People find the HTC One (M8) most appealing for its killer aluminum design. Others love it because of its great feature set and terrific software. If you fall into that second category, and prefer a softer touch, the One (E8) is the device for you. A lot has been said about HTC’s design prowess to the point of nauseation, but it bears repeating even in a device with no aluminum to speak of.
The E8 is essentially the M8’s polycarbonate cousin, coming with many of the device’s features without the aluminum build. Also gone is the M8’s Duo Camera, though we’re really not all that sad to see it gone, to be honest. Even though it doesn’t sport the same aluminum build of the M8, the E8 is surprisingly well-built, and features wonderful quality considering what’s on display.
Lines are smooth, the curved back fits well in your hand. I will say, though, that it does feel a little slippery, though no less than the M8. Strangely enough, HTC decided to put the volume rocker on the right side, right where your thumb would go, and displace the power button to the very top, which is difficult to reach with one-handed use. It’s not a huge deal, but worth noting. On either side of the display are SIM trays, while the bottom feature a microUSB port and 3.5mm headphone jack.
Other specs include Android 4.4.2 KitKat and Sense 6, 1.3 or 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor depending on where you buy it, BoomSound speakers, 13-megapixel camera (5-megapixel front), 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage (microSD expandable), 2600mAh battery and dual-SIM support in select markets.
The HTC E8 is mostly tailored for Asian markets, though it could make its way to more areas soon. While it’s not as flashy as its M8, HTC’s latest polycarbonate device is very nice, and should really appeal to those who want something more affordable compared to its more premium aluminum cousin.