We’d heard HTC would be launching an alternate version of the HTC One M8 that housed a plastic chassis instead of the smooth metal we know and love. We thought it’d come to market as the HTC One M8 Ace, but unless this is an entirely different phone then the name has changed — this is the HTC One E8.
It’s plastic — polycarbonate plastic, to be exact — and it packs a lot of the same power that the HTC One M8 does. It has a 5-inch 1080p HD display, front-facing BoomSound speakers, a Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 2,600mAh battery and more.
What it doesn’t have in common with the HTC One M8 is an UltraPixel camera or depth sensor. Instead, you get a lone 13 megapixel sensor with a lone LED flash (which is joined by a 5 megapixel kit on the front). You’re also only getting 16GB of internal storage.
You’ll also get all the software features you’re probably familiar with in Android 4.4.2 and Sense 6 — namely, HTC Motion Launch, BlinkFeed and all of that other good stuff. HTC tells us it should be arriving in select markets in the early parts of this month, but we’ll have to wait a tad longer to get exact availability details. This could be a very nice alternative to the HTC One M8 if it comes in at the right price, so fingers crossed that there’s some real cash-saving incentive to go with this instead of just picking up the superior HTC One M8.