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HTC One E8 on Sprint getting the Android 6.0 update

HTC One E8

HTC One E8

#Sprint unveiled the #HTC #OneE8 a couple of years ago on its networks. While the carrier has been notoriously slow with regards to updates, there is some good news for users of the One E8. The company is now sending out the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for this budget offering from 2014. The smartphone might have taken a back seat on our minds, but the carrier is showing us that it hasn’t forgotten the One E8.

Coming from Lollipop, Marshmallow will seem like a massive upgrade for customers. Features like Google Now on Tap, improved handling of notifications and an overall refined version of Android (and the Sense UI) will greet the customers once the update is installed.

The carrier mentions that it will send out the update to all devices by August 29, so if you haven’t seen the update yet, there’s no need to panic. If you’re particularly impatient to get the update, you can try heading over to the Settings page to pull the OTA update manually.

Source: Sprint

Via: Phone Arena

Sprint’s HTC One E8 getting the Android Lollipop treatment

HTC One E8

HTC One E8

After sending out a factory reset protection related update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Sprint is now sending out another update, but for the HTC One E8 smartphone from last year. This update brings the massive Lollipop upgrade to the device, along with some neat user interface changes as well.

HTC has confirmed this on Twitter as well, with the update officially scheduled to begin today. But as is the nature with OTA updates, don’t be disheartened if you’re not seeing it on your device right away.

The update will introduce a couple of handy Lollipop based features such as lockscreen notifications, improved handling of the Quick Settings menu and some other subtle UI changes. As we’ve learnt from the likes of Samsung and LG, the update will not replicate the stock Android experience that you’re probably expecting. So don’t get your hopes up if you were expecting a complete UI makeover.

It’s excellent to see that the One E8 smartphone is getting an update to the latest version of Android while some flagship offerings from top OEMs are yet to receive the coveted Lollipop update.

Source: @moversi – Twitter

Sprint HTC One E8 And M8 Getting OTA Updates

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Both the HTC One M8 and the E8 are almost the same phone, aside from the cameras and slight other differences. So it seems normal that they would get updates at the same time. Today Sprint has released OTA updates for both devices with many new enhancements.

Both devices now have support for international Wi-Fi calling, so if you’re traveling abroad and make calls to US, Puerto Rico, or the Virgin Islands, there will be no charge. But if you’re calling another country, you’ll still have to pay the roaming rates.

There are also some other enhancements in tow for the GPS, ItsOn (Sprint’s services and billing app), accessibility, and security. The E8 also gets Sprint Zone improvements.

The current build number of the software for the M8 is 3.30.651.2 and the E8’s build number is 1.22.651.1. If you’re not seeing the OTA update on your phone, you can go check manually.

Source: Sprint (M8), Sprint (E8)

HTC One E8 finally up for grabs via Sprint

HTC One E8 Sprint

HTC One E8 Sprint

A couple of weeks ago, Sprint teased the arrival of the plastic sibling of the HTC One M8 known as the One E8. However, there was no clarity on when the handset will be officially available for purchase. That changes today as the carrier is now taking orders for the smartphone, with a price tag of $499.99 up front or $199.99 with a two year contract. The smartphone is also available through the carrier’s monthly installment plans at $20.84 per month for a period of two years.

The smartphone is very identical to the One M8 as far as inner hardware is concerned, but with a few distinguishing factors. The change that’s immediately noticeable is the plastic body in favor of metal to cut down material costs and also the weight to a great extent.

Also, there’s a solitary 13-megapixel camera on the back with none of the Duo Camera brouhaha. Barring that, the smartphone packs exactly the same feature set as the One M8 including the 5 inch 1080p display, the Snapdragon 801 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, Android 4.4.2 KitKat and a 2,600 mAh battery.

Customers can buy the smartphone through Sprint’s online or retail outlets immediately. Head over to Sprint’s listing from the link below if you’re interested in snatching one up.

Source: Sprint

Via: Phone Scoop

HTC One E8 Sells 50K Units In 15 Minutes

HTC may have another surprise hit product in its hands as its latest HTC One E8 device seems to catch the attention of the Chinese market. This device which was released earlier this month initially had 2 million reservations.  However, reserving a smartphone in China is quite different from actually purchasing it as no payment is made and there is no commitment to buy. Nevertheless, when the device got released it sold 50,000 units in just a span of 15 minutes.

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It appears that HTC can beat Xiaomi at its own game by copying its sales techniques. First, enough hype is created regarding the device which will generate a huge demand. Then when the release date arrives only a few units will be made available. This will almost instantly make the device sell out. The next batch of the device to be released will also become successful in terms of sales since those who missed purchasing it the first time around will make sure to get it.

