HTC One E8 Review

| Published Date
26 - Aug - 2014
| Last Updated
30 - Jul - 2016
 
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HTC One E8
The affordable and plastic version of the best looking Android smartphone, the HTC One E8 not only impresses on paper, but looks amazing as well. But is it as good as the original One M8?

HTC One E8 Rating 82100100

Our Verdict

At the price point, the HTC One E8 is the best looking and one of the most powerful smartphones. Despite the plastic body, it has an premium feel, combining that with high-end specs and a performance capability better than its metal brother, it seems like HTC has done well by making an affordable version of the One M8. 

PROS

  • Most affordable smartphone with the latest Snapdragon 801 SoC
  • Excellent performance and UI stability
  • Fast and effective camera
  • BoomSound speakers offer a great audio output

CONS

  • Both SIM card slots are nano

HTC One E8: Detailed Review

HTC has always done a good job when it comes to designing its smartphones and this was pretty evident when they made the One even better with the M8. Sadly though, HTC is lagging behind in the smartphone race and one of the reasons is pricing. For the longest time HTC has been launching its devices at a high price point. To conquer this, the Taiwanese company did recently launch some affordable smartphones and to give consumers the same experience of the One M8, it made an affordable version of the handset with a polycarbonate body.

The One E8 is about Rs. 10,000 less expensive and features the same hardware and software as the M8. But is it bold enough to be as desirable and as powerful? Here is our in depth review...

 

SPECIFICATIONS

-Display: 5 inches Super LCD3, 1920x1080 resolution with Gorilla Glass 3 (441ppi)
-Battery: 2600mAh
-Storage: 16GB
-Camera: 13MP rear with flash, 5MP front
-SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
-CPU: Quad-core 2.5 GHz
-GPU: Adreno 330
-RAM: 2GB
-Operating system: Android 4.4.2 with Sense 6
-Connectivity: 3G, Dual-SIM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB with OTG
 

BUILD AND DESIGN

The One E8 sheds the metal body and sports a polycarbonate uni-body design which feels top-notch. Now we got to review the dark grey version which comes with a matte rubberised finish. The white and red versions come with a glossy finish, so if you are not a fan of a glossy finish on the back like us, go for the grey or the blue version which also has the same non-slippery finish.



The E8 is light, slim and has a nice curve at the back making it sit nicely in your palm. The front houses the 5-inch full HD display which is as sharp and as responsive as the One M8. The touchscreen feels a bit too sensitive at times which leads to the accidental opening of apps when you are just holding the handset. Other than that the display is perfect, viewing angles are great and even the brightness and contrast is up to the mark. You also get the same 5MP camera above the display and two stereo speakers (with BoomSound technology) on the top and bottom of the touchscreen as on the M8.


The left edge houses a slot with a single tray for two nano-SIM cards, the right edge has another slot with a tray for the microSD card and the volume rocker which is flushed with the body making it almost invisible. The bottom has the microUSB port and the 3.5mm audio jack and the top has the power/sleep which is now in the center. At the back you can see the 13MP camera with an LED flash, and HTC logo and a tiny hole for the microphone. The power/lock key, the camera lens and the LED flash come with golden accents adding a little class with subtlety to the smartphone.

In terms of body and design, the E8 is quite a looker and we'll be honest, we felt the polycarbonate body is slightly better than metal as it seems to be less prone to scuffs, dents and scratches.

 

UI AND PERFORMANCE

The One E8 runs on Android 4.4.2 Kit Kat with Sense 6 UI on top. This is exactly the same as the M8 and the smartphone also comes with the same lockscreen gestures which were exclusive to the M8. So now you can just double tap to wake up the display, or swipe left or right to directly unlock the smartphone and open the homescreen or BlinkFeed.

You get all the HTC Sense goodies including BlinkFeed, Zoe, Kid mode, Car mode, an HTC backup tool, a battery saver mode and so on. HTC has also been generous with cloud storage as it offers 50GB of free space on Google Drive. The UI experience on the E8 is exactly the same as the M8, so if you were wondering whether you will miss any feature, the answer is no. HTC has done a good job in keeping the entire experience (apart from the design) exactly the same as the M8.

Running on a Snapdragon 801, the One E8 is one of the most powerful smartphones available in the market. You get 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage and you can further expand it via a microSD card. The performance capabilities of the smartphone is at par with most of the high end smartphones and we didn't notice any snags or issues while using the device.

Thanks to the hardware the handset manages to run every high-end game with ease. Games like Asphalt 8, Injustice, Dead Trigger 2, etc ran smoothly without working up a sweat. The device does heat up after extensive gameplay but it only happens once in a while.

In the benchmarks, the E8 proves to be slightly better than the M8 which means that HTC has tweaked the hardware a bit. Check out the scores below:


3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited

Antutu

Quadrant Standard

Smartbench 2012 (Productivity)

 

The HTC One E8 is a cracker of a smartphone when it comes to performance. Sporting the same specs as the M8, the E8 feels almost the same but in certain cases proves to be better.

