The HTC One (M8) launched today exclusively for Verizon and is available for purchase online as of noon today with store availability tomorrow. The HTC flagship phone with possibility the best build quality out now received a strong positive review from us due to just that. Now, the attention-grabbing specs will house a Windows Phone 8.1 OS, complete with home screen Live Tiles and Cortana, Windows Phone’s personal digital assistant.
The HTC One (M8) for Windows is available beginning at noon EDT today, exclusively through Verizon Wireless online for a promotional price of $99.99 with a new two-year contract for a limited time or $29.99 per month on Verizon Edge, and available in stores tomorrow. Additionally, Microsoft Stores will sell the device with Verizon Wireless service and a special offer for a free HTC Dot View Case and screen protector for $25. The retro styling of HTC Dot View, HTC’s intuitive and eye-catching case that shows calls and alerts through a protective shell, is available as an accessory for the HTC One (M8) for Windows.
A reminder of the specs that made the HTC One (M8) a force to be reckoned with:
External Build Specs:
Dimensions (LxWxT): 146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm
COLORS: Gunmetal Gray, Glacial Silver, Amber Gold
DISPLAY: 5.0 inch, Full HD 1080p
Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
Internal Build Specs:
CPU SPEED: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 801
2.3GHz quad-core processor
RAM: 2 GB DDR3
MEMORY Total storage: 32GB, available capacity varies
Expansion card slot supports microSD™ memory card for up to 128GB additional storage
PLATFORM: Now with Windows 8.1
GPS: Internal GPS antenna + GLONASS, Digital compass
SENSORS: Gyro sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Barometer
CONNECTIVITY: 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, NFC, Bluetooth® 4.0 with aptX™ enabled Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz) Micro-USB 2.0 (5-pin) port with mobile high definition video link (MHL) for USB or HDMI connection (Special cable required for HDMI connection.) Support consumer infrared remote control
BATTERY 2600 mAh Li-polymer
Primary Camera: HTC UltraPixel™ camera , BSI sensor, pixel size 2.0 um, sensor size 1/3”, ƒ/2.0, 28mm lens.
Secondary camera: capture depth information
Front Camera: 5MP, ƒ/2.0, BSI sensor, wide angle lens with HDR capability, 1080p Full HD video recording
Dual front-facing stereo speakers with built-in amplifiers
What made the HTC One (M8) for Android a success in at least my eyes had more to do with the phone’s build. As I said at the end of my review of the Android version, The HTC One (M7) is a solid product that is hard to improve on. While the HTC One M8 uses the new HTC Sense 6, what actually makes the M8 “more” impressive is what made the M7 the big deal in the first place… Its hardware. The build that was 70 percent metal is now 90 percent covered by it. You even get better screen protection thanks to Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The already solid camera has a BSI sensor that improves its low-light image capturing. Sound comes across event clearer and louder, with and without headphones, thanks to improved speakers and HTC Boomsound. Take that better sound with the larger screen and you have an improved overall multimedia experience.
I currently own an HTC One (M7) and felt there was little room for improvement. HTC stuck with improving hardware and it pays off with the HTC One M8. While I personally struggle with the idea of replacing an M7 with an M8, mainly due to my love of the M7, I wouldn’t be hurt if I did. If you want a phone that has actual enhancements and not just software add-ons, the HTC One M8 is far as you can go.