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HTC's plastic flagship, the One E8, gets snapped in its full, retail glory

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HTC's plastic flagship, the One E8, gets snapped in its full, retail glory
HTC made headlines yesterday when it officially outed the rumored HTC One E8. Previously known as the One M8 Ace, the One E8 is a near-copy of the aluminum-clad One M8 flagship, but with few notable differences.

For starters, the One E8 is made out of polycarbonate, not metal. It also skips on the controversial, 4-megapixel UltraPixel signature HTC camera, and instead sports a more conventional, 13-megapixel BSI snapper. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, the price tag of the One E8 reads a number that is half that attached to the One M8, at least in China where it's available: $447 versus $847. That's a massive discount.

Of course, while the compromise in build materials will trigger some soul-searching with a few, most people will be immediately sold -- plastic or not, there's no denying the One M8 is a very attractive device. And so is the One E8, by extension. Just how well does polycarbonate look on it, however? Luckily, we no longer have to make guesses based on computer-generated renders, as the folks over at Chinese iGeek have snapped the real thing from pretty much every possible corner. And the kicker? They got their hands on what appears to be a limited edition E8 that comes with a very fancy retail box. See for yourself.


source: iGeek (Translated) via GSMDome

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posted on 04 Jun 2014, 01:58

1. AfterShock (Posts: 2812; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


HTC keep the box, supply a sweet leather case an I'll take two shipped to me in N/A.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 02:03 4

2. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1119; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


That HTC Logo should be gone from that bottom of the phone,it will increase screen size.and phone looks great.good luck HTC. .

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 05:16

32. Epicness1o1 (Posts: 211; Member since: 30 May 2013)


They can't do that

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 09:20 1

38. Kamehameha (Posts: 44; Member since: 21 Apr 2014)


why??

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 13:06

45. Epicness1o1 (Posts: 211; Member since: 30 May 2013)


while the inside structure cant be made on one level(metal frame that hold the things) so they needed to make more levels.The phone could have been smaller,but the curve design is why the phone is bigger,thats why u get small and thin bezels on other phones cuz of the design.But if u want a curved sexy metal phone u need to sacrifise another element to get it(in this case the big bezels) :)

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 04:47

49. Kamehameha (Posts: 44; Member since: 21 Apr 2014)


Why does the One E8 has thick bezels when LG G2 and G3 don't?

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 16:05

46. V1nC3 (Posts: 14; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


Bad speaker + antenna placement solution for HTC.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 12:33

44. PBXtech (Posts: 980; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


Couldn't agree more with this, that band is a complete waste of space. HTC could put their name in a number of places and get just as much brand recognition instead of wasting screen space.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 02:13 6

3. amats69 (Posts: 1083; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


I hate glossy plastics but it really looks good to this phone...but i still prefer the matte finish of the htc one x ..it would be more appealing if htc uses that kind of finish..

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 02:50 7

9. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 847; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


This "One" looks stunning no matter what angle you look at it. And true, matte finish of one x would have been also nice. And great price tag too...

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 03:15 4

18. amats69 (Posts: 1083; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


So true..HTC indeed knows how to handle with plastics....even they uses cheap materials for thier phone it still outshines some flagships out there.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 21:36

47. byte11 (Posts: 12; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)


I read that the black will come in a matte finish. The red and white will be glossy.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 02:16 3

4. Diezparda (Posts: 209; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


Hope the audio quality and headphone output was equal to the original M8

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 02:27 9

5. BattleBrat (Posts: 1093; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Damn HTC even makes plastic look sexy. Say what you want about HTC, when you hold one you can't help but be impressed.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 02:53 3

11. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 847; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Agree completely... Hope HTC Live forever.. HTC is the best android OEM who produce attractive smartphone (along with Sony). I hope all other OEM would care much for external design like HTC. When you pay premium price it should look premium and sexy.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 03:19 6

19. amats69 (Posts: 1083; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Apple htc sony is on the same league in terms of premium looking devices...now lg is catching up with thier g3..

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 03:45

22. eldyagustius (Posts: 142; Member since: 30 Oct 2013)


do you forget to mention samsung? haha

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 18:38

50. babyk (Posts: 221; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


Apple is not in the same league my friend. Apple only has one design and improves little by little on it. HTC makes many different smartphones with different designs and there a wow to each.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 03:12 1

15. amats69 (Posts: 1083; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Indeed.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 03:44 1

20. darkskoliro (Posts: 988; Member since: 07 May 2012)


I have plastic on my butterfly, but the soft touch black with red accents is pure sex. I guess its all up to how you use the material.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 04:10

24. shuaibhere (Posts: 1526; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


No phone didn't look sexy at all...
Want to see a sexy plastic phone go look moto x...with moto maker onboard..nothing can beat moto x..

