HTC and Microsoft have a long history of working together on mobile devices, and while the Taiwanese company has not fully embraced the Windows Phone platform since the early days of Windows Phone 7, it seems as though they may be making a comeback with a new flagship device. On July 27 Tom Warren of The Verge tweeted that HTC are indeed working on a Windows Phone version of the popular HTC One M8.
Premium Windows Phone devices have been few and far between, and up until now only Nokia have been releasing what can be considered flagship devices on the platform. HTC were one of the first companies to embrace Windows Phone 7 when it was launched back in 2010 with their flagship HTC HD7.
The HD7 was based on the now iconic HTC HD2 which ran Windows Mobile 6.5. Since then Windows Phone devices from HTC have left a lot to be desired. The last device from HTC on the WP platform was the HTC 8X, and it failed quite miserably due to poor construction and support from the company. HTC quietly backed out of the Windows Phone world so that they could turn their attention to Android, and their arch rival Samsung.
Everyone knows just how successful the One series of smartphone’s has been for HTC. In recent years HTC have really upped their game, and the devices that they have been producing are quite outstanding, in fact the build quality, and the overall user experience has led many in the industry to proclaim that HTC’s devices are Android’s equivalent of the Apple iPhone. Microsoft knows just how important having an OEM such as HTC onboard can be, and they will be hoping that HTC will indeed be releasing a Windows Phone version of the One M8.
The HTC One M8 features a 5-inch 1080p display, 2GB of RAM, the powerful 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, an all metal uni-body design, a 2600mAh battery with unique power saving modes, the Ultra-pixel camera, front facing speakers, and an IR blaster.
The fact that the recently leaked features of the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1-GDR 1 update includes support for interactive covers, means that the Dot View case for the HTC One M8 will be compatible on the Windows Phone platform.
Unfortunately there is no guarantee that any Windows Phone version of the device will retain the impressive specifications of the Android version. Specifications in mobile devices change all the time, and HTC may either tone things down to keep costs low, or they may even decide to improve upon the existing device.
The tweet from Tom Warren suggests that the Windows Phone version of the One M8 will be released later on this year, and it should be one of the first devices to ship with the GDR1 update to the impressive Windows Phone 8.1 software.