HTC has just launched their budget edition of the One Series with the E8, but to be honest, there isn’t much that is budget about this phone. Yes, it might not have the Duo Camera or the uni-body Aluminum design that is found on the One, but it’s 13MP shooter and soft touch plastic do allow it to go toe to toe with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S5. If you’re wondering how the two devices size up, keep reading.
The HTC One E8 has high-end specs but it’s coming in at a lower price point then it’s big brother the HTC M8. The E8 has a 5-inch display with a Full HD panel with a resolution of 1920 x 1080. It’s running a beast of a processor with the Snapdragon 801 clocked at 2.5Ghz which is just a shade ahead of the the 2.3Ghz SoC found in the One M8.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is also 5 inches with a 1080p display also running the Snapdragon 801 at 2.5Ghz. Both devices have 2GB of RAM and MicroSD card support for up to 128GB of additional storage space. The thickness of the devices is different as the E8 measures in at 9.9mm, and the S5 at a thin 8.1mm. The extra weight can’t be attributed to a larger battery since the E8 has a 2600mAh Li-Po battery and the S5 a 2800mAh Li-Ion, although this might be time to take pause since the E8 is rated at 26 hours of talk time and the S5 only 17 hours.
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 a lighter 145g vs 160g.
One big difference is that the One E8 is currently aimed at the Chinese & Asian markets initially, so it comes with dual-SIM card slots. It takes two nanoSIMs, both with quad-band GSM. The second SIM offers quad band 3G with HSPA+ (up to 42Mbps) 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 can go toe to toe with the likes of the Galaxy S5. To be honest, in hand the One E8 feels a lot better, while the design of the Galaxy S5 does leave much to be desired. The soft touch plastic along side the most well designed curves in the industry, adds extra justification to the One E8’s addition to today’s list of high end flagship devices.
HTC One E8 will be priced around $550 and be available this summer.
If you want to see more photos, we’ve got some stand alone shots as well as a comparison of with the HTC One M8 over here.