For some time now, Windows Phone users have been quetching about the lack of a decent flagship on Windows Phone. Sure, there’s the Lumia 930, Lumia 1520 and Samsung ATIV SE, but they all miss or on something or the other. But it seems like HTC has jumped into action and solved the problem for everybody with the HTC One M8 for Windows. Let’s see how it fares against other big boys.
|HTC One M8 for Windows||HTC One M8||Samsung ATIV SE||Nokia Lumia 930/Icon||Nokia Lumia 1520|
|Display||5 inch 1080p Super LCD3||5 inch 1080p Super LCD3||5 inch 1080p AMOLED||5.0 inch 1080p AMOLED||6 inch 1080p IPS LCD|
|SoC||Snapdragon 801||Snapdragon 801||Snapdragon 800||Snapdragon 800||Snapdragon 800|
|Processor||2.3GHz quad core Krait 400||2.3GHz quad core Krait 400||2.2GHz quad core Krait 400||2.2GHz quad core Krait 400||2.2GHz quad core Krait 400|
|GPU||Adreno 330||Adreno 330||Adreno 330||Adreno 330||Adreno 330|
|Camera||4MP Ultrapixel + 2MP duo camera||4MP Ultrapixel + 2MP duo camera||13MP||20MP Pureview with OIS||20MP Pureview with OIS|
|Platform||Windows Phone 8.1||Android 4.4.3||Windows Phone 8.1||Windows Phone 8.1||Windows Phone 8.1|
|Availability||Verizon, US||Worldwide||Verizon, US||Worldwide||Worldwide|
Is the new HTC One for Windows the best Windows Phone in the market? Well, if you can ignore the low resolution camera, it definitely offers much more than the Lumia 930 or 1520. It’s got the latest Snapdragon 801 processor and its expandable memory is certainly an advantage over the Lumia 930. Better, it retails for just $99.99 on contract.
The only areas where the Lumias offer a significant advantage over HTC’s offering are wireless charging and camera. While the former is easy to ignore, the second one could be a deal breaker for many. Also, given its exclusivity to Verizon in the US, it could turn many potential customers away. We just hope a global version is inbound sooner than later.
As for the difference in the Windows and Android versions of the One M8, they’re practically the same phones but for the OS difference.