New HTC One M8 Ace to have a plastic body, could offer Galaxy S5-like specs

HTC is proudly talking about the all-metal design of its One M8 with each and every occasion that it gets. So, could it be that the company is readying a plastic variant of its flagship smartphone? We heard about this possibility earlier this month, and now Engadget has it (from “a reliable source”) that the alleged plastic-made device is none other than the HTC One M8 Ace - which was spotted a few weeks ago in a blurry, unconvincing image that can be see on the right. 

Reportedly, the M8 Ace will have “almost identical specs” as the Samsung Galaxy S5, including a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5GHz, and a 5-inch 1080p display. However, it’s said that the Ace should be significantly cheaper than the S5, possibly costing less than $500 off-contract. The Galaxy S5 currently costs more than $650 if you want to buy it unlocked.

Since “Ace” is probably just a codename, the new HTC handset might end up having a different name at launch. 

Unfortunately, there is no word on when the Taiwanese company intends to announce this smartphone.

Lately, HTC expanded its line-up of smartphones to include various kinds of products, from the interesting 5.5-inch Desire 816 to ultra-cheap, MediaTek-based models like the Desire 210 and Desire 310. So a plastic-made version of the One M8 doesn’t seem that far-fetched, is it?

source: Engadget

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42 Comments

1. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

What a good move by HTC. I hope they ditch the dual camera monstrosity and go with a quality single camera -- maybe the same OIS camera as the Nexus 5 or LG G2. For huge impact, HTC should wow the market and price the Ace around $300-350, not $500.

8. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

I think it would be a hit if priced around $350!

19. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

U r going to make company drown. With that price.

22. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Why? OnePlus can sell a high spec phone with 64GB at $350. Why can't HTC make a plastic M8 and sell it for $350?

23. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

There difference between both companies. Big: Engineers cost

30. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

I would offer an alternative -- HTC could fire most of their managers and marketing people, hire more engineers, and be a lot better off than they are today. With a leaner company, HTC could be much more flexible on price.

38. VirtueParadoxx

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 31, 2012

And that's where you're idea is terrible. Putting more money into engineers who will undoubtedly end up costing more due to research and development costs over the next few years. Everyone knows HTC needs better marketing, if anything they should hire more marketing staff. If you have amazing marketing you can sell a piece of crap like its golden nuggets.

2. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

could offer s5 like specs... you mean its better than original m8?!

14. giani

Posts: 269; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

S5 better than M8 ?! Can I have some of the stuff yr smoking ?! Seems to be really good.

20. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

wow before you quickly go to attack understand his comment he's talking about the M8 ace being better then the original M8

27. iushnt

Posts: 3108; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Yres sir..If it has s5 specs then it should be better than m8. Its sad that there r still some people who thinks aluminum makes a phone better over other..

34. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

cmon stop fanboism. htc is overrated. in wp theyre defeated by nokia in every aspect. in android there are always better alternatives to them. always.

36. amiroo3

Posts: 10; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

m8 is better in : -design -build quality -sound and speaker(call quality + stereo speaker) -smoother and faster ui -great options in camera with dual camera -better in night shot -better front camera (5 vs 2) -Has a dedicated camera button s5 better in : -dust and water resist -finger sensor -better camera quality when zooming -usb 3 port -more option ui(but with more lags) - more ram LPDDR3 -WiFi MIMO in case of battery almost both are the same in scores. about screen it depend of u about super amould or lcd ips 3.

42. true1984

Posts: 866; Member since: May 23, 2012

the m8 has lpddr3.

24. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

There's virtually no difference between the M8 and the GS5 specs wise. The Galaxy S5 just has higher clock speeds, but even then it's less than 10%, it's impossible to notice the difference.

39. Cicero

Posts: 1134; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Because Samsung stop tricking in benchmarks. They understood the lesson. Now HTC took their place. The new "magician" in town. Everyone should stop tricking.

40. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I meant literally, there is less than 10% difference between the GS5 and One M8. I did not base that statement on benchmarks. The 2.5 GHz frequency of the GS5's CPU is only an 8.7% increase from the 2.3 GHz of the One M8, which is very minimal and can't possibly be noticed by a human.

3. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Lol, if they would actually change the camera with higher pixel count and same sensor type with same specs and plastic like materials it would likely kill the m8 :p. HTC one X for example was not badly made :p

6. Furbal unregistered

Yeah the one x were pretty nice phones minus the Tegra 3

10. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I'd totally buy a M8 with a polycarbonate body and a 16MP shooter. That would be my next phone no question. The current aluminum body and dual 4 MP cameras just isn't for me....

4. antonioli

Posts: 200; Member since: Sep 08, 2013

Remove that black part at the bottom and the UltraPixel cam. That's all people want.

9. jellmoo

Posts: 2599; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

This. Pretty much this.

35. limporgyuk

Posts: 363; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

That black band is part of the screen, all screens come with it, its just more noticable on the M8 as it has the front speakers and nowhere to hide it.

5. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

So they are going to make the metal version inferior? A strange business move

32. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

HTC has made a plastic and higher spec'd version of their flagship before. HTC One (M7); Metal body, 1.7 GHz Snapdragon 600, 2300 mAh battery HTC Butterfly S; Plastic body, 1.9 GHz Snapdragon 600, 3000 mAh battery Now they're just going from a 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 801 to a 2.5 GHz one. This is likely a successor to the Butterfly S, which is only meant for specific markets. This won't be released world-wide like the One series is.

33. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

"3000 mAh battery" That alone will ensure success if true, plastic or no plastic.

41. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Well, it is true for the Butterfly S, it's actually 3200 mAh, and I'm not sure if it's a success or not, I haven't seen sales numbers. http://www.phonearena.com/phones/HTC-Butterfly-S_id7957

7. zachattack

Posts: 621; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

I like how you say just like the s5 even though every flagship has the same components

15. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Likely a lot of people don't even know the difference between the words 'plastic', 'samsung' and 'galaxy'. They know if any of those words are on a phone, it means the phone is plastic.

16. jan25

Posts: 470; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

yeah i don't get that either. unless they are talking about the camera, there's nothing else notably superior on the S5 compared to the One M8.

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