It may just be a few days on from the release of the all new HTC One (M8), but rumors are already circulating about a potential Windows Phone version of the handset. WPDang reports that HTC is preparing such a device, which reportedly will feature similar technology and a similar design to the Android flagship.

It's said that the company's new high-end Windows Phone will be running Microsoft's upcoming update to the platform: Windows Phone 8.1. The previous update, Update 3 to Windows Phone 8, brought support for top-end Qualcomm SoCs such as the Snapdragon 800, as well as 1080p displays, so it's entirely possible that the HTC M8 could run the OS.

As a refresher, the HTC One (M8) features a 5.0-inch 1920 x 1080 LCD display, a Snapdragon 801 SoC with a quad-core CPU clocked at 2.3 GHz plus an Adreno 330 GPU, and 2 GB of LPDDR3 memory. There's also up to 32 GB of internal storage plus a microSD card slot, and the Ultrapixel-powered "Duo Camera" on the back.

The last major Windows Phone device released by HTC was the Windows Phone 8X, launched alongside Windows Phone 8 in November 2012. A new high-end handset in HTC's Windows Phone line-up is overdue, and Microsoft is said to be focusing on hardware partners in future releases, not just Nokia.

No indication was given of when we might see a Windows Phone-powered version of the HTC One (M8), but let's hope it's not just a phantom device.