There’s a lot to like about HTC’s One M8, and despite a few choices that missed the mark by a smidge, the phone still comes through as a remarkably high-quality handset, quite worthy to take the crown as HTC’s current flagship. Much of the acclaim it’s received has been directed towards the premium metal construction, and we’ve even seen HTC disparage competitor Samsung over the perceived lesser quality of the plastic it uses to build its own smartphones. That’s what makes this next rumor so interesting, with claims that HTC is just about to introduce a plastic version of the One M8.
Word out of Taiwan is that a plastic M8 could launch as soon as next month. It doesn’t sound like we’re necessarily talking about the next Butterfly (though that may ultimately be the case, especially if we’re losing something in the translation here) or even a new Desire, but a phone that would be positioned directly as a more affordable alternative to the metal One M8 itself.
It’s unclear the full extent of the changes we’re looking at here, and this presumably would go beyond swapping metal for plastic to also change a few internal components. Maybe the Duo Camera wouldn’t make the cut? All we’ve heard is that this new plastic M8 would be “of different quality” than the phone we know today.
Our concerns about hardware downgrades are reinforced by the rumored price: what works out to a little under $500. Shaving $150 to $200 off the phone’s existing price tag may require a little more than just swapping in this plastic shell, but the full extent of possible changes currently eludes us.