In case you’ve wondered what a flagship Android phone would look like if it ran Windows Phone, it looks like you’ll get your chance to find out. This morning, HTC officially announced that the One M8 is getting a twin brother, complete with Microsoft’s OS. Make that identical twin: The Windows Phone M8 has the same smooth aluminum shell, same rounded corners, same 5-inch, 1080p display.
Word around the ol’ rumor mill was that HTC was working on a version of their flagship HTC One (M8) that ran Windows Phone instead of Android.
Sure enough, an image hidden away on Verizon’s servers (as spotted by PCMag) seems to confirm it. Thats certainly the face of the HTC One, and that’s most certainly Windows Phone. The name of the image itself is even “HTC_M8_Windows”.
Details have emerged concerning the HTC Volantis, a 9-inch tablet that could well be the last Nexus tablet ever made.
Reports have emerged in recent months that Google is set to scrap the Nexus program in favour of multiple stock Android devices from various manufacturers, called Android Silver Phones.
But the Nexus brand could be set for one final tablet hurrah in the form of the Nexus 9 (not the Nexus 8), which may well be made by HTC.
Rumours of the so-called HTC Volantis aren’t new to us, but Android Police recently published some specs for the device.
According to sources, the Volantis will feature an 8.9-inch display with a 2048 x 1440 resolution, which will be good for 281ppi.
As we’ve heard before, the Volantis/Nexus 9 may well be powered by a 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, which will be backed by 2GB of RAM. That seems to tie in nicely with rumours that the next version of Android is set to be 64-bit.
Sprint recently introduced the Harman and Kardon special edition of the HTC One M8 and all I could think was, “Poor Sprint”. You see, all of the changes are simply software tweaks and, because of that, it isn’t that hard for a crafty developer to get a hold of those changes and tweak them to work on other versions of the same device.
Offering a similar design to the highly rated HTC One M8, but with a smaller size and more modest specs, the HTC One Mini 2 takes its place as the mid-range champion of the HTC range.
Externally you get a similar metallic unibody design to the aforementioned One M8, but the area immediately surrounding the screen glass is of a somewhat less premium plastic material.
Speaking of the display, out goes the HTC One M8’s 5-inch 1080p unit and in comes a 4.5-inch 720p variant. This produces a pixel density of 326ppi, which might be significantly lower than its big brother, but is identical to the premium-priced iPhone 5S.
HTC’s latest flagship device, the One M8, is one of the best Android smartphones now available on the market, but what would happen to it if Google stripped the phone of some of its customizations? That’s essentially what the Google Play edition of the new One offers. Plunk down $699 and you’ll have access to an unlocked and (mostly) unadulterated version of the M8 with stock Android 4.4 (also known as KitKat).
Of course, we’ve been curious to see what will happen to the features that make the new One unique. HTC told us that the Google Play edition will be able to take advantage of the Duo Camera, for instance, but does it still offer the same functionality? Additionally, can we use the Motion Launch gestures to wake up the phone and access different features? And how about that clever Dot View case that comes in so handy on the Sense version? Look no further for the answers.