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HTC One E8 Review

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HTC One E8 Review

HTC One E8 Review
HTC One E8 Review
HTC One E8 Review
HTC One E8 Review
HTC One E8 Review
HTC One E8 Review
Introduction


Not long after HTC made the aluminum-clad HTC One M8 public, we started hearing about a lookalike One device that would copy the M8's look and internals, but forgo metal altogether, and instead opt for a cheaper, polycarbonate shell. Subsequently released as the One E8, it seems to us that HTC's plastic flagship likely has one purpose: to allow the company to experiment with a different approach towards the flagship model, and perhaps even make a few new fans in the process.

Apart from the body, however, and the inclusion of a higher resolution, 13-megapixel camera, much everything else about the E8 mirrors the M8's spec sheet.

But is that a recipe for success or disaster? Time to find out.

Design

It is what it is: the One E8 is simply the One M8 re-done in polycarbonate. That's a pro, not a con.

The One E8 is the One M8, and vice versa. Truly, with the exception of the E8's polycarbonate shell, little else stands out, as it's simply identical. This holds true for the E8's shape, with its curved and comfortable-to-hold rear, along with HTC's signature, front-blasting BoomSound stereo speakers. Save for thickness (the E8 is chubbier, at 0.39 in / 9.85 mm), even the dimensions of the two devices are nearly identical (5.76 x 2.78 in / 146.42 x 70.67 mm), though the E8 is relatively lighter, at 5.11 oz / 145 g.

There are a few other minor differences, but those can be hard to spot. For example, if you look at the One E8 from the front, it's unlikely that you'll be able to tell it apart from the One M8 – the only difference is the E8's slightly smaller front-facing camera ring.

Looking at the back, there are some more differences, and apart from the plastic shell. HTC has done away with the M8's UltraPixel Duo camera and the E8 instead houses just one camera with a single LED flash sidekick.

At the sides, the One E8 is, again, very similar to the One M8, but not entirely. For one, the power/lock key is perfectly centered on the top, while the volume rocker on the left is inconspicuous, and more flush with the surface. Thankfully, the two are clicky (especially the power key) and provide decent travel and feedback when pressed.

Perhaps the area in which the two so similar devices differ greatly is the feel you get when you handle them. Instead of the cool touch of aluminum, you're met with the mundane plastic of the One E8, which is extremely successful at attracting greasy smudges. At least the red-colored version, with its glossy finish, so we suggest going for the gray or blue versions, as these have a matte one. And while that's a lot to swallow, it is only so in the context of this being compared to the One M8, and we're not sure it should. If looked at as a standalone product, we'd honestly have no gripes with the One E8, save for that unfortunate choice of glossy plastic. Otherwise, the construction's build is very rigid and reassuring.


HTC One (E8)
5.76 x 2.78 x 0.39 inches
146.42 x 70.67 x 9.85 mm
5.11 oz (145 g)

HTC One (E8)

HTC One (M8)
5.76 x 2.78 x 0.37 inches
146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm
5.64 oz (160 g)

HTC One (M8)

Google Nexus 5
5.43 x 2.72 x 0.34 inches
137.84 x 69.17 x 8.59 mm
4.59 oz (130 g)

Google Nexus 5

Samsung Galaxy S5
5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches
142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm
5.11 oz (145 g)

Samsung Galaxy S5

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


Display

No, this isn't a perfectly color-accurate panel, but it is acceptable, and its maximum brightness allows for a great outdoor viewing experience.

With a large, 5-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution IPS display, the One E8 is well-positioned to deliver a great user experience, as image reproduction is crisp thanks to those excellent 441 pixels per inch. But is it true to life?

