The HTC One M8 is a premium smartphone, with a fully aluminum unibody, top notch specs and a premium price tag to match. But what if HTC were to release a version of the HTC One M8 with almost identical specs, but with a plastic body and reduced price tag to match? That’s what Engadget are reporting is going to happen with the HTC M8 Ace.
According to a ‘reliable source’, HTC will release the M8 Ace with a 5″ 1080P display and 2.5GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 801 processor packed into a plastic unibody shell. The design of the phone was leaked in red earlier this month by EvLeaks :
HTC M8 Ace pic.twitter.com/1KqrLA74Kp
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) April 8, 2014
Also missing from the ‘confirmed’ feature list are details on the camera, with the HTC M8 Ace not yet confirmed to carry the Duo Camera from the HTC One M8.
Although the premium feel of the HTC One (M8) is nice, it has its downsides, with the body getting a little slippery to hold at times and quite warm to the touch under certain conditions. But, a plastic chasis would certainly solve those issues quite quickly, with the added bonus that a cheaper material making up the shell of the phone would also reduce the overall retail price of the phone, with Chinese site TMTPost estimating the phone would cost ¥3,000 (Approximately AUD$518).
Would you purchase a plastic HTC M8 Ace or is the aluminium unibody the main drawcard of the HTC One?