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HTC sends out press invites for August 19th event in NYC – One W8 on the way?

A few days ago, it was widely reported that HTC is repositioning their flagship One M8 as a new Windows Phone dubbed "One (W8) for Windows." The phone may be the same as the hot selling Android phone, but with Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 on board and destined for Verizon.

Windows Phone Central reported the phone could go on sale as early as August 21 and coincidentally enough, HTC has sent out limited press invites for August 19 right in New York City. No clues or themes were present on the invite, though the timing is suspect.

The HTC One W8, if accurate, should have some fantastic specifications, including their BoomSound and Duo camera, along with what is arguably one of the sexiest all-metal phone designs in 2014. Further hardware specs include:

  • 36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm
  • Weight 160g
  • Colors Gunmetal Gray, Glacial Silver, Amber Gold
  • Display 5.0 inch, Full HD 1080p Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
  • CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
  • 2.3GHz quad-core CPU in US/EMEA (MSM8974AB)
  • SIM Card Type nanoSIM
  • Memory Total storage: 16GB/32GB, available capacity varies
  • Expansion card slot supports microSD memory card for up to 128GB additional storage (card not included)
  • RAM 2GB DDR2

All of those specs are perfectly in line with what the Windows Phone OS can handle, in addition to now having support for 'smart covers' like the Dot View case, thanks to Update 1. The One W8 may also be one of the first phones to support Verizon's new Voice over LTE (VoLTE) as Update 1 adds that to the mix as well.

We should note that fellow Editor in Chief at Android Central, Phil Nickinson, has not received an invite and Windows Phone Central never gets invited to Android events - so connect the dots. Speculation by CNet that this is an Android tablet is false.

Read Android Central's full review of the Android One M8.

Windows Phone Central has received an invite and will be on location to cover the event, so stay tuned.

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HTC sends out press invites for August 19th event in NYC – One W8 on the way?

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Yup, agreed. That's the reason I refuse to buy HTC again,they do not support their products after they are purchased. Nokia all the way

i too prefer my icon and 930, much sexier phone. I dont see anything speacial about the m8 in terms of it looking good.

While I would prefer that it was made by MM/Nokia it certainly is a potential hero phone that alot of us are looking for.  I like the styling and with a 5 inch display and a SD Card Slot it really only lacks Glance....

thanks HTC!!!

Not necessarily oS updates but firmware updates. Additional features to make you experience better.
The only firmware updates I got was with official updates -

That's all it gets. HTC hasn't released hardware that wasn't supported yet. I consider that a good thing unlike my Icon, which six months later, is still waiting for firmware to make it fully functional.

I am very happy with my Samsung ATIV S Neo on Sprint.  I have probaly had about five Samsung app updates since I bought it.

Yeah, that is a bummer that HTC essentially releases products then move on. This device is right in line with specs I am wanting for my next phone and with no new high-end Lumia device in the US, it is tempting, but in the long run I cant support HTC if they wont support their phones.

That will likely change.  Microsoft gave nobody reason to develop for the WP platform because of its restrictions and difficulty in porting apps between Windows and WP.  That's all changed and will continue to improve through 2014 and 2015.  With a relaxing of requirements to make a WP device, HTC and other OEMs will be more into supporting their products.  That being said, if HTC don't bring a quality phone to AT&T and go exclusively with Verizon I'm going to be pissed.  My 1020 is ready to be replaced with its antiquated hardware that underperforms its own excellent camera.  I don't need the 41MP selling point, just give me a good camera that launches immediately after I hit the camera button!

"Superior" Nokia support is a myth. HTC & Samsung have released firmware updates just like Nokia and also have exclusive apps as well. There's nothing special about Nokia's exclusive apps anyway.

Its not a myth. Quantity and quality of the Nokia collection is something to brag about. Nokia got developers that were in the fence to start creating apps for windows phone and exclusives for Lumias began.
Having a Lumia will give you the best experience on Windows Phone hands down - Most of the writers on wpcentral favorite Windows Phone is a Lumia.... coincidence? I think not.

It's completely a myth. Nokia collection is nothing to brag about. I've had this 920 for almost a year and I don't use any of the exclusive apps. Nokia paying devs to create exclusive apps with Microsoft's money was a path MS was going down anyway. And I have had just as good a WP experience with my old LG & HTC phones. The writers don't favor Lumia, they have great things to say about most of the WP devices.

MixRadio is another quality App. Might not be your favorite but others would disagree...

Has Samsung or HTC released anything remotely close???

Beats audio breh...

