-end Windows phone lineup. Low camera pixel count aside, the smartphone is better than its rivals from Microsoft in terms of both looks and hardware.

HTC One (M8) for Windows hands-on

Save for the small Windows phone sign under the HTC logo on the back, HTC One (M8) for Windows is a carbon copy of the Android version. As a matter of fact, you can easily mistake the two devices when looking even at their lockscreens.

HTC One M8 for Windows
HTC One M8 for Windows
HTC One M8 for Windows
HTC One M8 for Windows

HTC One M8 for Windows
HTC One M8 for Windows
HTC One M8 for Windows
HTC One M8 for Windows

HTC One (M8) for Windows alongside its Android relative

Being a twin to one of the best looking Android smartphones at the moment bodes well for the newly announced smartphone. Close to six months after we got to see the M8 with Android for the first time, the handset is still one of the best-looking pieces of hardware out there.

HTC One M8 for Windows
HTC One M8 for Windows
HTC One M8 for Windows
HTC One M8 for Windows

HTC One M8 for Windows
HTC One M8 for Windows
HTC One M8 for Windows
HTC One M8 for Windows

A closer look at the M8 for Windows

We must admit that the Window phone 8.1 user interface looks right at home on the gorgeous 5" 1080p display of the device. Design pundits might even argue that the tiled UI is an even better fit for the metal handset than competing Android OS.

HTC One M8 for Windows
HTC One M8 for Windows
HTC One M8 for Windows

Windows 8.1 UI looks great on the device

Unsurprisingly, the HTC Dot View case is also compatible with the M8 for Windows and features similar functionality. Cortana can actually operate while the case is closed and will output information on the case itself.

HTC One M8 for Windows
HTC One M8 for Windows
HTC One M8 for Windows

The handset with the HTC Dot View case on

Overall, despite its highly familiar design, HTC One (M8) for Windows is set to be a highly capable alternative to Nokia's high-end Windows phone lineup. Low camera pixel count aside, the smartphone is better than its rivals from Microsoft in terms of both looks and hardware.