You can now buy an HTC One M8 with Windows Phone


HTC’s One M8 is widely regarded as the finest Android phone you can buy, and it just became the finest Windows Phone, too. Exclusively on Verizon, the “HTC One M8 for Windows” (that’s its long and official name) is just like the original, with BoomSound and a Duo Camera — and it’s just $99 on a two-year contract.

HTC hasn’t brought anything to the Windows Phone market for some time, but it just reentered it with a bang with the One M8 for Windows, which is essentially exactly the same as the original One M8, but with Windows Phone 8.1 instead of Android. It maintains the same stunning form factor, as well as almost all of the same features.

In addition to its 5-inch 1080p display, the One M8 for Windows has a Snapdragon 801 processor, HTC’s trademark UltraPixel camera, and BoomSound speakers. It doesn’t have Sense 6, of course, because Microsoft doesn’t allow third-party skins, but there is a new BlinkFeed app built for Windows Phone.

It’s also compatible with HTC’s Dot View case, and users can access Cortana, Microsoft’s new virtual assistant, while the case is closed.

The One M8 for Windows will come with the NFL Mobile app pre-installed, giving owners live access to NFL games. It will cost just $99 upfront on a two-year contract with Verizon, or customers can spread that cost for $29.99 a month with Verizon Edge.

We wouldn’t encourage anyone to ditch Android for Windows Phone, of course — but if you’re curious and you’re thinking about buying a Windows Phone device, this is probably the one you want.