They haven't released another Windows "signature" phone since that though and of course they sold Beats.

At least for me beats is a pain in the ass Pandora and Spotify are good but mixradio is the best. That's my opinion and again I repeat beats sucks.

The majority of us favor Nokia Lumia devices because of their support And most of us agree that HTC and Samsung stop supporting their devices almost immediately after being released. If you want to disagree by all means go ahead but it doesn't change how we perceive HTC or Samsung when it comes to supporting their Windows Phone devices. You don't like the Nokia Collection? That's cool but I bet It's larger than Samsung or HTC. I bet Nokia has released more apps dedicated to the Windows Phone platform than HTC or Samsung combined. More firmware updates have come from Nokia than HTC or Samsung and that shows their dedication to providing their consumers with the best experience. I've had a Samsung focus, Samsung focus s. HTC Surround HTC Titan & I can tell you then none of those compare to any of the Lumia Devices I've owned (800 hundred 900, 920 & 1020). Not to brag but I Think I know what I'm talking about.

We can disagree but the facts say that HTC, Nokia & Samsung have all released about the same amount of firmware updates. The carriers are the ones to blame if you haven't gotten it. The facts also say that most of the Nokia Collection is third party apps that are available to all and that HTC & Samsung both have some comperable apps & apps that Nokia doesn't have. They may have more first party apps, but what's the point if I'm not using ANY of them? For my experience, number of apps doesn't matter. I've had HTC's from the Wizard up to the Titan II, as well the LG Panther, LG Quantum & the 920. Like I said, my experience has been equally good on all of them and that's a testament to the OS, not the OEM; but IMO, the LG Panther gave me the best experience. So yea...

For the 3 of you that disagree I am still glad you chose Windows Phone. One day the Lumia devices will get an official clock app. Lol

I was in a group setting and needed a stopwatch... Couldn't find it for the life of me... Found a free one quickly though and installed. They were all hating on my win phone :(

what are you talking about? i had all three makes of windows phone now and nokia offers an experience that is superior to the extent where you almost feel like you switched platforms! that is likely to go away with them being incorporated into ms now, but it's ridiculous to claim samsung or htc can hold a candle to nokia's efforts! i would also like to point out that htc customer service in europe is absolutely abysmal, their hardware design is top notch, but their manufacturing is lackluster and once your phone gives out good luck getting it replaced!

This is a big part of why they've been streamlining to standard phones in each price bracket. They've done an outstanding job keeping the One updated with Android.

You do know that starting with the M7, HTC has agreed to update their phones for a full 2 years right? That's far better than any manufacturer out there right now. Both the M7 and M8 have had numerous updates, and will get Android L within 90 days of Google releasing the code. So, tell me how they don't update their phones. The past is the past, HTC's new way is awesome. I don't see how it will be any different for WP8. I think that a HTC One WP will be OFF THE HOOK. I mean really, this might be the phone to bring me back, I miss WP a great deal, but my 920 was too small, and my 1520 was way too big, I already own a M8 so am familiar with the hardware, wow just wow this could be awesome.

The past is the past...
Android is one thing and Windows Phone is another however if they start showing windows phone love and are interested in building customer loyalty than we'll see by their actions.

This is not heavily customized Android, but the stock version of WP 8.1.

HTC doesn't need to do any special tweaks when there's a new version WP. So you should be safe.

For a phone of this caliber I really believe they will support it long after launch. It has the complete potential to challenge Nokia unlike any of their previous WP offerings.

Actually, Samsung has more OEM apps on their store than NOKIA. They were the first to release that coveted folder app as well. They also have a printer app for everyone that owns Samsung printers. So, I think they do a decent enough job for me.

I think they will do this time as Nokia Mobile is now part of MS which owns the WP OS.

Earlier it was a competition between Nokia and HTC. Now MS has no reason to gimp its partner.

Verizon will have the best WP lineup of all carriers in US if you think about it - Lumia Icon, Ativ SE and HTC W8. ATT is slacking with just a giant sized 1520 (not everyone's cup of tea) and needs a WP flagship immediately.

AT&T has had a few Windows Phone flagships over the years. Obviously they have not been too successful otherwise they would be wanting more.

Well, don't you feel special..... "Phil didn't get an invite, but I did!!!""" whatever makes you feel better about yourself, Daniel.... Lol!!!❗

That wasn't to make himself feel better. He said that Phil did not get an invite, so we know for sure that it is not an Android device. HTC wouldn't invite the editor of WPCentral for an Android device, and not send an invite to the chief editor at AndroidCentral if it is a Windows device.

