HTC has just announced the HTC One M8 smartphone, which replaces the less-than-a-year-old HTC One with a larger and more powerful handset. But is the HTC One M8 any match for Samsung’s latest offering, the Samsung Galaxy S5?
Which of these high-end smartphones should the discerning consumer go for? Let’s break down the spec differences and take a look.
The most obvious change HTC has made is to increase the size of the display. Phones are getting bigger every year, and HTC clearly didn’t want to get left out of the trend. Building on the 4.7in screen of the HTC One by decking out its new smartphone with a 5in display, this is one spec the Taiwanese manufacturer isn’t intending to miss out on.
Fans hoping for a significant resolution upgrade will be disappointed, however – there’s no 4K or QHD to be found on the HTC One M8, with the resolution staying resolutely at 1,920 x 1,080 (1080p). Unfortunately, this translates into a lower level of pixel density, with 441PPI, rather than the 468 of the HTC One M8.
Compare this to the 5.1in screen on the Samsung Galaxy S5, and you get a very comparable pair of devices. What’s a few 0.1in between friends, anyway?
CPU, GPU and RAM
In a matter of months, a lot can change in the processor world, and this is reflected by the chip HTC has decided to place at the heart of the HTC One M8. Centre-stage is its Snapdragon 801 SoC, which runs at a respectable 2.3GHz. This chip, paired with 2GB of RAM, means the phone shouldn’t have any trouble smoothly running any app you throw at it. One thing to note: it isn’t 64-bit.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 has the same powerful quad-core Snapdragon 801 wrapped up inside, so it also takes heavyweight apps very much in its stride. The standard 2GB of RAM is also pretty future-proof, and fairly representative of most phones out there this year. Both the M8 and S5 pack the Adreno 330 GPU.
Size and weight
That larger screen on the HTC One M8 has in turn led to a larger, heavier body. At 146.4 x 70.6 x 9.4mm, it even towers over the Samsung Galaxy S5, which comes in at a whopping 142 x 72.5 x 8.1mm. The Galaxy S5’s 145g weight is nothing compared to the M8’s 160g.
More space in the larger body means room for a larger battery, and that’s exactly what HTC has included in the new One M8. It has a 2,600mAh juice pack, which should get you up to 20 hours of 3G talk time, according to HTC. Compare that to the Samsung Galaxy S5, which packs a hefty 2,800mAh battery, which promises an hour on top of that.
HTC attempted to break the camera-phone mould when it released the HTC One, introducing the world to its Ultrapixel lens, and proceeded to slap it on the mini and max variants of the handset as well. The main camera of the HTC One M8 has continued that tradition. Packed with not one, but two of that same Ultrapixel lens, the HTC One M8 can shoot in primitive 3D, and can refocus immediately after taking one photo to snap another one straightaway. Can it compete with the S5’s 16-megapixel whopper though? We’ll have to wait and see.
As for selfie fans, they’ll be pleased to know that the HTC One M8 packs an impressive 5-megapixel front-facing camera, compared to the Galaxy S5’s 2.1-megapixel self-snapper.
On the connectivity front, both phones are looking at an industry standard Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac band connectivity, with near-field communication (NFC), Bluetooth v.4.0 and 4G LTE. Not much between them here, but then there’s not much between any modern smartphone in these departments.
The new HTC One M8 will come in 16GB and 32GB models, both with microSD slots, so there’s no need to panic if you’re big on downloads. Samsung’s Galaxy S5 tells a similar story, coming in as 32GB and 64GB variants. Again, there is the option to expand this.
Read more HTC One M8 spec comparisons:
|HTC One M8||Samsung Galaxy S5|
|Resolution||1,920 x 1,080 pixels||1,920 x 1,080 pixels|
Processor and battery
|Family||Snapdragon 801||Exynos 6 / Snapdragon 805|
|CPU||Krait 400||Krait 400|
|GPU||Adreno 330||Adreno 330|
|Claimed 3G talk time||Up to 20h||Up to 21h|
Storage and memory
|Internal storage||16GB / 32GB||32GB / 64GB|
|Video||1080p||2160@30fps / 1080@60fps|
|Standard||4G LTE||4G LTE|
|Wi-Fi||802.11 a / b / g / n / ac||802.11 a / b / g / n / ac|
|Integrated wireless charging||No||Yes|
|Size||146.4 x 70.6 x 9.4mm||142 x 72.5 x 8.1mm|
|Operating System||Android 4.4 KitKat||Android 4.4 KitKat|
|Availability||26 March 2014||11 April 2014|