The HTC One E8 goes on sale in the U.S. through Sprint

The HTC One E8 in white. Photo: HTC.

The HTC One E8 in white. Photo: HTC.

The HTC One E8 is now available in the U.S. on Sprint. This the slightly cheaper alternative to HTC’s flagship One M8, but it comes with a lot of the same specifications. The biggest difference between the two is that the One E8 has swapped aluminum for a more affordable plastic form factor.

When HTC first announced the E8 back in June, we weren’t expecting it to come to the U.S.; it was originally thought to be a handset designed only for Asia and Eastern Europe. But Sprint gave away its move stateside earlier this month when it prematurely uploaded a teaser video to its YouTube channel.

If you’ve been eagerly awaiting its arrival since then, you’ll be pleased to know it’s now available from Sprint online and in store, priced at $499.99 off-contract. Alternatively, you can get it on a two-year Sprint contract for $99 upfront, or on a Sprint Easy Pay plan for $0 upfront and $20.84 a month for 24 months.

The One E8 packs a 5-inch 1080p display, a Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage. It also has a microSD card slot, BoomSound speakers, and a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera (not the One M8’s 4-megapixel Duo Camera setup).

The One E8 will ship with Android 4.4 KitKat pre-installed, coupled with HTC’s latest Sense 6 user interface.