HTC One E8 First Impressions & Hands On!

by: Kevin NetherJuly 30, 2014

HTC has created an empire with its One series. The One M7 was shrouded with awards last year and the One M8 is on its way to becoming one of 2014’s best smartphones, with unparalleled build quality and an experience that can be challenged by very few.

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For all intents and purposes, this device is a non-metal HTC One M8, made with affordability in mind. Can the Taiwanese giant accomplish the same without the metal construction, though? The HTC One E8 is here to prove polycarbonate (aka plastic) can be just as good!

First impressions

Seeing that build quality is the major differentiator between the One E8 and the One M8, it’s important to note that while more affordable, the HTC One E8 is far from feeling cheaper. The polycarbonate material offers a smooth, soft touch feeling that you won’t find in average plastic smartphones.

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The two-tone coloring makes the device very good-looking. Our unit displays a golden film surrounds the power button, lens, flash and HTC logo, making for a very elegant and simple look. All ports and buttons can be found around the edges of the device, but there is one hardware factor that may stick out to us Americans. The HTC One E8 comes with a dual nano SIM slot, aside from the micro SD card slot.

Another substantial difference between this phone and the M8 is the absence of the dual-camera set-up. Instead, users can enjoy a more traditional 13 MP camera that may or may not improve picture quality. We need to put it through the test. What does stand out is the gorgeous 5-inch 1080p display with 441 PPI pixel density (though some may find it a bit over-saturated).

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We can’t yet pass judgement on the device’s performance, but Android 4.4.2, Sense 6 and the device’s hardware seem to be working very well together. The device offers an experience very similar to any other high-end smartphone, with insignificant lag even when playing the most demanding of games.

And we can’t forget the manufacturer’s now-iconic BoomSound technology, which is definitely not missing here. Stay tuned for the official review! We are putting this phone through our most challenging tests, so we will give you every detail your little heart desires.


  • Android 4.4.2 with Sense 6
  • 5-inch 1080p display
  • 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
  • Adreno 330 GPU
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 16 GB of internal storage
  • MicroSD up to 128GB
  • 13 MP rear-facing camera
  • 5 MP front-facing camera
  • 2,600 mAh battery


Stay tuned for the full review! Do you wish the original One M8 had this 13MP shooter?

  • Sal

    This actually looks good… now it just needs the right price.

    • dodz

      htc m8 all metal, sh*tty camera, puts on plastic or jelly case
      htc e8 same specs as m8 but all plastic with decent camera, just put on a metal case, problem solved!
      cant stand people complaining.

      • DVR

        From reports I have read the m8 camera out performs the e8 in almost everything expect resolution.

    • Shark Bait

      some sites are reporting less than the nexus 5! and at that price it could be great.

      • KingofPing

        I will be tempted if that is the case and I can get one that works on T-Mo(US). The Nexus 5 we currently have has been nothing short of a major disappointment.

        (FTM, I’ve had nothing but crazy-bad luck with the Nexus line in general. I do believe I am done with Nexus, sadly. I cannot seem to get one that works decently though I’ve had the Galaxy, n19, n7, and n5.)

      • Sal

        That’s interesting and quite tempting!

    • Tay

      It’s half the price in China where it was originally released..

      No idea if it will ever be released broadly buy it’s really a bargain.. 95% of the other manufacturers would release this as their flagship.

    • Luka Mlinar

      It needs a power button in an accessible place, that’s what it needs.

      • KingofPing

        I have yet to touch the power button on my M8 since installing xposed and flar2’s (ElementalX) kernel. With the addition of other xposed mods, you can get the reboot-menu with long-press on softkeys as well. HTC was on the right track – the community picked up the remaining slack.

      • Sal

        That was one my biggest gripes about the m8. Make the device so tall and the put that button in the wrong place making it hard to reach.

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  • Jesus

    Ok so it’s plastic now. Does this mean that it has a removable back?

    • nightfire

      silly rabbit.

      • Jesus

        Are you calling me a silly rabbit? Why call me a silly rabbit?

        • T.J.

          Because it doesn’t.

  • Cole Raney

    The fact that it is pretty much an M8, but plastic makes it better the M8 in my opinion. I hope this succeeds so that all phones from them won’t one day be metal.

  • monkey god

    looks quite dapper, IMO. And no seam lines required. I wonder if having a plastic back means better reception as well?

  • Arturo Raygoza

    I like it but is it only 16gb? No 32 option?

    • You got Lol’d at

      Expandable to 128 GB Kid.

      • Arturo Raygoza

        I’m talking about on board memory , kid.

      • KingofPing

        SD memory is a piss-poor substitute for the much faster on-board flash.

        The “must have an SD option” crowd doesn’t seem to grasp that concept.

        64/128 with no SD is where we should be.

        • SetNick

          With 64/128 GB of on-board memory, this device would easily be priced at $500 or more. Especially because it is from a top-tier manufacturer.

          • KingofPing

            The cost to manufacturer of all memory in nearly every smartphone device on the planet doesn’t top $31 (iPhone was the highest). That’s all of the memory, not just the flash storage.

            Sure, the OEM can mark it up all they want – Doesn’t mean we have to like it or that we shouldn’t be of the opinion that they should be offering *more*.

          • SetNick

            I agree with you. Thats why I hope that some of the new guys on the block take notice and do what we need…i.e…more onboard storage.

  • MasterMuffin

    And why would you buy M8 when this is 90% the same with hopefully much lower price? It’s not metal, not a big deal. It doesn’t have ultrapixels, really not a big deal. Infrared? Not a big deal. That gold accent is ugly, but there are other colors :D Only thing I can think of is that this may not get updated as well as M8.

    • KingofPing

      “Only thing I can think of is that this may not get updated as well as M8.”

      almost completely the same hardware if I am not mistaken – if HTC doesn’t do it, you can bet your sweet bippy the community will (especially if the rumor of Nexus-level pricing is true).

      • MasterMuffin

        HTC could be a dick. Also this won’t be as popular as M8, so less community support.

        • KingofPing

          HTC could be.

          Support depends more on price than anything else – hence my comment regarding the rumor. This device at Nexus cost would likely sell unbelievably well (if it becomes available in the states).

          (I keep adding caveats to it, don’t I…the more I think about it the more I think you may just be right.)

          Still sounds like a great device for the rumored price…

          • MasterMuffin

            Yeah it’s a great device :)

  • Debattt

    Is it possible with 4k video now, since we got a 13 mpx camera?

  • i_say_uuhhh

    I actually love the metal on the M8 but this still looks very attractive even with plastic. And it doesn’t have the crappy camera! Although I’ve heard that the camera on the E8 is a bit slower than the M8’s, but we’ll see.

  • tooshea

    What video game controller was that?

  • CarsonTiffany

    I buy one HTC one M8,but i hate the metal case, too slip to i buy one plastic case from Now problem solved.

  • T.J.

    Samsung take note, this is how you plastic.

  • TechLover

    IMO the matte blue E8 actually looks better than the grey m8. If only it has the IR blaster (convenient feature)…

  • Dejan Lukic

    Dual sim phone with decent specs. I hope the battery can last long enough.
    If the price is right I might swap my Nexus 5 to it.