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HTC One Variant with Windows Phone 8 OS Appears

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HTC planning a One variant for Windows Phone 8 OS.

Following in the footsteps of Samsung and its Galaxy S4 lineup, HTC has now started expanding the One into different directions. The HTC One Google Edition version is already available from the Google Play Store (meaning only stock Android and no HTC Sense firmware), and now the phone will have a version running Windows Phone OS 8. The source has made it clear that the device will not be identical to the One, with an all metal body and a screen size between 4 and 5 inches. 

The phone would also have a full HD screen (1080p) and a quad-core processor courtesy of the GDR3 update, along with Beats audio technology and could even be borrowing an Ultrapixel camera design for its shooter. Expectations place the phone's announcement in the fall with a release later in the year. These specs could well mean that the Windows Phone range could acquire a killer smartphone. Due to the differences between the original, we question if this One plus 8 shouldn't be re-branded as the HTC 9.

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    codo , July 7, 2013 12:52 PM
    I'm still holding out for that 41mp camera in the new nokia
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    csbeer , July 7, 2013 12:54 PM
    Once bitten, twice shy HTC. I paid mucho $ for a HD7s (when it first hit the AT&T store) hoping that the windows platform would provide a lasting support environment. But alas, there goes HTC dropping support in a year and not providing the 7.8 update. And from what I've read, this is a common behavior experienced by other HTC customers on the Android platform. I just can't fathom how HTC can build brand loyalty by implementing planned obsolesce and hope their customers will buy their next generation phone. Whatever is the opposite of brand loyalty is how I currently feel about HTC.
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    yupkim , July 7, 2013 1:04 PM
    Should Samsung then brand their to 4+8=12? Don't give them any ideas to inflate the brand in such cheap ways to confuse consumers, please. Most if not all marketers look for any excuses to inflate already. At least THW would merit the technologies and functions on merits, I hope.
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    falchard , July 7, 2013 4:30 PM
    csbeer I also have the HD7, personally, I don't mind that its not getting the 7.8 update and plan to upgrade to the next HTC Win Phone device. The main difference is I use T-Mobile. I got my HD7 for free =)
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    alextheblue , July 7, 2013 5:22 PM
    I do like the Beats audio. Otherwise, I'm more interested in a 1020, or rather a future variant thereof.
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    SchizoFrog , July 7, 2013 9:24 PM
    The most interesting part of this article is that this HTC One will retain it's quad core processor which, as stated will need the WP8.1 update. So if we get a release date for this then we will have some idea of when WP8.1 will be coming. Along with WP8.1 there will be a whole new batch of devices as the rumours suggest that many of the manufacturers have been holding back multi devices for WP until they could support similar device specs as found on the Android platform. With WP8.1, I think the WP platform really does become a serious player.

    P.S. I too am eagerly awaiting the launch of the Nokia Lumia 1020. However, with it's launch coming on the 11th of July I am worried that it will be launched pre WP8.1, something that will massively damage it's overall and future appeal.
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    SchizoFrog , July 7, 2013 9:27 PM
    Sorry, meant to say ''with the 'official announcement' of the Lumia 1020''... The actual launch will be in the next 2-3 months...
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    doitlikePlay , July 8, 2013 3:49 AM
    HTC 8 would be the ideal name for it.
    Like HTC one X, one V, one S.. Then they created the HTC one.
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    warezme , July 8, 2013 7:33 AM
    Yea I bought the HTC one metal body phone and I was hoping the camera was as good as advertised. It is good for a camera phone but still camera phone quality and not in league with even a decent point and shoot. To bad but they are getting there. The only good thing is with my gov. discounts the phone came to $17 and I put it on the cheapest plan that is only $45/mo.
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    robholden , July 8, 2013 7:36 AM
    Quote:
    The most interesting part of this article is that this HTC One will retain it's quad core processor which, as stated will need the WP8.1 update. So if we get a release date for this then we will have some idea of when WP8.1 will be coming. Along with WP8.1 there will be a whole new batch of devices as the rumours suggest that many of the manufacturers have been holding back multi devices for WP until they could support similar device specs as found on the Android platform. With WP8.1, I think the WP platform really does become a serious player.

