As expected, HTC announced a version of its HTC One M8 running Windows Phone on Tuesday. The device, called HTC One M8 for Windows, will cost $99 with a 2-year contract on Verizon. The phone will also be available from AT&T.
The device is fairly similar to the Android-equipped version of the HTC One M8 except that, well, it’s running Windows Phone 8.1. It’s got the vast majority of the unique features from HTC’s flagship in tow, including the phone’s aluminum body, its front-facing BoomSound speakers, and the unique HTC-exclusive Duo Camera. Like the Android version, it’s packing a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor and a 5-inch 1080p screen. On Verizon, it will support the carrier’s faster XLTE network.
There’s a little bit of Windows Phone customization included as well: The device works with HTC’s Dot View case, and Microsoft’s voice assistant Cortana can even be activated when the case is closed. There’s a version of HTC’s Blinkfeed adapted for Windows Phone preinstalled. The number of new Microsoft Windows Phone-specific features is a pleasant surprise considering the last HTC Windows Phone device came out in 2012.
The HTC One M8 for Windows is one of the first high-end phones to come in two vastly different OS flavors. Inexpensive device makers have been repurposing Android designs lately, but taking a device that is widely considered to have excellent hardware and offering two different ecosystem options is a new tack, especially considering HTC’s naming convention that emphasizes this isn’t a new device, but rather existing hardware with a new OS. Today’s announcement also means the HTC One M8 for Windows is the default option for a Windows Phone fan seeking a high-end phone who doesn’t want a Lumia.
The HTC One M8 with Windows will go on sale later today.
This story has been updated with additional carrier availability information.