It was only yesterday that HTC announced it would be introducing a new flagship Windows Phone in the HTC One M8 for Windows, a refreshed version of the HTC One it announced earlier this year. Now AT&T has revealed that its customers will be able to purchase the new HTC One M8 for Windows too.
AT&T made the announcement in a short press release late last night, saying that it planned to add the smartphone “to its leading portfolio of Windows Phone 8.1 devices.” Strangely enough, the company didn’t reveal any of the essentials users need to prepare for the new device, only posting a Coming Soon page that lists all of the device’s features and a picture of how it’s version of the HTC One M8 for Windows will look when it does eventually arrive on store shelves.
The AT&T version of the HTC One M8 for Windows looks almost identical to the Verizon version that HTC showed off just yesterday – that is, except for the AT&T globe logo on the device’s rear.
As rumors indicated before the HTC One M8 for Windows’ reveal, the device isn’t unique a Windows Phone built with the operating system in mind. Instead, HTC took the entire design of the original HTC One M8 and simply loaded the Windows Phone operating system on it.
Naturally, users who wanted a unique flagship are highly disappointed. Users who already have Windows Phones made by HTC or another device maker seem to appreciate what HTC has done more. Typically, HTC’s Windows Phone devices have always played second fiddle to their Android counterparts. In most cases HTC practically rehashed its older devices and put them into newly designed cases. Windows Phone buyers got a unique phone, but there was very little to come by in terms of accessories and unique software experiences.
With the HTC One M8 for Windows, things seem to be a bit different. By using the hardware design of the HTC One M8 that originally came with Android, HTC is able to bring all of the latest hardware features to Windows Phone that it made available on that side of the aisle. The rear-facing Duo Ultrapixel camera that lets users take sharp photos and effects is still here. So is the TV app that takes advantage of the infrared port at the top of the device.
HTC didn’t spend a lot of time customizing the HTC One’s hardware, but it does seem like it spent a lot of time making sure the software experience was just right for HTC One M8 for Windows buyers. BlinkFeed, the social networking & news reader app that has been available to Android users since last year, is making its Windows Phone debut on this device. Screenshots of the HTC One M8’s home screen have also revealed that the HTC has ported its own Camera app to Windows Phone 8.1, the latest version of Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system.
The best feature HTC has added with the HTC One M8 for Windows involves the Dot View Case made specifically for the device. Revealed earlier this year, the Dot View Case has holes in it that allow the device’s display to show users missed calls, weather information and more without having to open it. With the HTC One M8 for Windows, users can also activate the Cortana personal assistant by swiping upward on the Dot View Case. Cortana will actually appear looking through the case, ready to take a command or answer any question a user has.
The Verizon HTC One M8 for Windows arrived in the company’s retail stores today for $99. It’s unclear if the AT&T HTC One M8 for Windows will cost around the same amount.
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