Report: HTC to release plastic-clad One M8 next month

If recent reports are to be believed, HTC may be shaping up to release a unique variant of their flagship One M8 smartphone with similar specs and an all-plastic construction.

HTC's One M8 is famed for its reliability and near-indestructibility, thanks to its all-aluminum construction. The downside of this, however, is the price: the HTC One M8 currently costs around 5,299 Yuan ($850 USD), which may be offputting to many potential buyers. HTC intends to solve this issue by releasing a version of their One M8 which is clad in plastic, instead of aluminum. According to Chinese site TMTPost, the HTC One M8's plastic variant will cost significantly less -- only around 3,000 Yuan ($482 USD).

While the HTC One M8's build quality is near-unrivaled, the rumored plastic variant is catered to those on a tight budget who may purchase from one of HTC's rivals, such as Samsung, instead of springing for a more expensive phone from HTC.

Those looking to get in on the plastic-clad One M8 can expect to see a release some time next month, and since the specifications are said to mostly remain the same, the only difference will be external. The HTC One M8's 2.3GHz Snapdragon processor and full-HD, 1080x1920p display will likely remain the same -- good news for anyone who is unwilling to sacrifice on performance.

Source: TMTPostImage via HTC

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Is it confirmed that the ~43% price drop is only due to the switch from metal to plastic casing, with everything else staying the same?

I'd love to see how they quantify the prices, considering the actual difference in the costs of materials & manufacturing to HTC won't be anything near as great as the retail price difference...

This will be a big flop. HTC just doesn't know how to price their lower end phones. This will be another iPhone 5c which no one wants. I hope they are smarter than this.

StandingInAlley said,
This will be a big flop. HTC just doesn't know how to price their lower end phones. This will be another iPhone 5c which no one wants. I hope they are smarter than this.

Ummm, you do realise that the plastic variant will be half the price - huge difference when compared to the crappy price difference between the 5s and 5c.