Will you let me mess with Daniel, and mind your own business... Daniel, and everyone else, knows when I'm joking around, and being a smartass... But, you had to come along and ruin it with your "explanation"..... Well, thank you Chad.. Thank you for that enlightenment... :-o:-o:-o:-o:-o;-)

Well, there's another kid in town with everything you want. Unless of course, you got something against Samsung.

Yea, I have something against Samsung.  They did well up front and cut corners on the back side.  The ATIV SE, they put BT 3.0 in it instead of 4.0.  They put a SDHC slot in it instead of today's standard SDXC.  There is still not so much as a whisper or a fart concerning a firmware update for 8.1.

I think that they've been hinting at it for awhile now and I'm hoping it's true this year. I have a OnePLus on it's way and would love to put WP8.1 on it.

My guess is its a way for oems to test the market to see if there's high enough demand by allowing vzw to be the only carrier but thats not that bad as their lte handsets are unlocked to work on any gsm carrier & most 3rd party retailer will sell it to you no problem

Locked or unlocked verizon network based phones will not work on AT&T, T-Mo and PCS, it might work on sprint because those 2 uses CDMA and not GSM

All Verizon LTE phones have unlocked SIM slot and work with AT&T and T-Mobile. They may not get LTE depending on the phone but will at least get HSPA+. Currently using Verizon Lumia Icon on ATT and tested on friends T-Mobile too.

Thanks for the enlightenment, now I know. I have alsways seen unlocked phones says GSM and would specify works only on AT&T, T-Mo and PCS only, they even make note saying will not work on Verizon and Sprint, what I did not know is that Verizon actually have GSM band / network, thanks for the info, now I know

Again, not under Microsoft's control. They can't do anything about it.

This is going to be awesome, but I wasn't very impressed with the Duosense camera. I think they could have definitely bumped it up to 6 or 8MP without affecting the pixel size much, and that would have been wonderful for daylight image quality.

I'm *really* hoping for a flagship Microsoft phone this winter though. It doesn't have to be a 3D Mclaren, it just has to be an updated phone launching on preferably all three, but at least Verizon.

Even Android has temporary exclusives, but I do agree that there either needs to be Zero exclusives, which ain't happenin, or very short term exclusives, which is much more likely!!!!

Offering Windows Phones for sale is a two street. The OEM has to make and offer them and the carrier has to agree to sell the phone. The reason you see so many exclusives is likely a result of low interest on the part of carriers to stock Windows Phones, since Windows Phones don't sell well. In order to get at least one of them to agree to carry the product, OEMs likely have to sweeten the pot by giving them exclusivity. It sucks for WP users, but those are the trials and tribulations of using an OS with such poor numbers.

I'm hopeful that Sprint finds their way around this like they did with the 8XT. Slightly tweaked device, different model number, etc.

I'm hoping that at the presser they drop a bomb that it's limited Verizon exclusivity and that AT&T will get it in "the following months". This is the phone I've been waiting for to finally move on from the 920.

There's a big difference between "exclusive" and "currently offered on only one carrier". So far I haven't seen anything that says this is a Verizon exclusive.

Yeah, I know I keep repeating this, but perception and words matter.

Well apparently the preview for Update 1 will come next week, so it's hardly a stretch of the imagination that HTC has already had the latest update to make this new phone. Moreover, to make the Dot Cover work like it does on the Android version, HTC needs this update.

I hope it does, if so, I'll replace my ATIV SE. Otherwise, I won't spend money on a device that won't be fully functional until six months or more after it goes on sale. Got burned twice with that already with my Icon and ATIV SE.

Well you should always wait for the reviews from good sites to come in before making your decision.
Not The Verge, haha! They knocked-out their review of the Surface Pro 3 in one day, so hardly leave time for extended experience. Here they do good ones ;)

Most reputed tech websites have review units with them way before public launch day and all their reviews ready to go live on d-day.

No, I know what I am talking about. Microsoft at the New York event announced and gave out review units to people attending the press event. No one got it before then, no one really knew it existed before then other than small details about possible specs from leaks.

Dammit, only Verizon? There better at least be an international version, or a timed exclusive with them for a short period so I can buy it on ATT. If I have to wait a long time, I'll just get the next flagship Lumia or i6.

I agree but we don't know when a high end Lumia is available. So far only mid range phones have been leaked.......

Always only verizon, the higher end sasung phone was too and so was the icon until we got the 930 almost a half year later, just give me an international version, all that american carier shit

Hopefully this will be on other carriers also. It doesn't seem like Microsoft mobile has a high end WP coming. I guess we have to wait and see

HTC is really bad in marketing. Their products are good that they could have ruled android market share instead of that stupid bloatware Samsung. Anyways they can grow of they concentrate on windows phone now.

