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HTC Announces the One (E8), a Plastic Version of the Company’s (M8) Flagship

HTC One E8

A new HTC device was announced late last evening, the HTC One (E8). The device is being prepared for Asian markets, so Americans should not get too excited over its debut. The device is made of a polycarbonate unibody frame, making the device much lighter than the One (M8). In fact, the device features quite the little spec sheet, making it much like the One (M8), except minus the UltraPixel camera and metal body. 

For specs, the One (E8) features a 5″ 1080p display, Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, 13MP rear-facing camera (say what?), 5MP front-facing camera, 2,600mAh battery, 16GB of on-board storage, BoomSound speakers, and runs Android 4.4+ with Sense 6 on top. All in all, it seems to be a plastic version of the One (M8) flagship device.

HTC has the One (E8) slated for a late June release in select markets, coming in four colors – Polar White, Electric Crimson, Maldives Blue, and Misty Gray.

Thoughts?

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Via: HTC
  • Ryan B

    Wow, about time they used plastic. (I enjoy plastic)
    Truly a beautiful phone!!

  • Disqus_n00b

    Maldives Blue? Haha

  • Eikast

    So this is suppose to be the cheaper version but it has a higher MP rear camera?
    /rolls eyes

    • ShermCraig

      Can’t say I disagree – it is odd, although in HTC’s mind, the ultra-pixel camera is better. Perhaps for some it is, but I like to be able to zoom in and crop my photos, so I prefer more pixels….

  • BoFiS

    Too bad it isn’t SMALLER, I’m much more interested in all the mini phones lately, just wish they had the same specs

  • Jee

    I never liked the 4UP cam on the One. The new duocam system is even worse. The change from aluminum to plastic is probably the worst change, but at least it won’t be as slippery anymore. Lack of 802.11ac is no problem, since most people don’t even have 802.11ac routers yet (me included). And of course, ~$200-300 savings is always nice =D

  • 775summit

    this would be a great 400$ phone

  • mustbepbs

    Surely having two phones with the same name won’t confuse anyone. And the E8/M8 definitely isn’t enough to differentiate.

  • Bryan Mills

    HTC warriors in full force. Back out, back out!

  • tylerc23

    Probably will have Wireless Charging. I would get this for my mother if it came out in the US

    • ShermCraig

      Can I apply for that position? ;)

  • tylerc23

    Wasn’t this announced last week. I saw a lot of stuff on it somewhere else, IGN maybe?

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    Can ya say moto x? (last pic)

    • Bryan Mills

      Gnex, maybe?

  • Jon D

    i like my M8′s camera

    • mcdonsco

      You like pics with a lack of detail…got it.

      • tylerc23

        Surprisingly it’s not that bad. For real

        • Bryan Mills

          After using it, yes it can look good, once you zoom in, blow it up, it looks disgusting.

          Taking out OIS was a big mistake also. Another reason to not buy it.

          • Jon D

            ya for all those 10ft x10ft posters i make….it doesn’t do a great job lol

          • Bryan Mills

            You know nothing, it’s okay. We’ll let you live your unintelligent life alone.

          • Jon D

            http://static.trustedreviews.com/94/00002b8b4/8b1f/htc-one-m8-mac-2.jpg

            zoomed in:

            http://static.trustedreviews.com/94/00002b8b5/9532/htc-one-m8-mac-3.jpg

            all your comments have 0 facts and just you crying all the time lol so enjoy your never satisfying life…

          • Bryan Mills

            That’s not that good.

          • Zee

            Not that bad either. And definitely not disgusting…

          • K

            Just let him be. He’s an LG fanboy so you’re not going to convince him

          • Bryan Mills

            Yeah, my Sony/ LG/Oppo devices say no to that.

          • PoisonApple31

            At first I thought you were hanging condoms from a tree.

          • Anal Adams

            Why is that pic so blurry? Fancy artistic effect?

          • ShermCraig

            Wow, that’s so nice….

        • mcdonsco

          I owned it for a few days…wasnt good at all IMO. Not the reason I returned it though (sense was responsible for that).

          Admittedely though, cameras aren’t incredibly high on my list as I’m selling my g2 in favor of a moto x for the next few months while we go through the summer release cycles.

          • Jon D

            lol sense 6 is so light compared to LG and Samsung you must be on crack!. Download a launcher and you can hardly tell the difference.. name 3 things that you hated about sense 6

          • Bryan Mills

            Yeah, because people want to download a launcher after buying a new phone. /s

          • PoisonApple31

            If its from LG or Samsung, it’s getting a launcher…

          • mcdonsco

            It wouldnt go away…that was my entire problem with it. I absolutely HATE sense.

