Jun 12, 2014
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This summer HTC is expanding its One smartphone line with a number of updates: A color refresh for the existing HTC One (M8) and two new phones: the HTC One (E8) and the HTC One mini 2.
First, available this week, the flagship M8 will come in two new colors for Verizon subscribers. Glamour red will be available online and in stores, and Amber Gold will be available online and in select locations.
Moving on to new devices, The HTC One (E8) is a fashion-forward variant of the One (M8). Consider it the M8’s fashionable sibling—boasting the same flagship specs in smartly designed polycarbonate casing.
The E8 runs on the same Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 801 processor as the M8, and internally it’s much the same beast. The only differences between the two is the E8’s added Dual SIM functionality, a 13 MP camera, as well as an added countdown timer and additional photo retouching features to help with taking the all-important selfies.
In terms of touch and feel, instead of the M8’s aluminum chassis the E8 opts for a polycarbonate unibody construction resulting in a gamut of new color options and more ergonomically-friendly dual-curve design—which HTC says fits the natural curves of the hand. Otherwise, the E8 has the same dimensions as its aluminum sibling, and weighs about half an ounce less.
Adding to its premium feel, HTC integrated coloring into the polycarbonate manufacturing process (instead of simply painting over a plastic base) which should keep the phone’s color true despite scratches and daily use. The colored polycarbonate comes in three glossy finishes—Electric Crimson, Polar White, and Maldives Blues—as well as matte Misty Gray.
Following last year’s precedent, the HTC One mini 2 is a compact riff on the current flagship. The One mini 2 is driven by a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 processor. At 4.5 inches, its 720 x 1280 pixel display touts and impressive pixel density of 326ppi – higher than most miniature flagship devices.
The HTC One mini 2 has the same brushed aluminum back and build quality as the One (M8)—but with added subtle colored highlights along the edges of the handset. There’s even the choice of three colorways: Gunmetal Gray, Glacial Silver and Amber Gold.
Both the mini 2 and the E8 feature a 13MP rear-facing camera and feature a single LED flash as opposed to the M8’s dual. The front-facing 5MP camera is the same on all three devices. Revamped perks of the M8 that have made their way to the new phones include BoomSound dual-front speakers and the Zoe Highlights editing feature—which lets users stitch together photos, short video clips and music to create video compilations.
Storage-wise, each phone holds 16GB of internal memory, expandable with a microSD card. They all run Android 4.4 KitKat with HTC’s Sense 6.0 skin, complete with the BlinkFeed news and social aggregator.
The HTC One mini 2 and the HTC One (E8) are both available internationally, and could become available in the U.S. later this year. Pricing has yet to be released.