Taiwanese smartphone maker, HTC is reportedly working on the Windows Phone OS based One M8.
HTC is testing Windows Phone OS version of the company's flagship handset One M8, according to Tom Warren's (reporter, The Verge) tweet message.
Oh and HTC is working on a Windows Phone version of the One. Should be out later this year http://t.co/UBYcON6Fgj
— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) July 27, 2014
The company has already released two HTC One M8 variants- one, a compact model One Mini (aka One Remix for Verizon model for the USA) and another One E8, a plastic model and now if things go as planned, we might see the new HTC One M8 with Windows OS boasting virtual voice-assistant Cortana by the end of 2014.
Unlike plastic based One E8, the upcoming HTC Windows handset is expected to feature all specifications seen inside the flagship One M8, including ultra-pixel based dual-cameras on the rear side and metallic body (90 percent, to be precise), reported WMPoweruser.
Technology website The Verge claims that HTC is currently trialing dot-view cover case for the Windows phone variant. However, it remains to be seen how the company will incorporate custom Sense UI (with BlinkFeed) in the 'Metro' inspired Tiles interface seen in Windows based handsets.
Even though the rumors of Windows powered HTC One (M8) is running wild in the media, HTC is yet to respond to them. Until the company clears the air over the rumors, this report will remain as pure speculations only.
If this rumor really turns out to be true, it is certain to boost the morale of Microsoft, which is currently trailing at a distant third (behind Google Android and Apple iOS) in the top Mobile OS chart. Windows Phone OS has a mere 3.7-percent global market share, reported IDC (International Data Corporation).
Key Specifications of HTC One (E8) and HTC One (M8):
|Model||HTC One (E8)||HTC One (M8)|
|Display||5.0-inch full HD (1920x1080p) Super LCD 3 screenPixel density: 440 ppi (pixels per inch)||5.0-inch Super LCD 3 full HD (1920x1080p) screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protectionPixel density: 440 ppi|
|OS||Android v4.4.2 KitKat with Sense v6.0 UI||Android v4.4.2 KitKat OS with HTC Sense v6.0 UI(to get update for next two years)|
|Processor||2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 quad-core series CPU||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)|
|GPU||Adreno 330||Adreno 330|
|RAM||2GB||2GB DDR3 RAM|
|Storage capacity||16GB (expandable)||16GB, expandable up to 128GB|
|Camera||Main: 13.0-megapixel camera
Front: 5.0-megapixel camera(Both the cameras can take full HD videos)
|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, panorama
Front: 5.0-megapixel wide-angle camera, full HD video recording, HDR
|Battery||2,600 mAh||2,600 mAh (Li-Po, non-removable battery);
Talk time: up to 20 hours (3G)
Standby mode: Close to 496 hours (3G)
|Network||3G & LTE (in select markets)||3G & 4G-LTE Category 4 (50Mbps speed)|
|Add-ons||Dual-SIM slots, Front-facing Boom audio system, Motion Launch wake up feature, Dot view case compatible, Bluetooth v4.0, Wi-Fi, NFC||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,|
|Colours||Polar White, Electric Crimson, Maldives Blue, and Misty Gray||Gunmetal Gray, Glacier Silver and Amber Gold|
[Image Credit: HTC Blog]