It wouldn’t be HTC if they didn’t launch at least a few variations of their flagship device, thus at today’s Taipei launch event, we got to check out the HTCOne E8 and a first chance to compare it to the flagship One M8.
The HTC One E8 is a budget version that uses plastic where the M8 uses metal, but there is nothing about the device that screams low cost. The 5-inch display is 1080p, it’s running a best-in-class processor with the Snapdragon 801 clocked at 2.5Ghz which, if we’re keeping score, is higher than the 2.3Ghz found in the M8. Both devices have 2GB of RAM but the differences just start piling up as we move on through the specs. The dimensions are about the same except the plastic model is a bit thicker (9.9mm vs. 9.4mm), but since it’s made out of plastic it’s lighter at 145 grams vs 160 grams.
The HTC One E8 has a 13MP main camera with a BSI sensor, f/2.2 aperture and a single-LED flash. The front-facing Selfie camera has a 5MP lens plus a BSI sensor of its own. Both cameras are capable of 1080p video. The M8 has a 4MP Duo-Camera sporting Ultra-Pixel technology, so we are missing a few bells and whistles on the E8, most notably U-Focus feature because there is no 2nd camera for depth sensing.
Since this device is aimed at the Chinese & Asian markets initially, it comes with dual-SIM connectivity. It takes two nanoSIMs, both with quad-band GSM. The second SIM offers quad band 3G with HSPA+ (up to 42Mbps down-link) and 4G LTE (for Chinese networks only in case you were thinking of getting one shipped over).
Over all the HTC One E8 is a premium feeling phone that only sacrifices on a few of the most premium features of the flagship One M8, and to be honest we’re ok with that. We love the feeling of the soft touch plastic, it sports some of the most well designed curves in the industry giving it the same excellent feeling in hand.
HTC One E8 will be priced around $550 and be available this summer.
If you’re looking for some stand alone photos of the HTC One E8 we’ve got a few for you to check out right here: