HTC One (M8): Windows Phone edition unveiled

Fed up with Android? Prefer Windows Phone? Well as luck would have it HTC’s just released a new version of its flagship smartphone - the HTC One (M8) - that’s powered by the latter…

The HTC One (M8) is a great phone, there's no doubt about that. But it's a problem that, like its main rivals the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2, it's an Android phone. Sure, they all have their own distinct features, but the core experience you get is much of a muchness.

Well, now there's an alternative - at least in the US. HTC has released a version of the HTC One (M8) that uses Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system instead.

As you might expect, there's no change in the specifications compared to the Android version. You still get a full HD 5in display, 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and a four megapixel rear-mounted UltraPixel camera. You also get the same attractive aluminium casing, which is the HTC One (M8)'s unique selling point for some.

HTC's carried some of the features from the Android version over too. BlinkFeed - HTC's excellent social media tool that gathers updates, email and news together for easier digestion - is all present and correct, although it's an app rather than being integrated into the interface as with the Andoid version.

There are some differences though, including the fact that, despite some tweaks, the interface is noticeably Windows Phone, which is very different to Android, so the handset will have a very different feel. The most significant difference though is the price - it's around half the price of its Android counterpart.

At the moment, the HTC One (M8) for Windows will only be available in the US. There's no word on when it will come to the UK, but hopefully it'll be soon, as it's about time we had a serious alternative to Nokia Lumia phones when it comes to high-end Windows Phone handsets.

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