HTC has announced the One (E8), a new version of its flagship One (M8) smartphone, which takes many of the phone’s best features, and hides them inside a plastic body shell. Why replace the gorgeous aluminium body of the One (M8)? It’s simple, the end result will be cheaper, and therefore should help HTC increase its market share.
That’s the idea, so how does the One (E8) compare? The basic specification is almost identical to the One (M8). It has a 5-inch touchscreen with a 1080p resolution, which is bookended by HTC’s excellent BoomSound stereo speakers. The operating system is Android KitKat, complete with Sense 6 over the top, and Motion Launch gesture controls. The processor is the same quad-core Snapdragon 801 too.
The changes come when we get to the camera. It’s not the Duo Camera on the rear, but a 13 megapixel camera, just like the recently announced HTC One Mini 2. The selfie cam above the screen is another 5 megapixel, wide-angle camera, along with the helpful Touch Up software to ensure you look your best.
HTC’s decision to use a plastic body represents the biggest change. We won’t know much about it before getting the One (E8) in our hands, but it looks good in the press images. It’ll come in four different colours, and the rear of the device is apparently smooth and curvy.
There’s no confirmation the One (E8) will launch in the UK, and HTC is only saying the phone will be sold in selected markets. We’ll have to wait and see, but it won’t be keen to take sales away from the One (M8), especially if the One (E8) is competitively priced. The phone will launch before July, so we should hear more soon.