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HTC considering plastic HTC One M8 variant similar to iPhone 5C

Sam Loveridge


HTC One M8
HTC One M8

HTC is considering launching a plastic body variant of the HTC One M8, according to a new report.

Despite HTC’s strong focus on the metal unibody design of the original HTC One and the new 2014 HTC One M8 flagship, rumour has it the company is considering a cheaper, plastic model.

Similar to what Apple did with the iPhone 5C from the iPhone 5, the plastic HTC One M8 will retain all the same internal hardware as the flagship, but introduce a more wallet-friendly plastic body.

According to the Taiwanese report, the plastic One M8 could launch as soon as May with a price tag around the 3000 yuan mark, which equates to around £280.

Currently, the HTC One M8 in Taiwan retails for 5299 yuan SIM-free (£510), which is quite a steep jump from the purported RRP for the plastic variant.

As intrigued as we are about a plastic version of the HTC One M8, we somewhat doubt there is much truth in this rumour.

When launching the HTC One M8, executives were quick to emphasise the quality and craftsmanship of the metal design, suggesting it was far more important for a phone to look good than boast features like water proofing.

“We fundamentally believe in the [metal] design,” said Graham Wheeler, an HTC Product Manager to TrustedReviews. “It’s a beautiful phone, and I think that’s more important than waterproofing.”

“We wanted to make sure it was the most aesthetically pleasing phone ever.”

There is also the potential that this cheaper, plastic One M8 is the next entry in the HTC Butterfly series.

If it does match the specs of the HTC One M8, you should see the plastic version pack a 5-inch 1080 x 1920p full HD display powered by a quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 processor with 2GB of RAM.

The HTC One M8 also packs a dual-sensor rear UltraPixel camera, letting you adjust the backgrounds of your images.

Read more: HTC One M8 vs Samsung Galaxy S5

Via: GforGames

Prem Desai

April 14, 2014, 10:07 pm

I'm not sure I agree with the HTC view that looks are more important that features such as waterproofing.

The One M8 does look good - no doubt. It's mainly the back that looks good. Not sure about other people, but with a phone costing this much money, it would be in a case from day 1 for me. The good looks would be hidden.

Would I buy a cheaper plastic version of this? I would be interested if it was cheaper but it would all depend on how it was made, colours, etc.


April 14, 2014, 10:16 pm

Only if they replaced the poor quality, low resolution camera. This 'Ultra Pixel' talk is nonsense. Just stick a great quality 8-12MP shooter in there and i'm sold on a metal or plastic version.

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