Following the release of a flagship smartphone, we’re all too used to seeing a manufacturer release a number of spin-offs that have a bad habit of failing to live up to their potential – “mini” phones that make too many compromises when it comes to specs, and such. That’s what made HTC’s launch of the One E8 a couple months back so interesting: sure, it lost the One M8’s metal, trading that in for a plastic body, but it still performed just like its namesake, and even switching materials, kept the same general design. Really, the biggest limiting factors for the One E8, at least so far, have been the select markets where the phone’s available. Today we finally start hearing about some interest in the One E8 from a US carrier, as Sprint is caught posting a promo video for the phone.
We haven’t seen any formal announcement from Sprint, but with this One E8 video hitting the carrier’s YouTube channel yesterday, there’s little doubt that this is official. Now, we still don’t know when the phone might go up for sale at Sprint – and there’s always the possibility that this video went live far in advance of the carrier’s intended launch plans – nor do we have a good sense of pricing. Sprint has the One M8 for $200 on-contract, so maybe more like $100 for the E8?
And while next week’s August 19 HTC event will almost certainly introduce us to the Windows Phone One M8 Verizon should get, when we first saw those invites go out, we wondered if we might hear about increased availability for the One E8, too. The timing may just be a coincidence, but now we find ourselves revisiting that theory; next Tuesday could be a busy day for HTC, indeed.