This is it, Windows Phone fans: You’re finally getting a premiere flagship smartphone this year, even if it did come out for Android months earlier. WPCentral has posted a brand-new picture of a retail display for the upcoming HTC One (M8) for Windows that we expect will officially launch on Tuesday at HTC’s press event in New York. As you can see below, the device looks exactly like the Android version of the device but is now clearly running Windows Phone as evidenced by the Windows Phone user interface and the Windows logo at the bottom of the display.
The One (M8), of course, is one of the best Android phones released this year, which means it will automatically become the best Windows Phone released this year once it finally gets official. 2014 has been a very bad year for high-end Windows Phones, as Microsoft has yet to announce a proper followup to last year’s outstanding Lumia 1020 or Lumia 1520 flagship devices.
The phone is expected to be $199 on contract and hopefully this time Microsoft decides to not make it exclusive to one carrier as it did with the Lumia 1020 and the Lumia 1520. Other than running on Windows Phone 8.1, the device will likely be almost the exact same as the Android version with the same internal hardware.