HTC’s smartphone conveyor belt has rolled on this month, after the company revealed its latest handset; the HTC One E8.
But what is the HTC One E8? Is it a worthwhile addition to the HTC line-up? Or is it just another way of drawing cash out of another ‘One’ handset?
To find out, we’ve put together a full rundown of the E8, guiding you through everything, from design all the way down to its built-in features and specs!
So with no further ado, let’s get going!
On the front of it, the HTC One E8 looks identical to the M8 flagship that was released this spring, not changing in size and keeping the same style.
But when you flip the handset over, you quickly notice that the second lens from the M8’s dual camera has gone walkies and that the material used for the case has been altered completely.
Instead of the premium brushed metal design from the M8; the E8 sports a less fancy, and less expensive plastic design, available in a number of colours including black, red, blue and grey/silver.
This is obviously deviating from the HTC flagship norm, which has exclusively favoured the premium metal designs seen on previous handsets.
Other than that, the overall size of the handset stays pretty similar, with the thickness of the handset growing by just a fraction of an inch.
If you buy a HTC One E8, the last thing you want to be sacrificing is the now world renowned power and speed of the HTC flagship line-up, and we’re happy to say that the specs sheet is looking as strong as ever.
Featuring the same 5” full HD Super LCD3 display from the One M8, you won’t be let down by a sub-par screen.
Also, despite the lowered quality on the outside of the handset, we see the E8 continue to feature the same components from the M8 under the hood, giving us a pretty powerful handset to play with without a doubt.
16GB of internal memory makes its way into the E8, which might not seem vast, but it’s expandable by up to 128GB, which should give any smartphone memory hog a run for their money.
Also, the same Snapdragon 801 processor from the M8 also sticks around, giving the E8 a platform to compete solidly against other flagship handsets like the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2.
Topping off the spec sheet is a quad-core 2.5GHz processor, which is actually marginally more powerful than the 2.3GHz version we’ve seen on the current European and American version of the M8.
The major change that will raise a lot of eyebrows is HTC’s decision to omit the dual camera which brought the HTC One M8 so much attention.
In place of the dual-lens 4 megapixel snapper is a standard 13 megapixel camera instead, which offers a great image quality, but lacks some of the features that the dual camera brought.
Whilst questions were raised about the dual camera on the M8, mainly thanks to its smaller megapixel count, it’s surprising to see HTC desert the tech so soon, but then again, if it brings the price down it’s unlikely that customers will moan.
Thankfully, the 5 megapixel selfie snapper on the front side of handset has stayed put, making the E8 one of the best smartphones for selfies ever, along with the M8.
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HTC has always blessed its users with plenty of fancy features to get to grips with, and the E8 is no different.
Featuring the dual BoomSound speakers and Motion Launch features from the M8, the E8 also includes dual-sim capabilities and improved selfie taking performance.
It’s still unknown just where the dual-sim feature will be included, but it would be less likely to make much of an impact in the UK and US markets, whilst the improved selfie performance feature would be a heavily supported inclusion for sure.
Finally, the HTC One E8 is also compatible with the HTC Dot Matrix case, so if you fancy investing a bit more cash for a stylish accessory, then you won’t be held back by the E8.
Overall, the differences between the E8 and M8 aren’t exactly the most clear cut in terms of software.
However, if you don’t mind a plastic casing and having just a single camera lens on the back of your handset, the E8 makes perfect sense.
Also, costing around half the price of the HTC One M8, the E8 is definitely more bank account friendly, whilst keeping the same amount of processing power to boot.
If you’re set on the classic HTC premium feel and dual camera, you should probably stick to the M8, whilst if you don’t mind a plastic shell you might as well side with the E8.
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Written by Luke Hatfield