It seems that the success story of the One series pushed HTC to come up with some niche products based on the One M8. We now have at hand the standard HTC One M8 and the One M8 Eye.
Both phones have similar names and from the outside there isn’t much of a difference between the two but there is something that sets them apart. Let start by having a look at their specs and the hardware that both phones share.
One Glove Fits All… The Specs
HTC used the same CPU, RAM, video chip, display and battery for both phones. They use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset with its Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 CPU. In benchmarks the CPU managed to score 33632 points which is just below the Sony Xperia Z making it the world’s third most powerful smartphone.
They both use 2GB of RAM which is pretty much a standard these days for flagship devices. There are only a few models out there that come with 3GB but none of them are in the top 5 of the most powerful devices on the market.
Next in line we have the full HD display. The 5 inch panel packs a density of 441 ppi. It is not the highest but surely delivers crisp clear images, proper color saturation and good luminosity.
In terms of OS both phones run on Android KitKat 4.4. However the Lollipop update is coming for the One M8 series. Android 5.0 should bring some new features that will make the smartphone even more interesting. Needless to say the OS should drain the battery in about a day of moderate usage. The 2300mAh battery might seem a bit larger than usual but the high resolution screen will drain it faster than a 720p panel.
What Is Different?
While the two phones look and feel almost identical the differences that sets them apart are the cameras. The HTC One M8 comes with dual 4 megapixel cameras on the back that use the Ultra Pixel technology which is able to capture more light. This translates into state of the art photos even when shot at night. The frontal camera for the M8 uses a standard 5 MP sensor.
At the other end we have the One M8 Eye which uses a 13 megapixel camera on the back and a 13 megapixel camera on the front. It is pretty obvious that the M8 Eye is a niche product built for the ones that enjoy taking selfies.
Pricing And Availability
The HTC One M8 and One M8 Eye can be found with most major carriers. Their prices can vary but for a contract free version of M8 buyers should expect a price tag of little over $700. The HTC One M8 Eye can be found for about $650 which is just a bit cheaper than the M8. Both phones offer pretty much the same thing at almost the same price. When purchased along with a plan the price can drop as low as $100 but it can vary from one carrier to another. Both phones are available in all the major regions including the US, Europe and Asia.
So what do you think? Do you think one has come up better than the other or is there nothing in it? We know what we think…