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HTC One M8 vs. HTC One E8 – Comparison of Display, Specs, Camera and Configuration

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The HTC One M8 and the HTC One E8 are among the smartphones released by HTC in 2014 for its smartphone lovers.

While the former was launched in March, the latter made its debut a couple of months later in June. Not only do the smartphones have matching names, most of their features are alike. So, why did the manufacturer go around making two identical devices? Let us check out what these two handsets have to offer even as they pit against each other. Incidentally, the HTC One E8 is often considered to be a cheaper alternative for those who cannot afford to buy the HTC One M8.

Design, Dimensions and Weight

The HTC One M8 is encased in a sturdy aluminum chassis while the HTC One E8 houses a polycarbonate body. There is just a wee little difference in the length and width of both the smartphones that is hardly noticeable. The thickness variation is also bare minimum with the E8 smartphone being slightly thicker. Needless to say, the aluminum body makes the M8 smartphone a reasonably heavy gadget. The HTC One M8 was initially released as a single SIM smartphone with later models launched to support two SIMs. The HTC One E8, on the other hand, launched into the market as a dual SIM smartphone. Both devices have rounded corners and have speakers, ports and sensors in exactly the same positions. However, while the power key is on the top right in the case of the M8, it is located on the top center in the E8.

Verdict: The HTC One M8 feels a little bulky in your pocket or hand. But, its metal body gives it a premium feel that the HTC One E8 fails to accomplish.

Screen Display

This is not going to be a reason why you should choose on handset over the other as both the devices are exactly identical in this regard. Each handset has a 5-inch screen with 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution and 441ppi pixel density. They also share the same Super LCD3 display technology. The screens are also designed using Corning Gorilla Glass 3 that makes them scratch resistant.

Camera

This is one area where HTC has decided to make a really major difference in the two gadgets. The HTC One M8 rear snapper is a 4-ultrapixel duo camera with dual LED flash as against the traditional 13MP rear shooter with LED flash. Apart from some common features shared by the rear cameras of most smartphones, the HTC One M8 camera also supports additional features like macro mode. While both rear camcorders record 1080p HD videos in MPEG format, the M8 also records 720p HD videos while allowing for HDR and video sharing. The front snappers in the HTC devices are exactly the same with 5MP and 1080p HD video capturing ability.

Verdict: The HTC One M8 has a secondary sensor that the HTC One E8 lacks. This sensor helps the M8 rear camera capture additional depth information about the shot captured. It also allows the photographer to make changes, such as changing the background or editing people to the shots already captured. Additionally, the HTC One M8 produces better shots in less than optimum lighting situations. However, the HTC One E8 camera produces more detail in its shots.

Hardware and Software 

This is another area where the smartphones are almost at par. Both the HTC handsets come with 2GB RAM, a quad-core Krait 400 processor, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset and an Adreno 330 graphics processor. Although some versions of the HTC One M8 are available with 32GB internal storage, the smartphone is widely sold as a 16GB device. The HTC One E8 is obtainable with 16GB internal storage. Memory cards can be used to boost the memory in both the gadgets up to 128GB.

The HTC devices come loaded with Android’s KitKat and HTC’s Sense 6 UI. It is worth noting that the operating system in the HTC One M8 can be upgraded to the current Lollipop operating system. In fact, some of the currently offered M8 devices come with this operating system preinstalled.