In one word: no. At least not completely. For example, at nearly 8000 K (with the reference value being 6500 K), the One E8's display is overly cold, and this issue is especially noticeable when looking at whites and greys, which exhibit a visible bluish tinge. Gamma, at 1.98, is also noticeably off the reference value of 2.2. As for color reproduction, we again have a mixed bag. On average, color inaccuracy is acceptable, though it should be noted that lower intensities of red are severely under saturated, while blues are consistently over saturated throughout. Lastly, magenta is messed up, with each intensity level having an entirely incorrect hue. With all that said, do keep in mind that this is still a comparatively color-correct panel, especially if you use the Galaxy S5 as a benchmark.

On a more positive note, the E8's screen is very bright, and can reach the excellent 524 nits. This figure translates into an equally excellent outdoors viewing experience – you're guaranteed to make out the screen even under direct sunlight. Our only complaint here is the screen's minimum brightness, which sits at 16 nits. This basically means that you'll experience some discomfort when viewing the screen in complete darkness, as that's just too bright and strains the eyes.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
HTC One (E8) 524
(Excellent)
16
(Poor)
1:1045
(Good)
7914
(Average)
1.98
4.36
(Average)
6.28
(Average)
HTC One (M8) 490
(Good)
16
(Poor)
1:1362
(Excellent)
7182
(Good)
2.11
4.33
(Average)
4.82
(Average)
Google Nexus 5 485
(Good)
10
(Average)
1:996
(Average)
6786
(Excellent)
2.05
2.88
(Good)
3.11
(Good)
Samsung Galaxy S5 442
(Good)
2
(Excellent)
unmeasurable
(Excellent)
8183
(Poor)
2.25
5.08
(Average)
7.38
(Average)
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posted on 29 Jul 2014, 08:59 13

1. Tritinum (Posts: 239; Member since: 06 May 2014)


Htc knows how to make plastic sexy!

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 09:01 4

2. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4332; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


That's true, it should have slightly better reception since plastic always works better than metal.

+1

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 09:25 5

5. Jinto (Posts: 402; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)


this should be their flagship, its better than the m8

posted on 07 Aug 2014, 18:24

32. zacman565 (Posts: 4; Member since: 10 Jul 2014)


wrong

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 09:33

8. Takeharu (Posts: 76; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Imo Oppo has already done this since the Find 5..

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 10:48 1

12. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3166; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Nokia since the N9.

posted on 01 Aug 2014, 08:50

29. monkeytown (Posts: 108; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


yeah, they already did it with the one x.
this glossy s**t is, well, s**t.

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 09:08 3

3. AfterShock (Posts: 2880; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Kudos HTC, now make it broadly available to many and this should sell not to bad.
Nice phone.

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 11:27 2

15. Liveitup (Posts: 1499; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


How come the Android fanboys are not bashing HTC tiles seeing as to how they look just like Live Tiles, biasness is sad.

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 12:53 1

18. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 947; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


its not the square or live animations that makes many disliking WP's tile, rather I THINK its those uniformed colors that people hate. But i love tiles... thats what makes WP unique and MS did great job in UI department. Its just personal preference i think

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 12:58

19. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Cause they don't like WP. ....Ms......
Being jealous is sad. .....

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 18:17 4

21. AfterShock (Posts: 2880; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


HTC has been using tiles/widgets since they made them into the 3d cube they had on WM 6.
Do you know that?

HTC can be modified to remove its look, WP not so much, well they've what lol,folders bahaha.

WP sucks not only for its locked GUI, crappy over sized fonts, options that took three generations to add, limited availability and just for stinking.
The company that makes it has a reputation for promising an then very much failing in it.
How's them Kin phones, that was going to change the mobile world weren't they lol, in fact modern WP still looks like that fail, or Wp7, forgotten.
Go away with your sad OS, sad copying angle that is stupid as if android did, they lose first place an slip to crap status like WP.
Go away an play in your tile floored sandbox troll.

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 21:27 2

22. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Yuck

I don't like those ugly bathroom tiles

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 01:45

25. sbw44 (Posts: 403; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)


Icons are so 1999! I mean my old freaking PC that ran Windows 95 also had the the same icons android uses!

