HTC’s press event in which the company will officially debut its HTC One M8 Windows Phone may be set for tomorrow, August 19, but in-store displays have been spotted today. Unsurprisingly, in the digital age where everyone has a camera in their pocket, it’s hard to keep secrets and surprises. In fact, just this month renders of the phone’s final design were leaked from Verizon’s own servers.
The photo of the display reveals that the smartphone is keeping its current name and is officially called the “HTC One M8,” with the source of the image allegedly coming from a Verizon Wireless store somewhere in Virginia. The display also supports those aforementioned images of what the Windows Phone will look like, and that Windows and Android models are available to satisfy consumer preferences. Keeping both models similar to one another prevents one version from overtaking the other.
As expected, specs for the HTC One (M8) Windows Phone will be exactly the same as the Android counterpart, save for the Windows Phone 8.1 operating system. Leaked specs confirmed those details as well, revealing that internal hardware will still consist of a 2.3 GHz quad-core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801; 32 GB internal storage (with support for micro SD for up to 128 GB); 2 GB of RAM; nano SIM and a 2600 mAH battery.
Additional specs also noted a 5-inch, 1080p Full HD display; Duo camera design featuring UltraPixel camera and 5 MP front-facing cameras; and HTC BoomSound. So if you like playing music and videos directly from your phone, the sound will not be an issue for you.
The One (M8) can certainly become one of the better Windows branded phones, considering its impressive specs, though it remains to be seen now it will fair against the Android phone that is currently available. The earlier release may certainly give the Android phone a lead, but that doesn’t mean the Windows Phone variant won’t give it some fair, hopefully still friendly competition.
HTC’s event will begin early tomorrow at 10 AM in New York City, where the phone will be unveiled and, presumably, launched and priced. However, with both versions of the phone already showing so many similarities, it wouldn’t be too much of stretch to see equal prices. Carriers and subscriptions would still be factored in, of course, but that’s just the nature of buying smartphones. Expect more solid information and further speculation following HTC’s official announcement. There’s little time left for another leak.