People tired of plastic phones love the HTC One because of its beautiful aluminum design; it’s essentially the anti-Samsung in the Android market. But HTC may take a page out of Samsung’s book in an effort to cater to the entry level market. Sources speaking to TMTPost claim HTC is considering the idea of releasing a plastic M8 in an effort to reach a wider consumer base. Why compromise one of the device’s best characteristics? Price.
According to the report, the plastic M8 could potentially be offered, specs in tact, for $450 off-contract, compared to the nearly $700 price tag you’d have to pay for the aluminum version. Not everyone is crazy about the M8’s metal design, which is in stark contrast to the recently released Galaxy S5. But if you still prefer HTC’s excellent take on Sense, then you can get an M8 without the more premium chassis.
The rumor seems to have originated out of left field, so definitely take this one with a grain of salt. You have to remember that Apple pulled a similar move last year, putting the specs of an iPhone 5 into the iPhone 5c. HTC apparently sees the plastic M8 as essentially the same device, but of “different quality.” Seeing as the HTC One (M8) just came out, we’re not so sure we’ll see any big announcements soon. Also, the Desire 816 is supposed to fill that mid-range void. We’ll keep our eyes peeled for any news related to the mysterious plastic M8.