We have all heard the rumors that HTC is working on a variant of its latest flagship that offers the same specifications but in a plastic body. Today the company itself gives us an opportunity to look at it by unveiling the HTC One E8 on its website. Apparently that’s what the moniker is going to be in China, we’ve known the device as the HTC M8 Ace. It touts a plastic body but brings most of the specifications that debuted with HTC One M8.

This may truly be a Galaxy S5 competitor given that HTC can cut Samsung’s flagship on price. By using plastic the company reduces its production cost and can pass off those savings to customers. Since specifications are at par with this year’s M8 flagship its not like customers will have to compromise on performance.

Specifications listed on HTC’s website include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5GHz, Android 4.4 with Sense 6.0, 5 megapixel front camera, BoomSound front facing speakers and Motion Launch camera. It doesn’t have the Duo Camera that debuted with HTC One M8, instead it comes with a 13 megapixel rear shooter. 4G LTE compatibility is onboard as well.

While the website doesn’t list the display’s size its believed to be the same 5-inch full HD panel found on this year’s HTC flagship. Price hasn’t been revealed as yet. The company will have to competitively price it to ensure that its able to take on rivals from other Chinese manufacturers. A formal announcement is expected next week and maybe HTC will even tell us if this is going to make its way to other markets.

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