HTC will return to Windows Phone in 2014, after two years away from the mobile operating system. Back in 2012, HTC announced the 8X range, but the sales were tragic and forced the Taiwanese company to work solely on Android.
This year will mark the return, Microsoft and HTC will be holding a press event on August 19, widely speculated to be the HTC One running Windows Phone 8.1. This looks like the most obvious device HTC and Microsoft would announce together, considering we have already seen renders on Verizon servers.
The HTC One running Windows Phone 8.1 should bring all of the features available on the Android smartphone. This means the 5-inch full HD display, quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and Ultrapixel camera will be available for Windows Phone fans.
Even the niceties like HTC Boomsound, U-Focus and the HTC Dot View Case will be available for customers. This does bring some heavy competition to Windows Phone’s high-end, a first for Nokia, who has been alone in the market for two years.
HTC will not be the only OEM partner adding new phones this year, according to multiple sources, LG, Samsung, Huawei and ZTE will be adding Windows Phone devices to beef the options for customers in 2014.
This could make Windows Phone 8.1 as competitive as Android, although this will all depend on how much Samsung and others care about the platform. The previous Samsung devices have been under-par compared to their Android counterparts.
The HTC One M8 has been one of the most popular devices on Android, getting high review ratings and keeping HTC afloat for two quarters. The jump to Windows Phone could boost their revenues even further, depending on adoption.
In the United States, the HTC One M8 on Windows Phone should launch on Verizon Wireless. We have already seen press renders from their servers, meaning they are the only confirmed carrier right now.