T-Mobile users in search of a new Windows Phone with the latest in hardware and best version of Windows Phone yet are in luck. It now appears that the T-Mobile HTC One M8 for Windows that the carrier detailed earlier this year, will be on store shelves beginning tomorrow.
T-Mobile confirmed that the HTC One M8 for Windows was coming in a public message to a user on Twitter earlier this week. In that message T-Mobile USA’s official @TMobileHelp account confirms that the HTC One M8 for Windows is coming on Wednesday, November 18th. In response to a question making fun of the network for failing to release the device after being announced months ago T-Mobile tweeted, “We found it!! The HTC One M8 for Windows is coming on 11/19.”
That’s tomorrow morning. Whether the flagship iPhone 6 rival will be available both in stores and online remains unclear. Pricing also remains relatively unknown. The HTC One M8 for Windows arrived on Verizon late last summer, there it is $99 with a two-year contract. T-Mobile no longer lets users sign up for a two-year contract to get a discount on a phone. Instead, it requires a down payment and monthly installment payments afterwards. T-Mobile could choose to price match the Verizon HTC One M8 for Windows with a $99 down payment and monthly payments for the rest, but that’s just speculation.
The T-Mobile HTC One M8 for Windows and the AT&T HTC One M8 for Windows were originally announced shortly after Verizon launched its version. At the time Verizon hinted at an exclusivity deal that would keep the device off the other three largest wireless networks in America for some time. If T-Mobile representatives are ready to publicly announce a release date than that exclusivity deal has to have ended.
The HTC One M8 for Windows is still a petty revolutionary smartphone. In its hardware revamp for the launch of Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft wanted to make it easier and cheaper for companies to create Windows Phones. After all, Android is free to hardware makers. Previous versions of Windows Phones required hardware makers like HTC to design totally new Windows Phone. Windows Phone 8.1 included changes so that hardware makers could install Windows Phone on hardware they already have.
The HTC One M8 for Windows is an almost exact replica of the HTC One M8 for Android and that means it’s one of the most powerful Windows Phones being sold today.
Inside the HTC One M8 for Windows is a quad-core 2.3GHZ processor. The 5-inch screen on the HTC One M8 for Windows is capable of true HD video playback thanks to its 1920 x 1080 resolution. Bluetooth 4.0, a MicroSD card slot, a front-facing camera and 32GB of storage are all inside. The HTC One M8 or Windows includes front-facing BoomSound speakers that sound better than any other smartphone. The HTC One M8 for Windows also has an infrared port for communicating with televisions.
When it announced the original Android version early this year, HTC made a big deal out of the rear-facing DuoCamera. The Duo camera is really two separate cameras, one that primarily captures the image and another that adds depth. The main camera uses the UltraPixel technology that HTC included in the original HTC One. It’s only a 4 megapixel sensor, but phones taken with the camera are competitive with other smartphones because of this UltraPixel technology.
The HTC One M8 for Windows includes custom apps that are every bit as powerful as their Android counterparts. There’s a new TV app and BlinkFeed social media reader included on the device. HTC has also included its own default camera app like Microsoft does with its Lumia smartphones.
The HTC One M8 for Windows is the only high-end Windows Phone available on T-Mobile. HTC is giving users who purchase the HTC One M8 for Windows a free DotView case through the holiday season.