HTC has officially announced the One (M8) with Windows Phone (which I shall lazily call HTC One M8 WP from here), a smartphone that is a copy of the Android HTC One in terms of specifications, except that it runs Windows Phone 8.1.1.
There is no arguing that these two are the top dogs in the Windows Phone space. The question is, which of them takes the crown as the platform flagship? Both have 5-inch displays, Gorilla Glass 3, and same resolution, though the Lumia boasts a ClearBlack Display. They both feature 2GB RAM and 32GB internal memory, but the HTC has a microSD card slot, something that the Lumia lacks.
The HTC has a more powerful 2.3 GHz processor with a Snapdragon 801 chipset (the Lumia has 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800) and a bigger battery. The Lumia has optional wireles charging though. Both devices are LTE-enabled, but the HTC also has CDMA/EVDO support. The HTC has those awesome front-facing stereo speakers with built-in amplifiers, giving it a huge edge in the audio department.
But the HTC falls behind in the rear camera department. That 4 megapixel camera will not match the Lumia’s 20 megapixel in terms of resolved details and low-light performance. But in the front-facing camera department, the HTC has an edge again with a 5 megapixel snapper against the Lumia’s 1.2 megapixel camera.
By a margin, I would say that the HTC One W is the more capable of the two. That camera would be a hard sell for me though. But then, considering that it is a Verizon exclusive, perhaps not many people need worry about it. Of course, chances are that an international version will hit the streets soon. In my books, it is this kind of internal competition within Windows Phone that will propel the platform forward. Thank you, HTC.