As is often the case with unannounced, unreleased gadgets, you only need a semi-credible tipster to get the ball rolling and thus convince a plethora of other sources to step up and help paint the product’s picture early.
Take HTC’s imminent, oft-delayed next Windows Phone effort. Speculated as an exact replica of the Android-running One M8 from an aesthetical and technical standpoint, the bad boy kept an unusually low profile in the rumor mill until yesterday, when a renowned tech journo spilled the beans on its existence and vague launch time frame.
And now two extra sources, equally as trustworthy, have additional information to share on the “One (M8) for Windows”. Oops, I just revealed the biggest scoop. According to Engadget, that’s the device’s official market name.
Quite the mouthful, but as long as Microsoft ultimately ditches the unnecessary M8 tag, it has a much nicer ring to it than W8. Yeah, W8, I can’t even type that with a straight face. Meanwhile, WP Central seems pretty sure Verizon will be welcoming the all-aluminum Windows Phone in its product roster on August 21.
Like it or not, the recommended retail price should match the original M8’s costs, at around $610 off-contract and $199 with two-year pacts. Oh, and one last thing. Aside from the no-brainer BoomSound stereo speakers and Duo Camera setup, the HTC One for Windows is expected to come with voice over LTE support out the box, courtesy of a looming WP 8.1 GDR1 update.