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T-Mobile joins the HTC One (M8) for Windows party

Verizon Wireless was the first to gain access to the HTC One (M8) for Windows. The largest wireless carrier in the United States announced the phone on August 19, pricing it at $99 with a new, two-year contract. Later that day, AT&T decided to crash in on Verizon Wireless’ early exclusive by announcing that it too would carry the device at a later date.
 
Now we’re learning that T-Mobile will also carry the HTC One (M8) for Windows. Although the wireless carrier doesn’t give an exact date for when the smartphone will be available, it does say that it will launch this fall:
 
 
It should be noted, however, that while Windows Phone in general is praised for its performance (even on low-end hardware), some hiccups were noted in Verizon Wireless’ version of the smartphone. The Verge reports:
 
It doesn’t perform as smoothly or as quickly as its Android counterpart. Everything feels a little slower on the Windows version for some reason, with animations that stutter and hesitate. It’s a bit out of character for the M8, which is a very fast and responsive Android phone… Perhaps HTC has some tuning to do to make Windows run better on the M8’s hardware.
 
Engadget witnessed similar issues:
 
Games run smoothly with few to no frame skips, but the same titles on Android were consistently more fluid. Occasionally, the processor on the Windows version would slow down, making games extremely choppy for around 15 seconds, after which it'd smooth out for two or three seconds before returning to its frozen state. A reboot usually cleared up the problem, but I've never run into similar issues on the M8 for Android.
 
Despite the performance issues, it’s good to see that HTC is at least giving Windows Phone a chance. It’s now up to consumers to see if it’s worth the effort, and they will soon have three carriers to choose from when making that decision. Sprint is the only major U.S. wireless carrier that hasn’t announced that it will carry HTC’s latest smartphone. However, we have the feeling that an announcement can’t be too far away at this point.

Source: T-Mobile via Twitter





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