Report: HTC will produce plastic version of the HTC One (M8)

Report: HTC will produce plastic version of the HTC One (M8)
Back up the salt truck, because you might want to take this story with more than just a grain of the stuff. A report published on Sunday says that a plastic version of the HTC One (M8) is on the way. Right off the bat, this seems unlikely. Just the other day, a leaked document from HTC cited the metal body as one of five reasons that reps should push the HTC One (M8) over the plastic encased Samsung Galaxy S5.

According to the report, the only physical difference between the two versions of the new HTC One (M8), will be the material used on the casing. As far as the pricing between the two, there is a huge difference. The metal-clad HTC One (M8) is priced at 5299 Yuan ($853 USD), while the report says that the plastic variant will list for 3000 Yuan ($483 USD). HTC reportedly sees the plastic version of the M8 as "being the same phone, but of different quality".

In the unlikely event that this does pan out, the plastic version of the HTC One (M8) could have distribution limited to Asia and other regions where carrier subsidies are not prevalent. By offering a lower priced plastic version of the HTC One (M8), HTC could then undercut the pricing of the Samsung Galaxy S5 in those areas.

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source: TMTPost (translated) via GforGames

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One (M8)
  • Display 5.0 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP (Dual camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    HTC Sense UI

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54 Comments

56. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

lol, so take away the ONLY selling point of the M8?

55. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

HTC shouldn't do this. They were saying metal>plastic. Now plastic is okay too?

52. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

iSmatrA...'s propaganda never rest: First was i"Rumors" about "premium ALUMINUM" S5 for higher price.(read: the great S5 is not premium because is not made from ALUMINUM) lol Now , it is i"Rumors" about same N8 made of plastic at half price(read: the great S5 is overprised much more than the tin-can M8 POS, because is not made from ALUMINUM) ROTFL. Dirty , helpless , pathetic iTricks.

50. garyII

Posts: 160; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

oh wait, let's hope that htc produce a M8 with plaster design...haha, i can't imagine it...

49. Killua

Posts: 270; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

Oh no, then they need to change the training doc now.

48. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

My Coolpad 9976A was around 400.00 U.S. dollars, so, no thanks....

47. solidsnake695

Posts: 132; Member since: Jan 04, 2013

following samsungs footsteps htc

46. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Since removable batteries are a prerequisite for me, my complaints to HTC were to reinstate the option. It is the only way I will return to HTC. In speaking with several of the HTC reps, I feel that my opinion was not taken with a grain of salt. HTC seemed receptive in understanding why Samsung is doing so well. It is my hope that HTC will implement a supplemental offering for those that seek refuge in this type of consumer control. My wife is not very technical, but she loves knowing that she can replace her own battery. Keeping our fingers crossed for this alternate offering. John B.

43. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I am far from an HTC fan but this is a good marketing move. Make it seem like plastic phones are worth a lot less than metal phones but when in reality the price of parts and manufacturing are probably almost the same.

41. antonioli

Posts: 200; Member since: Sep 08, 2013

Is not this the Butterfly? LoL

36. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Plastic M8 with an 8MP+ camera? I'd buy it. I personally do not like metal phones so that would be cool if HTC tries to offer something to everyone. If they keep bleeding red ink they are going the way of the do-do.

35. jellmoo

Posts: 2687; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Beauty is pretty subjective. For example, the nicest looking devices to me are several handsets in the Lumia line, all made of plastic. Plastic does not have to mean ugly, far from it. The biggest issue I have with the M8 is the on screen buttons coupled with that massive bottom bezel. Eliminate that with either a return to capacitive buttons or a removal of that ridiculous black bar, and I would be interested. Plastic or aluminum.

31. mmmanuuu

Posts: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Will that be the htc one m8 C???

24. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

why not a DELUXE EDITION, with/ ceramic sapphire stainless steel 18.8 titanium plastic version, please for GOD sake cheap plastic.......

27. true1984

Posts: 871; Member since: May 23, 2012

people would complain about the weight

30. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

NO they wont, look at VERTU phones, my NOKIA ARTE8800 phones weighs at 170grams and thats half the size of s4 s3 m7 there are millions of users who would love these specs look at iphones, a subpar midrange phone with a very high price to pay, people want to pose show off look trendy even at 240grms its still piece of quality jewel, really nicely goes with ARMANI JEANS D&G SHIRTS LOUIS VUITTON BELTS GUCI TSHIRTS PRADA LOAFERS

34. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Hmmm...I feel ©®™.

38. AppleHateBoy unregistered

They already find the aluminum clad M8 hard to sell. Making a Titanium/Stainless Steel XYZ etc M8 would be suicidal at best.

22. hurrycanger

Posts: 1776; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

"being the same phone, but of different quality". I wonder what kind of quality this one is gonna have. What are they gonna cut out of the device to bring the price down so much like said in the article? -__-

14. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

It would be pretty retarded of HTC to do this. Unlikely...

13. Technobri

Posts: 84; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

The black galaxy s5 sold more than the white.. I happend to get the last black one.. Plastic or not.. It really doesn't matter.. Especially when they have some really nice cases

9. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

now that's what you call "the irony of it all"

7. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Yeah, and change the lousy camera as well, how bout a regular 8-13 MP camera with no fancy mumbo jumbo?

12. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Actually there is a strong chance they change the camera to a 13 MP unit like on the Desire 816.

23. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I WOULD BUY THAT! The graininess of the 4 Ultrapixel camera is the reason I'm not buying a M8. I would be selling my Note 3 right now if they packaged along a 8 Ultrapixel camera.

25. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

with 8 or 12 ultrapixel with xneon flash and bigger sensor 2.7 aprts

40. AppleHateBoy unregistered

Why not a 41 MP ultra pixel camera with 2.0 micron pixel size and f1.9 lens??? If you are gonna ask for the impossible, you might as well go all out.

6. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Lmaoooooo "back up the salt truck" kudos PA for making me laugh, seriously who ever didn't laugh or smerk to that deserves to get punched to their nowhere.

5. tenho1982

Posts: 68; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

"The metal-clad HTC One (M8) is priced at 5299 Yuan ($853 USD), while the report says that the plastic variant will list for 3000 Yuan ($483 USD)" => This is crazy if HTC wants to give an impression that the steel body costs $400 lol. An idiot knows the total price of making such a flagship (including CPU, RAM, disk space, all the antenna and other stuff) is only about $200. The same cost applied for the iphone and the Galaxy S series.

11. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

I check on eBay. HTC one m8 price start $670

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