HTC One E8 Review, High End at Consumer Prices


HTC One E8

When it comes to esthetics, I’m sure that most of us can agree that the HTC One is definitely one of the most beautiful smartphones out there. That good looking aluminum unibody breathes style and elegance and its unique appearance is, without doubt, candy for the eyes and a good reason for its competitors to grow some envy inside. Well, what if the HTC One M8 was made from plastic instead of aluminum? That’s not as scary as it sounds if you’re a die hard fan, trust me. The HTC One E8 is here for bringing to life that idea and brings some attractive features that will surely draw some attention. Oh, and it looks very handsome, there’s no doubt about that.
For starters, it sports a more recent chipset and an improved camera, but is available for a smaller price, which probably comes due to casting away the famous metallic unibody. Nevertheless, the handset is still a looker and certainly deserves some attention for its package of features and the like.

The HTC One E8 measures 146.4 x 70.1 x 9.9 mm and has a weight of 145 grams, being almost identical to its metallic version, but a bit lighter (by 15 grams). The handset is entirely made from polycarbonate and its appearance stands very far from looking cheap, inheriting its sibling’s elegance and posture. Not to mention its curved lines and overall design. The only difference between them stands in the usage of different materials, that’s all. The E8 is easy to manage and stands comfortable in the hand, also slipping easy into pockets. It comes in three color versions: black, white and red.

The HTC One (E8) comes packed with a 5 inches Super LCD3 capacitive touchscreen, which offers a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, a pixel density of 441 ppi and is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3. The image quality is as expected: very good, with pleasing colors, good contrast and very wide viewing angles. The handset is also perfectly usable under direct sunlight.

When browsing through the One E8, you’ll be greeted by the latest and greatest from Android, v4.4.2 KitKat, which has been customized by the Taiwanese with their own proprietary interface, Sense 6. If you’re a HTC connoisseur, you know what I’m talking about. The handset is almost identical with its bigger brother when it comes to features, having the Motion Launch for unlocking the screen with a swipe or a double tap, Blinkfeed for delivering information which you consider to be relevant, and much more.
The real party is thrown by its hardware, as due to it and its improvement, the E8 manages to outperform its bigger brother, delivering some excellent results. The handset comes packed with a Qualcomm MSM8975AC Snapdragon 801 chipset, having a quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400 processor, Adreno 330 GPU, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage which can be extended with the help of a microSD card of up to 128 GB. With these being said, it comes as no surprise that the HTC One E8 is a wonderful performer and tries its best to cover its lack in terms of design (when compared with the M8).

At the connectivity department, the HTC One (E8) holds support for quad-band GSM, GPRS, EDGE and 3G, LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n with DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct and Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, microUSB 2.0 and NFC.

For surfing the web, the HTC One (E8) offers you a customized Android browser and Google Chrome. Both of them are doing great jobs, offering plenty of options and features for improving the overall experience, which is very pleasant due to the fast loading of pages and the nice way they look on the phone’s beautiful display.

HTC One E8 multicolor

Good news regarding its camera. The HTC One (E8) comes with a camera which is better than the one found on previous versions. I’m talking about a 13 megapixels snapper with autofocus which takes pictures with a maximum resolution of 4128 x 3096 pixels, has a LED flash for helping in low light situations and much more. The photos produced with it offer a great quality, with accurate colors, good contrast and a high amount of resolved detail.
Also on board sits a 5 MP front facing camera for making video calls or taking a “selfie”. Or more.
The handset is able to produce some really nice 1080p videos @30 or 60 fps.

Some other goodies offered by the HTC One (E8) are a GPS receiver with GLONASS and A-GPS support, Google Maps for navigation, Google Drive for managing your document files, Google Now as your own personal assistant, the Android Device Manager, some capable media players and much more. One of the phone’s notable qualities is the sound output, which is one of the best you’ll find. I mean hear.

The HTC One (E8) is powered by a 2,000 mAh battery and will endure more than two and a half days under a moderate usage.

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