Introduction


Not long after HTC made the aluminum-clad HTC One M8 public, we started hearing about a lookalike One device that would copy the M8's look and internals, but forgo metal altogether, and instead opt for a cheaper, polycarbonate shell. Subsequently released as the One E8, it seems to us that HTC's plastic flagship likely has one purpose: to allow the company to experiment with a different approach towards the flagship model, and perhaps even make a few new fans in the process.

Apart from the body, however, and the inclusion of a higher resolution, 13-megapixel camera, much everything else about the E8 mirrors the M8's spec sheet.

But is that a recipe for success or disaster? Time to find out.

Design

It is what it is: the One E8 is simply the One M8 re-done in polycarbonate. That's a pro, not a con.

The One E8 is the One M8, and vice versa. Truly, with the exception of the E8's polycarbonate shell, little else stands out, as it's simply identical. This holds true for the E8's shape, with its curved and comfortable-to-hold rear, along with HTC's signature, front-blasting BoomSound stereo speakers. Save for thickness (the E8 is chubbier, at 0.39 in / 9.85 mm), even the dimensions of the two devices are nearly identical (5.76 x 2.78 in / 146.42 x 70.67 mm), though the E8 is relatively lighter, at 5.11 oz / 145 g.

There are a few other minor differences, but those can be hard to spot. For example, if you look at the One E8 from the front, it's unlikely that you'll be able to tell it apart from the One M8 – the only difference is the E8's slightly smaller front-facing camera ring.

Looking at the back, there are some more differences, and apart from the plastic shell. HTC has done away with the M8's UltraPixel Duo camera and the E8 instead houses just one camera with a single LED flash sidekick.

At the sides, the One E8 is, again, very similar to the One M8, but not entirely. For one, the power/lock key is perfectly centered on the top, while the volume rocker on the left is inconspicuous, and more flush with the surface. Thankfully, the two are clicky (especially the power key) and provide decent travel and feedback when pressed.

Perhaps the area in which the two so similar devices differ greatly is the feel you get when you handle them. Instead of the cool touch of aluminum, you're met with the mundane plastic of the One E8, which is extremely successful at attracting greasy smudges. At least the red-colored version, with its glossy finish, so we suggest going for the gray or blue versions, as these have a matte one. And while that's a lot to swallow, it is only so in the context of this being compared to the One M8, and we're not sure it should. If looked at as a standalone product, we'd honestly have no gripes with the One E8, save for that unfortunate choice of glossy plastic. Otherwise, the construction's build is very rigid and reassuring.


HTC One (E8)

HTC One (E8)

Dimensions

5.76 x 2.78 x 0.39 inches

146.42 x 70.67 x 9.85 mm

Weight

5.11 oz (145 g)

HTC One (M8)

HTC One (M8)

Dimensions

5.76 x 2.78 x 0.37 inches

146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm

Weight

5.64 oz (160 g)

Google Nexus 5

Google Nexus 5

Dimensions

5.43 x 2.72 x 0.34 inches

137.84 x 69.17 x 8.59 mm

Weight

4.59 oz (130 g)

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5

Dimensions

5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches

142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm

Weight

5.11 oz (145 g)

HTC One (E8)

HTC One (E8)

Dimensions

5.76 x 2.78 x 0.39 inches

146.42 x 70.67 x 9.85 mm

Weight

5.11 oz (145 g)

HTC One (M8)

HTC One (M8)

Dimensions

5.76 x 2.78 x 0.37 inches

146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm

Weight

5.64 oz (160 g)

Google Nexus 5

Google Nexus 5

Dimensions

5.43 x 2.72 x 0.34 inches

137.84 x 69.17 x 8.59 mm

Weight

4.59 oz (130 g)

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5

Dimensions

5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches

142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm

Weight

5.11 oz (145 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



Display

No, this isn't a perfectly color-accurate panel, but it is acceptable, and its maximum brightness allows for a great outdoor viewing experience.

With a large, 5-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution IPS display, the One E8 is well-positioned to deliver a great user experience, as image reproduction is crisp thanks to those excellent 441 pixels per inch. But is it true to life?

In one word: no. At least not completely. For example, at nearly 8000 K (with the reference value being 6500 K), the One E8's display is overly cold, and this issue is especially noticeable when looking at whites and greys, which exhibit a visible bluish tinge. Gamma, at 1.98, is also noticeably off the reference value of 2.2. As for color reproduction, we again have a mixed bag. On average, color inaccuracy is acceptable, though it should be noted that lower intensities of red are severely under saturated, while blues are consistently over saturated throughout. Lastly, magenta is messed up, with each intensity level having an entirely incorrect hue. With all that said, do keep in mind that this is still a comparatively color-correct panel, especially if you use the Galaxy S5 as a benchmark.

