TAIWANESE PHONE MAKER HTC reportedly is planning to release a Windows Phone variant of its flagship HTC One M8 smartphone, which leaked in full over the weekend.
The leak comes via Neowin, which got its paws on high-resolution images of the so-called HTC One W8 smartphone, outing its metal casing, dual camera sensor and HTC Boomsound speaker.
The HTC One W8 is nearly identical to its HTC One M8 sibling, but supposedly will arrive running Microsoft's Windows Phone 8.1 mobile operating system, meaning that Nokia soon might not be the only Windows Phone player in the market. By the looks of the leaked images, HTC will furnish the handset with some apps of its own too, including HTC Camera, a TV remote control and Blinkfeed, which will arrive in the form of an app rather than a home screen.
Beyond that, the HTC One W8 will sport specifications identical to those of its Android sibling. You'll find the same 5in HD 1080p Super LCD3 screen, quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon chip and 32GB of internal storage expandable via microSD card.
There's dual 4MP Ultrapixel cameras on its rear, a 5MP front-facing camera, a 2,600mAh battery and support for HTC's Dot View case. Interestingly, HTC will configure this interactive cover with support for Cortana, although this feature has yet to be fully explained.
According to Neowin, the HTC One W8 could make its debut as early as next week, with the firm tipped to make a low key announcement. There's no word on pricing or availability details yet. µ