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More than a few eyebrows were raised when talk surfaced of an HTC One for Windows Phone. How close would it be to the Android original? Would it bring anything new to the table? And what's the name, for that matter? Thankfully, sources for Engadget are happy to answer a few questions. For a start, they tell us that the device (not shown here) is tentatively called the "One (M8) for Windows." Yeah, that's not exactly going to roll off the tongue -- the device's codename, W8, is considerably more elegant.

Other details we've received mostly corroborate what we've seen from @evleaks, with one surprise. In addition to the previously hinted-at presence of features from the Android-based One, like BoomSound speakers and the depth-sensing Duo camera, the One for Windows will also support voice over LTE -- Windows Phone users shouldn't have to wait long to try high-quality calls for themselves. It's not clear whether or not the device will ship with VoLTE out of the box, but Windows Phone 8.1's GDR1 revision (aka Update 1) should add support if it's not ready on launch. The release isn't far away, either. Our tipsters back earlier claims that the Microsoft-powered One is expected to reach at least Verizon during the third quarter, or no later than the end of September.

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