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On the outside, the handset looks the same as its original counterpart. It sports a 5-inch, 1080p display, dual front-facing speakers, and a brushed-alumnium aesthetic.
Some essential apps to get you settled in are Facebook, an FM radio, the Bing Health and Fitness app, OneDrive cloud storage, Bing Maps, a weather app, OneNote, Slacker Radio, and a digital wallet app. HTC also threw in a handful of its signature software tools.
The device also has Cortana, a digital voice and search assistant that can schedule appointments, look up businesses, identify music, and fetch news stories. It can also set up reminds for you in relation to your contacts, like bidding someone happy birthday the next time they call.
Undoubtedly the wildest feature about the phone’s camera and imaging system is the two camera lenses on its back, as well as a dual-LED flash array. While the larger of the M8's eyes supports its main camera and handles traditional photo duties, the smaller lens (which is on top) tackles depth perception.
The phone also works with HTC's Dot View case, which displays the time and weather information through its pixelated cover. You can also access Cortana through the case by swiping down when the device's display is sleeping.
As of now, Verizon Wireless is the only carrier offering the One M8 for Windows Phone. AT&T reported plans to carry the device too, though no pricing or release date has been announced.