- Eugene Kim , PC Magazine
The HTC One E8 for Sprint doesn't wow with its plastic design, but it delivers flagship features and performance at a midrange price
- Aloysius Low , Cnet
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.
- Smooth gaming and every day performance
- Good battery life
- Excellent bright light legibility
- 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.
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)
A real highlight as well
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 smartph... Full review
A lighter, cheaper One (M8)
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 s... Full review
Almost as good as the metal version
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.... Full review
Doesn't wow with its plastic design, but it delivers flagship features and performance at a midrange price
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 awa... Full review
Powerful handset with great display
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 b... Full review
The One in new clothes
Tweaking a winning formula
All about compromises – but that’s not a bad thing
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 aweso... Full review
A more affordable version of the One M8 clad in shiny plastic
HTC packs a lot of good into the One E8
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... Full review
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