HTC's One W8 Windows Phone to Launch in NYC Next Week
August 12, 2014 2:14 PM
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New device is nearly identical to Android variant, will add new support for Cortana in DotView Case interface
HTC Corp. (
long been rumored
considering a deeper dive into Windows Phone
as its Android products have
struggled to compete
with devices from its Chinese and South Korean rivals over the past two years. HTC, which has dabbled at times in Windows Phone, is currently prepping next major Windows Phone launch (following the
HTC HD7, HTC Surround
, HTC Radar, HTC Titan/
, and the
a joint press event
with Microsoft Corp. (
) on Aug. 19 in New York City.
HTC is expected to unveil a variant of its
popular HTC One M8 flagship device
that runs Windows Phone.
has leaked details of the spec via its sources near Microsoft and HTC, prior to that upcoming unveil. In terms of height and weight the device will be identical to its Android brethren, packing the same aluminum unibody that was widely praised for its premium, industrial feel.
Otherwise the spec is also an exact clone of the Android spec, with the processor being the lower end selection (vs. the MSM8974ACv3 found in some Android devices) and the internal storage being the higher end selection (vs. 16 GB found in some Android devices):
5-in. ; SuperLCD 3 ; 1,920 x 1,080 pixel (1080p) ; 441 ppi
Corning Inc. (
Gorilla Glass 3
Metal Unibody Colors:
Gunmetal Gray, Glacial Silver, Amber Gold
Qualcomm Inc. (
(MSM8974ABv3) ; 28 nm
Krait 400 x 4 ; @ 2.26 GHz
Adreno 330 ; @ 550 MHz
2 GB DDR2
32 GB (internal) ; up to 128 GB (external w/ microSDXC support)
Ultrapixel duo camera w/ ufocus, dual-LED flash (rear) ; 5 megapixel (front)
"Boomsound" ; 2x stereo speakers ; dedicated amplifier chips
single ; nanoSIM
The HTC One M8 was generally praised for its pleasing metal body design, its overall solid hardware spec, and its strong battery life. The device's biggest controversy comes with the Ultrapixel duo camera that drops the physical optical image stabilization (OIS) in the first generation Ultrapixel camera, instead leaning on cruder software auto-stabilization algorithms.
The "Ultrapixel" part is also controversial as HTC has gone an unusual result and opted for bigger 2-micrometer pixels to reduce light leakage for better images in low light conditions. Most smartphone cameras, including the PureView modules found in Microsoft's Nokia Devices models, have 1.2-micrometer pixels. Hence HTC's camera has a much lower megapixel count (4 megapixels), but produces crisp, if lower-resolution images.
The HTC One W8 will reportedly share the same DotView case, which HTC's apps use to deliver updates even when the case is closed. The case simulates a dot matrix display by leaking light from the LCD display through pinholes in the case. For the HTC One W8, HTC's core apps will deliver basically an identical experience as on Android in terms of delivering the time, weather, call answering, and updates via the dot pseudo-display.
It will also add unique Windows Phone features. According to
This case lets you see who's calling, then answer or decline the call without opening it. Just swipe to answer or simply put it to your ear. It also shows you the date, time, weather and reminders. You can also instantly access Cortana by simply swiping down.
Some reports have indicated the HTC One M8 may receive a minor rebranding to the HTC One W8.
The device will reportedly carry
Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1
Currently available in Preview form
to Developers and App Studio enrollees, the update adds support for Live Folders, expands Cortana to several new countries (in test form), and makes a number of other minor improvements. Windows Phone's Windows Store marketplace recently celebrated
surpassing 300,000 apps
The phone will
reportedly go on sale
on Aug. 21 and will be exclusive to Verizon Communications Inc.'s (
) Verizon Wireless. A jumbo press render was
on Verizon's servers, unofficially confirming that
Verizon would carry the device
It reportedly may be one of the first devices enabled to use Verizon's
new voice-over-LTE network calling capabilities
, which allow for a wider sound capture band for more natural sounding voices.
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RE: Just wondering
8/12/2014 5:15:44 PM
My problem with soft buttons - be it on-screen or sensors like on all except most recent Lumias - is that you cannot wake phone by pressing it. So you have to use side power button to wake phone, or turn on double-tap. Double-tap is fine but there is slight battery penalty as screen must remain touch-aware all the time.
In addition, these buttons are so sensitive that it is very easy to activate them by accident. On my Lumia 920, I used to activate "back" key often when typing messages single-hand (I'm left-handed, so the base of my thumb kind of hangs over "back" key all the time). In time I learned to hold phone comfortably without risking to touch "back", but still... I always thought that a bit less sensitive solution would be preferable. Also when turning phone from portrait to landscape, or using camera - even slightest brush of any soft key will take me back to start screen.
In all that being said - I love aesthetics of my Lumia 920. Physical buttons would definitely ruin this design... so there's that.
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