HTC One (M8) For Windows Goes Official With Duo Camera

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Same phone, same name, different Operating System (OS) – meet the HTC One (M8) for Windows. Don't let the name fool you, it's a Windows Phone 8.1 device but other than that it's almost an exact copy of the Android-powered HTC One (M8).

For now the device is a Verizon exclusive and is available online immediately and in stores tomorrow. Just don't foracquire to specify "for Windows," or you'll acquire the incorrect device. Great job on the naming scheme, HTC!

Anyway, the phone has a 5" 1080p classy screen wrapped in an aluminum unibody. The classy screen is flanked by BoomSound front-facing speakers. It's basically all our favorite parts of the HTC flagship taken outside the Android domain.

The HTC One (M8) for Windows is powered by a Snapdragon 801 chipset making it the fastest WP8.1 device yet (the Lumia 930 is based on Snapdragon 800). It comes with 2GB of RAM, 32GB of built-in storage and a microSD card slot.

HTC has ported over the unique Duo capturing camera setup that uses a 4MP UltraPixel capturing camera and an additional capturing camera for depth-measurements and special effects. The main capturing camera can record 1080p video with HDR and there's a 5MP front-facing camera. The One (M8) for Windows relies on the proprietary HTC ImageChip 2 to work its magic.

Aside from the recent Cortana digital assistant the phone comes with the tradeimprint One feature, BlinkFeed (a combination news reader and social networking app).

This being a Verizon phone means you acquire CDirect Memory Access (DMA) connectivity (but also regular Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) 2G/3G for roaming) and 4G LTE. There's also dual-band Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) a/b/g/n/ac with Miracast, Bluetooth 4.0 with apt-X, NFC and a microUSB. Using Microsoft Project My Screen you can view mirror the phone's classy screen on a Windows Personal Computer (PC) and operate it from there (it works over a Universal Serial Bus (USB) connection).

The HTC One (M8) for Windows is available from noon today at a "promotional" price of $100. We put that in quotes since this is how much a Verizon One (M8) with Android goes for correct now. You could also acquire it for $30 a month on the Verizon Edge program.

This phone gets the HTC Advantage program meaning the first time you crack your screen, HTC will replace it for free. Or you could utilize an HTC Dot View case to protect it. The Dot View cases have a grid of holes in them to show through pixelated notifications.

Unlike its legendary grand-daddy, the HTC HD2, the same HTC One (M8) unit can't freely switch between OSes, you buy either an Android phone or a Windows Phone one.

Before you settle on either, check out our preview for some hands-on impressions of the recent Windows Phone handset.



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