HTC One E8 is a lower-priced alternative to the flagship M8
HTC have launched the new HTC One E8, which is a more affordable entry in the HTC One range. It encapsulates the essence of the HTC One M8 retaining it's sleek design, striking appearance and the vast majority of the features that make HTC's flagship smartphone so great.
The major change that's been made is that the aluminium design has been replaced with plastic. However, it's still a unibody frame and the new smartphone is actually 15 grams lighter (145g) than its more expensive brother. Four colours are available with glossy Polar White and Electric Crimson, alongside Maldives Blue and Misty Gray which have a matte finish.
The other major change is that the M8's Duo Ultrapixel camera has been replaced with a 13 mega-pixel snapper, but you still get the same 5 mega-pixel front-facing camera. You also lose support for the WiFi standard 802.11ac and it's only available with 16GB of memory, but you'll be pleased to hear it supports microSD cards.
Everything else is the same as the HTC One M8 meaning that you get the same 5-inch 1080p display, a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 processor and support for 4G LTE (Cat 4), Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA, NFC and WiFi. While it's powered by a 2600mAH battery and comes pre-loaded with Android KitKat (4.4.2) with HTC Sense 6.
The HTC One E8 will launch initially in China before rolling out to other markets later this year. There will also be a dual SIM version made available, but in selected markets only. In China it's priced at the equivalent of around £270, but expect it to break the £300 barrier when it lands in the UK.