It’s been a few months since HTC unveiled the One (E8), a cheaper plastic version of its flagship metal phone. The E8 is already on sale in a few overseas markets and we even have a copy of the new handset in our office, but now it looks like the device is heading to the U.S. with a little help from Sprint.
The carrier shared a video on YouTube this morning revealing what appears to be the first commercial touting the E8’s arrival on American shores. We’re guessing Sprint didn’t mean to spill the beans so early, but at this point the damage is already done. Unfortunately, the short promo doesn’t actually reveal any specific details such as price or availability.
For those who need it, here’s a quick refresh on the HTC One (E8): it comes equipped with a 5-inch 1080p display, a Snapdragon 801 processor, a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing shooter, a 2600mAh battery, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage with microSD support if you need to add more space. It runs Android 4.4 with HTC’s Sense 6 software on top, but lacks some of the cool photo tricks you can do with the M8’s Duo Camera.
Hopefully today’s pre-mature announcement means the E8 will be available here in the U.S. in the very near future. The device currently costs CN¥2,799 unsubsidized in China (roughly $455 ) but it will likely come in at a lower on-contract price once it hits Sprint’s network.