HTC One E8 vs M8

The HTC One E8 is upon us, and we've got our hands on the lighter, polycarbonate version of HTC's flagship targeted at Russia, India and parts of Asia. As we've pointed out in our coverage so far, the E8 is essentially the internals of the HTC One M8 in a plastic case with a different camera. But beyond that there are actually quite a few smaller differences to get to grips with. For instance, only one has an IR blaster, and there are some LED flash differences too.

Check the table below for the full E8 vs M8 breakdown.

Category HTC One E8 HTC One M8
Dimensions 146.42 x 70.67 x 9.85 mm 146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm
Weight 145g 160g
Materials Polycarbonate Aircraft-grade aluminum
Colors Polar White (glossy), Electric Crimson (glossy), Misty Gray (matte) Gunmetal Gray, Glacial Silver, Amber Gold
Display 5.0 inch, 1080p SuperLCD3
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor — 2.5GHz quad-core CPU in Asia/China (MSM8974AC); 2.3GHz quad-core CPU elsewhere (MSM8974AB)
Platform Android 4.4 with HTC Sense 6, HTC BlinkFeed
SIM Card Type nanoSIM (dual SIM versions available)
Internal Storage 16GB + microSD up to 128GB 16/32GB + microSD up to 128GB
Rear Camera 13 megapixel camera, BSI sensor, f/2.2 aperture, 1080p video HTC Ultrapixel Camera + Duo Camera (4MP), f/2.0 aperture and 28 mm lens, 1080p video
Sensor Aspect Ratio 4:3 16:9
Flash Single LED flash Dual tone LED flash
Front Camera 5 megapixel resolution, BSI sensor, 1080p video recording 5 megapixel resolution, BSI sensor, wide-angle lens, 1080p video recording
Battery 2600mAh non-removable
Charging Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 supported
IR Blaster No Yes
Speakers HTC BoomSound front-facing speakers
Cell. Networks Quad-band GSM/EDGE; Quad-band HSPA+ (42Mbps); 4G LTE: FDD 1800/2100MHz, TDD-2600MHz Varies by region. See HTC One M8 spec sheet for full band listings in the U.S. EMEA and Asia.

So which design do you prefer? The aluminum-clad, Duo-Camera-toting M8, or the lighter, easier-to-hold E8? Shout out in the comments!

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HTC One E8 versus M8: What's the difference?


The difference is i should have gotten the E8 u_u ... i got suckered into the M8. Pay less for a 13 megapixel camera? Thats a deal i'd take.

I can't compare the E8 and the M8, but i do have the M7 and the Desire 816. And i will take the 4MP camera in the M7 over the Desire 816's 13MP any day, simple because it is so much better in lower lighting conditions. I am able to take clear shots with ease indoors. But of course, if only they can make a 8MP ultra pixel camera. Maybe the M9...

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According to Sprint it is available now, I can order it, which I am thinking of getting it. One thing they didnt seem to mention unless I missed it that I found elsewhere, the M8 has a faster WiFi connectivitiy. the M8 has 802.11ac where the E8 does not.

Design definitely favors the E8, IMO. Lighter also which is good. Now, although that's a 13 megapixel camera, I wonder if it's actually better than the 4mp one on the M8. I know 13>4 but still.

You guys gonna post some comparison shots? I doubt HTC would stick a better shooter in what *should* be a lesser phone.

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I'll take the E8 better camera I'd rather have more pixels I never take pictures at night. If I do its with a DSLR not a phone.

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Seems to me the E8 is better. Same specs with the exception of a better camera. So what if it's plastic, I'll pretend it's a Samsung. Hahhaha

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I think the E8 looks nice, especially at the $450 price range. However, I still prefer the metal version and its 32 GB of storage. Plus, I use the IR blaster often.

I've been using the M8 since the day after release and love it. Wouldn't mind using the E8 for comparison. The polycarb looks great!

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I still have my M7 One and have been considering either going with the M8 or Galaxy S5 (wife has one already and love it). The E8 having the 13 mp camera might keep me with HTC. The one thing I love about my HTC is the FM tuner which I do not believe is available in the Galaxy phone. Gonna keep running my M7 for a while longer though as I am still thoroughly happy with it and don't need a new one. Just not happy with the pictures and purple hue.

Can I ask why you never sent your phone in to HTC to resolve the purple hue? It was a known defect. I sent mine in, when I had it, and the camera worked flawlessly thereafter.

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I like both am of em a lot ... The blue E8 is very similar to the 8X (I have a black one) and the M8's Aluminum body is gorgeous ... Especially the GunMetal Grey one & I don't mind the Duo Camera.

Which one will I buy ? Neither ... I lost interest in Android a while back. But I'll probably most likely buy a windowsphone version if they made one.

M8 might be the flagship but i payed cash for mine... The e8 seems like a better deal so I'll be selling the m8

moved from nexus 5 to HTCm8

You'll lose so much on the m8 though depreciation, it being used, you'd probably not have enough money after selling it to buy an e8 outright?

I still like the M8 more, considering you can get one for a similar price to the E8 on Swappa or other sites

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If you don't mind not having a TV remote, the plastic version is definitely the better phone. The 13mp camera is the the difference maker. That "ultra pixel" camera on the "premium" version is complete garbage...

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I like the back panel and curved edges of the E8 but not a fan of the front of either device. Boom Sound needs a redesign and so does the black trim around the screen.

Looking at the iPhone's battery size and its sales, you sir are spot on. HTC needs to learn from them if they want their phones to sell.

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Although I do like the Misty Grey color E8, I still wouldn't trade my M8 for it if given the chance. I much prefer the metal; after having three Nexus devices in a row made of plastic and glass, the metal of the M8 just feels and looks AMAZING. And I seriously have no issue with the 4mp "Ultrapixel" camera. I get great results with it, and I use the Ufocus feature a lot after the most recent HTC gallery update. But I'm the kind of person that plays with settings and angles for several minutes sometimes, regardless of what phone I have, and the M8 is no different or more difficult. But, it's always good to have options; so kudos to HTC!