Aluminum unibody construction of the HTC One M8 was one of the phone’s main selling points and as such it significantly contributed to its premium price putting the device out of reach for some customers. That’s why HTC made a more affordable plastic version of its flagship phone which arrived at the market in June this year as the HTC One E8. Since then the less expensive handset has been available in Asia and parts of Europe and it looks like it’s ready to cross the ocean and will be coming soon to Sprint’s Spark network.
Sprint announces its plans to carry HTC One E8
Sprint announced its plans to carry the HTC One E8 through its official YouTube channel, which makes it a fact not a rumor. The video is rather short and doesn’t reveal a great deal of details, but it does point out some of the phone’s key features. Design-wise the One E8 is very similar to the M8, at least when you look at the front panel. Turn the phone around and you will notice the difference immediately. The brushed metal aluminum case was replaced by a polycarbonate one with glossy finish.
When it comes to specs, the One E8 is equal to the HTC One M8 in most aspects. The phone packs the same 5-inch display with 1080p resolution at 441 ppi and is powered by a 3rd generation 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801 chip. It also comes with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of built-in memory with microSD card slot for storage expansion. HTC didn’t use UltraPixel technology in the main camera; however, resolution was bumped to 13 megapixels.
Other key features include 5-megapixel front-facing camera with BSI sensor and 1080p video capture, active noise cancellation with a dedicated microphone, 2,600mAh battery with Extreme Power Saving Mode, front-facing stereo speakers with BoomSound and built-in amplifiers, as well as Android 4.4.2 KitKat with HTC Sense 6.
Unfortunately, we don’t know when we can expect the One E8 to be available on Sprint and how much it will cost. We do know, however, that it will be a great alternative for customers who are on a tight budget and can’t afford the One M8. Let’s just hope that Sprint won’t make us wait too long for the phone.