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2014’s best Windows Phone is finally official – here’s what you need to know

HTC One (M8) for Windows Specs Features

We’re here at HTC’s press event in New York and the HTC One (M8) for Windows has finally been made official. The new Windows Phone is a Verizon exclusive and will be the first flagship device released on multiple operating systems.

All the features you know from the HTC One (M8) have been brought over to the Windows mobile OS. The One (M8) for Windows retains the metal casing that impressed us so much earlier this year. The phone also uses the 1080p full HD Super LCD 3 display panel, stretched to 5 inches this generation. The BoomSound speakers, the dual-LED flash Duo Camera and everything else that made the One (M8) the best Android phone we’d ever seen are all here.

As for the differences, we’ll start with the obvious. The new One (M8) will ship with Windows Phone 8.1, the latest version of the operating system. Cortana has also been modified to work even when the phone is covered with a case, perfect for HTC’s Dot View Case. And for now, only Verizon customers will be able to pick up this model of the phone. The carrier wasn’t willing to discuss exclusivity details at this time.

The HTC One (M8) for Windows will launch for $99 on contract and will begin shipping at noon this Tuesday for online orders. The phone will hit retail locations tomorrow.

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.