HTC had just announced the HTC One M8 for Windows in New York. As its name suggests, it is the same HTC One M8 phone running Windows Phone 8.1, the same phone that got all the praises for its design and performance with HTC loading Windows Phone instead of Android on it. This is possible because Microsoft allows OEMs to opt for on screen keyboard and it will be an easier choice for OEMs to design a new Windows Phone using their existing Android phone design.
In essence, what the Windows Phone community getting is a metal phone with 2.3GHz Quad Core Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, micro SD expansion up to 128GB, 5” 1080p Super LCD 3 display, infrared for remote controlling and 2600mAh battery. The Duo camera made the cut too so the rear camera will be a 4MP Ultra Pixel Camera with depth information sensor while the front camera is a 5MP shooter. Dot View case is supported too.
The specifications list suggests that the hardware is exactly the same. The difference here is the addition of the Windows Phone brand name at the back of the phone. However, dual-booting Windows Phone and Android remains a dream for us. It would be even better device if a dual booting option is available. I am crossing my fingers to wait for the developer community to explore the possibility of doing that given that the hardware is theoretically the same.
In terms of software, it is running Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, meaning that Cortana, Action Center, Live Folders and other Windows Phone features can be found in this phone. Due to the limitations of the OS, BlinkFeed is available as an app. HTC also includes their own camera software here as the native camera app apparently cannot support the Duo Camera setup. Therefore you can expect the typical Windows Phone experience plus the sweet features added by HTC.
HTC One M8 has been released for months and it is getting positive reviews. Even though the Windows Phone version is getting the same design and same hardware, it is not necessarily a bad thing. The growth of Windows Phone platform has been slowing down due to lack of interesting hardware. The only flagship Windows phone we have is Lumia 930, which is arguably a step behind all the flagship Android phones. The arrival of HTC One M8 for Windows might be a boost for the platform as customers have a new option. If you are a HTC fan, you will have choices between Android HTC One M8, HTC One M8 for Windows, the cheaper HTC One E8 or the waterproof Butterfly 2.