“The HTC One (E8) looks almost exactly the same as the One (M8), but feels different”
The HTC One (M8) sits at the epitome of smartphone design and build, but we can’t really say the same about its cousin, the One (E8). HTC is positioning the One (E8) towards fashion-conscious youngsters, especially those who aren’t willing to shell out the higher asking price of the more premium sibling… and though we aren’t sure if that’s the right approach to take, we can certainly see the advantage of offering more choice. The One (E8) shares quite a few aspects regarding design and core specs with the M8 (review), but we’ll let pictures do the talking. Here are our first impressions on HTC’s latest offering in India, launched today.
The One (E8) comes in grey, white and red, and we first got hold of a grey unit to play around with. Looking at it from a slight distance, especially face up, it was hard to tell whether it’s the M8 or a different model – the two look very similar in terms of design and overall dimensions. The difference was quite apparent when we picked the E8 up though, since it’s much lighter in weight – understandable, since the M8 comes clad in metal and the new offering is encased in plastic. The build quality is still solid though and it doesn’t feel plasticky.
The 5-inch, full HD Super LCD3 display sits in the front, along with BoomSound speakers, HTC branding and the usual mix of earpiece, sensors, notification LED and front camera. There are no hardware keys on the fascia, since the standard Android keys are implemented as software overlays.
The 3.5mm headset socket and the micro-USB port are at the bottom, while the large power key sits on top, right in the center – sporting a slightly different design than the M8 which has its power key slightly to the side, and also integrates an IR blaster. The E8 doesn’t have this feature.
The microSD card goes inside an ejectable tray on the right, while a similar tray on the left accepts a pair of nano-SIMs. That’s right, unlike the M8, it’s polycarbonate sibling is a dual-SIM device, and supports CDMA and 3G on the first slot, and GSM on the second.
The rear sports a conventional 13-megapixel camera and an LED flash, no UltraPixel business like the M8 and no dedicated depth sensor either.
Software-wise, the E8 is nearly identical to the M8. Loaded with Android 4.4.2 KitKat and HTC’s Sense UI v6, it offers the same BlinkFeed news and social feed aggregator and the convenient Motion Launch gestures we’ve seen previously.
Here’s a look at the white variant, which sports a glossy finish at the rear.
The innards are the same as the M8, so you the same speedy quad-core Snapdragon 810 SoC clocked at 2.5GHz and 2GB of RAM, along with 16GB of storage expandable by another 128GB. In the brief time we spent with it, the screen looks quite gorgeous, and the performance seemed very smooth. With those kind of specs, we’d have been really surprised if it wasn’t. We’ll have more on the One (E8) when we get hold of it for a full review, so stay hungry and stay tuned.