Well, this is a pleasant surprise. The latest version of Windows Phone (WP8.1) is getting some love lately, and HTC reassures that it’s still aboard the platform by sticking Microsoft’s baby onto one of Android’s best flagship phones. Everything on the phone is intact, having the exact same specifications:

HTC One (M8) Specs

  • Windows Phone 8.1
  • 5″ Super LCD3 (1080×1920 Full HD), ~441ppi
  • 2.3GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 801 processor
  • Adreno 330 GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32GB internal storage, with microSD support up to 128GB
  • 4MP Ultrapixel main camera, with autofocus and dual LED flash with secondary rear camera
  • 5-megapixel BSI front camera
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band
  • 3G, HSDPA, LTE
  • Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX
  • NFC, IR Blaster
  • Dimensions: 146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35mm
  • Weight: 160g
  • 2600mAh battery

Yup, even the UltraPixel camera and its features are intact. They’ve also been able to incorporate BlinkFeed, even having its own LiveTile. However, it’s just treated as an ordinary app this time around, so it’s easier to ignore. HTC BoomSound is there as well, and it’s even fully compatible with the phone’s unique Dot View case. The case works well in tandem with Cortana as it gives you reminders, helps you with queries and such without having to open the case. Couple that with meaty internals that bests even Nokia’s current flagship, the Lumia 930, and you have a winner WP8.1 phone here. Unlike the Android version, though, it’ll only come in one color: gunmetal grey.

The only bummer is that it’s currently only available in the US and only exclusively through Verizon. There’s no word yet if it’ll be available in other territories, such as Europe and Asia but we can always hope.

[Sources: HTC, The Verge]

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