HTC One E8

The HTC one E8 has officially launched in India with a price tag of Rs 34,900 (or $580). The device is an interesting Android smartphone since it's not made of metal, but polycarbonate. The One E8 (essentially a more affordable version of the One M8) will be available for purchase from the end of July and comes packing dual-SIM support.

To recap on the specifications, the HTC device is powered by a 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor, has 2GB RAM to power all your favorite apps, 16GB of internal storage for music and media files (with microSD expansion) and a 5-inch HD display with dual stereo speakers to boot. Oddly enough, HTC opted to replace the "UltraPixel" shooter on the M8 with a 13MP camera for the E8.

Software wise, the E8 runs Android 4.4 KitKat with the familiar Sense 6 UI. Four colored variants will be available: polar white, electric crimson, maldives blue and misty grey.

HTC Desire 616

As well as the One E8, HTC also launched the mid-range Desire 616 in India for Rs. 16,900 (or $280). The Desire 616 is available this week.

Source: IndiaTimes; thanks to everyone who tipped us!

 

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Polycarbonate HTC One E8 launches in India alongside the affordable Desire 616

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Desire 616 is a joke just like samsungs cheap phone. Motorola gets it.. Moto G and E is how a low end device should be

Call me crazy but isn't this suppose to be affordable? $600 is almost $100 more than the same phone in China. WTF Htc?!? So because of its success in China you decided to jack up the damn price. You can get an M8 for $650 off contract. I really don't understand the logic with these phone companies and resellers. When it doesn't work in my favour I hate demand/supply....

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Android central please stop with this stupid.... Dual stereo speakers.
Its stereo speakers,
Dual stereo makes it quadruple speakers understand.

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Make this available with the appropriate lte radios in the US and drop the price another $100 and you'd have a popular device. I love the sense ui, love the way the new HTC one looks, but I can't handle the 4 ultrapixel and I'd rather not pay the premium cost for the aluminum body...

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No, I prefer stock, but if not, I will use latest HTC Sense over Touchwiz any days, regardless of how fast the Samsung phone is.

In the US, the HTC E8 should be priced at $450 and it will sell very well. Unfortunately the E8 does not have Optical Image Stabilization (OIS); a requirement for me to upgrade from the up to date (M7).

The higher price in India may be the result of duty (import tax).

I'd like to see a comparison of GSM/LTE, WiFi and Bluetooth reception of this phone against the metal version. You should have better all-around reception when you are not enclosing your radios inside semi-Faraday cages. And, this would affirm the advantage of the non-metallic smartphones.
I dislike cheap plastic as much as most people, but you must be aware of the price that you pay when you choose form vs. function.