As HTC prepares the launch the HTC One ‘Vogue Edition’ (E8), we ask if this smartphone on a budget is really worth the money?
Crikey, HTC have sure been busy as of late haven’t they? In the last few months the Android handset makers du jour released their flagship HTC One (M8) handset which was a powerful and very considerable rival to the Samsung Galaxy S5 which was released a handful of weeks later. It seems that they aren’t done in their efforts to sell even more of their generally quite brilliant devices at (thankfully) much smaller costs either and their latest attempt at such is via the HTC One ‘Vogue Edition’ (E8) which was also rumoured to be called the HTC One (M8) Ace and is potentially set to launch worldwide in just a few weeks. But is it worth your consideration?
In short, absolutely. Any time I point out a phone’s similarities, particularly when said phones are made by the same company, that’s usually a bad thing but with the HTC One ‘Vogue Edition; (E8) being so similar to the HTC One (M8) that launched earlier this year, that’s surprisingly not a bad thing whatsoever. In fact, it’s actually very good for both you and me (and any other potential buyer) as its specs are near identical to the former albeit for around half the cost. Both phones have 2GB of RAM on 2.5Ghz/2.3Ghz Snapdragon quad-core processors (you’ll get 2.5Ghz in China, handsets sold in other regions will get the still incredible speedy 2.3Ghz effort) and display things in wonderful 1080p HD on 5-inch 1,920 x 1,080 (441 ppi) screens. The only noticeable downgrades when it comes to the Vogue Edition is that it’s only available with 16GB of internal storage it has a 13 megapixel camera on its rear instead of a 4 Ultrapixel one (but honestly, it’s unlikely that you’ll notice too much of a downgrade) and the Vogue Edition is also rather unfortunately plastic but it’s still a fantastic option.
And that, like the majority of our purchases, comes down to the price. Off the bat, with no deals or grandiose offers the HTC One’ Vogue Edition’ (E8) will cost you just $450 which is almost half that of the HTC One (M8) or the Samsung Galaxy S5 so while I wouldn’t want to sway your purchase (it’s important to do your research before you buy after all) the Vogue Edition’s specs are those that most can live without so if I were you, I’d definitely save a few pennies and buy the cheaper handset.
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