The HTC One (M8) has already established itself as one of this year’s premier flagships. Not only does it have an enviable design, it also sports a unique camera system that allows users to focus after the picture is taken. Strip these features away, though, and what are you left with? As it turns out, you still get a terrific device that can more than challenge other, more expensive mobile stalwarts.
There’s a large contingent of mobile fans who adore the M8’s aluminum design. In fact, a lot of circles consider it the pinnacle of how a phone should look. Not every phone-lover is smitten with the material, however. Luckily the M8 is more than just a pretty face—the software and excellent BoomSound speakers also contribute to the device’s allure. That’s why, even without an aluminum build and a Duo camera, the One (E8) is still an excellent device.
Here’s the thing: the E8 is only available in select markets overseas, and there’s little indication it’ll ever come to North America. That said, it’s still a very intriguing device for what it offers, and is a respectable alternative to HTC’s massively popular M8. Sure, it sports a polycarbonate shell, but the soul of the design is still in tact, and the wonderful ergonomics of the M8 is still there. Some of us here in the office even prefer the soft-touch feel of the E8 over the M8, which tells you that the design is definitely top-notch.
From a spec perspective, the M8 and E8 are similar in a lot of ways. The 5-inch displays, for example are both Full HD (441 PPI), while the software (Android 4.4.2) is the same. Meanwhile, storage is expandable to 128GB through microSD, while both device sport a Snapdragon 801 processor with 2GB of RAM. Essentially the same device wrapped in a different material, so it just depends on which design you prefer more.
The E8, however, doesn’t sport a Duo camera system, and instead comes with a 13-megapixel sensor. For a lot of people, the inclusion of a normal camera sensor, instead of the UltraPixel technology included in the M8, is actually an upgrade. While the M8 is capable of taking good pictures in low-light conditions, it won’t ever win any awards for its performance outdoors. Put another way: the M8 won’t help you win any photography contests.
The 13-megapixel camera in the E8 is designed to rectify the M8’s shortcomings, offering better quality and the ability to crop photos when needed. Sure, the ability to focus a shot after it’s taken is a neat feature, but you can actually achieve that through Google’s own camera app, which is available in the Google Play store, so users don’t really miss out on much.
The M8 and E8 might not seem all that different, but these two siblings do vary in some key areas. If it’s available in your area, would you purchase the E8? There’s still a lot to like, even without the aluminum back and Duo camera system. Still, there’s something profoundly attractive about the M8, which is why it’s currently one of the best phones you can buy.
Check out the video to see how these two differ, and stay tuned for future phone battles every Tuesday.