HTC Corporation is bringing all the glory of its One M8 to Microsoft Corporation’s backyard. According to HTC’s latest press release, the HTC One for Windows Phone is coming to United States exclusively via Verizon Wireless, and interested customers can order the phone starting Tuesday.
Here’s the biggest surprise though, the Windows Phone version of HTC’s aluminum phone is more expensive than its Android counterpart on contract. As listed on Verizon’s official store, the HTC One M8 Windows version is sporting the tag price of $199.99 with 2-year contract, while the Android-powered variant is more affordable sitting at $99.99 with the same agreement. I should note that HTC’s press release indicated that the handset is on promotion for $99.99, so it’s possible that the handset is much cheaper if purchased through Verizon brick-and-mortar outlets nationwide.
Similar to HTC One M8 running Google’s Android operating system, the Windows Phone variant offers a premium aluminum unibody design, BoomSound front-facing speakers, ultrapixel forward-facing camera, front-facing 5-megapixel video chat or “selfie” camera, and 5-inch full-HD touchscreen display.
And because it’s Windows Phone, the smartphone depends on the ecosystem’s Windows Phone marketplace that currently offers fewer apps than Android’s Google Play Store.
If you want to avoid Google’s products and services and not a Nokia fan, then this device is the perfect handset for you. (Who wants a phone without Google products?)