The Windows Phone version of the HTC One will reportedly launch sometime later this year with Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 out of the box.

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HTC could soon launch a Windows Phone version of the One M8, according to the latest rumor.

There have been many rumors of HTC working on a Windows Phone-powered variant of the One. Earlier this year, it was hinted that the device is codenamed HTC W8, and now WP Central is reporting that the actual title will be “One (M8) for Windows,” with the phone carrying exactly the same hardware as the HTC One M8, including dual rear cameras and stereo BoomSound speakers.

The phone will reportedly run Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, the first update to Windows Phone 8.1 that will bring support for smart covers, which means the Dot View case released with the One M8 could be compatible with the Windows version as well. Verizon is expected to be the sole carrier of the device in the US, though a general release will likely take place in other countries.

At this point in time, it’s unclear if HTC will actually go ahead with launching the One (M8) for Windows. High-end Windows Phone devices have been unable to attract many consumers, with budget devices like the Nokia Lumia 520 making up the bulk of the OS’ market share, and launching a premium Windows Phone smartphone that doesn’t sell well would be a major blip on HTC’s poor financial status.

On the other hand, the choice of a high-quality metallic Windows Phone device among a sea of plastic-based Nokia phones could be a draw for many, though we will only find out how the One (M8) for Windows will do once it actually goes on sale.

Source: WP Central