Verizon is no stranger to monumental blunders and seemingly accidental information spills on unannounced hardware. By the looks of it, someone at Big Red just made another boo-boo — unless it intentionally spilled the beans on the so-called HTC One (M8) for Windows, trying to build the upcoming handheld some healthy buzz.
Either way, Verizon’s servers dished out a realistic press render starring the One (M8) for Windows, or W8, and though it was immediately deleted, odds are it’s the real thing.As in the thing HTC is planning to formally introduce on August 19, during a press event in New York City.
The visual similarities between the looming Windows Phone 8.1-running device and the Android-powered [easyazon-link asin=”B00J3554KE” locale=”us”]HTC One M8[/easyazon-link] are, as expected, striking, albeit W8’s edges seem sharper, and the bottom front-facing stereo speaker is placed closer to the slab’s lowest point.
Windows-specific on-screen buttons are of course added in the software mix, where BlinkFeed also makes a surprise appearance. Could HTC deliver a Windows Phone version of its so-far-Android-exclusive launcher/home screen reader? That does appear to be the case, although I wouldn’t rule out the image being badly Photoshopped to clone the original M8’s looks.
Remember, odds are Verizon won’t carry the M8 for Windows by itself after all, with a European release at the very least in the cards. Now, who’s up for a state-of-the-art piece of tile-filled metal?
Via [NDTV Gadgets]