Windows Phone HTC One M8 shows up on Verizon servers: this looks official

Just a few hours back we were beginning to find ourselves convinced that this Windows Phone 8 version of the HTC One M8 was happening; after a week of unsubstantiated rumors, hard evidence really started pointing to the existence of a new HTC Windows Phone model for Verizon. And while there still hasn’t been any official announcement, the next best thing has now arrived, as render of just such a WP8 M8 has been uncovered on Verizon’s own servers.

There it is down below, and as you can see, this hardware very much looks how we’d expect it to. Which is to say, it’s practically identical to the Android-running One M8 with which we’re familiar, just swapping operating systems.

Besides just serving as confirmation that this phone is happening, we pick up a few new details from this find. For one, the file name identifies the handset as the “HTC_M8_Windows,” which may be a sign that the rumored “One W8” name isn’t happening.

The other thing of note here is the date we can see in the Live Tile with an appointment reminder: Friday the 22nd. There’s just such a date in August, and with it falling so close behind HTC’s August 19 press event, it’s not too hard to see that as a potential release date; maybe not as fast as Verizon’s same-day One M8 (Android) availability, but pretty speedy, all the same. We’ve also heard the possibility of sales starting August 21, but whichever way you slice it, it looks like this guy’s landing quite soon.

verizon-m8-wholeSource: Verizon
Via: The Verge

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