False, it is not that HTC is bad at marketing, they simple do not have the $$$ that Samsung has by comparison and are outmatched. This is a well known fact and why they struggle.

They struggle because they dumped $12 million on Robert Downey Jr. And I still have yet to see a single commercial on TV. That's not bad marketing, it's awful.

There were a couple with Robert Downey Jr., and now the Gary Oldman commercial.  I used to see them all the time prior to the M8 release.

They're definitely making an effort with the budget they have available.

See, I want to be excited about this product but HTC doesn't really care about their phones once they launch them. This HTC w8 will come out and then what? will it receive firmware updates, will it get custom apps, will it get the threshold update???

All those reasons together add up to a non purchase.

Nokia is still adding features to phones that are over a year old and to phones that are only $49.99. That is the kind of product I want to own.

 

Only true upgrade is that chip... The rest to me would be a downgrade, I'm addicted to wireless charging, glance screen and customer service these days ;)

Like the 8x and 8s it will receive firmware updates and HTC already has exclusive apps. As far as I can tell, I'm not going to be missing anything when I finally drop this 920 since none of the Microsoft Mobile apps are that special. I wish commenters here would stop perpetuating this myth.

Yep,8X,8S,8XT all have received the major updates.Don't know why people keep saying they don't support their devices.

Hope that comes to ATT. A phone like this and with those specs and a perfect sized screen, I'd stick with WP.

So, this could also be a date for their release of 8.1 update, or it will be August 21? The sooner the better.

Daniel... If u guys from Msft keeps telling us to blame the carriers, how do you expect the sales and growth of win OS... Pls you Msft people shld change first this damn culture and if not don't expect something in return, just saying...

Daniel has said many times that he doesn't work for Microsoft. This is a Windows Phone enthusiast site that isn't affiliated with Microsoft in anyway. Calling Daniel "you MSFT people" is completely wrong, don't blame Daniel if you are frustrated. As he said, its the carriers' fault they choose not to carry the phones, not Microsoft's, not WPCentral's and certainly not Daniel's.

Indeed.

This is a free market (mostly). If you don't like T-Mobile's selection of phones YOU LEAVE T-MOBILE. Complaining on in comments on a website is not nearly as effective as taking your money elsewhere.

Daniel sorry about that, but what I meant is as a community we should voice out what's the best interest. You, me and everybody should tell Microsoft what's best for the platform. It's just like selling a medicine exclusive to CVS. I'm not complaining rather than giving my best support to MSFT especially Win8 OS...i luv all u guys that's why I'm here coz I can't go back to Android...

And carriers pick the phones based on their profitability. T-Mobile didn't make jack off of the 925 and prior devices because Microsoft hasn't done enough to fight for a competitive app ecosystem and released a fundamentally flawed product in WP7/8. Only now in 8.1 are some of the problems that existed in 7 starting to be addressed, and the damage is already done. As a T-Mobile RSA, I've maybe sold one Nokia device that isn't the 521 in my entire time working for the company, and I was the only associate in my store who cared about WP, having brought my 1520 over from ATT. Putting the onus of carrying a non-profitable device on the carriers is just ignoring the issues that make it non-profitable in the first place. Blackberry did it, and Blackberry lost T-Mobile's support. Blackberry did it, and Blackberry is dead. 

tldr: Microsoft needs to invest the time and effort to make the ecosystem worth selling before the ecosystem is worth selling

Daniel, the tone is not granted. The reader has a very legitimate point based on facts and track record. The carrier isn't to blame if a manufacturer is not smart enough to understand that they are an underdog and that no matter how good the product is, the only way to succeed with it will be to remove ALL barriers for people to purchase it, and that includes courting all main carriers, as opposed to the other way around. If they were creating a market like Apple did, "maybe" they'd be in a position to successfully get away with these exclusivity deals. And even in that case, Apple learned a bitter lesson by allowing the alternative to their product to succeed thanks to the same people that were turned away by the exclusivity deal and didn't want the product badly enough to switch carriers for it.

I disagree on all points.

Manufactures make exclusive deals because it offsets their marketing costs of the device to the carrier. In turn, they can use that money elsewhere for other phones and carriers position those devices front and center in their stores, including them in ads, etc. It's a syngeristic relationship.

Nokia tried a "one device for all" with the Lumia 800. Carriers balked. They do not want to sell the same device as their competition if they don't have to and with Windows Phone, they don't have to.

