HTC One (E8) launched in India, priced at Rs 34,900

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As expected, HTC today launched the One (E8) in India at an event in New Delhi. This new smartphone is essentially an affordable variant of the company’s flagship One (M8). The One (E8) is priced at Rs 34,900 and will be available from the end of this month.

As far as specifications are concerned, the One (E8) flaunts a 5-inch 1080p (441ppi) with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection and is powered by 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor paired with Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of RAM. Also included is 16GB of internal storage that can be further expanded up to 128GB using a microSD card.

On the photography front, HTC has ditched the Duo Camera from the One (M8), and is offering a 13-megapixel rear camera instead. At the front though, HTC has kept things same with a 5-megapixel snapper.

The smartphone also features a 2,600mAh battery that the company claims is good enough for 20 hours of talktime and 496 hours on standby mode. Additionally, there is also a power saving mode, which shuts down all but the bare essential apps and services. This helps stretch the battery life to up to two weeks.

Connectivity options include dual nano-SIM card slot, LTE support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC and GPS. On the software front, it runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat, wrapped under HTC’s latest Sense 6.0 UI.

At this price point and with such specs, the One (E8) will be up against the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S5. Both the devices are similarly specced, with a 1080p display, 2GB of RAM, and both run on Android KitKat. The One (E8) is powered by a Snapdragon 801 quad-core SoC, while the Galaxy S5 is powered by an Exynos octa-core SoC. The Galaxy S5 also has better rear camera compared to the One (E8) — 16-megapixel to 13-megapixel. Buying decisions are also likely to be swayed by the pricing, with the HTC One (E8) priced at Rs 34,900, and the Samsung Galaxy S5 available on Indian e-commerce sites for approximately Rs 35,000.

FEATURES HTC ONE (E8) SAMSUNG GALAXY S5
DIMENSIONS 146.4×70.7×9.9mm 142.0×72.5×8.1 mm
WEIGHT 145 grams 145 grams
DISPLAY 5-inch 1080p (441ppi) with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 5.1-inch Super AMOLED 1080p (431ppi) with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
PROCESSOR 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 quad-core Exynos Octa-core
GPU Adreno 330 ARM Mali
RAM 2GB 2GB
CAMERA (REAR/FRONT) 13-megapixel/5-megapixel 16-megapixel/2.1-megapixel
BATTERY 2,600mAh 2,800mAh
ANDROID OS 4.4.2 KitKat 4.4.2 KitKat


  • rajnish

    costly…htc is fool.
    at this price note3 and s5 are better choice.

    • Jacky

      You’re a fool buddy. I agree that its costly but still S5 Exynos cannot compete with Snapdragon 801.Also dont forget that we dont get LTE with S5!!

      • shreyans

        and how do you use lte in india!!??

        • Mikail Salim

          Bangalore has LTE. Not sure about other cities though. But still, snapdragon trumps exynos anyday. Just wish the phone had an IR blaster, my s4 has spoiled me. :p

        • Devid

          If you’re planning on using the phone only in India, then sure, buy crappy Samsung phones that all look the same.

          At least, I’ll have the chance to pick up the E8 when I visit India in a few months.

          HTC should just release the E8 worldwide.

      • rajnish

        you r just a shit man…
        In india 3g is not available every where and u r talking about LTE.
        s5 Exynos is more than enough .HTC E8 should be price at maxm 31K.Then indian users will buy it.
        At a price tag of 35K ..one can buy note3 by affording 3000rs more.
        HTC cant record 2K videos also.

  • Gaurang Lakshane

    You had 1 job HTC. To launch the E8 at 27 k.
    No wonder you guys struggle for profits. Keep overpricing till you go bankrupt

    • VG

      So true man….You spoke exactly what i thought right now. Htc people are totally stupid. If anyone wants to shell out 35000 rupees for E8, wont he shell some extra money to buy M8 priced at around 42k. Fools.

    • Aman Antriya

      I don’t think we have to worry. If they are unable to sell, then automatically they will be forced to give it a price cut.. It’s only a matter of a month or so..

      Same thing happened with Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo..

  • Ajay

    How can people here expect phone to launch below 30k … Kindly read Indian tax laws which impose around 25% duty on these imported phones… HTC is keeping the same profit margin all over the world… Buy it tax free from other countries if u can…

    • superdry

      I believe that even though we can afford things but in our psych we are freeloaders which makes us cheap plonkers, you have nailed it perfectly !

    • carvy

      Actually the duty on imported finished electronic products like mobile phones was previously only around 4% as stipulated under the Information Technologies Agreement of 1997
      The previous government raised it to 6%
      http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Interim-Budget-2014-6-excise-duty-on-all-mobile-phones/articleshow/30560484.cms

      Even with the new budgets proposed today, mobile phones would likely have an import duty of only 10%, if they aren’t still exempt under ITA 1.
      http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/foreign-trade/budget-2014-arun-jaitley-imposes-tax-on-imports-of-telecom-it-products/articleshow/38142769.cms

      http://deity.gov.in/content/fiscal-policy

      Even at this rate, HTC could have well made the same profit by pricing at Rs30k compared to China release around Rs26k.
      When you consider that the Samsung Galaxy S5 is now available at a comparable price, and with the upcoming release of Xiaomi M3 as well as the flurry of other more economical budget phones like Moto G/X etc, you realize that HTC lost the entire competitive edge it had, and is stifling all the excitement generated from the initial news of its release last month.
      Every article touted the e8 as being an m8 at half the price. That’s why people were excited. That’s why people wanted this phone. Not at 4/5s the price. HTC most definitely saw the excitement around this phone, but they should have paid more attention as to why.
      They really did screw this up.

