Specs summary

Screen
5"

The HTC One (E8)'s screen is 5 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.5 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Quad core 2.5 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.4.2 KitKat (Update Available: 6.0 Marshmallow) operating system (OS).

Camera
13+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2600mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2600 mAh battery. HTC's performance ratings are 21 days standby time, 1066 minutes (2G), 1608 minutes (3G).



The HTC One E8 for Sprint doesn't wow with its plastic design, but it delivers flagship features and performance at a midrange price

- Eugene Kim , PC Magazine 

Think of the HTC One E8 as a lighter, cheaper version of the flagship One M8 without the cool dual camera and you're right on the money.

- Aloysius Low , Cnet 

Reviews summary

8/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 12 reviews

What's good

  • Smooth gaming and every day performance
  • Good battery life
  • Excellent bright light legibility

What's bad

  • Very slippery
  • Inaccurate color reproduction
  • No Duo camera

Take off the metal body of the HTC One M8, replace it with polycarbonate and you've got the HTC One E8. Due to its plastic chassis, reviewers note that while it feels natural to hold, it is fairly slippery and prone to accidental drops. The plastic back isn't the only change, however. The E8 does not come with the duo camera. Instead it comes with a 13MP rear camera that, according to Tech Radar, takes, "pretty good…without being sensational," images. For those looking to control their TV from their phone, the One E8 also did away with the IR blaster.

Besides these changes, the One E8 features almost the same specs as the One M8. It comes with a 2.5GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. No matter how many apps they had running, experts did not notice any issues with lags or stutters even when they played processor heavy games. Android Authority describes its performance as, "smooth as butter." Battery life is equally as impressive with the 2,600mAh battery providing critics with 16 hours of moderate usage. The phone only comes with 16GB of internal story though there is a microSD expansion slot available.

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Adorning the front of the One E8 is the 5-inch, full HD IPS display. Its 1080 resolution provides an excellent 441ppi pixel density. Despite hitting all the right numbers, reviewers were surprised by the inaccurate color reproduction. Phone Arena goes more in-depth stating that reds are under saturated, blues are over saturated and magenta is simply, "messed up" though they add that comparatively it is more color-correct than the Galaxy S5. Others add that it has excellent bright light legibility thought its minimum brightness is far too high to view in the dark without some eye strain.

Although the E8 might have a cheaper, polycarbonate body when compared to the M8, it boasts all of the same internal specs as the flagship phone. Still, critics have a hard time recommending it. CNET says, "While the E8 is a quality device, it just doesn't have the wow factor to truly impress."


Reviews (8/10 Avg. rating)


Notebookcheck

A real highlight as well

from Notebookcheck

More performance for less money – the One E8 is definitely an interesting alternative if you like the plastic case. It inherited many good features from the One M8 as well as the smaller HTC One Mini 2, which was actually better than the One M8 in some areas. The camera of the One E8, for example, has a higher resolution and the battery lasts longer. At the same time you get more performance.

You still get the good software, the nice design and the great touchscreen. The sound quality of the speakers cannot quite keep up with the One M8, but they are very good for a smartphone nonetheless. We cannot confirm a possible cheating in benchmarks like 3DMark 2013 this time, so there is no point deduction.

The HTC One E8 is available for around 400 Euros (~$500) and can actually compete with high-end devices. There are some small drawbacks like the stability of the case or the limited communication features, but the HTC One E8 is still a real recommendation for anybody who wants a very good smartphone for a low price.

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More performance for less money – the One E8 is definitely an interesting alternative if you like the plastic case. It inherited many good features from the One M8 as well as the smaller HTC One Mini 2, which was actually better than the One M8 in some areas. The camera of the One E8, for example, has a higher resolution and the battery lasts longer. At the same time you get more performance.

You still get the good software, the nice design and the great touchscreen. The sound quality of the speakers cannot quite keep up with the One M8, but they are very good for a smartphone nonetheless. We cannot confirm a possible cheating in benchmarks like 3DMark 2013 this time, so there is no point deduction.

The HTC One E8 is available for around 400 Euros (~$500) and can actually compete with high-end devices. There are some small drawbacks like the stability of the case or the limited communication features, but the HTC One E8 is still a real recommendation for anybody who wants a very good smartphone for a low price.

