To further prove Windows Phone is at last gaining momentum, HTC’s comeback to the platform is now expected to hit European shores in addition to America’s Verizon. The One (M8) for Windows, aka One W8 or just W8, has visited the Global Certification Forum, carrying a multitude of GSM and LTE connectivity options.
Including, yes, bands that aren’t widely available stateside, but instead are extensively used on the old continent. Clearly therefore, either HTC is gearing up for a global launch of the M8 for Windows, or, worst case scenario, an unlocked, unbranded, international version is in the pipeline.
Let us remind you that HTC has a mysterious New York City press event lined up for August 19, with the gathering’s prime suspect stars being this One M8 doppelganger and the long-in-the-works Nexus 9 tablet, aka Volantis.
At any rate, and no matter how wide of a release the company is prepping the W8, Verizon should still be getting the Windows Phone 8.1-running device ahead of everyone else. Hardware speculation circles a list of features essentially cloning the Android counterpart’s specs, save for the Ultrapixel rear camera, rumored to be replaced with a classical, less controversial megapixel unit.
On the outside, the Android and Windows Ones will allegedly be interchangeable, which is likely the best news of all. For Microsoft, that is, as a stunning all-metal WP 8.1 flagship could really drive the OS forward.