Earlier this month rumors started to appear about a potential new Windows Phone device from HTC, and not only were there rumors, but an official render of the device that was being held on Verizon’s servers leaked to the net before being removed. According to a report that was posted to WPCentral on Aug. 10, both HTC and Microsoft will be holding a press conference in New York City, NY to announce the HTC One for Windows Phone, which will no doubt please fans of Microsoft’s mobile platform.
The HTC One W8 is going to look exactly same phone as its Android counterpart, the HTC One M8, but it will instead run the latest version of Windows Phone 8.1 with the new update 1 pre-installed. The big unknown about the device was whether or not the specifications of the W8 would be the same as the One M8 on Android. Thankfully details that have been obtained show that the Windows Phone version of the device will be the same powerhouse phone as the Android version.
The HTC One W8 will be the first Windows Phone device to use Windows Phone 8.1 with the update 1 software installed. The latest and greatest that Microsoft can offer will be powered by the blisteringly fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor which will be clocked at 2.3GHz. Married to the processor will be 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal storage space.
The 5-inch Super LCD3 display will be cloaked with Gorilla Glass 3, and it will have a pixel density of 441 ppi (pixels per inch). The much lauded UltraPixel camera is included on the rear of the device, while a 5-megapixel camera will be featured on the front. HTC’s excellent BoomSound speakers have also made the leap to the Windows Phone along with the HTC Dot View case. The W8 will have a 2600 mAh battery, an SD card slot that can accept 128GB micro SD cards, and the phone will weigh just 160g.
With Microsoft and Nokia announcing that they will be stepping out of the Flagship phone race, it appears that HTC, and possibly LG will be moving in to become kings of the Windows Phone platform. Microsoft stated that it believes that mid-range phones are going to be the future of the platform, but HTC and many others believe that premium handsets still have their place in the market.
There is no doubt that HTC’s aluminum clad One will be a welcome addition to the platform, and many will also see the return of the Taiwanese giants to Windows Phone as a sign that Microsoft’s mobile operating system is gaining ground on both the iPhone and Google Android devices.
The HTC One W8 will be announced on Aug. 19, and could start selling as early as Aug 21. The smartphone will be exclusive to punters on the Verizon network, and will reportedly be offered for $199 with a two-year contract.