May 29th, 2014

HTC M8 Ace hero

We’ve seen/heard enough about the HTC M8 Ace to know it was a real thing. Said to be a lower cost version of the HTC One M8, the HTC M8 Ace has finally been made official in China. The phone popped up on HTC’s Chinese site ahead of its formal June 3rd release, but it finally gives us a better idea of what to expect when it launches.

HTC M8 Ace boomsound

Just about everything about the phone has been revealed, down to its Snapdragon 801 processor, 13MP camera, 5MP front facing camera, stereo front facing BoomSound speakers, and compatibility with China Mobile’s 4G LTE network. While we appreciate the benefits of the Duo Camera system on the One M8 (along with the UltraPixel sensor), there’s no question stripping away some of these hardware features will help HTC tackle a more affordable price point, while still offering a competitive high-end device. HTC has also forfeited the IR blaster and aluminum construction of the One M8 for something a little more wallet friendly (read: plastic).

While HTC still isn’t talking pricing on this handset, we mentioned before it’s essentially a lite version of the HTC One M8. For some, it might even be a better option for those that don’t care much about universal remote functionality or premium materials. We don’t expect to see this land stateside anytime soon, but we’ll keep you posted.

[HTC (China) | via Engadget]

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