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HTC One E8

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Carrier: Sprint
Manufacturer: HTC

What's Hot: Pleasing soft touch finish that's grippier than aluminum, lower price tag than HTC One M8 with the same performance. 13MP traditional camera delivers higher resolution images than One M8.

What's Not: Doesn't have that classy metal casing, less internal storage than M8, but hey-- it's less expensive.


Reviewed September 15, 2014 by , Editor in Chief (twitter: @lisagade)

If you really like the HTC One M8 but didn't care for the aluminum casing or the flagship pricing, the HTC One E8 might be your phone. I know, the aluminum unibody design is the main reason some of you pine for the M8, and it is a classy and elegant design. But the One E feels darned good in hand, is less slippery and is a tad lighter. As of this writing, the E8 is only available on Sprint in the US, though it's sold by a variety of overseas carriers. The hardware is nearly identical to the HTC One M8, from the 2.3GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with Adreno 330 graphics to the 2 gigs of RAM and the 1920 x 1080 SLCD 3 display. It has the same front 5 megapixel camera, NFC, GPS with GLONASS, Bluetooth 4.0 and dual band WiFi 802.11n (not ac according to HTC's website).

HTC One E8

So what's different? The casing is polycarbonate and available in your choice of Polar White or Misty Gray. Instead of the 4 megapixel equivalent Ultrapixel duo camera you get a traditional 13 megapixel rear camera. The phone has 16 rather than the M8's 32 gigs of internal storage, though they both have a microSD card slot for storage expansion. Lastly, the E8 lacks the IR blaster for AV Remote control and thus there's no HTC TV app. Those concessions save you $100 on the contract and retail price compared to the M8. For those of you on GSM networks like AT&T and T-Mobile, there are GSM unlocked versions of the HTC One E8 sold by importers online, though you won't get 4G LTE.

Design and Ergonomics

Despite the different casing material, there's little different here from the HTC One M8. The One E8 has the same pleasingly curved back, microSD and nano SIM card slots (one slot on each side) and the power button up top. Unlike the M8, the power button on the E8 is centered and is metal since it doesn't double as the IR blaster window. From the front, you might be hard pressed to tell the E8 from the M8 since it has the same full HD 5" display and HTC BoomSound speakers flanking top and bottom. We have the gray model in for review, and I really like the soft touch back that's somehow silky yet grippy.

HTC One E8

Voice and Data

Voice quality has been a mixed bag on Sprint in the Dallas, TX metroplex with sometimes digitized voice, but the HTC One E8 sounded very clear and full for both incoming and outgoing voice. Sprint's network is improving and the E8 is an excellent voice phone. It supports HD Voice (when calling another Sprint HD Voice phone) and Sprint Spark that uses 3 LTE bands to channel bond for faster data speeds (AT&T and Verizon's version is xLTE). The HTC has GSM and 3G HSPA+ for world roaming and it uses a nano SIM.

Sprint shows data network improvements here as well, and even with 1 bar of LTE (in much of the metroplex that's all we got), the HTC One E8 averaged 16Mbps down and 5.6Mpbs up according to Ookla's app. In one neighborhood with full bars the phone managed an incredible 75Mbps down and 12Mbps up, showing the effects of Sprint Spark.

HTC One E8


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The front 5 megapixel camera with BSI and a fast f/2.8 lens is better than most selfie cameras on the market. Again, it's identical to the M8's camera and it's a pleasure for video chat with less noise and richer colors.

The rear traditional 13MP camera with BSI, HDR and panorama mode is a selling point in my book. I'm not a great fan of HTC's duo camera and its 4MP equivalent resolution. Yes, it does well in low light settings thanks to the larger sensor sites, but the resolution is too low for anything but small format presentations and cropping results in noisy or watercolor-ish photos. The 13Mp rear camera still has some typical HTC flaws such as blown out highlights in bright sunlight, but overall it captured good detail, rendered pleasing colors and was quick to focus. It's not the best camera on the market; the LG G3, Samsung Galaxy S5 and higher end Nokia Lumia models like the Lumia 930/Lumia Icon and Lumia 1020 do a better job, but the One E8's camera is pretty good. It can record 1080p (but not 4k) video and has a white LED flash rather than the two-tone flash on the M8.


