Penned for an early June release in select markets, the HTC One E8 is the new kid on the block and it offers an alternative experience to that projected by its predecessor, the HTC One (M8).
There are both similarities and differences between these two HTC mobile phones, but it is completely clear that the HTC One (E8) is traveling in a new direction, both inside and out!
The conceived concept of the HTC One E8 was to build a smartphone for the fashion-conscious that would shape both function and style for the future.
HTC CEO Peter Chou said “The HTC One (M8) sets a new smartphone standard and now we are taking it in another exciting direction”.
Peter Chou elaborated by saying “Combining style and substance, the HTC One (E8) represents the incredible experience people expect from an HTC One device with a look and feel that is unlike anything else out there today. If you are looking for the best flagship smartphone experience, but want to stand out from the crowd, this is the phone for you”.
So let’s take a look at the differences of these two devices.
Design: The first difference is visually an obvious one. Left behind is the metal chassis of the M8 in preference of a polycarbonate unibody frame, which accounts for a huge decrease in price that the consumer will applaud, along with a drop in overall weight (145 grams down from 160 grams).
I also love the fact that HTC has splashed out on a new colour pallette that includes Polar White, Misty Gray, Maldives Blue and Electric Crimson. Instead of a high-gloss finish we will see a more matt-effect that actually differentiates the One E8 from other phones on the market. It has also allowed for a stand-out shiny coloured accent ring around the camera lens and flash that will catch the eye.
The final difference in design is a new dual-curve design that has ergonomic traits to ensure the device is comfortable in the hand in almost any position.
Motion Launch and HTC BoomSound: Here we see the similarities mentioned above with the inclusion of these two flagship features on the new HTC One E8.
Motion Launch makes quick work of the two things you are likely to do the most. You can answer a call just by picking up the phone and placing it next to your ear or activate the camera by tapping the volume button, all without unlocking the phone.
BoomSound delights listeners with the auto correction of bass-to-treble levels for a true to life sound output. This musical genius is once again delivered over dual forward facing stereo speakers that have their own amp built in.
Selfie perfection: The UltraPixel main camera from the HTC One M8 is gone and instead there is a 13-megapixel camera to back up the 5-megapixel selfie camera. The selfie camera now boasts a screen-side countdown timer to ensure you time your pose and there is a wide-angled lens to help you get your friends or scenery into your selfie shot.
Built-in touch up software puts neat little tricks into your hand such as balancing skin tones whilst retaining a natural look and you can enjoy the results on the same screen as used on the One M8 (5-inch HD Super LCD3 1080p).
The HTC One E8 has even more of what we had seen on the One M8. There is the same 16GB internal memory, a quad-core processor, a fixed 2600 mAh battery and HTC Sense 6.
The E8 also gets its own line of HTC Dot View cases for those who like to splash out on extra accessories and a dual-SIM version will be released in certain markets, although which has been left unclear!
The consumer will ultimately have to make the final choice between the M8 or E8.
As I see it there are three main differences that should be considered;
So which side of the fence do you sit? HTC One M8 or HTC One E8?
Written by: Michael Brown