Product Launch by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday June 03, 2014.
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HTC is fond of using aluminum for its flagship phones. The newly announced HTC One E8 breaks from that trend and wraps the flagship in plastic without changing most of the important features. The latest member of the One family looks similar to its kin on the front thanks to the large bezel and dual front-facing stereo speakers, but the back shows it's a distinct piece of hardware. The device is composed of a polycarbonate frame that should cost less but still make the phone feel like it's worthwhile.
The One E8 ships with a 5-inch display with 1080p HD resolution, a Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and a 2,600 mAh internal battery. Those are all present in the One M8 as well, but the E8 ditches the Duo camera in favor of a 13-megapixel single shooter on the back of the device. You'll still be able to take large 5-megapixel photos with the front camera, but anyone disappointed by the lower-res Ultrapixel setup will be pleased to know that they get a device with a larger sensor.
The differences between the M8 and E8 will likely be put down to aluminum vs. polycarbonate and Duo camera vs. 13-megapixel camera. The E8 maintains many of the key specs as well as having Motion Launch gestures, BoomSound, and Android 4.4 with HTC Sense 6. The E8 has the unique ability to serve as a dual SIM device. Prices and release dates have yet to be announced, but the dual SIM presence means this phone is likely destined for Asia and Europe. The phone will be sold in Maldives Blue, Electric Crimson, Misty Gray, and Polar White.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.