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The idea that HTC will be unveiling a Windows Phone version of its popular and well-reviewed Android handset, the HTC One M8, continues to gain traction. Today, WPCentral claims to have the leaked specifications for the new smartphone with the upshot being pretty much what we expected: it’ll be the same phone, only running Microsoft’s mobile OS rather than Android.

In case you had forgotten, the M8 boasted a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU, 32 GB of internal storage with an expandable microSD slot, 2 GB of RAM, and a 5-inch display. It’s still got the same 2600 mAh battery, compatibility with the Dot View case, its picture-editing U-Focus feature, and HTC Boomsound speakers. Overall, what’s old is new again with Windows – and that’s not too bad for Windows Phone fans looking to get a great piece of hardware.

For now, it sounds as though the HTC One M8 for Windows might be exclusive to Verizon, though that shouldn’t necessarily be the case for long. One of the reasons for that belief is that an image of the phone was found on Verizon’s website servers. Moreover, when the Android version of the M8 was revealed this past March, it was available from Verizon on day one, while other carriers began to offer it the next month.

It will be interesting to see what kind of availability we see with the HTC One M8 for Windows, or whatever they end up calling it. This is the first major Windows Phone to come out from another OEM that isn’t Nokia since the latter was acquired by Microsoft. As such, it’s an important handset both for Microsoft, which needs to prove the viability of Windows Phone as a platform, and for HTC, which needs to show that it can make phones to fit all kinds of needs, and isn’t merely an Android device maker.

We’ll know more on August 19. Stay tuned.

[Source: WPCentral]

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