    P.S. I too am eagerly awaiting the launch of the Nokia Lumia 1020. However, with it's launch coming on the 11th of July I am worried that it will be launched pre WP8.1, something that will massively damage it's overall and future appeal.


    It is the GDR3 update that is due to include QC and 1080P support, not the 8.1 update (which is rumored to be Q1)
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    SchizoFrog , July 8, 2013 8:01 AM
    Very true Robholden. However, as the WP8.1 update is due after the GDR3 update my point still stands in that I hope the Nokia Lumia 1020 will launch after the hardware updates.
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    dgingeri , July 8, 2013 10:24 AM
    I have an HTC One S, and I like it quite a bit, but this is the very reason why I'll never buy another HTC phone again: http://www.tomshardware.com/news/HTC-One-S-Outdated-Updates,23376.html
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    back_by_demand , July 8, 2013 11:32 AM
    Had to happen eventually, the Ativ S is basically an SGS3 with WP8, so as market share increases and the platform looks more attractive the handset manufacturers will get behind it. The more exposure it gets the more people see how much better an OS it is, then more customers will buy it, more devs will flock to make Apps. MS has deep pockets and lots of patience, oh ye of little faith.
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    RedJaron , July 8, 2013 11:54 AM
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    Once bitten, twice shy HTC. I paid mucho $ for a HD7s (when it first hit the AT&T store) hoping that the windows platform would provide a lasting support environment. But alas, there goes HTC dropping support in a year and not providing the 7.8 update. And from what I've read, this is a common behavior experienced by other HTC customers on the Android platform. I just can't fathom how HTC can build brand loyalty by implementing planned obsolesce and hope their customers will buy their next generation phone. Whatever is the opposite of brand loyalty is how I currently feel about HTC.

    Similar experience here. Used the Touch Pro2 and even after three MR updates it still had the crappy display drivers with the sleep-of-death bug. Found a stripped down fixed official Verizon ROM and the problem went away. Now I'm on a Trophy ( only Win7 phone on Verizon at the time ) and HTC refuses to release the 7.8 update for it ( though I forced that update too. ) The only good thing I can say about HTC devices is they're easy to crack and unlock.

    Looking forward to getting a Lumia 925 next week ( hopefully. )
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    icebug , July 8, 2013 5:23 PM
    Quote:
    Similar experience here. Used the Touch Pro2 and even after three MR updates it still had the crappy display drivers with the sleep-of-death bug. Found a stripped down fixed official Verizon ROM and the problem went away. Now I'm on a Trophy ( only Win7 phone on Verizon at the time ) and HTC refuses to release the 7.8 update for it ( though I forced that update too. ) The only good thing I can say about HTC devices is they're easy to crack and unlock.

    Looking forward to getting a Lumia 925 next week ( hopefully. )


    I feel that this is more related to older verisons of Windows Phone and Verizon. I had an HTC 7PRO on US Cellular and got the 7.8 update in a (fairly) timely manner. I currently have an HTC 8X with Verizon and the update was really really fast compared to what I was expecting. If this phone makes its way to Verizon then I think it should be a pretty solid option, if they keep the updates rolling...
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    spentshells , July 9, 2013 5:58 AM
    csbeer htc dropped support for the htc 1 s after .... wait for it 6 months
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    RedJaron , July 9, 2013 4:56 PM
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    I feel that this is more related to older verisons of Windows Phone and Verizon. I had an HTC 7PRO on US Cellular and got the 7.8 update in a (fairly) timely manner. I currently have an HTC 8X with Verizon and the update was really really fast compared to what I was expecting. If this phone makes its way to Verizon then I think it should be a pretty solid option, if they keep the updates rolling...


    Possible, since Verizon didn't care for Windows Phone 7/7.5 at all. However, consider the number of HTC phones that had such little support after WP7.5. Judging from my history with them across multiple devices, I'm inclined to say it's more on the manufacturer than the carrier.