HTC’s One M9 has just gone up for sale, giving Android fans their first opportunity to get their hands on this brand-new flagship. But for as attractive as high-end phones like the One M9 are, their sticker prices can turn away buyers looking for a solid smartphone experience without blowing all their disposable income. HTC’s aware of this, and still wants to make new One-series hardware available to even those of us who don’t want to sink a ton of cash on a new phone. To that end, today the company’s announcing the affordable One M8s for smartphone shoppers in Europe.
You can think of the One M8s as last year’s One M8 on a budget: it’s still got a five-inch 1080p screen and roughly the same dimensions as the One M8, as well as an all-metal body. But HTC’s making some changes within that allow it to release the One M8s for quite a bit less.
For instance, the One M8s runs a Snapdragon 615 SoC, in comparison to the One M8’s 801. It loses the rear UltraPixel camera in favor of a 13MP shooter, though still one in a Duo Camera arrangement. Up front, you’ll find the return of a 5MP sensor. Truthfully, there aren’t a lot of cuts: we get the same 16GB storage (with microSD expansion), same 2GB of RAM – really, the SoC change is the big sacrifice here.
In some regards the One M8s even manages to outdo its namesake: the new model gets a 2840mAh battery, a small step up from the One M8’s 2600mAh component.
The One M8s will arrive running Android 5.0, with HTC Sense on top. Prices will vary based on nation, but HTC mentions about 380 GBP as an example of what the phone will fetch in the UK. That’s in contrast to the 550 GBP HTC currently charges for the One M8, or the 580 GBP the One M9 goes for.