HTC One M8 for Windows

HTC has unveiled the HTC One M8 for Windows. Here's what you need to know about the device including release date, price and specs. (Photo courtesy of Windows Phone Central.) See also: The 37 best smartphones: The best phones you can buy in 2014.

Now owned by Microsoft, it's Nokia that has been solely knocking out Windows Phone-based smartphones. Other firms such as Samsung and HTC have been focusing on Google's Android OS instead. However, things are changing with a Windows Phone 8.1 edition of the popular HTC One M8. Here's everything you need to know.

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HTC One M8 Windows Phone: Release date

HTC has today (19 August) unveiled the HTC One M8 for Windows at a New York event. It is exactly the same phone as the HTC One M8, but runs Windows Phone 8.1. It goes on sale online today and in retail stores tomorrow for $99 via Verizon in the US.

HTC One M8 Windows Phone: A US-only smartphone?

We've contacted HTC's PR agency in the UK to find out more details, but the firm knows nothing about it. This suggests that, at least initially, the HTC M8 Windows device will be US-only and not available in the UK. At the launch event HTC spoke only of US availability.

HTC One M8 Windows Phone: Specs

The Windows Phone version of the HTC One M8 will be different only in its operating system. 

It features a 5in Full HD screen, 32GB of storage, 2GB of RAM, a microSD card slot, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor and an Adreno 330 GPU.

It also has a Duo Camera which can refocus photos after they've been taken, a 5Mp front camera, an IR blaster, NFC, 11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and support for 4G LTE networks.

One of the lures of the M8 is its premium brushed aluminium design, which is available in different colours - from the Verizon image, the Windows Phone edition will be no different.

The HTC One M8 has an optional Dot View cover, which is able to display information through tiny holes. Conveniently, Microsoft has recently announced Update 1 for Windows Phone 8.1, which includes support for smart covers. A Cortana-compatible case is indeed available.