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AndroidPIT

A lighter, cheaper One (M8)

from AndroidPIT

So let's take a look at everything: the One (E8) is lighter, it's less expensive than the One (M8), it has better shock absorbency from the material choice (even if it doesn't look quite as nice as the flagship, in my opinion), and it even has a slightly upgraded CPU. But what about the biggest drawcard of all: the camera? Sadly, that's not quite up to snuff.

To have a cheaper, lighter equivalent to the M8 with a plastic build is a good thing, don't get me wrong, but it's a shame that the uninspiring UltraPixel camera was replaced with an equally uninspiring regular camera (the same one found on the HTC One mini 2). All things considered, it's by no means a bad phone - in fact it's a great phone. But just like the One (M8) I find the camera being the biggest let down. Still, it's 100 USD cheaper than the One (M8). In any case, this commitment to diversification on HTC's part can only be a good thing, and I look forward to the One (E9) just as much as the HTC One (M9). 

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So let's take a look at everything: the One (E8) is lighter, it's less expensive than the One (M8), it has better shock absorbency from the material choice (even if it doesn't look quite as nice as the flagship, in my opinion), and it even has a slightly upgraded CPU. But what about the biggest drawcard of all: the camera? Sadly, that's not quite up to snuff.

To have a cheaper, lighter equivalent to the M8 with a plastic build is a good thing, don't get me wrong, but it's a shame that the uninspiring UltraPixel camera was replaced with an equally uninspiring regular camera (the same one found on the HTC One mini 2). All things considered, it's by no means a bad phone - in fact it's a great phone. But just like the One (M8) I find the camera being the biggest let down. Still, it's 100 USD cheaper than the One (M8). In any case, this commitment to diversification on HTC's part can only be a good thing, and I look forward to the One (E9) just as much as the HTC One (M9). 

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Phone Scoop

Almost as good as the metal version

from Phone Scoop

The HTC One (E8) is almost as good as the One (M8). It trades the latter's aluminum skin for polycarbonate, and in so doing loses a little bit of luster. Even so, the plastic is strong and well made. It still offers BoomSound and Zoes, but loses the TV remote and fancy two-camera setup.

The E8 has a great screen, offers good call quality, and includes killer battery life. I wish it performed better on Sprint's LTE network. The Android platform with Sense 6.0 is highly capable and highly configurable. Extras such as BlinkFeed and Wi-Fi calling help round out the software offering. It takes excellent pictures with the 13-megapixel camera.

I find it tough to recommend the HTC One (E8). It's a great phone, there's no doubt of that. However, there are a lot of other phones competing for the same price point - $99 on contract. For example, Sprint is selling the HTC One Harmon Kardon Edition, LG G3, and Samsung Galaxy S5 for $99 with no contract. All three have benefits the E8 doesn't (bigger screens, better cameras, etc).

In the end, I'd say the E8 is a bit of a niche phone. It's made for people who love the general design of the One line, but prefer plastic to metal.

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The HTC One (E8) is almost as good as the One (M8). It trades the latter's aluminum skin for polycarbonate, and in so doing loses a little bit of luster. Even so, the plastic is strong and well made. It still offers BoomSound and Zoes, but loses the TV remote and fancy two-camera setup.

The E8 has a great screen, offers good call quality, and includes killer battery life. I wish it performed better on Sprint's LTE network. The Android platform with Sense 6.0 is highly capable and highly configurable. Extras such as BlinkFeed and Wi-Fi calling help round out the software offering. It takes excellent pictures with the 13-megapixel camera.

I find it tough to recommend the HTC One (E8). It's a great phone, there's no doubt of that. However, there are a lot of other phones competing for the same price point - $99 on contract. For example, Sprint is selling the HTC One Harmon Kardon Edition, LG G3, and Samsung Galaxy S5 for $99 with no contract. All three have benefits the E8 doesn't (bigger screens, better cameras, etc).

In the end, I'd say the E8 is a bit of a niche phone. It's made for people who love the general design of the One line, but prefer plastic to metal.

