Remember that sales rep training document from HTC that claimed that metal is better than plastic? HTC is certainly trying to push the One (M8) as a premium device here in the States, but a new rumor claims that the company may be working on a plastic alternative to the phone that will help make it more affordable for the Chinese market.
According to the report, a plastic version of the HTC One (M8) is in the works that will come with all the same features as its aluminum counterpart, but with a much lower sticker price of 3000 Yuan (about $483 USD) compared to the 5299 Yuan ($853 USD) price tag that the One (M8) carries.
Honestly, we’re a bit perplexed as to why HTC is selling the 16GB One (M8) in China for so much when the 32GB model is being sold in the U.S. for $700. HTC seems be giving the Chinese market a deal on phones like the Desire 816, but charging a premium for the One (M8).
While we love the design and build of the HTC One (M8), we have a feeling that the masses would rather have a plastic phone that’s also cheaper since most people end up using a case anyways. Do you think a plastic HTC One (M8) that’s 40 percent cheaper would go over well in China?