Considering the HTC One M8’s aluminium body is one of its key selling points, and one of the things that sets it apart from the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S5, you’d be forgiven for frowning at the notion of a plastic HTC One M8.
But apparently such a device is heading to China as early as next month – just one month after the release of the aluminium chap. Confused? Read on!
Credit here goes to Focus Taiwan, which in turn credits “Chinese business news portal” TMT Post, which in turn credits, er, anonymous sources.
The plastic HTC One M8 is described as "the same phone, but of different quality”, which probably sounds way more ominous than intended.
See, casing aside, the plastic HTC One M8 will in fact be identical to the aluminium version that’s already on sale. As such, you can expect a 5in 1080p display, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, and dual rear camera.
Indeed, some people would argue that a plastic case is actually better, since it's less prone to marks and scratches.
And the point? Well, crucially, the plastic HTC One M8 will supposedly cost significantly less than “competing products” including – perhaps most notably – the Samsung Galaxy S5.
In terms of plastic HTC One M8 price, it’ll come in at 3,000 Chinese Yuan (£290), a fair bit less than the metal HTC One M8 at 5,299 Chinese Yuan (£510).
That’s a fairly dramatic drop, so it could be a case (pun intended) of HTC aggressively attempting to increase its share of the Chinese smartphone market with razor-thin profits.
The obvious question is: will the plastic HTC One M8 be released in the UK? HTC is keeping quiet on the whole thing for now, but presumably we’ll learn more next month. Y’know, if it’s actually happening.