Technical Specifications

  • OS: Android 4.4.2
  • Network: 2G (GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2), 3G (HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100), 4G (LTE)
  • Display: 5-inch Super LCD3, 1080 x 1920 pixels (441ppi)
  • Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8975AC Snapdragon 801
  • CPU: Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400
  • GPU: Adreno 330
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Internal Storage: 16GB
  • External Storage: microSD up to 128GB
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0
  • Rear Camera: 13MP
  • Front Camera: 5MP
  • Battery: Li-Po 2600 mAh

The HTC One E8 is the cheaper version of the company’s current flagship smartphone HTC One M8. One of the most notable differences of the E8 is that it loses the metal body in favor of a polycarbonate shell. This helps reduce the cost in manufacturing the device. While the M8 is available in Metal Grey, Arctic Silver and Amber Gold the E8 is available in Polar White, Electric Crimson, Maldives Blue and Misty Grey.

In terms of display the E8 still uses the same 5-inch Super LCD3, 1080 x 1920 pixel display as that of the M8. This means that consumers will be getting the same display quality as that of the flagship model. The processor, RAM, and internal storage of the E8 is also quite similar to that of the M8 so in performance tests both devices should come out with similar results.

One other difference that the E8 has over the M8 is in its choice of camera. This is where HTC has made a big savings as this model only uses a 13MP snapper.

via gforgames

Why is nobody talking about the game-changing HTC One (E8)?

When rumors of a possible plastic-made, low-cost but otherwise top-shelf HTC One M8 counterpart first cropped up, most of us laughed. No way could HTC afford shrinking their profit margins so drastically, we thought to ourselves.

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After all, build materials, no matter how “premium” or shoddy, make up merely a tiny piece of a smartphone’s overall bill of materials. Not to mention the BOM doesn’t account for the actual manufacturing costs and marketing, with the two sometimes doubling a gizmo’s base valuation.

Bottom line, it was really, really, reheheheally difficult to buy that HTC would just replace aluminum with plastic and cut M8’s retail price in half. It sounded way too good to be true, and more often than not, that makes a story, well, not true.

When fantasy meets reality

Yet one quiet, peaceful morning a couple of weeks back, the OEM’s Chinese arm dropped the bombshell. The One E8, aka M8 Ace, aka M8 Vogue Edition broke cover with surprisingly little fanfare. But rumor was we were looking at a China-only handheld, so even if HTC wanted to make a fuss about the launch, no one would listen. Well, except for folks over in the Middle Kingdom. Hope you know how lucky you are.

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The story’s twists however didn’t end there, so a second, slightly noisier announcement came, telling us to expect the E8 “globally” in “select markets” starting early June. Um, what? In “select global markets”? Isn’t that kind of a contradiction?

No matter, the important thing is this budget-conscious flagship is headed for certain non-Asian markets. Some European countries probably, and maybe even America. And what do you know, the pricing speculation was spot-on, as the MSRP over in China is around the equivalent of $450.

Meanwhile, the all-aluminum M8 costs roughly $850. So HTC basically did the impossible, lived up to a fantasy we never thought would become reality, and yet no one’s talking about the One E8. Not really.

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Sure, if you dig deep enough, you’ll find the occasional hands-on preview here and there. And pretty much everyone covered the breaking news about the international release last week. But where are the glitzy, expensive, high-concept promos and teasers? The hype-building opinion pieces? Yo tech bloggers, you’re always looking for the “next big thing”, so why not admit this could be it and let the entire world know?

Well, let’s take the matters of contention one by one.

HTC One E8 – a trailblazer like no other

First off, is the E8 truly a game-changing device? I mean, when it comes down to it, the 5 incher looks exactly like the original One M8, and the first-gen One before it, only chintzier. There’s no “hook” in its spec sheet, no unique software features, no hardware innovations. In a way, it feels right to ignore it.

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But let me ask you a question. How do you define mobile innovation in 2014? That’s a toughie, eh? And don’t even think about answering with fingerprint recognition or heart rate monitor BS. Nope, “true” octa-core chips, 64-bit architecture and 4 GB RAM aren’t satisfactory answers either.

Battery life breakthroughs? Now you’re talking, but I’m afraid everyone from Samsung to Apple is stuck in that particular department. Flexible displays? I’m with you there too, but we’re still a few good years away from real advancements.

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Which brings us to affordability. Bang for buck, if you will. Sure, it’s nowhere near as spectacular as what most of you have in mind when thinking “innovation”. But look around you. It’s all about saving a buck nowadays, and getting as much as possible for your expense.

And the E8 offers basically everything the Samsung Galaxy S5 does… at a fraction of the price. It’s that simple.

Boot Iron Man, stop living in the past, step it up, HTC

Look, I don’t mean to be melodramatic, but we’re living in an unfair world. A world that money makes it go round maybe more than ever. And where money brings more money, and more, and more. They say you have to spend to make, and HTC doesn’t have but a tiny fragment of Samsung or Apple’s dough to invest in marketing and advertising.

Iron Man

And the thing is marketing tends to be particularly scanty when there’s peanuts to make off selling a product like the E8. So you can understand why HTC is reluctant to aggressively promote the polycarbonate powerhouse.

