After much speculation and anticipation, HTC Malaysia just launched the HTC One (E8) last week, on 13 August 2014.
In case you’re all confused with all the different naming conventions, the HTC One (E8) is a mid range, affordable, polycarbonate (read: plastic) version of their flagship, all metal unibody HTC One (M8).
See Also : HTC One (M8) User Review
Introducing the HTC One (E8)
Here’s a high level specs overview of the HTC One (E8):-
- 5″ IPS LCD Full HD 1080p display (1920 X 1080) with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
- 16/32 GB internal storage (expandable microSD up to 128 GB) + 2 GB RAM
- Powered by latest Android 4.4 “Kit Kat” OS (with new HTC Sense 6 UI)
- 13 megapixel rear camera (1080p HD video recording), 5 megapixel front facing camera (1080 HD video recording)
- 9.85 mm thin, weighing only 145 grams
- 2,600 mAH non-removable battery (up to 26.8 hours of 3G talkltime)
- Connectivity : nanoSIM for 4G LTE/3G HSPA+, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, DLNA
- Available in 3 colours : Polar White, Misty Grey and Electric Crimson
For more information, technical specifications and feature highlights, go to HTC One (E8) product page at http://www.htc.com/sea/smartphones/htc-one-e8/
Most have simply taken to refering the E8 as simply the plastic version of M8. Or the iPhone 5C equivalent to the flagship, aka HTC One M8 “C”. It’s tough not to come to that conclusion, really. When you compare the hardware specs of the HTC One (E8), it almost looks like you’re reading off the spec sheet for the flagship HTC One (M8).
From 5″ IPS LCD display, to Snapdragon 801 processor, to 2,600 mAH battery, everything seems to be identical. There are minor differences, of course, between the E8 and the M8:-
- Build material – E8 has a polycarbonate unibody instead of the premium metal in M8
- Rear camera – E8 houses a single 13 megapixel shooter, instead of the dual lens Ultrapixel camera in the M8. Both have the upgraded 5 megapixel “selfie” camera
- Thicker, but lighter – E8 is a mere 0.5 mm thicker than the M8 (barely noticeable in hand) but is 15 grams lighter (plastic instead of metal weight)
- No IR blaster – Means the E8 won’t allow you to use the Infrared port at the Power On/Off button to pair and control your TV as a remote control, like the M8
These are not huge omissions, in my opinion.
From a software and highlighted feature perspective, similarly with the metal M8, you still get:-
- HTC BlinkFeed – grid style home screen for quick updates from latest news, social media updates and more
- HTC BoomSound – better audio management with dual front facing stereo speakers
- Motion Launch – motions and gestures to interact with your phone without turning on the screen
… and a whole bunch of great usability and features with HTC Sense 6 UI as per my HTC One (M8) review here.
Pricing and Availability
The HTC One (E8) is now available for sale at a Recommended Retail Price (RRP) of RM 1,699 for both the Polar White and Misty Grey colours.
The Polar White and Misty Grey coloured HTC One (E8) actually has a nice matte back. Although not textured, the curved back actually makes the smartphone surprisingly comfortable in your palm.
The Electric Crimson (Red) version, however, will only be available in October 2014.
Much like the HTC Butterfly S, the Electric Crimson aka Red coloured version, actually has a glossy back. This could be a fingerprint magnet issue, but with the official HTC Dot View case to be released for the E8 soon, it shouldn’t be an issue. No worries on grip-ability, too. As with the Butterfly S, the curved back actually still sits nicely in your palm.
Online Reviews of HTC One (E8)
Instead of forking out RM 2,399 for the flagship metal HTC One M8, you can now just look at getting the affordable version of the HTC One E8 at RM 1,699. For RM 700 cheaper, you almost get exactly the same thing as the flagship, minus a few minor hardware build material changes. In my opinion, it’s almost a no brainer.
In case you need to read more reviews to decide if you should get this smartphone? Here are some of my favourite reviews from around the interwebz for your reading pleasure:-
- TechRadar : Hands on: HTC One E8 review – The plastic twin to the all-conquering M8
- The Verge : The HTC One E8 is a plastic phone in search of its metal soul
- CNet : HTC One E8 review: A more affordable version of the One M8 clad in shiny plastic
- Android Central : HTC One E8 review
So, who’s planning on getting this phone?
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