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 09:24 1

4. darkvadervip (Posts: 341; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


When is it hitting shelves

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 11:12 4

13. RandomUsername (Posts: 523; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


When you throw at it

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 09:26 2

6. Jishnusur (Posts: 73; Member since: 07 Oct 2013)


I'm not a great HTC fan, but boy..This looks amazing!

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 09:29 1

7. csoulr666 (Posts: 92; Member since: 04 Nov 2013)


HTC has become the only manufacturer besides Apple which has shown how plastic can be made sexy..

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 12:46 1

17. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 947; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


But most iPhones are not completely plastic they are metal and glass right?(aluminium). Your not talking about iphone 5C are you? Cuz thats really ugly but their ipods are nice. BTW nokia,sony also make some great gorgeous looking plastic(polycarbonate plastic) phones too not just HTC.

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 09:37

9. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2788; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Nice review and nice build too. Pictures are darker than others but night shots are good though. Priced around $580 in India.

Except rear camera and storage all things are same then why the scores are different of E8 & M8, IDK.

Suggestion: Units should be same for defining dimensions (in/mm) and weights (oz/gm).

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 09:41 2

10. antmiu2 (Posts: 229; Member since: 19 Jun 2011)


how does this phone get a better rating than the Oneplus One

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 06:09 1

27. zhiae (Posts: 179; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)


where to start???
better battery life, better software without cyanogen bugs
customer services vs no customer services
boom sound htc is sexyer
IR blaster
u dont have to wait for invite
Dear fanboy/girl,

Whoop whoop! You have just received an invitation to purchase the OnePlus One.
I DINT BUY IT OR GIVE 3 INVITES
BECAUSE I DONT WANT ANYONE SUFFERRRRRR

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 09:41 2

11. tedkord (Posts: 5105; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


*Sigh*. PA is still trying to spread it's FUD about the S5 screen color accuracy. That's what happens when you let someone with no special knowledge or skill run the tests.

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 11:16 4

14. thartist (Posts: 22; Member since: 14 Jul 2014)


HTC: where a 1 inch bezel is acceptable.

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 11:34 3

16. Taters (Posts: 3512; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Suck TC shows how pathetic they are once again. How is the bigger and less ergonomic than the M8? That's just sad.

The only thing that would have made this more of a fail is if it was heavier than the M8. And considering how bad the engineers are at HTC, I thought they might have done that too! Lol

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 13:42 6

20. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 888; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Taterss!! I've wondered where have you been it isn't the same without your pathetic comments around here.

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 22:32 1

23. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1994; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


8.7?? This review is weird

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 00:33

24. HarryWild (Posts: 48; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)


Like the E8! Wonder if HTC fixed the camera?

posted on 01 Aug 2014, 08:55

31. monkeytown (Posts: 108; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


just check the review.....cam is still crap.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 04:05

26. Mpkninja (Posts: 3; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


Where is the youtube review ?!

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 10:34

28. RAVEN23 (Posts: 4; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)


can someone tell me is this better than nexus 5

posted on 01 Aug 2014, 08:54

30. monkeytown (Posts: 108; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


unfortunately they still didn´t trash the ultra pixel cam

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 19:00

33. javy108 (Posts: 164; Member since: 27 Jul 2014)


M8 does not have a reason to exit when E8 is avaible.

posted on 07 Sep 2014, 13:06

34. badbrandon71 (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Sep 2014)


Just to let you all know if you go to the setting on the camera that says Auto and change it to HDR it will work just as good as any other camera, took me awhile to figure out. And I was wondering is the plastic on the E8 going to be as tough as the aluminum. I have the m8 now but my m7 took a huge beating and never a problem.

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HTC One (E8)

HTC One (E8)

OS: Android 4.4.2
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Display5.0 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (441 ppi)
Camera13 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400 processor
2048 MB RAM
Size5.76 x 2.78 x 0.39 inches
(146.42 x 70.67 x 9.85 mm)
5.11 oz  (145 g)

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