Windows Phone-powered HTC One M8 appears on Verizon’s servers

By Alexandra Burlacu | Aug 03, 2014 06:54 AM EDT

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The Windows Phone-powered version of the HTC One M8 has surfaced yet again, but this time it popped up on Verizon's servers.

While previous rumors and reports already suggested that the smartphone was about to make a debut shortly with Microsoft's Windows Phone OS on board and land on Big Red's network, the latest leak straight from Verizon now comes to bolster those claims and add more credibility.

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This upcoming version will most likely be very similar, if not identical in terms of specifications to the original HTC One M8, which launched earlier this year with Android on board. The new model, however, is expected to come rocking Microsoft's latest Windows Phone 8.1 out of the box. It remains unclear at this point whether it will come with Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 already installed, but if not the update should be available immediately for the handset.

The Windows Phone-powered variant of the popular HTC One M8 is expected to boast much-touted features such as Cortana, Microsoft's new virtual assistant and answer to Apple's Siri and Google Now, as well as HTC's UI and unique camera interface. Other features should include on-screen home buttons to eliminate the physical front buttons, BoomSound front-facing speakers, and IR Blaster with TV remote.

In terms of hardware specifications, as previously mentioned, the new model should be virtually identical to the original HTC One M8. That means a 5-inch Super LCD3 full HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and a pixel density of 441 ppi, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, and all of the other goodies the original model packs.

The device seen in the image above was spotted by PCMag at Verizon's image hosting page at this link. HTC is yet to officially confirm plans to launch a Windows Phone-powered HTC One M8, but the company does have a press event scheduled for Aug. 19. In this leaked image, the smartphone has a reminder set for Friday, the 22nd, which will most likely be the day it makes its commercial debut.

Considering that little else is expected to be different other than the OS, the Windows Phone version of the HTC One M8 should come at the same price point as the original model. This would translate to a $199.99 price tag on a two-year contract, or even less with some limited-time deals. We'll keep you up to date as soon as more details become available, so stay tuned.



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