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PC Magazine

Doesn't wow with its plastic design, but it delivers flagship features and performance at a midrange price

from PC Magazine

The use of plastic in a phone's design can get overblown—there are right and wrong ways to use the material, but companies like Motorola, Apple, and Nokia have shown that plastic doesn't have to mean cheap. HTC's design heritage shines through with the One E8, which harkens back to the original One X, another beautifully designed plastic phone. It's a compromise, no doubt, compared with the premium feel of the M8, but nearly every other feature that made that phone great remains here, just at a discounted price. The E8 is the One for pragmatists, and thus earns our Editors' Choice award.

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The use of plastic in a phone's design can get overblown—there are right and wrong ways to use the material, but companies like Motorola, Apple, and Nokia have shown that plastic doesn't have to mean cheap. HTC's design heritage shines through with the One E8, which harkens back to the original One X, another beautifully designed plastic phone. It's a compromise, no doubt, compared with the premium feel of the M8, but nearly every other feature that made that phone great remains here, just at a discounted price. The E8 is the One for pragmatists, and thus earns our Editors' Choice award.

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Pocket-lint

Powerful handset with great display

from Pocket-lint

There are a number of areas where the HTC One E8 fails to live up to the M8 experience. But given the reduced price that is to be expected, so it's difficult to see the E8 as doing anything but delivering on its aims.

The speed, power and software experience is, with only a few minor exceptions, the same as the already excellent M8. In short that makes the E8 a compelling option if you're looking for a powerful and affordable Android handset.

But the M8 this isn't, and the plastic design does make a difference. In the world of smartphones that design difference might be diminished by using a cover, but for those who don't, what the E8 lacks is that premium feel you get every time you touch your phone. The E8 might leave you wanting more: indeed it might leave you wanting the M8 instead. 

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There are a number of areas where the HTC One E8 fails to live up to the M8 experience. But given the reduced price that is to be expected, so it's difficult to see the E8 as doing anything but delivering on its aims.

The speed, power and software experience is, with only a few minor exceptions, the same as the already excellent M8. In short that makes the E8 a compelling option if you're looking for a powerful and affordable Android handset.

But the M8 this isn't, and the plastic design does make a difference. In the world of smartphones that design difference might be diminished by using a cover, but for those who don't, what the E8 lacks is that premium feel you get every time you touch your phone. The E8 might leave you wanting more: indeed it might leave you wanting the M8 instead. 

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Digit

The One in new clothes

from Digit

At the price point, the HTC One E8 is the best looking and one of the most powerful smartphones. Despite the plastic body, it has an premium feel, combining that with high-end specs and a performance capability better than its metal brother, it seems like HTC has done well by making an affordable version of the One M8.

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At the price point, the HTC One E8 is the best looking and one of the most powerful smartphones. Despite the plastic body, it has an premium feel, combining that with high-end specs and a performance capability better than its metal brother, it seems like HTC has done well by making an affordable version of the One M8.

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NDTV

Tweaking a winning formula

from NDTV

HTC seems to have hit another home run with the One (E8). If you do not mind the polycarbonate outer casing (we don't), it is a cheaper and much more sensible buy than its elder brother. If you want the latest and greatest specs the One (E8) is definitely a great buy at this price.

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HTC seems to have hit another home run with the One (E8). If you do not mind the polycarbonate outer casing (we don't), it is a cheaper and much more sensible buy than its elder brother. If you want the latest and greatest specs the One (E8) is definitely a great buy at this price.

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Pocketnow

All about compromises – but that’s not a bad thing

from Pocketnow

HTC cut some corners with the 13MP camera and LED flash – images are good, but not great. Boomsound, however, wasn’t on the chopping block, and audio sounded great, with lots of depth and volume. There’s no IR port on the E8, which may be a dealbreaker for some, but I didn’t miss it. The case is plastic, not aluminum. It looks beautiful – until you get fingerprints on it.

In fact, that’s the most noticeable difference between the the HTC One M8 and the E8: the plastic chassis. It’s super-glossy, and our bright red model looked super awesome from a distance as well as up close. Unfortunately, it felt light, attracted fingerprints, and eventually got pretty slippery in-hand. Where other phones can be wiped down to remove fingerprints and grease, the E8 seemed like it wanted to keep our oils, requiring the use of a mild solvent and quality cleaning cloth to remove the grease and grit, and return the chassis to its beautiful lustre. There are matte versions available, which we suspect handle fingerprints better.

