The plastic-clad HTC One E8 should be headed to Sprint soon

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Last time we checked in on the HTC One E8, the plastic version of HTC’s flagship was on sale in China and southeast Asia as a lower-cost version of the HTC One M8, which is covered in a machined aluminum unibody. But it looks like the device is headed to the United States after all, according to a promotional video posted to Sprint’s official YouTube channel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nL5QoFIEGA

The HTC One E8 is essentially a carbon copy of the well-reviewed HTC One M8, but there are a few differences, starting with a less expensive plastic cover, instead of the machined metal that lends the M8 its premium feel. But it’s a little lighter, it comes in colors, and it’s still a fast phone with a [company]Qualcomm[/company] Snapdragon 801 processor, so depending on price it might be a good Android alternative to [company]Apple’s[/company] iPhone 5C as the holiday season approaches.

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HTC is at a crossroads: Faced with disappointing summer sales of the HTC One M8, it could really use a new piece of hardware to drive demand through the holiday season. The E8 on Sprint and the expected [company]Microsoft[/company] Windows Phone version of the M8 expected this fall might not be the answer to HTC’s problems. But you’ve got to hand it to HTC: the Taiwanese company recently (but barely) returned to profitability through aggressive cost cutting, and getting three expensive phones out of one design certainly is efficient.

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jjj

There are more differences than that. The E8 has 13MP and 5MP cams and lacks wifi ac and this is a pretty big drawback for anyone that ever heard of wifi ac (most haven’t so they won’t care).
They don’t seem to sell it all that cheap either, seen it off contract in other markets at just 10% than the S5.

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