 

CAMERA

HTC ditched the duo-camera system which was present on the M8 with a 13MP sensor. Now you don't get the refocusing feature but everything else is available including filters, post editing tools, manual control, as well as Zoe.

Picture quality is quite good although we think it could have been slightly better in certain areas. The shutter is super fast and the burst mode really impressed us. The focusing system is also impressive and manages to focus fast and effectively.

In bright and outdoor light conditions, pictures are excellent with sharp details and vivid colours. When you move indoors or in low light conditions, there is a slight graininess in the pictures. The colours also lose a bit of the contrast although it is still better than most of the smartphone cameras. Here are some sample shots:





In the video department you can shoot full HD videos which turn out to be quite good and even the audio quality is crystal clear.

 

CONCLUSION

Personally we liked the E8 better than the M8, it offers similar specs in a design that is as elegant and as simple as the metal version. At about Rs. 33,500, you also save close to Rs.10,000 when going for the E8 and if you like to keep your handset clean and scratchless, this will prove to be the better option.

As far as the performance goes, it is currently one of the most affordable handset with a Snapdragon 801 processor and it is definitely one of the smoothest and powerful handsets in its range. You can also consider the Sony Xperia Z1 and the Z1 Compact, Samsung Galaxy S5 or the Nexus 5 which are in the similar range.

Latest Forum discussions on HTC One E8

  • Htc one e8 vs samsung galaxy s5

    Hi, The SGS5 retails for around 35K and the E8 is supposed to retail for around the same price. Both phones have FHD displays with the latest processor tech, so the question is, which one should be bought ? Thoughts ? Cheers! AbhMkh

    1. Amjath14/07/2014
      E8 less bloat than sammy. 90 day guarantee for Android L from HTC
    2. Rish114/07/2014
      E8 eyes closed .. Camera on E8 will be really good than from the M8 plus you would get Snapdragon instead of exynos !!!
    3. Amjath14/07/2014
      [QUOTE=rish;2137607]E8 eyes closed .. Camera on E8 will be really good than from the M8 plus you would get [B]Snapdragon instead of exynos [/B]!!![/QUOTE] Yes thank you
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  • Is htc one e8 the best vfm phone currently ?

    Fastest Snapdragon 801 chipset(the 2.5 ghz variant), 2 GB RAM, FHD screen and all this 35K ! Not counting the Xaomi Mi3 because it has no credibility as yet.

    1. Ashs122/07/2014
      Yep.. Despite being plastic, the build quality is extremely nice . And good to see that they dumped the ultrapixel camera.
  • Which one should i buy - htc one e8 or lg nexus 5?

    Please suggest the phone which is overall better in terms of camera,battery,hardware than other.

    1. Tkin14/09/2014
      Answer these: [url]http://www.digit.in/forum/buying-advice/134349-questionnaire-mobile-phone-purchase-queries.html[/url]
    2. Ithehappy14/09/2014
      E8 . .
    3. Vyom14/09/2014
      HTC E8 was released 8 months after Nexus 5 and is ahead in specs in everything. For eg: HTC E8 have expandable storage, N5 not. HTC E8 have better processor than N5 and also a better battery. E8 have better camera than N5. BUT, if you consider prices of N5 16 GB, N5 32 GB and HTC E8, N5 16 GB seems to be more VFM at a difference of around 5.7K...
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  • Htc one e8 launched for rs 35,000 , htc desire 616 launched for rs 17,000

    HTC has launched two new smartphones in the Indian market. The first is the HTC One E8, a variant of the flagship One M8, and the second the Desire 616, a mid-range smartphone. The HTC One E8 is priced at ₹34,990 ($580) and the Desire 616 is priced at ₹16,900 ($280). The HTC One E8 is a slightly trimmed down variant of the HTC One...

    1. Sune11/07/2014
      That's really bad pricing by HTC. Considering that E8 is available for less than 30k in China, the price seems too steep.
    2. Rish111/07/2014
      [QUOTE=SunE;2136553]That's really bad pricing by HTC. Considering that E8 is available for less than 30k in China, the price seems too steep.[/QUOTE] thats a very good price .. don't compare it with chinese prices , all phones you buy here are much more cheaper in china the price is very good because Htc used to overprice their phones .. plus...
    3. Takemein11/07/2014
      [QUOTE=rish;2136558]thats a very good price .. don't compare it with chinese prices , all phones you buy here are much more cheaper in china the price is very good because Htc used to overprice their phones .. plus this one does not have that crappy ultrapixel and this removes one of the biggest negative point from M8 and is equally priced as...
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  • Htc one m8 vs htc one m8 eye

    Finally,after so much searching & waiting i have finalized these 2 models,but i need your help as which one too go for M8 or M8 eye.Also,in some website HTC one m8 is out of stock.Is production has been stopped or not? There is also some price diff.for M8 some selling for above 45k & some around 37-38k like mobilestore who is selling for 38k...

    1. Seamon21/12/2014
      Imo wait for HTC one Hima(successor to m8)

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