Sprint taps HTC One E8 for smartphone lineup

Wireless carrier flaunts the HTC smartphone in a video but doesn't say how much it will cost or when it will launch.

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Sprint will soon have a new smartphone to offer customers.

The HTC One E8 is headed to Sprint's network at some point in the future, the carrier announced on YouTube Thursday. The video, which was removed Friday afternoon from Sprint's YouTube page, didn't provide many details on Sprint's plans for the handset, including when it will launch and how much it will cost. But the 46-second video did highlight some of the device's finer features.

The HTC One E8 was unveiled in June as an alternative to HTC's flagship smartphone the One M8. The device comes with a design that's similar to the One M8, but replaces that product's metal finish with a polycarbonate casing. When the One E8 was announced, HTC said it would be available in "limited markets."

The One E8 comes in a variety of colors, boasts a 5-inch Full HD display, and runs Google's Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system. It also has a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.

HTC's One E8 is a cheaper, budget-conscious alternative to One M8, which comes with a better camera, a nicer finish, and a higher price tag. The One M8 is available on Sprint for $200 with a two-year agreement, suggesting the One E8 may come with a lower price tag when it launches.

In addition to adding new devices to its lineup, new CEO Marcelo Claure said Thursday that Sprint, which is the third largest wireless provider in the US, will be cutting prices to compete with bigger rivals AT&T and Verizon Wireless, as well as the aggressive T-Mobile.

CNET has contacted Sprint to find out why the video was removed and for more details on the One E8 launch. We will update this story when we have more information.

Update, 3:55 p.m. PT: Notes that Sprint removed the HTC One E8 video from its YouTube page.

 

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