When news broke that HTC’s One M8 was cited by many publications as Smartphone of the Year, we were curious to find out more about why it led the pack.

Aside from its sleek aluminium unibody, the HTC One M8 innovatively utilizes a dot matrix, to display notifications and calls via a dotted screen case (HTC Dot View case priced at S$59), so you can receive notifications discreetly without needing to uncover the case. That, and its sharp imaging via a 4.7in full HD display, as well as BlinkFeed (a news and social media aggregator), make it almost second to none. Photos came out beautifully too, with its Ultrapixel camera. Launched at S$998 (latest price, around S$830) without contract, owning the HTC One M8 might be a prohibitively costly for some.

This is where the HTC One E8 comes in to save the day. One-third cheaper than its sister phone, the HTC One E8 was first launched in China and was snapped up in minutes.

All of the flagship features in the HTC One M8 are still present in the HTC One E8, save for 2 minor genome changes: Its exterior and back camera. Something’s gotta give for a lower price, it’s only fair. The HTC One M8’s aluminium unibody is replaced with a polycarbonate exterior, and we actually prefer it this way. Our favourite of the 3 colours, matte gray, has a nice tactile, non-slip quality to it.

HTC One M8’s dual camera function is replaced with a single 13 Megapixel camera, and that’s fine for us, as the pictures taken with the phone are still very much Instagram worthy.

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Priced at S$658 (without contract), the HTC One (E8) comes in three colors: polar white, electric crimson (glossy finish) and misty gray (matte finish).

The HTC One E8 will be available in Singapore from this Saturday, 26 July 2014.  All 3 colours will be available at StarHub and M1 whereas SingTel will only stock polar white and electric crimson.

Courtesy of the generous folks at HTC, we are giving away a set here. Contest ends on 1 Dec 2014, all the best!

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