HTC M8 Ace could be a plastic, more affordable version of the One M8 [RUMOR]

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When we got our hands on the HTC Desire 816 during this year’s Mobile World Congress, we loved HTC’s direction for the phone. Touted as a slightly bigger, plastic polycarbonate version of the HTC One for Europe/Asia, the phone offered a fair amount of specs, at a more affordable price.

It wasn’t too long ago rumors of an “HTC One M8 Ace” surfaced online, although details on the phone were scarce (we did get a nice blurry press shot though). But it appears the folks at Engadget may have uncovered a few new deets on the phone, said to feature a unibody plastic construction (similar to the recently released HTC Desire 816) but with a form factor more in tune with the HTC One M8.

According to sources, HTC aims to compete directly with the Samsung Galaxy S5 by offering the same specs — 5-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 801 processor, etc. — but undercutting them on pricing. Rumors suggest the phone could launch at around $480 off-contract, although nothing is confirmed quite yet. Bring that price closer to $400, and we think HTC could be onto something here.

There’s no question plastic is a more cost effective material for OEM’s looking to improve their bottom line. If HTC can cut costs by offering a non-aluminum version of the HTC One M8 (maybe with a 13MP as found on the Desire 816), we have to admit — we’d bite. What do you guys think?

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  • toomuchgame441

    May be definitely on to something, release it in multiple colors and they’d definitely sell.

    • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

      To cut costs, I’d even take an HTC Ace with Snapdragon 800, 5-inch display (no HTC logo bezel), 8MP camera on the back (2MP front), 32GB of internal memory, 2GB RAM, 3,000mAh battery — plastic body. Make it $450 and offer a Google Play edition…. #heaven

      • scoter man1

        …that’s just a Nexus 5 with a slightly bigger battery, dude. Hahaha.

        • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

          And front facing speakers, yes. :P

      • KiwiBri

        And an Fm radio :-)

  • domatau

    aim for the $399 price and you have a potential winner.

  • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

    Now, I’m just thinking out loud here… but how cool would it be if the “Ace” up HTC’s sleeve was a low-cost One M8 — that just so happened to be the next Nexus?

    Hear me out.

    $400 smartphone. HTC’s quality plastic housing. Snapdragon 801 and lack of Duo camera/SD card slot to help keep costs down. 2MP front facing camera (instead of the 5MP on the One M8). Stock Android 4.4.3 KitKat and front facing speakers?

    *pants explode*

    • HotInEER

      OMG Chris I agree. My pants would explode and I would buy it. This would knock the socks off of Samsung and the smartphone world.

    • irishrally

      Why not, one more shitty camera on a Nexus.

  • collinv620

    New HTC head of design: Chris Chavez??

  • steveb944

    Hell. Yes. Sub $500 = insta buy.

  • joe23521

    Respectable specs plus a better camera than the M8, I’ll be taking a look.

  • jaycemiskel

    It’s funny, Samsung is gonna release a metal phone and HTC is gonna release a plastic one.

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  • Rob Schoenfeld

    Use the same poly carb material as the Windows Phone 8 and it would be pretty awesome.