Smartphone Wars! HTC One (M8) Vs Samsung Galaxy S5

HTC earlier today launched its much rumored flagship Android powered handset, the HTC One (M8). Building upon the widely appreciated design traits that the original HTC One bought to the table, the HTC One (M8) tries to raise the bar even further.

The phone, like its older sibling is a design masterpiece. And this time, it also has the killer hardware that would let it stand up up to any of its contemporaries.Speaking about contemporaries brings us to the all important, Samsung Galaxy S5. The Galaxy S series, on to its fifth generation device now has never failed to deliver for Samsung. The same is also likely to happen with the Galaxy S5, which people would continue to lap up in mind boggling numbers around the globe.

With the launch of the HTC One (M8), it is inevitable that these to stalwarts would be compared. Why then show we at The Inqusitr be left behind? Here is a pure spec by spec comparison of the HTC One (M8) and the Samsung Galaxy S5.

HTC ONE (m8) Samsung Galaxy S 5
Announced March, 2014 February 2014
Dimensions 146.4 x 70.6 x 9.4 mm 142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm
Weight 160 g (5.64 oz) 145 g (5.11 oz)
Sim Type Nano SIM Micro SIM
Networks GSM/HSDPA/LTE GSM/HSDPA/LTE
Display 5.0 inch, Super LCD 3, 1920*1080 pixels 5.1 inch Super AMOLED, 1920*1080 pixels
Gorilla Glass 3 Yes Yes
Memory 16/32 GB Plus memory card slot, 2GB RAM 16/32 GB Plus memory card slot, 2GB RAM
Camera (Main) Dual 4 MP, 2688х1520 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash 16 MP, 5312 x 2988 pixels, phase detection autofocus, LED flas
Camera (Secondary) 5 MP, 1080p@30fps, HDR 2 MP, 1080p@30fps
Video 1080p@30fps, 720p@60fps, HDR, stereo sound rec., video stabilization 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, HDR, video stabilization, dual-video rec.
OS Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat) Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8974AB Snapdragon 801

Quad-core 2.3 GHz (US/EMEA)/ 2.5 GHz (Asia, China) Krait 400

Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801

Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400

GPU Adreno 330 Adreno 330
Battery Non-removable,2600 mAh Removable 2800 mAH

Now that you have checked out the main specifications of both the handsets, here are our observations.

Processing power

The HTC One (M8) is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 chipset. This variant of the Snapdragon 801 is called the MSM8974AB and houses a processor inside it that runs at 2.3 Ghz with its quad cores. The Samsung Galaxy S5 too gets a similar chipset – but a slightly different variant,the MSM8974AC if you notice carefully. This chipset houses a slightly faster processor that runs at 2.5 Ghz – giving the S5 a tiny advantage on the performance index. Both the devices come with 2 GB RAM.

Displays

Both the handsets get full HD displays. While Samsung chose to go with its tried and tested AMOLED display, the HTC One (M8) boasts of a more sober Super LCD panel. The display on the Samsung is slightly larger at 5.1 inches compared to the 5.0 inches on the HTC One (M8).

Video Recording

Samsung also gets the advantage with its video recording with the device being able to capture 4k (2160p) videos at 30 fps. The HTC One on the other hand can only do full HD videos. The HTC One (M8) also misses the all important Optical Image Stabilization feature from the previous model.Sad.

HTC One M8 rear camera

Camera

Initial reviews of the HTC One Ultrapixel camera still aren’t that great. Also, the fact that it “only” captures a 4 megapixel image might not go down too well with the general populace who equate more megapixels to better picture quality. Samsung gets a 16 megapixel camera.

Software

Both the phone run Android 4.4.2 (Kitkat) – albeit with their own customized individual variants of the Sense UI and the Touchwiz UI for the HTC and Samsung, respectively. The Blinkfeed UI on the One has seen an update this time as well.

Sensors

While these have not been mentioned in the table above, the Galaxy S5 trumps the HTC One (M8) with its wide variety of sensors that make it to the specs sheet. The sensors you won’t see on HTC One (M8) would be the fingerprint scanner, barometer, temperature, humidity, gesture and the heart rate sensors. That is comprehensive!

htc one m8 front

Battery

The HTC One (M8), even with its larger and overall thickness, gets a slightly smaller battery – rated at 2600 mAH than the S5. The Samsung Galaxy S5 on the other hand gets a 2800 Mah battery – even with its new-found slimness.

We will take a detailed look at the HTC once we get hold of a review unit. In the meantime though, the device looks to be a beast of a phone that has the design and the specs going for it. While you might dislike it on certain grounds, and for it being slightly less potent than the S5, there is no denying the fact that the HTC One (M8) would be a great phone to buy this summer.

While the Samsung Galaxy S5 would only arrive by April 11, HTC has already started sales of the HTC One (M8) in the US through Verizon Wireless for $200 and a two-year contract. It will also be landing in other countries in the near future.