There’s seemingly no such thing as secrets in the world of mobile any more (feel free to blast out “The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret” by QOTSA at this point), and even HTC gave the game away last week, several days ahead of this morning’s launch event.
I speak of the plastic-bodied HTC One M8 Ace, though it’s materialised as the HTC One E8, the ‘E’ standing for, well, probably nothing much, really.
At its core, HTC One E8 specs are largely identical to those on the slightly older HTC One M8, which means a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage with microSD support, KitKat Android 4.4 with a slather of Sense 6, and all powered by a 2,600mAh battery. Phew.
The first major difference is the absence of HTC’s trademark aluminium body. In its place, the One E8 adopts plastic, in Polar White, Electric Crimson, Maldives Blue, and Misty Gray. With the latter, there’s a choice of gold or silver trim for the camera and HTC logo.
We're also saying sayonara to the HTC One M8's Dual Lens Camera, it being usurped by a plain old 13MP rear snapper.
There’s no word on HTC One E8 price just yet, but unless this thing is significantly cheaper than the aluminium One M8 (it’s been rumoured at less than £300), you really have to wonder what the point is.
The HTC One E8 release date is slated for June in “select markets”.