HTC’s Windows Phone 8 M8 leaks ahead of NYC event

HTC sent out invitations to a New York City press event roughly a fortnight ago. Though the invite contained zero hints as to what the event was about, rumour had it HTC was getting back into the Windows Phone game after a two-year hiatus with a Windows Phone 8 version of its HTC One M8. Now, just one day out from the event, high-res images of the device have surfaced

This past weekend, the folks at Neowin received what purports to be a photo of the HTC One W8 from an anonymous source. It doesn’t reveal any of the device’s specifications but the image does appear to confirm reports that the HTC One W8 is headed for Verizon first. There’s actually been talk that the W8 is a Verizon exclusive, and while we’ve yet to hear anything about this phone from HTC Canada, we’re crossing our fingers that this isn’t the case.

HTC’s W8 will likely pack the same specs as the M8, which features a 5-inch 1080p Super LCD 3 screen, a Snapdragon 801 clocked to 2.3 GHz, 2GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of internal storage, and HTC’s unique Duo Camera with uFocus. Obviously the presence of Windows Phone 8.1 will also mean users get access to Cortana (currently U.S.-only outside of a few international beta programs).

The specs for the M8 more than meet the requirements for Windows Phone 8 (Microsoft requires at least a Snapdragon S4 and 512 MB of RAM) but it will be interesting to see how Windows Phone runs on this flagship hardware that has, for all intents and purposes, already proved itself with Android. If the hardware specs are identical, we’ll get the closest comparison of Android 4.4 and Windows Phone 8.1 yet.