HTC One E8

  • Overall Rating

  • Performance

  • Features

  • Price

Price: ₹ Rs. 34,490 (16 GB)

Key Specs

    5-inch Super LCD Full HD (1920x1080) display, 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU, 2GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera, Android 4.4.2 with Sense 6, 2600 mAh battery

Pros: Power packed performance, sharp display, stable user interface, dual- GSM support, sturdy design

Cons: Rubberised layer on the back gets easily rubbed off, both sim slots supports Nano sim, wrong positioning of power button, camera performance is not consistent

Bottomline: HTC’s solution to pricey One M8 is appreciable sans the metallic finish and ultrapixel camera as E8 does not compromise on performance. If you want a reliable and feature packed flagship at a justified price, go for it.

HTC One M8 is one of the most desirable smarphones. But the pricing makes it difficult for masses to get hold on to it.

E8 solves this problem

Uncompromised performance: The specs sheet of HTC One E8 is at par with all other flagships. The 5” super LCD 3 full HD screen offers solid 441ppi resolution and is brilliantly sharp.

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The blacks are deeper when compared to other LCD screens in the market and color reproduction is also natural (unlike Samsung GS 4 & 5’s AMOLED panel’s over-saturated colours). Watching full HD videos, playing 3D games and reading text on E8 is a joy.

The loud and clear boom speakers at the front are enough to outclass any other offering in the market.

Throw any task at the phone and its 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor will not. The phone handles each and every task without working up a sweat. Complementing the SoC is a generous helping of 2GB RAM which reserves enough memory for carrying out multitasking without any hassles.

To check the graphical performance of Adreno 330 GPU installed on the device, we played Asphalt 8, Dead trigger 2 and Real racing 3 and E8 showed no signs of snags.

It ships with the same Sense 6 UI as seen on M8. So you get all the stuff such as Kid mode, Motion launch, HTC Blinkfeed, etc.

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To cut the price, HTC replaced the 4MP Ultra-pixel camera with a 13MP rear shooter. However, all the software tweaks found in M8 such as view finder, HDR, effects and the innovative Zoe are still intact. However, the camera does not complement other performance aspects of the phone.

Though it is really fast and quick, delivers excellent day-light shots but it has low contrast and blurriness. HDR effect is also not so effective. The camera fails to impress in low-light conditions. However, the 5 MP front camera works well.

The call quality on HTC E8 is quite good.

Elegant design and long battery life: HTC is doing very well since its first HTC One device (M7). The curve design and edge-to-edge display looks classy, but some real estate is utilised by on-screen navigation buttons.

The volume rockers, sim card and micro-SD card slots are cleverly veiled on either sides.

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However, HTC has messed up the positioning of power button which rests at the middle of the top. It’s hard to reach but the double tap on the  screen to unlock the device cleverly solves the problem.

Another disappointment is the matt layer on the back cover that washes off with time.

The phone is available in a variety of colors.63201432529PM_635_htc_one_e8

The phone has a 2600 mAh battery unit that lasted for a day on a single charge with a fair usage of social networking apps, browsing, music playback and some gaming. We recorded a video playback time of 6 hours and 10 minutes at full screen brightness on Wi-Fi.

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The benchmark scores of HTC One E8

 

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