The fact that HTC could announce their latest Windows Phone flagship One (M8) for Windows Phone and actually have the device in stores less than a week later is beyond impressive, if it happens. It marks a huge departure for the usual month or more wait smartphone users have usually had to endure before getting their hands on their shiny new device.
The rapid retail release should prove to be a boon to HTC sales as Windows Phone users had been getting antsy for a flagship smartphone for the fall. The rumored McLaren flagship phone that was due to arrive in time for the holidays has been mentioned to have been cancelled. The fact that it is shipping with WP8.1 Update 1 means it has all the newest features available right out of the box. Of course none of this is fact until we here the cold hard truth from HTC themselves August 19th. Another big thing this rapid release accomplishes is that it gives itself a month or more separation from competition and new device launches.
Key Features include Live Folders, support for Smart Covers, customizable start screen background and just in time for Live Lock Screens. These features mean you can greatly customize your phone to match your personality and style. I’m in the market for a second phone and this looks like a good candidate to open up a fresh Verizon line. What strikes your fancy with the HTC One for WP8.1? Sound off in the comments.