A Windows Phone version of the HTC One has been a long-standing rumor, but it now appears the handset might be close to launching imminently. The Verge revealed at the weekend that HTC is testing a Windows Phone version of the One M8, and WP Central now claims the device will launch on Verizon on August 21st. Labelled the “One (M8) for Windows,” HTC’s latest Windows Phone is expected to be a carbon copy of its Android handset, complete with BoomSound speakers and Duo cameras. HTC’s One M8 for Windows will likely ship with Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 installed, alongside the Dot View case that uses the new smart cover support that Microsoft recently revealed to phone makers.
There’s no word on an exclusive for Verizon, but the US carrier has typically stocked special Windows Phone variants from HTC and Nokia that haven’t been made available on rival carriers. WP Central claims that Microsoft Stores are ready to take stock of the device and its accessories, and that the One M8 for Windows comes in a silver edition on Verizon. We understand that HTC’s One M8 for Windows will be one of the first Windows Phone handsets to support Voice over LTE (VoLTE), thanks to Microsoft’s upcoming update. We’ve reached out to HTC for comment on the One M8 for Windows, and we’ll update you accordingly.