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" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(20h 3G talk time)

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54 Comments

1. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

5299 Yuan is f*cking exspensive in a country where you can get equal specs for half as much.

8. lllIIIlllIIl

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 11, 2014

People don't give a sh*t what they can get better for how much cheaper. HTC and Apple for example, are doing it right. Their phones suit the customers desires, and those are the customers who will buy. People like you aren't their customers, so there isn't a problem here.

17. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

HTC barely sold any M7s last year so your product strategy sucks. Plus you're a jerk btw. People should be smarter with their money especially us Americans. So many of us live a lifestyle of debt and living paycheck to paycheck because we borrow ourselves into poverty. Just because being stupid with our money is normal doesn't mean that's the norm all over the world. There are plenty of money smart people in the world. You're not one of them. I would actually buy a plastic M8 over the aluminum one because my M7 got a pit in the aluminum from a piece of dirt getting under my Seidio Surface case. I have zero love for aluminum phones.

32. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

You have to understand though, there are a lot of mindlessly rich people (due largely to someone else like their parents' hard work) and those people don't care. Catering to those people usually makes you very rich and for little to no effort, so if HTC wants to make money, they might have to go the Apple route as he suggested.

53. shayan

Posts: 159; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

well that was a stupid comment! people don't give a sh*t what they can get better for how much cheaper?! so I guess advertisements and price wars aren't real?

54. lllIIIlllIIl

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 11, 2014

You are not understanding the context of my comment. Please call back and try again later.

15. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Same specs is awesome under $500. Bring it HTC.

2. NoFanboy

Posts: 300; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

Probably the m8 Ace.

37. AppleHateBoy unregistered

M8 Neo??? I really really hope that HTC finds another place to decorate its HTC logo (which currently resides below the screen on the metal M8). The phone could really use losing some height. Additionaly, throwing the power button on the sides would help too.

39. AppleHateBoy unregistered

Just in case someone comes along and starts shouting, "They have electronics behind the logo!! Blah blah blah!!". HTC managed to fit the speakers AND the proximity AND ambient light sensor AND the 5 MP camera above the screen in less space than they managed to put just the speakers below the screen. Getting rid of the HTC logo bar is perfectly possible, especially in a plastic phone because they don't have to worry about "Where do we put the antennas?!".

3. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Expecting it to be of the same plastic quality as the 2012 HTC One X.

10. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

That was a solid phone, imo. I've two Ina drawer that still look perfect.

18. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

You have two in a drawer? Sell em!

29. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I can't bring myself to do that honestly. They get pulled out and update about one a month now, one black, one white. The screens were the first to use in cell tech on a HTC, and it shows imo. Love the curved edges.

4. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

lol why? The appearance is the biggest selling point for the M8...

16. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

I dont think so, the ugly cheap looking S5 is selling like crazy.

19. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Hmmmm. I don't think the GS5 is ugly or cheap looking. I guess we all have different standards..... Phone Arenas own review seem to say that they liked the look. I think you're in the "vocal minority" buddy.

33. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Well it is somewhat ugly, because that dimpled back is ridiculous? Personally I liked how the Nexus 5 looked and they could have gone with that kind of a back on the S5 and it would have looked great. The S4 denim-y look was SO BAD imho and the S3 brushed aluminium style looked better than both S4 and S5 (but it's overall curves made it look bad).

20. hurrycanger

Posts: 1755; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Well, it's not the plastic that pushes it sale. Have you ever seen anybody saying "Hell yeah, it's made of cheap plastic. We just get this thing!" ??? Nope. But there are people buying the HTC One because its casing is made of aluminum. But back to the "ugly" part, I wouldn't call the S5 ugly. I saw the white one and really like it.

28. hurrycanger

Posts: 1755; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

* It was supposed to be "We must get this thing!" instead of "just"

26. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

true what an ugly phone like the previous S3

45. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

My older S3 is sexy as F*ck with its stainless steel back ;)

51. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

This is the same type i"Rumors" propaganda ONLY FOR BASHING the great S5. First was i"Rumors" about "premium ALUMINUM" S5 for higher price.(read: the 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 S5 is overprised much more than the tin-can M8 POS, because is not made from ALUMINUM) ROTFL. iSmatrA...es never rest!!!!!!!

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

21. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Maybe this is proof that their making a product that just simply costs too much to produce and that's why they're in the red every quarter. Sounds like they need to go back to soft touch polycarbonate.....

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.

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.

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