Just few days after the official availability of HTc One M8 for Windows device, the device is now available on the new low price of $49 on 2 year Verizon contract from Amazon. HTC One M8 for Windows was announced last week with the price of $99 on 2 years contract.
Apart from the top of the line specs you expect from a flagship device, you can enjoy the following HTC exclusive features on this device,
- Take professional photos: Looking to capture more than just the moment? The Duo Camera on the HTC One (M8) for Windows captures more light and depth, plus lets you add 3D style to your images. With Zoe Highlights, you can fuse photos, videos and music.
- Pump up the volume: Enhanced dual front–facing stereo speakers provide powerful sound that won’t get muffled by your grasp. A more balanced amplifier boosts base and delivers clear vocals.
- Stay informed: HTC BlinkFeed™ keeps you updated on topics you care about, from technology and sports to fashion and games.
- Rule your living room: Spend too much time looking for that elusive TV remote? Use HTC Sense TV™ instead. With a built-in infrared transmitter, universal remote and visual TV program guide, the HTC One (M8) for Windows helps you manage your entertainment experience.
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Speaking to CNET, HTC USA chief Jason Mackenzie revealed that it was Microsoft’s purchase of Nokia’s handset division which led to the large delay between the HTC 8X and the HTC One for Windows.
"We were waiting to see how the relationship would take shape," he said. "Then there was the acquisition and a regime change at Microsoft. We weren’t sure what their strategy was going to be."
What clinched the deal was Microsoft laying off nearly than half of the employees they acquired from Nokia.
The HTC One for Windows is shaping up to be a great handset, and despite the 4 megapixel camera issue I am very tempted to trade in my Lumia 930.
The device is however exclusive to Verizon, but like the Lumia Icon there seems to be a chance the device may eventually make it to the rest of the world.
HTC USA President Jason MacKenzie has teased that people should stay when they complained about the device being exclusive to Verizon.
AdDuplex CEO Alan Mendelevich may have also seen some evidence of the international version of the device.
WPC reports that the full specs of the HTC One for Windows Phone has leaked, confirming the handset has exactly the same specifications as the Android version of the handset.
This specs include:
The upcoming HTC One for Windows Phone (HTC 6995LVW) has passed through the GSM Global Certification Forum certification.
The Verizon handset includes both CDMA and GSM support, and interestingly besides supporting LTE bands 4 and 13 for Verizon, also supports bands 3 and 7 commonly used in Europe. It also supports band 4 used by AT&T.
Verizon has been shipping some handsets GSM unlocked, opening up the possibility of importing the devices for use on GSM carriers elsewhere.
Would any of our readers be thinking of doing this? Let us know below.
HTC has sent out invitations for an event on the 19th August in New York.
The company has not provided any clues to the identity of the device being launched, with rumours ranging from the Nexus 8 tablet to an HTC smartwatch.
The company is however known to be working on a high end Windows Phone which even Microsoft has teased as coming soon, so Windows Phone fans can cross our fingers for a new Taiwanese handset also.
Unfortunately the HTC One for Windows Phone is expected to be an Verizon exclusive, so most of us will have to rely on Nokia as usual for our Windows Phone fix.
Engadget has been able to offer up some more information about the upcoming Windows Phone version of the HTC One M8.
The device will apparently be called the “One (M8) for Windows” or simply be code named the W8, and will retain much of the features of the Android version, including BoomSound speakers and the depth-sensing Duo camera.
Engadget also revealed the handset will support Voice over LTE (VoLTE), which would be a first for Windows Phone, and suggests the handset will ship with WP8.1 GDR1.
The device is expected in Q3 2014, and in any case before the end of September this year. WPC speculates the handset will be an identical clone to the M8, will cost around $600 commitment free and $200 on contract and come with a Dot view case on the 21st August.
It not new news, but Tom Warren has once again confirmed that HTC is working on a Windows Phone version of the HTC One M8.
The HTC One M8 features:
5.0 inches, Full HD LCD3 Display,1080x1920p Resolution. 2GB RAM, 2.3GHz Quad-core, Snapdragon 801 Processor, 128GB microSD Support, 160 g, 2600 mAh Battery, All-metal Unibody, Duo Ultrapixel Camera, Built-in Amplifier Speakers, IR Blaster.
The Windows Phone version will hopefully retain much of those features and with the new support for active phone cases the Windows Phone version could also support HTC’s Dotview Case.
See a video below for a demonstration of that case in action.
At Computex conference, Nick Parker, Microsoft’s VP of OEM partners hinted that new HTC Windows devices are coming. Early this week, we reported that a new high end Windows Phone 8.1 handset by HTC coming to Verizon later this year. While the previous reports suggested that HTC would release a mid-range WP8.1 device, @evleaks revealed that the upcoming HTC device will have BoomSound and also Duo Cameras which are part of HTC’s flagship range. We should come to know about the upcoming device in coming weeks.
“I’d love to break some news here if I could,” said Parker in response to a question about manufacturing partners. “But instead I’ll just say that Microsoft will continue to have a great relationship with HTC. New things are coming, so get excited.”
evLeaks have teased us once again about a new high end Windows Phone 8.1 handset by HTC coming to Verizon later this year.
On this occasion he gave some more details about the handset, noting it will have similar features as the HTC A9.
evLeaks revealed some good news for HTC fans on Windows Phones.
The company is apparently set to release a new Windows Phone 8.1 flagship named the HTC W8#WL.
The bad news is that the handset, like seemingly every high end Windows Phone, will be heading to Verizon in USA, which may either mean there is an exclusivity period or the handset may never make it to international markets at all.
How do our readers feel about the news? Let us know below.
Yesterday Microsoft became the largest Windows Phone OEM, and a direct competitor to Samsung, HTC, LG and all other smartphone OEMs, not just those who sell Windows Phones.
One would have thought this would have strained cooperation between Microsoft and these companies (we don’t often hear of HTC and Samsung working well together) but according to a HTC representative this is not the case.
PCWorld reports that a representative for HTC said Friday that the company hasn’t changed its position regarding Microsoft after its multibillion deal with Nokia closed Friday.
“Our position remains the same: Microsoft remains a valued partner and we don’t anticipate any change to our relationship,” the HTC spokesman said in an email.
It is however a truism in the industry that one can never successfully compete with your OEMs, and it is of note that HTC has still not announced a handset sporting the new Windows Phone 8.1 OS.
Do our readers think Microsoft can pull off competing against their licensees? Let us know below.
The Economic Times of India reports that HTC may consider buying Nokia’s Chennai plant if it is put up for sale to a third party other than Microsoft.
The plant may be excluded from the sale of Nokia’s handset division to Microsoft due to an ongoing dispute between Nokia and the Indian Inland Revenue Service.
"I am happy to look into it, because the overall preparation, exploration hinges upon if it will serve consumers better. If that (plant) will do that (service consumers better), then we would be happy to look further into it," Chialin Chang, HTC Chief Financial Officer, told ET.
A person with knowledge of the matter said the Chennai plant may be fast losing its importance to Microsoft, given the ongoing tax issues.
"It makes no sense for Microsoft to keep the factory as they can easily outsource the entire production to China, just like Apple does, and successfully at that", the person said.
Nokia has reportedly already shifted much of the production of its popular Asha series featurephones to Vietnam.
HTC said the Indian market was “very crucial” for HTC and that they were exploring lower price points.