Then again, at this point, gambles and long-term investments with high risks are the only chances HTC’s got to survive. Screw Tony Stark and Commissioner Gordon, no one’s going to buy a phone just because they say so.

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Instead, make your voice heard, HTC, and make it clear Samsung, Apple, LG, Sony, none of them have a high-end gizmo as spectacularly cheap as this thing. Buy TV publicity space, put up billboards, product placement, whatever it takes. Just don’t let the E8 go unnoticed, no matter the short-term financial losses. You’ll win ten times as much in the long haul if you pull it off.

What about the media?

Without pointing any fingers, I must say I’m terribly disappointed about One E8’s media reception so far. Granted, HTC isn’t helping its own cause, but isn’t it our duty as bloggers, journalists, “influencers”, whatever to send people on the right path?

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How long have we been complaining that high-end gadget prices are too damn high? Well, this is our chance to change all that, and instead of uniting to support HTC’s initiative, we give it the cold shoulder. Why? Because some of us have personal beef with the mobile phone maker, while others are hardcore Samsung enthusiasts. There, I said it.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I think there’s an avalanche of hateful comments to come, so I should probably enjoy my final moments of peace and quiet. By maybe replaying Engadget’s hands-on HTC One E8 preview. Who knows, maybe others will follow their suit after all and build the buzz the affordable 5 incher deserves.   

HTC Introduces The HTC One (E8), A Cheaper Version Of The M8

When HTC announced the HTC One (M8) there were reports circulating that the company would also introduce another variant of the device that costs cheaper yet retains most of its high end features. Now the company has officially announced the latest addition to the One family called the HTC One (E8). This new device is very similar to the M8 save for its use of a polycarbonate body and its dual-SIM option.

HTC One (E8)

HTC CEO Peter Chou said that “The HTC One (M8) sets a new smartphone standard and now we’re taking it in another exciting direction. Combining style and substance, the HTC One (E8) represents the incredible experience people expect from an HTC One device with a look and feel that’s unlike anything else out there today. If you’re looking for the best flagship smartphone experience, but want to stand out from the crowd, this is the phone for you.”

The first thing consumers will notice about this device is that its body isn’t made of the same premium metal material as the current flagship smartphone but instead uses a unibody plastic frame. It still retains the sleek design and appearance though and has the same 1080p 5 inch display.

Another difference of the E8 is that it uses a 13MP rear camera with a single LED flash while the M8 uses a dual 4MP camera with dual LED flash. Its front facing camera is the same at 5MP which makes the device ideal in taking those selfie shots.

The other features of the E8 are quite similar to the M8

  • Motion Launch: Allows a user to control the shortcuts of the device without turning the phone on. This allows a phone call to be answered simply by raising it to the ear or activating the camera simply by tapping on the volume rocker
  • HTC BoomSound: The dual front-facing stereo speakers provide an immersive audio experience that makes it best for watching movies or playing games.

This device also comes with its own unique set of features such as

  • Dual Curve Design: The device is designed to fits naturally in your hand in virtually any position.
  • Selfie Perfection: The 5MP front facing wide-angle camera has several feature that makes it best for taking selfies such as a countdown timer and a suite of editing software.
  • Dual SIM card holders: Able to access two networks at the same time

The HTC One (E8) will be initially launched in China and will come in four different colors which are Polar White, Electric Crimson, Maldives Blue, and Misty Gray. It is expected to cost CN¥2,799 or about $450. Its price is almost half that of the premium HTC One (M8) which should be able to gain the interest of people on a budget.

Technical Specifications

  • Dimensions: 146.42 x 70.67 x 9.85mm
  • Weight: 145g
  • Screen size: 5.0 inches
  • Screen resolution: 1,920 x 1,080 (441 ppi)
  • Screen type: S-LCD3 with Gorilla Glass 3
  • Battery: 2,600mAh (non-removable)
  • Internal storage: 16GB
  • External storage: MicroSD (up to 128GB)
  • Rear camera: 13MP, f/2.2
  • Front camera: 5MP, f/2.0, BSI, wide-angle lens
  • Video capture: 1080p
  • SoC: Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (2.5GHz in Asia/China; 2.3GHz in other regions); Adreno 330 GPU
  • RAM: 2GB
  • SIM slot: Dual Nano SIM
  • Operating system: Android 4.4.2, Sense 6.0

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Plastic HTC One (E8) Officially Debuts

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Rumors of a plastic HTC One M8 have persisted since as long as the M8 was released. Now that device is here, in the form of the HTC One E8.

The E8 is located on HTC’s Chinese site and looks to be the same device as the existing M8, but is plastic instead of aluminum. The E8 still has the Boomsound speakers, but lacks the Duo Camera of the M8.

There’s no word on when the E8 will come to the rest of the world, but it is nice to see HTC offer a cheaper option to consumers. Does this device appeal to you?

Source: HTC via 9to5Google