HTC could be set to follow Apple’s lead and introduce a cheaper plastic version of its One (M8) flagship smartphone, a Chinese report claims.
It has been suggested that a plastic M8 could appear as soon as next month, and will be joined later by updated versions of the One Mini and One Max, bringing HTC’s 2014 handset offering up to four.
Unlike the iPhone 5c, which has a plastic design and misses out on the iPhone 5s’ Touch ID fingerprint scanner, the plastic One (M8) is tipped to offer exactly the same set of features as the metal version which launched in London last month.
The report states that the metal M8 sells in China for 5,299 yuan, and claims the plastic model would sell for just 3,000 yuan, representing a significant price cut. Roughly translated into UK prices, this could point towards a SIM-free price of around £330 - this would be a very impressive price, given the apparent inclusion of a Full HD screen, quad-core processor and HTC’s innovative duo lens rear camera.
A plastic M8 would be a strange move for HTC, given the company’s focus on selling the phone as a premium, well designed and beautifully built device. But if Apple can do it with the iPhone, who are we to say HTC shouldn’t? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
Source: G for Games, via TMT Post (Chinese)
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