HTC One E8 swaps aluminum for plastic to become more affordable


After a few leaks and an accidental unveiling, HTC has gone ahead and made its polycarbonate unibody version of the One M8 official in China. The handset, dubbed the One (E8), comes with a lower price tag whilst retaining almost all the features and specs of its premium sibling.

Externally, the E8 looks just like the M8 right down to its BoomSound speakers, except for the fact that it is made of polycarbonate plastic, which actually makes it lighter. Internally, the One E8 is still powered by a Snapdragon 801 processor, an Adreno 330 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and a microSD card slot.

However, it ditches the Duo camera setup of its premium sibling with a single 13MP f/2.2 shooter. The 5MP BSI sensor in the front remains intact though. The other notably missing feature is the IR blaster that would have otherwise allowed you to use the E8 as a universal remote.

HTC’s much loved Sense 6 is still onboard with all its features present as is. In fact, the handset is also compatible with the company’s widely loved Dot View case. The One E8 is mainly targeted towards the Chinese market and will come with dual-nano SIM slots, where it be available in three colors — white, red and black — and will be retailing for CN¥2,799 (~$450).