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 04:12 6

25. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 459; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


ONE X is plastic and feels and looks more premium than any samsung phone ever made, that says a lot about HTC. The fact that LG states that G3 would have been 300$ more expensive if it was made out of metal like HTC M8 is says even more about HTC keeping the phones price down. HUGE respect to them.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 04:16 1

27. shuaibhere (Posts: 1526; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Do you even believe that BS from LG..lol...
There are high quality metal cases available for $30....

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 04:14 1

26. shuaibhere (Posts: 1526; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


No phone didn't look sexy at all...
Want to see a sexy plastic phone go look moto x...with moto maker onboard..nothing can beat moto x..

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 12:14

43. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1610; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


I've always loved HTC since the Touch. Still waiting for a decent 5.5 inch in the US though. I made the mistake of going with the Note lol

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 02:28 1

6. UglyFrank (Posts: 440; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


The camera isn't in the league as the flagships

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 02:38 3

7. sriuslywtf (Posts: 252; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


Its better than Ultrapixels I guarantee that!

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 03:45

21. darkskoliro (Posts: 988; Member since: 07 May 2012)


Its the same sensor as the one on the htc one mini 2. Go look up the performance in anandtech.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 02:48 1

8. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1119; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


the power button on top middle not impressed.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 02:52 5

10. bayhuy (Posts: 297; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


HTC's plastic is the best plastic...

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 03:01

13. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


muahahah really?

this phone looks like the moto x in many ways. weird what plastic does to a phone

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 03:02 2

14. emadshiny (Posts: 1135; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


After Nokia's...

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 03:13 2

17. BattleBrat (Posts: 1093; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


I will admit, the 920 was tankish

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 02:57 1

12. chocolaking (Posts: 453; Member since: 22 May 2012)


looks like a sweet phone with a killer specs and price!..
but I would still get the M8.. haha

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 03:52

23. tigermcm (Posts: 727; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)


uhhhhh its the same phone one is plastic one is metal

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 12:13 1

42. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1610; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


That's probably what he is trying to say, that he prefers the metal

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 03:13 1

16. BaffledTruffle (Posts: 109; Member since: 07 Dec 2013)


I would buy it, if that power button was placed on the side instead of the top-center of the phone. Really, HTC? It would be acceptable if it was on the top-right but on the center?! That's not convenient. Unless you got hands like MKBHD has.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 04:21

28. CyberFalcon (Posts: 170; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)


i like the box

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 04:22

29. GreekGeek (Posts: 841; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


HTC rectifying their past mistakes but I guess it's a bit too late:-)

Dang, HTC... Why can't you get things right?

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 04:31 1

30. peace247 (Posts: 91; Member since: 26 Apr 2014)


That retail box is huge..!!
Btw one e8 = pure beauty

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 04:45 3

31. androtaku (Posts: 185; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)


u get my money this time HTC

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 07:27 1

33. newbey123 (Posts: 431; Member since: 19 Mar 2012)


Killer lower end phone. For those who can't afford or don't need the premium materials of the M8, this phone is a home run. Good job HTC. Would be this over some other manufacturers so called premium flagships.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 08:10

34. Diego! (Posts: 507; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)


I know I may be alone by saying this, but I like this one better than the metal one. This reminds me of the original HTC One which had a stunning look. Bring it on HTC! :D
P.S.: I love the box too.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 08:24 1

35. mrblah (Posts: 455; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


back cam makes it so ugly

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 09:08

36. frustyak (Posts: 158; Member since: 08 Mar 2010)


Does anyone know if this is coming to the US?

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 10:15

39. hurrycanger (Posts: 1187; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


"$447 versus $847"
With that price, I don't think it will ever come to the US. HTC is just saying "plastic is cheap as hell" indirectly, but they're gonna make a lot less money off this E8 when comparing to the M8. I'm sure aluminum casing, dual flash, and dual camera, don't add up to the $400 difference. Not even $100.

I don't think HTC will bring it to the US. At least not with that price tag, or the quantity will be very limited.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 09:09

37. tokuzumi (Posts: 289; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


The front pictures make it almost impossible to tell it's not the M8. I'm sure if they were side by side, there would be no mistaking which is which. But with a case on the phone, no one will know, unless they look at the back, and don't see the secondary camera.

I'd rock one of these. I don't even care that LTE bands for the US are not supported. I have very good HSPA+ where I live/work.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 10:17 1

40. hurrycanger (Posts: 1187; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


This thing is lookin good. I also wanna see the gray one. The gray one with its gold accent...

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 12:10

41. Utopian (Posts: 22; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Power button at the top?

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 00:51

48. tiara6918 (Posts: 1438; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


This would be a hit in china considering that price tag

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