Performance and Horsepower

The One E8 runs Android 4.4 KitKat with HTC Sense 6 software, just like the M8. As ever, we really like HTC's light touch that's refreshing compared to Samsung TouchWiz and LG's heavy remaking of Android's UI. The phone has HTC BlinkFeed for news and social networking as the leftmost home screen, and HTC Zoe that creates a short video from shots taken on a given day with music and visual effects.

As expected, performance is identical to the One M8 and similar to the Samsung Galaxy S5 since they all run on the same Snapdragon 801 quad core CPU with Adreno 330 graphics and 2 gigs of RAM. This is currently one of the fastest Android phones on the market.

  Quadrant 3DMark Ice Storm AnTuTu Sunspider JavaScript Test (lower is better)
HTC One E8 24,357 18,276 44,596 612
HTC One M8 24,527 20,896 (unlimited) 36,087 776
Samsung Galaxy S5 23,643 18,329 35,357 398
LG G3 24,385 18,708 36,525 425
Sony Xperia Z1S 21589 16,135 (unlimited) 35,008 837
Nexus 5 8808 17,828 (unlimited) 27,017 718
Moto G 8485 2778 (extreme) 17,396 1311
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 22,006 15,092 (unlimited) 35,823 587
LG G2 19,762 9803 (extreme) 32,990 823
Samsung Galaxy S4 12,276 11,601 (unlimited) 24,776 826
HTC One M7 12,252 11,324 (extreme) 24,589 1155
Sony Xperia Z 7916 6353  (extreme) 20,403 1306
Moto X 8357 6800 (extreme) 21,377 1097
LG Optimus G Pro 11,994 N/A 18,561 867
Samsung Galaxy Note II 6001 N/A 14,056 1052
Samsung Galaxy S III 5102 N/A 7011 1825


Battery Life

Again, just like the One M8, the E8 has a 2600 mAh Lithium Ion battery that's sealed inside, and battery life is very good compared to today's flagship smartphones with big screens and fast CPUs. We had no problem making it through the day with heavy use and averaged 1.5 days per charge with moderate use. Should you need extra staying power, there are micro USB battery packs that can top up the battery.


The HTC One E8 is a literally attractive option for those of you who like me don't love the 4MP shooter on the M8, or prefer the grippy soft touch polycarbonate back to the aluminum of the M8. You'll save $100 too, though over the course of a 2 year contract or when spread out as monthly payments on Sprint Easy Pay, the cost of service will dwarf the phone's price.

Price: $99 with 2 year contract, $499 full retail


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Display: 5" display. Resolution: 1920 x 1080. Gorilla Glass 3. Has ambient light sensor, accelerometer and proximity sensor.

Battery: 2600 mAh Lithium Ion Polymer rechargeable. Battery is not user replaceable.

Performance: 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad core CPU with Adreno 330 graphics. 2 gigs DDR3 RAM, 32 gigs internal storage.

Size: 5.76 x 2.78 x 0.37 inches. Weight: 5.64 ounces.

Phone: Sprint: CDMA dual band digital with 3G EV-Do Rev. A and 4G LTE plus GSM with 3G HSPA for roaming.

Camera: 5MP front camera with backside illuminated sensor, HDR and 1080p video recording. Rear Ultrapixel camera (4MP equivalent) with secondary camera for depth infomation used for special editing effects. 1080p video recording, HDR and dual LED two-tone (amber and white) flash.

Audio: Built in stereo HTC BoomSound front-facing speakers, mic and 3.5mm standard stereo headphone jack.

Networking: Integrated dual band WiFi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0.

Software: Android OS 4.4 KitKat with HTC Sense 6 and standard suite of Google apps. HTC Zoe and HTC BlinkFeed.

Expansion: 1 SDXC microSD card slot.


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