The HTC One M8 is one of favourite smartphones, but its premium unibody aluminum design and cutting-edge specification means it costs a pretty penny at £549. Those who can't justify spending that amount of money on a smartphone will be pleased to hear a more affordable alternative is in the works.
The HTC One M8 Ace adopts a similar mantra to Apple's iPhone 5C because the metal design of One M8 is dropped in favour of a plastic design and the specification has been slightly towned-down in order to cut costs.
Official images of the smartphone have been leaked on Twitter (posted above) ahead the smartphones rumoured June 3rd launch. As you'd expect it adopts a very similar design to the HTC One M8 and the stereo BoomSound speakers seem to have been retained.
The 5-inch display from HTC's flagship is one thing that won't be sacrificed meaning it runs at the same 1080p resolution. While, it's also expected to be powered by the same Snapdragon 801 processor and will be available with either 16 or 32GB of onboard memory (with microSD support).
One thing that's rumoured to have been dropped is the Duo Camera, which is expected to be replaced by the 13 mega-pixel snapper featured in the HTC One Mini 2. Details about other changes remain scarse, but we'd expect things like the IR Blaster and the front-facing 5 mega-pixel snapper to be comprimised.
The price is expected to come in under $500 (£300) and that would make it viable alternative to both the fully-fledged HTC One M8 and the HTC One Mini 2.
HTC are also working on a more premium version of the HTC One M8, called the M8 Prime (pictured above), with a waterproof design, a QHD display and more power. Read more about the HTC One M8 Prime here.
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