HTC has finally announced its One M8 for Windows phone today in New York. Windows Phone users have an alternative to the current Windows Phone lineup, should they so choose to take a little adventure on the HTC side of life.

The Windows One M8 phone is no different in specs and features, so you’re getting the same 5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080p) display, with a 5MP front camera, 4MP back camera, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal memory storage, along with Windows Phone 8.1. And yes, your new assistant Cortana is on board.

The most astonishing thing about the Windows One M8 announcement is that it only costs $99 on-contract, a surprise from the Android One M8’s $199 on-contract price tag. So, if you’re in the mood for something that’s budget-friendly, and you like the feel of an aluminum metal unibody, then this is a good phone to pick up.

We don’t feel any different about the Windows One M8 phone, however, than we did its Android One M8 counterpart that was revealed earlier this year. While the phone offers excellent features that fit much of what we’ve come to expect in 2014, the 4MP “ultrapixel” back camera is still a somewhat embarrassing feature, despite the fact that some HTC One M8 users have said that the back camera doesn’t bother them all that much.

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The HTC One M8 has been said to overexpose in both daytime and nighttime conditions, so we can’t promise you that your night shots or day shots will look spectacular. When it comes to cameras, we’re confident in saying that you’re better off with a Lumia camera.

The Windows One M8 phone isn’t a Verizon exclusive, AT&T has confirmed that it will include the phone to its exclusive range of Windows Phone. However, pricing and availability will be announced at a later date. Six months ago, Verizon started selling the Lumia Icon, which also has 32GB of memory storage and came with a $99 price tag.

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The price of the Lumia Icon may have dropped since its first reveal six months ago, and the Icon also sports a 20MP camera – which is sure to win the camera contest between the Windows One M8 and the Lumia Icon.

At the same time, if you’re a big fan of HTC and have been craving an aluminum metal smartphone, you can’t go wrong with a $99 smartphone that offers the Windows Phone 8.1 that you love along with the hardware design that you love. It’s a match made in smartphone heaven if you want both Windows Phone and aluminum metal.

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According to reports, Verizon retail stores will start carrying the HTC One M8 for Windows (or Windows One M8) tomorrow. Now that Verizon’s offering a single-line plan for just $60, feel free to take advantage of the new plan – and the new phone.


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