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

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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One (E8)
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(26.8h 3G talk time)

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50 Comments

1. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

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

2. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2253; Member since: Jun 07, 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. .

32. Epicness1o1

Posts: 298; Member since: May 30, 2013

They can't do that

38. Kamehameha

Posts: 44; Member since: Apr 21, 2014

why??

45. Epicness1o1

Posts: 298; Member since: May 30, 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) :)

49. Kamehameha

Posts: 44; Member since: Apr 21, 2014

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

46. V1nC3

Posts: 109; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Bad speaker + antenna placement solution for HTC.

44. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 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.

3. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 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..

9. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 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...

18. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 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.

47. byte11

Posts: 16; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

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

4. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

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

5. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 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.

11. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 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.

19. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

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

22. eldyagustius

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

do you forget to mention samsung? haha

50. babyk

Posts: 379; Member since: Nov 03, 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.

15. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Indeed.

20. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 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.

24. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 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..

25. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 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.

27. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

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

26. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 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..

43. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1770; Member since: Oct 18, 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

6. UglyFrank

Posts: 2188; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The camera isn't in the league as the flagships

7. sriuslywtf

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Its better than Ultrapixels I guarantee that!

21. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

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

8. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2253; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

the power button on top middle not impressed.

10. bayhuy

Posts: 320; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

HTC's plastic is the best plastic...

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