      • Chinmay

        Well Said Bro !

  • sam

    so costly…..under 30k is better….

  • Rahul

    Way too costly to be a cheaper option compared to the M8 which is available for around 43k. HTC should consider dropping dropping the price to around 30k if they want to compete.

  • HTCISAFOOL

    Good bye htc!! foolish htc

  • manoj

    very costly in indian market…….at this price you can find galaxy s5 in india…..

    • Mikail Salim

      True but this one is better featured than s5. Got way better speakers, dual sim, far better in looks and its got snapdragon.

      • Chinmay

        Its PRICE !! Thats the only reason ! I have ever since waited for this phone for its minor price(27K) to its top notch features ! And What did HTC do ? Priced it at 35K to fool us ! Just as Samsung trying to fool Indians by providing Exynos not snapdragon !

  • kasim

    Not worth buying one e8 if the price would have been under 30K HTC would have rock….HTC may not be able to gain profits like China and here they have to compromise the price to have a profitable quarter accross the globe

  • kasim

    Very costly it wont be a success in india guys stay back to samsung only either s5 or note 3 and if really want to wait for 2 months then note 4 is gng to be launched by 2sep…..awesome phone

  • Vaibhav Yadav

    at this price …..kiss my @ss ””HTC””

    u don’t deserve my attention !!!

  • Amar

    Xiaomi launcehs with same specs at 15K.
    HTC took wrong turn. Should have been 25 K

  • Mikail Salim

    Snapdragon 801 at this price sounds great.

  • survivor

    really HTC stands for highly tarined chutiyas in the industry of smartphones with these specifications any sensible guy can go for max upto 23k.above this range it will be a bullshit investment

  • Rony

    I just can’t believe the lack of knowledge of the people over here….They are comparing the CRAPPY chipset of galaxy s5 with the most powerful processor snapdragon 801. They are comparing the Mali T628 GPU of s5 with Adreno 330 of E8. They are comparing the Stereo speakers of E8 with the low quality speaker of s5.
    The snapdragon 801 chipset and Adreno 330 is present only in flagship devices of 2014 like HTC one m8, galaxy s5(Quadcore version),LG G3 and Xperia Z2.
    All the these phones are priced are priced at almost 45k.
    HTC just released a 4G capable phone with a unibody design and with the all the hardware found only in flagship devices at a price of 35k and you guys think that is OVERPRICED ?
    Do a bit of Research on Youtube and Google and you’ll find out the Exynos doesn’t stand a chance against Snapdragon. Especially the gaming performance and battery efficiency is way better on Snapdragon than on Exynos. All the games are optimized to run on Snaprdragon processor with Adreno GPU.
    The only pros of s5 over E8 is its camera and water resistance and these are the only major upgrades from s4. Fingerprint sensor & Heart rate sensor are just the marketing strategies of Samsung to attract more customers.
    The only cons of E8 according to me is the lack of an IR Blaster and 2600 mah battery

    • Chinmay

      Its PRICE !! Thats the only reason ! Its sold in China around 450$ and in India 575$ ! What About That ?? I have ever since waited for this phone for its minor price(27K) to its top notch features ! And What did HTC do ? Priced it at 35K to fool us ! Just as Samsung trying to fool Indians by providing Exynos not snapdragon ! Just Sick of these a**holes ! Gonna go for Xiaomi MI3 !

  • AndroidLover

    Actually compared to S5 HTC one E8 does not have any cons except the camera. 2600 Mah can last you more than S5′s 2800 Mah because of the optimisation in Sense 6. Any day Sense is better than touchwiz. My wife’s Note3 hangs and lags like hell. I am sure S5 with Exynos is no better than that. I do agree that the price should have been around 31-32 K and I am sure some of the eCommerce site will come to that price point soon and in that price range it is a beast.

  • Arnav Chowdhury

    Overpriced.. But have a look to die for.. Not for the conservative Indian Market.. I think the price will come down as better options are there in this price in Indian Market. Performance wise and specs wise it is very similar galaxy s5. The only plus is the looks of the phone and snapdragon.
    HTC is required to down the price in near future to give competition a watch.

  • Chinmay

    HTC ONE E8 at 34.9K !!! Its INSANE ! WTF !! It should have been less than 30K ! Damn you, HTC !

  • srinath varda

    I was waiting long to buy htc one e8 after seeing it launch in China for 27k. But now as they hiked the price I have no other option but to go for a phone that fits in my budget.

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