HTC wants to jump on the affordable plastic flagship trend by introducing a new smartphone called the M8 Ace, it's claimed.

Notable leakster @evleaks published a photo earlier this month of an HTC smartphone with a plastic unibody, and now Engadget is adding fuel to the rumour mill flames. It has claimed the M8 Ace will not only feature a plastic design over an aluminium design but also a 5-inch 1080p display and 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 system on a chip. Those specs match what Samsung currently offers in the Galaxy S5 smartphone.

This isn't just a plastic flagship device though. It's a low cost one too. Engadget said the Taiwanese company will make the M8 Ace affordable for consumers in an attempt to better rival competitors, meaning you'll finally be able buy a cheap-yet-powerful plastic Android phone from a manufacturer beyond Samsung.

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Keep in mind HTC hasn't officially confirmed the M8 Ace, and rumours haven't yet indicated an exact release date, availability, or price for the device. We've contacted HTC for a comment and will update if more information becomes available.