All told, the E8 is designed to be a less expensive version of the M8 – and that it is. To achieve that HTC had to make some compromises. Those cuts, however, didn’t outpace the price gap between the two, making the HTC One E8 a very respectable phone for your money. 

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HTC cut some corners with the 13MP camera and LED flash – images are good, but not great. Boomsound, however, wasn’t on the chopping block, and audio sounded great, with lots of depth and volume. There’s no IR port on the E8, which may be a dealbreaker for some, but I didn’t miss it. The case is plastic, not aluminum. It looks beautiful – until you get fingerprints on it.

In fact, that’s the most noticeable difference between the the HTC One M8 and the E8: the plastic chassis. It’s super-glossy, and our bright red model looked super awesome from a distance as well as up close. Unfortunately, it felt light, attracted fingerprints, and eventually got pretty slippery in-hand. Where other phones can be wiped down to remove fingerprints and grease, the E8 seemed like it wanted to keep our oils, requiring the use of a mild solvent and quality cleaning cloth to remove the grease and grit, and return the chassis to its beautiful lustre. There are matte versions available, which we suspect handle fingerprints better.

All told, the E8 is designed to be a less expensive version of the M8 – and that it is. To achieve that HTC had to make some compromises. Those cuts, however, didn’t outpace the price gap between the two, making the HTC One E8 a very respectable phone for your money. 

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Cnet

A more affordable version of the One M8 clad in shiny plastic

from Cnet

HTC's plastic E8 may not have all of the hardware of the flagship M8, but it does have enough to deliver high-end performance. While the E8 is a quality device, it just doesn't have the wow factor to truly impress. Perhaps the one thing that might catch your eye beyond the glossy colors is the phone's price compared to the expensive M8.

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HTC's plastic E8 may not have all of the hardware of the flagship M8, but it does have enough to deliver high-end performance. While the E8 is a quality device, it just doesn't have the wow factor to truly impress. Perhaps the one thing that might catch your eye beyond the glossy colors is the phone's price compared to the expensive M8.

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Android Authority

HTC packs a lot of good into the One E8

from Android Authority

The HTC One E8 is a great smartphone, but no device is perfect and you will have to measure your preferences. Those who value camera quality may want to look somewhere else. Likewise, picture quality has its defects.

We can’t deny that for every issue we find in the One E8 we also find multiple advantages. The build quality is amazing, even if the smartphone is made of plastic. Performance is as good as it gets, battery life is astounding and, depending on your preferences, Sense 6 could offer the right experience for your needs.

If priced right, this should be a great alternative for those looking for a more affordable HTC One M8, or simply a good phone that won’t slip right out of your hands. 

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The HTC One E8 is a great smartphone, but no device is perfect and you will have to measure your preferences. Those who value camera quality may want to look somewhere else. Likewise, picture quality has its defects.

We can’t deny that for every issue we find in the One E8 we also find multiple advantages. The build quality is amazing, even if the smartphone is made of plastic. Performance is as good as it gets, battery life is astounding and, depending on your preferences, Sense 6 could offer the right experience for your needs.

If priced right, this should be a great alternative for those looking for a more affordable HTC One M8, or simply a good phone that won’t slip right out of your hands. 

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date June 18, 2014
Regions available USA, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
2100/900/1800/2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSPA+, HSPA+ 21.1, LTE
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 4.4.2 KitKat (Update Available: 6.0 Marshmallow)

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Quad core 2.5 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.761 W/kg
Body: 0.318 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2600 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 676 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 602 minutes
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time 1066 minutes
3G Talk Time Up to: 1608 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 21 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Gray, White, Red, Blue
Dimensions [H x W x D] 37.2 x 18.0 x 2.5 cm (14.7 x 7.1 x 1 in)
Weight 145 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology S-LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density 441 pixels
Size 5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Optical pad
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out HDMI
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
13+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, White balance, Scene modes, Exposure value, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC, AMR, WMA, WAV, M4A, OGG
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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