New HTC One E8 is an M8 in disguise, still manages to look fantastic in plastic

HTC isn’t happy with only offering the One Mini 2 to customers who don’t want to burn through their savings to pick up a One M8, so it has launched the One E8, a smartphone which sits somewhere in-between the two most recent HTC releases. It shares many of the M8’s main features, but wraps them all up in a curvy polycarbonate body.

That’s right, this is the phone previously known as the M8 Ace, and is also the curvy device HTC teased us about on Twitter. Which features have been carried over from the One M8? The screen is the same 5-inch, 1080p panel fitted to the flagship phone, and a Snapdragon 801 processor will run the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system. HTC Sense 6 will be installed over the top, and the Motion Launch gesture control system will be included too.

The One M8’s Duo Camera hasn’t made the cut, and instead the One E8 has a 13-megapixel rear camera. Around the front, a wide-angle, 5-megapixel camera takes care of your selfies, and a pair of BoomSound-powered speakers sit above and below the touchscreen. HTC says the One M8 has a “Dual Curve” design, and promises it’ll feel great in your hand. It’ll come in four different colors, Electric Crimson, Polar White, Maldives Blue, and Misty Grey. 

Finishing off the One E8’s spec sheet are features including 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, a MicroSD card slot, a 2600mAh battery, and in some countries, dual-SIM support too. The One E8 will also get its own Dot Case, just like the one available for the One M8. 

HTC hasn’t said where and exactly when the One E8 will launch, other than in selected markets sometime over the coming month. The all-important price isn’t confirmed either, but it’ll need to be substantially less than the M8 if HTC wants to tempt people away from its gorgeous aluminum smartphone.