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HTC's One M8 is a solid phone. It's packed with high-end specs, and has a high-end build to match. Of course, all that also equates to a high-end price tag. In an effort to build an equally powerful phone with a much smaller price, HTC swapped out the M8's aluminum body for a much subtler plastic frame. The result is the One E8, a much more affordable M8 trapped in plastic shell.

It looks like Sprint could be the first US carrier to offer the E8, judging by the above ad that seemingly hit the company's YouTube prematurely. This essentially confirms the device for The Now Network, though it hasn't officially made an announcement yet. There's a good chance that'll happen pretty soon.

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In the meantime, here's a reminder of what the E8 is packing under its hood:

  • 5-inch 1080p display
  • 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB storage with microSD card slot
  • 13MP rear shooter, 5MP front
  • 2,600mAh battery
  • Android 4.4.2
Cameron Summerson
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  • grizzlyjon83

    Kinda surprised they aren't slapping the Evo label on it.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Evo Brand is dead.

  • A895

    I'm genuinely curios as to why Sprint gets 3 HTC high end devices? Why not Verizon?

    • TheBlueF0x

      Why not AT&T too?

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

        And T-Mobile? Or Boost? How about some love for Tracfone?

        I WANT ALL THE PHONES ON ALL THE CARRIERS

        • monkeybutts

          Best carrier name I have ever found 420wireless. Donates 20% to help reform medical marijuana. Their rate plans are kind of butt though.

        • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

          ^ best comment ever, @cameronsummerson:disqus wins the tech internet today...

      • HalfnHalfCoffeeJelly

        AT&T gets enough exclusive phones: Amazon Fire and the Facebook one. Besides Verizon and AT&T both blow when it comes to updates anyways through their carrier "testing" phase. Plus I think Sprint has always had good terms with HTC in general since even before smart phones were a thing.

  • Tony Byatt

    It looks like a M8 and Nexus 5 offspring...

    Looks nice actually...

  • TheBlueF0x

    Ok AT&T, it's time to step up and give us this too!

  • Guest

    The E8 doesn't have an IR blaster like the M8 though.

  • Steve Freeman

    Wouldn't this also allow for better signal reception as well? Not that it matters as much on Sprint, I guess...

  • Replicant Jason Booth

    I honestly didn't see this coming... Very cool in the part of htc adding some diversity to the one lineup.

  • O’s Fan91

    Even with all the bezel, it's night and day how much even HTC's cheaper version of their flagship looks compared to Samsung.

  • monkeybutts

    I would love this phone if it were on any carrier other than sprint.

  • master94

    Sprint. Its DOA

  • JazzFreedoms

    It's not the M8...but it IS the M8's plastic cousin!

    • Nathaniel Marrufo

      Thank you, Jeremy

  • Blue Sun

    Why not toss Qi charging in to make it a bit more attractive?

  • Simon Liu

    My M7 decided to kill itself on the day the warranty expires. I thought only apple products and german luxury cars exploded the instant the warranty was up.

  • fnoji