HTC M8 Ace will pair flagship specs with plastic body to take on the Samsung Galaxy S5
Once again, HTC is rumored to be working on a plastic version of its One M8 flagship smartphone. A couple of weeks ago we first heard about this possibility, and now it’s seeming more and more likely that it actually is going to happen.
A purportedly reliable source told Engadget that the handset codenamed M8 Ace will come with a plastic unibody construction, replacing the One M8’s metal unibody. The M8 Ace will also sport a 5-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen, as well as a 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, just like the Samsung Galaxy S5.
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That’s because Samsung’s latest flagship will be the M8 Ace’s main competitor, as you might imagine. Though the new HTC device is said to be much more affordable. In fact, it could be sold in China for around 3,000 Yuan, which is about $479 or €346 at the current exchange rates.
Of course this hasn’t been confirmed yet, so while HTC may be working on some kind of a plastic variation of the One M8, whether it will be a huge threat to the Galaxy S5 remains to be seen.
And there’s a small issue with the theory you just read above. Namely – why would HTC use the 2.3 GHz version of the Snapdragon 801 processor from Qualcomm for its “full price” metal-clad flagship, the One M8, and yet choose the higher clocked, better performing (if only marginally) chip for a handset that will be much cheaper? That doesn’t make much sense. If this M8 Ace is real and does match the Galaxy S5’s specs, and if it’s going to be a lot more affordable than the One M8 too – well, then the only people still buying HTC’s One M8 after the M8 Ace’s announcement will be die-hard metal lovers.
And that is sure to hurt the company’s bottom line, since clearly it would be making more money on the more expensive One M8. So here’s one more reason why this sounds, well… not perfectly thought out by HTC.
Obviously though, stranger things have happened in the mobile world over the years, so don’t discard this possibility yet. But don’t take it for granted either. Stay tuned and we’ll let you know when we get more information.