Besides Desire 616, HTC One (E8), which is watered down version of premium HTC One (M8) was also launched at Rs. 34,990. This will be available across India by the end of this month in vibrant colors including Red, Black and White.
The HTC One (E8) incorporates the major hardware and software specifictions of the premium HTC One (M8). Compared to metal body of HTC One (M8), the E8 sports an elegant dual curve design and is encased in light plastic body (polycarbonate). This smartphone has an aesthetic look and can sit perfectly on your palms.
THe E8 comes with a 5-inch display with a full-HD (1080×1920 pixel) resolution, and is driven by a 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (MSM8975AC) processor, that also powers the HTC One (M8), paired with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, which can be expanded upto 128GB via microSD card support. This smartphone supports Dual-SIM, and one of the SIM slots will support 4G LTE, whenever the same is made available by HTC.
The difference between HTC One M8 and E8 is its camera specifications. The E8 is packed with 13MP rear camera with BSI sensor and f/2.2 aperture and also houses 5MP front shooter, with the capability of 1080p video recording on the both the cameras. On the other hand, the M8 comes with the 4.1 megapixel Ultrapixel Duo camera.
Like M8, the E8 is also fuelled by a 2600mAh battery, which comes with an extreme power saving mode. This smartphone runs on Android KitKat 4.4.2 OS with the latest Sense 6.1 on top of it. For connectivity options, this phone offers Wi-Fi, 3G,Bluetooth 4.0,NFC,DLNA,Micro-USB 2.0 port
The new HTC One (E8) also comes with Motion Launch gesture feature, which allow you to interact with the phone without turning on the screen. A simple swipe will activate the device. HTC One E8 has accessories like flip case with Dot View. This case has a LCD display, and the user can not only check the time, weather, new texts, emails, but also can receive or make calls – without touching or revealing the screen, and by simply swiping up on the surface of the cover. The new HTC One (E8) is also equipped with the latest HTC BoomSound technology, for delivering sound that is 25% louder than the HTC One (M7).
During the launch event, HTC announced that they will upgarde their HTC One (M8) and E8 to work on 4G networks in India. This update will be available from 15th August in India. HTC also revealed that they have ambitious plans to launch many more smartphones in India before Diwali season.
Going by the features of HTC One (E8), and its price, this smartphone will give tough competition to Samsung’s Galaxy S5. The E8 can be ideal choice of those customers, who can’t afford M8, which is curently available at Rs. 45,000 to 48,000 depending upon the colors.