HTC has ended much speculation around a possible plastic HTC One M8 spin-off, formally unveiling the HTC One E8.
Although featuring largely the same innards as its high-end, brushed metal sibling, the new HTC One E8 pairs its revised plastic build with a switch away from the M8’s innovative dual-lens camera.
“Combining style and substance, the HTC One (E8) represents the incredible experience people expect from a HTC One device with a look and feel that’s unlike anything else out there today,” Peter Chou, HTC’s CEO said in unveiling the device.
HTC One E8 Features
Just like the One M8, the new HTC E8 is built around a stunning 5-inch, 1920 x 1080p Full HD display and a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor.
With 2GB of RAM thrown into the mix, the Taiwanese manufacturer has also bestowed this Sense 6.0 overlaid, Android 4.4 running handset with 16GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD.
Having dropped the M8’s Duo Camera, the HTC One E8 pairs a traditional 13-megapixel rear-mounted camera with a secondary, 5-megapixel offering up front.
Lining up a 9.85mm thick and 145g in weight, the new polycarbonate body of the E8 is said to boast a “dual curve” design to fit more comfortably within your hand.
With a 2600mAh Lithium-Ion battery keeping things running, the handset will be available in a range of colours including white, red and a grey offering with jazzy gold trim.
HTC One E8 Release Date and Price
With the HTC One E8 release date to see the handset start hitting retailers later this month – starting in China – there is currently no word on official pricing.
Despite this lack of costing details, thanks to its plastic build we can expect it to be significantly cheaper than the near £550 M8.
Highlighting how build can drastically effect cost, earlier this week LG told us that the recently launched LG G3 would cost $300 more had it been crafted from metal.
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