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

29. garyII

Posts: 160; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

it is really funny when two companies trying to have a device of theirs that made out of the material that the other company made....S5 trying to have a metal version (Samsung KQ) while M8 trying to have a plastic version (M8 Ace)...lol...so in conclusion, which material is the best?

37. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Whichever one the customers will buy.

18. jan25

Posts: 470; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

$200+ cheaper just from dropping the metal construction? wow, i think HTC should've marketed that device as the official flagship device. HTC could really cannibalize the S5 sales if they take the "affordable" path.

17. Danini1112

Posts: 70; Member since: Jun 22, 2013

S5 like, Super Amoled Screen too ? 13 Mp Camera too ? And Water resist ?

13. Kwiss1200

Posts: 9; Member since: Apr 12, 2014

13mega pixel camera.. I'd bye it..

12. Sauce unregistered

Looks exactly like the back of my iPhone

11. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

HTC has to give up their sales manual saying metal is better than plastic if they're gonna sell a plastic flagship too.

25. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

This is supposed to be a cheaper device. All of their cheaper devices have plastic, like the Desire 816.

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.

21. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

" unless they are talking about the camera, there's nothing else notably superior on the S5 compared to the One M8." What about the display?(bigger with no buttons on it) Better SoC? Smaller ligther? Swappable battery? (and bigger) Water/Dust? Functionallity? Sensors?

26. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

As Anandtech showed, the S5 has a higher clock CPU and then throttles it down as the plastic body cannot dissipate the heat. So that is "notable" only in the sense of "notable fail". The S5 is slightly smaller/lighter than the S5, but the price is the anonymous plastic blob experience, so again, "not notable". Swappable battery is nice and something that all phones should offer IMO. Water/dust does offer some functionality, but then there is price of having to deal with port covers, lower quality speaker, etc. It really is just a trade-off for the customer, not a benefit. As for functionality/sensors, these are almost all gimmicks and data gathering that Samsung will sell to insurance companies, intelligence agencies, data brokers, etc. It really has little customer benefit. Samsung is like Apple. Both companies design phones for profits, not people.

28. iushnt

Posts: 3191; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

To add more.. Better WiFi (it has got powerful WiFi antenna) Still compact being ip67 USB 3.0 Better brand value

31. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

HTC offers really good wifi performance. And in reality, this doesn't matter too much. Most of the time the bottleneck is the Internet connection and the vast majority of cell phone owners do not have Internet that is faster than wifi. USB 3.0 + port cover = no real win for the customer. My Note 3 has USB 3.0 and it's slightly nicer than USB 2.0. I'm not sure I'd feel the same if I had to fiddle with a port cover just to charge the phone. Brand value? So people will see me with an ugly plastic Samsung and think I am richer or more powerful? That's laughable. All it shows is that someone is a herd animal. Maybe for herd animal job, it is good to have a herd animal phone.

5. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; 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

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: 2716; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

This. Pretty much this.

35. limporgyuk

Posts: 389; 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.

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....

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: 3191; 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.

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