Earlier this week, we heard that HTC may soon launch a Windows Phone OS powered One M8 model; now, a new report has surfaced online indicating the phone might finally see the light next month.
HTC has begun sending out invites for an event at New York City on 19 August, reported GSMArena. The technology website claims the Taiwanese firm will use this event as a launching pad for the speculated HTC One M8 Windows phone variant.
The graphic image of the press invite received by the website, is strikingly similar to the one we saw in the HTC One M8 launch invitation. [To view the invitation, click here]
It is said the upcoming HTC Windows OS phone will house all specifications seen inside the flag ship One M8 (Android OS model), including ultra-pixel technology based dual-camera and metallic body, unlike the plastic variant - HTC One E8 which had different camera specifications.
The original HTC One M8 received praises from all quarters - top tech pundits and fans alike for its sleek zero-gap uni-body design language and the generous use of metal for smartphone construction (90-percent of the outer-body is comprised of metal). It was hailed as the iPhone among the Android smartphones.
Now, HTC is about to introduce metal-based Windows phone, which are currently popular for camera features, thanks to Nokia's Lumia range of devices.
Word on the street is that the HTC One Windows phone will be initially made available to American carrier Verizon, but there are no details if the company has any plan of the introducing the new phone elsewhere.
As of now, the company has released two HTC One M8 variants - a compact model - One Mini (aka One Remix for Verizon in USA) and One E8, a plastic variant.
Even though the rumors of Windows-powered HTC One M8 running wild in the media, HTC is yet to respond to the rumors. Until the company clears the air over the rumors, this report will remain as pure speculations only.
Key specifications of HTC One (E8) and HTC One (M8):
|Model||HTC One (M8)||HTC One (E8)||HTC One Mini|
|Display||5.0-inch Super LCD 3 full HD (1920x1080p) screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protectionPixel density: 440 ppi (pixels per inch)||5.0-inch full HD (1920x1080p) Super LCD 3 screenPixel density: 440 ppi||4.5-inch HD LCD screen with 1280x720p resolutions|
|OS||Android v4.4.2 KitKat OS with HTC Sense v6.0 UI(to get update for next two years)||Android v4.4.2 KitKat with Sense v6.0 UI||Android v4.4.2 KitKat OS with Sense v6.0|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 series quad-core processor with 2.3GHz CPU speed- chipset: MSM8974AB(some select markets in Asia to be released with 2.5GHz CPU speed, chipset: MSM8974AC)||2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 quad-core series CPU||1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 series quad-core CPU|
|GPU||Adreno 330||Adreno 330||Adreno 305|
|RAM||2GB DDR3 RAM||2GB||1GB|
|Storage capacity||16GB/32GB, expandable up to 128GB||16GB (expandable)||16GB, expandable up to 128GB|
|Camera||Main: 4.0-UltraPixel dual-camera with dual-color LED flash (True Tone), 1/3'' sensor size, 2µm pixel size, HTC ImageChip 2, automatic simultaneous video and image recording, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, HDR, panoramaFront: 5.0-megapixel wide-angle camera, full HD video recording, HDR||Main: 13.0-megapixel cameraFront: 5.0-megapixel camera(Both the cameras can take full HD videos)||Main: 13.0-megapixel camera with 1.12µm pixels,1/3.6-inch CMOS, f/2.2 aperture,Front: 5.0-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture|
|Battery||2600 mAh (Li-Po, non-removable battery);Talk time: up to 20 hours (3G)Standby mode: Close to 496 hours (3G)||2,600 mAh||2100 mAh;|
|Network||3G & 4G-LTE Category 4 (50Mbps speed)||3G & LTE (in select markets)||3G & 4G-LTE (cat.4)|
|Add-ons||Metallic body (90-percent)Nano-SIM, Bluetooth v4.0 (with A2DP), Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac), NFC, microUSB v2.0, MHL, microSD card slot, BoomSound audio system, Infrared blaster,||Dual-SIM slots, Front-facing Boom audio system, Motion Launch wake up feature, Dot view case compatible, Bluetooth v4.0, Wi-Fi, NFC||Nano-SIM, Bluetooth v4.0, Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n), NFC, USB v2.0, GPS + GLONASS, MHL support|
|Colours||Gunmetal Gray, Glacier Silver and Amber Gold||Polar White, Electric Crimson, Maldives Blue, and Misty Gray||Gunmetal Gray, Glacier Silver and Amber Gold|