HTC One E8 Hands-on, Initial Impressions and Photo Gallery

by Chetan Bhawani 23

HTC One E8 Hands-on

Aiming the markets where the HTC One M8 seems extremely costly, HTC had launched the One E8 smartphone with a similar front look, but gave it a plastic body. This is more like the HTC One M7 that came in last year, and for the users from U.S., the Droid DNA too looked not really different from this.

Basically, what HTC has done is – try to have the same display, similar processor but there are compromises in the material used for the exterior, and with the camera as well. But did HTC make it look more cheaper than it is? The direct point here is about the back cover (on the white variant) that is susceptible to get scratches on the glossy body. With just a single day use, a few times placing the phone flat on different surfaces, slipping into the pockets, there are noticeable very thin lines on the white back cover and these are very much visible. Other than that, the design of HTC One E8 looks great, especially with the front part where the speakers make this look no different from the M8.

There’s a little notification light within the earpiece / speaker grill on the top, and just beside to that, is the sensor area as well as the front facing 5-megapixel camera. The bottom has the large stereo speaker, just like in the top, and these dual stereo speakers with the built-in amplifiers are said to be good enough to make you ditch your little external speakers, and for the initial check, it seemed like the audio output was exceptional with a good balance of bass with no distortion on the maximum output.

The front camera comes with no compromise, as the 5-megapixel selfie shooter that was seen in the One M8 is the same we see here, and it is the rear camera where HTC has removed the UltraPixel and Duo camera, replacing that with a 13-megapixel BSI sensor. The difference is very clear, and the captures are not great when compared to the 4MP UltraPixel camera, that gave more light and some vivid shots, while the 13MP shooter in the E8 did fail to show itself any good when compared to the camera shots of flagship devices.

Software side, the HTC One E8 has the Android 4.4.2 with Sense 6 layered over it, and it is indeed one of the most colorful, vibrant and interesting interfaces with a lot of possibilities. There’s a plethora of apps already given in the device, but here, we won’t see this much of an issue as the storage isn’t limited to the 16 gig internal because you get to see a MicroSD card storage expansion to 128GB. The pre-installed apps include the Google Play Services apps as well as Zoe, Fitbit, WeChat, HTC Backup, Kid Mode, Polaris Office 5, Scribble, Stocks and Car Mode apart from the standard tools that you see in the smartphones. Neat, well organized and still, allowing the user to make changes as they would want to, for the best experience.

For the initial impressions, the HTC One E8 is beautiful and except for a couple things, everything impresses me. Those couple of issues are worth mentioning as they could be somewhat a deal breaker for many – the back cover is ready to take scratches and show them off, and the top power button is not the easiest to press, and sometimes you don’t realize that you pressed it already.

The full review would be up after some thorough testing, and the focus would be on the performance and the camera, because the plastic body is anyways a factor why HTC priced this lesser than the M8, and it is the performance that has to be checked, to see if the phone is still worth a buy.

Chetan Bhawani

Chetan Bhawani is a dentist, a tech blogger and a passionate writer in the field of technology. He keeps himself connected to the web for the entire day, of course except when he's dozed off! Add +Chetan Bhawani on Google Plus for more!

  • Barbe Blanche

    Good alternative of the HTC One, it looks good

  • samir naik

    HTC One E8 rocks

    • yeah a huge step from the m8 but i like em both it just depends on your price range!!

    • Suraj Racharla

      Yes it is good news for people.who are planning this phone. The specs.are.decent the design is phenomenal and the price.is just perfect for this device!!! Well done HTC!!

  • Shanky Yadav Jungly

    Phone tells its story itself

    • Suraj Racharla

      Yes now that makes sense. The phones build quality tells you it is a Samsung and the specs tell you that it is a budjet friendly price!!

  • Nikhil Narkhede

    Phone is good . waiting for full review.

    • Suraj Racharla

      Phone radar is greatatwriting this reviews and I am expecting this one to be out of this world !!

  • The best thing that I liked about the smartphone is the support for 128 GB Micro SD card storage.

    • indeed! You dont get many devices accepting 128 gb cards and this one is! Scoop this up immediately!

    • Suraj Racharla

      Lol yes but imagine the cost of that as card. Its going to be expensive and honestly that as card will probaly cost more than my PHONE!!!

  • This is really rocking phone..

    • Shanky Yadav Jungly

      Too rocking.

    • i would love to rock with this rocking phone! Motorola really knows how to make a mid range smartphone!:):)

    • Suraj Racharla

      Yes . the design is really great on the phone and with the UI the phone is pretty decent!! Another well thought out budjet phone by HTC

  • Shanky Yadav Jungly

    Sometimes its home ui look same like sony ui but except this its a blast…

    • ive noticed that! the htc ense has some similarities to the xperia ui! They can be directly compared

      • Shanky Yadav

        that’s why I was saying but the same thing provided by them with them at high price so when it is compared to sony sony is the winner

    • Suraj Racharla

      Really ? I never thought it that way but yes both ui do look like they need some changes. Sony’s UI just inst working for me and HTC’s is too classic and looks to customized. For me touchwiz looks the best

  • Shanky Yadav Jungly

    Well its quite best

    • Suraj Racharla

      Yes it looks like from the specs. On terms of design it is also not that bad and it looks like a typical phone HTC would make

  • Joshua Akinsola

    great hi res pics of course. The black on white of this phone is one of my favrite designs. But especially since they are aware of proper speaker placement . But when it comes to ui, between touchwiz nexus htc sony and lg i lean torwards stock

  • Suraj Racharla

    photos looks great and very immpressive!!!. Is amzing to see this from HTC and nice to see ultra high resolution pics. The camera is amazing. BU tim terms of everything else i have to give credit to SAMSUNG LG AND APPLE AND ALSO SONY. They have a good camera and a good phone overall!!