The HTC One M8 is getting a re-release, and while it looks the same from the outside, the inside is getting an overhaul. We’re not talking about the specs, either. HTC is releasing a version of the One M8 that runs the Windows Phone OS, and it’s launching exclusively at Verizon.
The Windows Phone version looks to be the same in terms of hardware—it runs on a Qualcomm 801 SoC with 2.3 GHz CPUs, has 2 GB of RAM, and has a 5″ 1080p display. You’re still getting the same HTC UltraPixel camera on the back and a 5 MP front camera, both of which have BSI sensors and are capable of 1080p recording. The only changed is that widgets and Google Now are out and Live Tiles and Cortana are in. All of HTC’s sound, camera, and social media features found on the Android version of the M8 have been reworked to fit the Windows Phone OS and make use of Live Tiles.
Starting today, you can get the HTC One M8 with Windows Phone from Verzion stores for $100 with a two-year contract, or for $30 per month on Verizon Edge. $100 is a pretty fantastic price for what is undoubtedly a flagship, high-end phone. If you can live with the lack of apps on Windows Phone, you might want to take a look.