Aug 29 AT 12:41 PM Nick Gray 1 Comment

Sprint unveils the HTC One (E8): the cheaper, plastic One (M8)

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The HTC One (E8) is finally available in North America! Sprint has announced that the HTC One (E8) is the newest HTC smartphone in its lineup, featuring all of the power of the One (M8) and wrapped up in a more affordable polycarbonate shell. The switch from aluminum to polycarbonate knocks $100 off the One (E8)’s on-contract price when compared to the One (M8). If you plan on paying full retail price, the One (E8) is $150 less than its metal counterpart.

While the main difference between the HTC One (E8) and the One (M8) are their exterior shells, the One (E8) does have a different camera setup as well. It loses the Duo Camera/UltraPixel setup for a standard 13-megapixel imaging sensor, similar to what HTC has been using on the HTC Desire 816. The phone is available from Sprint’s website in  Polar White or Misty Gray with silver accents. We expect retail store across the country to get their first shipments of the HTC One (E8) by next week.

At this point, the HTC One (E8) is only available from Sprint, but the press release did claim that the device is an exclusive. We could see the phone pop up on T-Mobile, AT&T or Verizon in the coming weeks or months. At the rate HTC is moving, customers should have two or three HTC smartphone options on every US service provider.

Price

  • No-contract: $499.99
  • 2-year contract: $99.99
  • Payment plan$0 down (plus tax) and 24 monthly payments of $20.84

HTC One (E8) specifications

  • 5-inch 1080p display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974AC)  quad-core 2.3GHz processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB of storage with microSD card slot (up to 128GB)
  • 2,600 mAh battery
  • 13 megapixel camera rear camera
  • 5 megapixel front-facing camera camera
  • Size: 46.42 × 70.67 × 9.85mm
  • Weight: 5.8 oz

Source: Sprint

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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