If T-Mobile wants a highend Windows Phone, they simply talk to a manufacture and make a deal. Nokia can't force T-Mobile to take a phone if they do not want it and Microsoft has nothing to do with it.

And if you think Nokia doesn't "court all the main carriers" I don't know what world you live in. You don't think they have they have sales people who's job is to SELL PHONES TO CARRIERS? If a carrier wants a "special" phone, Nokia makes it, hence "Lumia 521" or "Lumia 810" for T-Mobile. They bend over backwards to sell their phones to carriers, and they don't bite.

So blame the carrier.

I agree that voting with your dollar sends a message.

When it comes to TMO, they will hear the wrong message, however.  They won't correlate the loss of a customer to not having good a Windows Phone selection.  All they will hear is that "WP doesn't sell", so they will continue to push Android.  Android is in their DNA.  Android is what allowed them to compete with the iphone when everyone else had it but them.  Now that they have the iphone, the deck is stacked against WP.  Reps don't understand it, and still to this day think it's buggy like WM.

I am a TMO customer, and I want a good Windows Phone.  I am SUPER PISSED that my 810 will not get Cyan.  I have the developer preview, but I want Cyan.  I want BT4.0 and the other benefits that come with Cyan.  The only way TMO will change is if people will complain.  I have complained, and others on TMO should too.

Also, I HATE that TMO tends to have carrier specific variations.  It limits the availability of accessories, which probably will in turn will hurt sales of that model.

Daniel I guess no one of us except you can make this things work out and tell Tmo/MSFT and other players how to expand the salability of win fons... You're the man... Tnx n God bless...

Yes but AT&TLTE won't work on their phones if you put an AT&T sim card in them and people report  MMS not working right either.

I think you're thinking of SMS. Texting seems to work fine on most any phone, unlocked or not. However, picture messages(MMS) has been a big issue for me who has had unlocked phones Since like 2008 starting with the E71. I always have to tinker with those APN settings. If you have an ATIV SE and you get MMS to work, please post it on the forums as people haven't been able to get that to work from what I've read.

Love the specs on this phone. It's the kind of device I'm looking for. Only problem is Verizon. A single-person plan with them is way too damn expensive and their data charges are ridiculous. I hope other carriers get this as well.

I sure as heck hope that HTC and/or Microsoft can light a fire under the Verizon sales reps about this product, otherwise this will just be another nice piece of technology sitting on the back shelf. 

Well I'm happy but not really since it's a Verizon exclusive. Hopefully I can sell my M8 and by the W8 internationally if there is one. If not I'll wait for Nokia'a next flagship. I have the 1520 already

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I hope if true, it will be released in the UK. My first Windows Phone was the HTC Mozart and I loved it...cool gunmetal case with a very crisp and sharp screen. The only let down were the HTC apps but happy to say we have moved on since then. I would definitely upgrade my L720 to this. Windows Phone needs an all metal chassis phone to up the wow factor!

4 cores running at 3Ghz how do they cool that thing? This thing must producing an insane amount of heat while in use.

This sounds Nice. I now have a HTC 8X but will switch To Lumia 930 in september. Sad To say but HTC for me is a company thats 'sells and forget'

Man, this is so tempting. I'm stillusing my Lumia 920 that I got on the launch day and was looking forward to McLaren. I wonder if MS has another flagship coming out this fall. If not, I'd just get this.

This might be the only other high end phone besides the 930/Icon for 2014. A solid and respectable candidate. Good choice. Even if another high end Lumia comes later this year, it is not likely to really exceed this (at least in specs).

Oh well.. Now I think of it, I'm tied to AT&T contract until November so I'll have to wait anyways. Hope MS has something else under their sleeve. Also the camera on this phone isn't really good.

Slightly off topic, but not really: Nokia = Microsoft = windows phone. This makes me wonder is in the future sometime we will see heretofore Nokia exclusive apps be opened up to other OEMs. It could only be a plus and would keep some uniformity in the ecosystem. Three major ecosystems are a challenge for any industry. It would help feature fragmentation and mindshare retention for the WP platform. Furthermore, it would allow less wealthy and developer rich companies to concentrate on hardware.

Really glad HTC is bringing this to WP. I was getting a bit worried that all high end phones were left to the lumias and from all indications it appears the WP management believes more in the mid and lower end of the spectrum to boost sales. At least with this we have one more option of a solid high end WP, just in case the 930/Icon is the only high end Lumia for 2014. And HTC have always made good WPs too.

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