          • K

            Sense 6 is sleek. Better looking than touchwiz and without that lag. Just as snappy as LG’s UI from the G2. I guess if you’re a stock android fan then there’s that but imo it’s the best skin out of all the OEMs. LG’s revamped G3 skin looks good but still not out yet

          • mcdonsco

            I am a stock android fan, one of the things I really like about the moto x (which is why I just bought another one, well, actually, size is why…I go back and forth, big screen, small screen…indecisive.).

          • K

            Yeah then I definitely understand why you hate it. I had the Moto X and really liked the close to stock feel Moto provided while adding some nice touches.

          • mcdonsco

            Yea, it just seems really well rounded over all..not “spec”tacular, battery and camera could be better…but just easy to use and get along with.

            Even with the g2′s relatively small size for the screen you’re getting, I still fumbled with it from time to time due to size. I was all set to get the g3 until the $70 amazon moto g sale hit and I bought one for step dad…once I got my hands on it and used it for a bit it was immediately obvious I needed to get a moto x again for a while.

          • ShermCraig

            I’m with you. I’m very tempted to purchase the OnePlus One, but a 5 1/2″ screen may be just too large for my average sized hands. So torn….

          • Cael

            Sense is so unneccessary.

          • K

            Touchwiz is very unnecessary

          • Cael

            I agree but that is irrelevant because we’re talking about Sense and I hate Touchwiz.

          • K

            So I guess you’re also a stock android fan? So am I but OEM skins aren’t gonna go anywhere so people might as well get used to them unless they plan on buying a Nexus/GPE or install an aosp rom. Sense has really improved though compared to the old days. Not bloaty and it has a nice look.

          • K

            or get a Moto X

          • Cael

            I have one and I love it and not because it’s basically stock.

          • Cael

            Yeah I like stock. I’m not a go stock or go home person tho. I like Sony’s skin excluding their icons and I like how LG’s new one is looking.
            I used to like Sense but I can’t tolerate it anymore. I find it hideous and unnecessary.

            HTC is better off creating a pure fork with the crap known as Sense.

          • mcdonsco

            I know this is kind of a blasphemous oxymoron, but I’m a real fan of bone stock android and though I can’t quite put my finger on why, I actually prefer touchwiz to sense (if I HAD to choose, both are bad though IMO).

          • ShermCraig

            So are smartphones in general. If you don’t like Sense 6, you are in the minority.

          • Cael

            No I’m in the majority because the majority of people aren’t buying HTC phones with sense 6

          • ShermCraig

            A) You don’t need to buy a HTC phone with sense 6, you can install it quite easily yourself (I have the M7 with Sense 6) and B) As far as majority of people, I suppose we can agree to disagree. I love Sense 6 – always hated TouchWiz on all 3 of the Galaxy phones I previously owned as well as the Note 8. In fact, I didn’t really like Sense at all until version 5, now I am a fan.

          • Danny Dodge

            It’s a great camera when the scenery is well lit, but when it’s dark it’s worse than a pre-smartphone era phone camera. Ultrapixel is a good technology but it’s definitely not an all-rounder. I don’t like it but I cant knock it.

      • Jon D

        lol they have plenty of detail… would you like some examples? Do you own a m8?

        • mcdonsco

          I did…took it back…not because of camera though, but IMO the camera was average AT BEST.

  • Storm38xx

    Htc ultra pixel is crap

  • hyperbeatser

    so…it’s lighter and has a better camera than the M8

    • Bryan Mills

      Probably not the same 13mp camera you find in High end phones, so no, not much better.

      • Jon D

        typical comment from you…. you have no idea what the camera is like and yet you have to be a debbie downer all the time

        • Bryan Mills

          It’s common sense, and anybody in the tech community knows it also.

    • Marikel

      Their 13 megapixel cameras have been shown to take lower quality photos than the 4 UltraPixel camera in the M8. It may offer a higher resolution, but that only goes so far when it comes to taking clear photos.

    • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

      But it’s plastic. One of the biggest draws to the M8 is it’s premium aluminum.

      • John A

        For me, that is a plus. I would much prefer a plastic made phone if its lighter.

        • michael arazan

          And $100 cheaper, which it will probably be in other markets.

  • Mike Aurin

    HTC S5

    • michael arazan

      more like the 1C

  • Bryan Mills

    You dun goofed, HTC.