On a more positive note, the E8's screen is very bright, and can reach the excellent 524 nits. This figure translates into an equally excellent outdoors viewing experience – you're guaranteed to make out the screen even under direct sunlight. Our only complaint here is the screen's minimum brightness, which sits at 16 nits. This basically means that you'll experience some discomfort when viewing the screen in complete darkness, as that's just too bright and strains the eyes.



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34 Comments

1. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

Htc knows how to make plastic sexy!

2. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

That's true, it should have slightly better reception since plastic always works better than metal. +1

5. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

this should be their flagship, its better than the m8

32. zacman565

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

wrong

8. Takeharu

Posts: 288; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Imo Oppo has already done this since the Find 5..

12. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Nokia since the N9.

29. monkeytown

Posts: 125; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

yeah, they already did it with the one x. this glossy s**t is, well, s**t.

3. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Kudos HTC, now make it broadly available to many and this should sell not to bad. Nice phone.

15. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

How come the Android fanboys are not bashing HTC tiles seeing as to how they look just like Live Tiles, biasness is sad.

18. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

its not the square or live animations that makes many disliking WP's tile, rather I THINK its those uniformed colors that people hate. But i love tiles... thats what makes WP unique and MS did great job in UI department. Its just personal preference i think

19. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Cause they don't like WP. ....Ms...... Being jealous is sad. .....

21. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

HTC has been using tiles/widgets since they made them into the 3d cube they had on WM 6. Do you know that? HTC can be modified to remove its look, WP not so much, well they've what lol,folders bahaha. WP sucks not only for its locked GUI, crappy over sized fonts, options that took three generations to add, limited availability and just for stinking. The company that makes it has a reputation for promising an then very much failing in it. How's them Kin phones, that was going to change the mobile world weren't they lol, in fact modern WP still looks like that fail, or Wp7, forgotten. Go away with your sad OS, sad copying angle that is stupid as if android did, they lose first place an slip to crap status like WP. Go away an play in your tile floored sandbox troll.

22. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Yuck I don't like those ugly bathroom tiles

25. sbw44

Posts: 433; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

Icons are so 1999! I mean my old freaking PC that ran Windows 95 also had the the same icons android uses!

4. darkvadervip

Posts: 366; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

When is it hitting shelves

13. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

When you throw at it

6. Jishnusur

Posts: 175; Member since: Oct 07, 2013

I'm not a great HTC fan, but boy..This looks amazing!

7. csoulr666

Posts: 116; Member since: Nov 04, 2013

HTC has become the only manufacturer besides Apple which has shown how plastic can be made sexy..

17. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

But most iPhones are not completely plastic they are metal and glass right?(aluminium). Your not talking about iphone 5C are you? Cuz thats really ugly but their ipods are nice. BTW nokia,sony also make some great gorgeous looking plastic(polycarbonate plastic) phones too not just HTC.

9. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Nice review and nice build too. Pictures are darker than others but night shots are good though. Priced around $580 in India. Except rear camera and storage all things are same then why the scores are different of E8 & M8, IDK. Suggestion: Units should be same for defining dimensions (in/mm) and weights (oz/gm).

10. antmiu2

Posts: 551; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

how does this phone get a better rating than the Oneplus One

27. zhiae unregistered

where to start??? better battery life, better software without cyanogen bugs customer services vs no customer services boom sound htc is sexyer IR blaster u dont have to wait for invite Dear fanboy/girl, Whoop whoop! You have just received an invitation to purchase the OnePlus One. I DINT BUY IT OR GIVE 3 INVITES BECAUSE I DONT WANT ANYONE SUFFERRRRRR

11. tedkord

Posts: 17478; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

*Sigh*. PA is still trying to spread it's FUD about the S5 screen color accuracy. That's what happens when you let someone with no special knowledge or skill run the tests.

14. thartist

Posts: 45; Member since: Jul 14, 2014

HTC: where a 1 inch bezel is acceptable.

16. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Suck TC shows how pathetic they are once again. How is the bigger and less ergonomic than the M8? That's just sad. The only thing that would have made this more of a fail is if it was heavier than the M8. And considering how bad the engineers are at HTC, I thought they might have done that too! Lol

20. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Taterss!! I've wondered where have you been it isn't the same without your pathetic comments around here.

23. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

8.7?? This review is weird

24. HarryWild

Posts: 60; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

Like the E8! Wonder if HTC fixed the camera?

31. monkeytown

Posts: 125; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

just check the review.....cam is still crap.

26. Mpkninja

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Where is the youtube review ?!
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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