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HTC launches One E8 smartphone with 13MP camera


If you like most things about HTC's current flagship smartphone, the One M8, but are, like ourselves, a little disappointed with the image quality of its 4MP camera, HTC might just have launched the right phone for you.

The HTC One E8 takes most of the M8 components, wraps them up in a polycarbonate unibody frame instead of the M8's brushed metal hull and replaces the flagship's Duo Cam with a more conventional camera module using a 13 megapixel 1/3-inch BSI CMOS sensor and F2.2 maximum aperture. Given the questionable results of the Duo Cam, the latter arguably makes the E8 the best option for photo-centric users in the current HTC line-up.

On the front you get the same 5MP camera as on the M8 and most of the other components are identical, too, including the 2600 mAh battery and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC. Despite the different body material, in terms of design the E8 is very close to the One M8. At 9.9mm vs. 9.4mm it is a little thicker than its metal sibling but at 145 grams also 15 grams lighter. 

The HTC One E8 will first launch in China at a price of approximately $450 which makes it a good chunk cheaper than the One M8 which currently retails at around $700, and then be introduced to other countries later in the year. A dual sim version will be available in select markets.

Key Specification:

  • 13MP 1/3-inch BSI CMOS sensor
  • F2.2 lens
  • 1080p video
  • 5MP front camera
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC, quad-core 
  • 5-inch 1080p screen
  • Android 4.4.2 / HTC Sense 6
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB storage, microSD card up to 128 GB
  • 2600 mAh battery


Total comments: 19

Yes, I share the same sentiment. I wanted the M8 but not the camera. Now the E8 got me excited.

However I feel there's a possible catch. Does it come with a dedicated imaging chip like M8?
How about Zoe and Pan360?
How would the capture speed fare compared with M8?

Hope we get to know this soon.


There is no other catch other than the plastic back, I think.


The Original HTC One (m7) and the new HTC One (m8) (both higher end phones, aluminum body, etc) uses the 4megapixel camera that has Ultra Pixel, the u22 sized pixels.
This one is just a regular non-ultra pixel camera.

Lars Rehm

yes it is, but if you have ever looked at images from the "ultrapixel" camera you'll notice that the image quality is not ultra at all. Personally I'd definitely prefer this bog-standard 13MP sensor over the ultrapixel unit. The ultrapixel concept sounds nice in theory, unfortunately it is very disappointing in practice.


I have an HTC the just turn off by itself I won't be buying one again.


Polycarbonate is cheap **** (self censored). You really want metal. The lower price is a second hint that the megapixels may not be up to much.


That's laughable. Plastic dings and wears less, weights less, and absorbs an impact better. Metal merely feels better to some (assuming you don't live anywhere cold) because of the way certain brands have created a fetish out of metal construction. There's very few things inherently better about an all metal build.

Metal does have one key advantage, better thermal conduction, typically not a big deal on phones but if you're playing a game for an extended period it's been proven a metal phone will perform better over time than a plastic one which is forced to throttle down a bit to maintain proper temperatures (see: Anandtech's prolonged SGS5 vs M8 benchmarks).

HTC's duo cam and ultrapixel approach have mostly been proven to be inferior to more conventional camera builds, so I don't see how you can confidently say the new more conventional camera module would have "pixels that aren't up to the task", what's that even mean?


I have a iphone 5s and my wife has the 5c. My 5s LOOKS more expensive, but her 5c feels better and is more comfortable to hold.

Both materials will last longer than the phone's relevance, so not sure why people are even talking about durability of materials.


Jeez, what century do you live in? Polycarbonate is a fantastic material. It's tough, shock resistant, and durable. Why do you think people buy polycarbonate protective cases to put their metal body smartphones in? LOL. Polycarbonate also feels better in the hand, IMHO. I *much* preferred how the iPhone 5C felt in my hand over the 5S. But I opted for the LG G2, which also has a polycarb body. It feels great in my hand. Very impact resistant. I'll take polycarbonate any day. Time to join the 21st century, old man.

Edited 5 minutes after posting

I'll be joining the 21st century as a man. Not so sure about the rest of you:

Growth of female reproductive organs? Enjoy the ride while it lasts...


Since it runs Android 4.4, does that mean the camera software can be tweaked to shoot raw?

Can I pop the case open with my finger nail so as to swap the battery?

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Lars Rehm

No swappable battery but it lasts very long on the M8, so I would expect it to be the same on this phone. Raw is not a standard feature on 4.4. The S5 I am using right now runs 4.4. and does not have a Raw mode.



I thought that Android 4.4 allowed for raw, even if the phone maker suppresses the raw capacity?

I wasn't just thinking about how long someone can talk or surf the interwebs, I'm thinking of battery replacement when it no longer holds a charge.

Lars Rehm

right, no, you're out of luck with this one in terms of battery. So this runs 4.4 in the HTC flavor. If you'd want to run Google's 'pure' Android version you'd have too root and hope that someone makes a ROM available that supports Raw. I have no idea how likely that is to happen.


AFAIK the promised RAW capabilities haven't really made it to any Android build yet have they?

They made a big announcement about that and about the new camera API after the Nexus 5 launched but I only remember seeing a couple bug squashing maintenance updates since then (4.4.1 thru 4.4.3 which went live yesterday, and 4.4.2 was only an emergency patch to fix things 4.4.1 broke).

They might be holding that off for a future release that isn't a minor point upgrade, possibly at Google I/O soon, or later.


Perhaps Blackberry will beat Google to a raw shooting smartphone.

Lars Rehm

The Oppo Find 7 definitely has Raw capture but have not had a chance to try one out. I think there was also some other Chinese phone, but I am not sure which one....

Tonkotsu Ramen

If it hits the US unlocked for $450, it could be nice. Knowing HTC though, it will be $600+ and carrier locked or something. DOA again.


Could be a pretty big deal for that price, that's only $50-100 more than something like the 32GB Nexus 5 or the OnePlus 1... Less storage but you do a removable media slot and other upsides like the speakers etc. Who knows, this might be HTC's entry into the rumored Android Silver Program, going plastic would save them a lot but still participate with a high end attractively priced device, yet it doesn't completely eclipse their existing lineup.

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