HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2: Features and specifications comparison
Wednesday March 26, 2014, 10:00 AM
Last night HTC unveiled the One (M8) and almost immediately comparisons were being made with other flagship devices announced this year. One such device is the Sony Xperia Z2, which was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress earlier this year. With both the devices yet to be available in the stores, let’s take a look at how they stack up against each other.
HTC won a lot of plaudits for last year’s One and this year’s flagship too is already being praised for its beauty. The generous use of metal gives the device a very premium look and the rounded corners and curved back is very comfortable to hold.
Sony too has continued with its OmniBalance design language, which uses a mixture of glass and aluminum. But where the One (M8) is slightly heavier than its predecessor, the Xperia Z2 is slimmer than the Z1.
Both the devices flaunt full HD (1920×1080 pixels) displays, but what differentiates the two is the display size. Where the One (M8) has a 5-inch display, the Xperia Z2 has a bigger 5.2-inch display and this in turn has an effect on the pixel density (441ppi compared to 424ppi). This difference is but negligible and is not something that will be easily visible in day-to-day use.
There is plenty of power on offer as both the devices feature the same CPU (Snapdragon 801 quad-core), clockspeed (2.3GHz) and GPU (Adreno 330). The Xperia Z2 though has a bigger RAM (3GB) compared to the One (M8) (2GB).
On the storage front, HTC offers 16GB and 32GB variants, while Sony only offers a 16GB variant. Both the devices though have a microSD card slot to expand the memory to up to 128GB.
This is the one department that is likely to be the most discussed when comparing the two devices. Sony has gone with the 20.7-megapixel rear camera and a 2.2-megapixel front camera on the Xperia Z2, while HTC has gone for a dual camera setup at the back (4-UltraPixel, depth sensor) and a 5-megapixel selfie camera at the front.
The cameras on both the devices also offer different things. HTC’s Duo Camera allows users to click pictures with variable focus and also click a sort of 3D photo. Sony’s 20.7-megapixel camera, on the other hand, offers OIS capabilities and also supports 4K video recording.
Reviews of the HTC One (M8) suggest that the UltraPixel camera does not deliver great quality photos. The lack of OIS is a bit worrying as well. If the camera on the Xperia Z1 Compact is any indication of what Sony’s 20.7-megapixel camera module is capable of, we reckon the Xperia Z2′s camera is going to be a winner.
On paper, the 2,600mAh battery on the One (M8) pales in comparison to the 3,200mAh battery on the Xperia Z2. But HTC has included an extreme power saver mode, which enables the battery to survive up to a ridiculous two weeks.
The flagships run on Android 4.4.2 KitKat wrapped under their respective UI. However, unlike HTC’s Sense UI, which is a major layer on top of Android, Sony’s UI is a relatively lighter modification.
While up till now the smartphones are almost equally matched, Sony offers something extra which HTC doesn’t. The Xperia Z2 is IP67 certified, which in other words is water and dust resistant. This is something expected from all flagships and hence it is surprising to see HTC not offering the same.
HTC, meanwhile, has its camera refocus feature. The One (M8) is also integrated with FitBit’s fitness tracker, which will monitor the user’s activity constantly without having to go for a separate tracker band. It also supports TD-LTE on Indian bands and will work on Airtel 4G in Bangalore.
To conclude, on core features, the Sony Xperia Z2 holds an edge with a better camera, a much lighter UI skin and it being water and dust resistant. However, the HTC One (M8) has what we believe is the best industrial design to ever grace a smartphone.
|FEATURES||HTC ONE (M8)||SONY XPERIA Z2|
|DIMENSIONS||146.4×70.6×9.4 mm||146.8×73.3×8.2 mm|
|DISPLAY||5-inch 1080p (441ppi) with Corning Gorilla Glass 3||5.2-inch 1080p Triluminos 1080p (424ppi)|
|PROCESSOR||2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 quad-core||2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 quad-core|
|GPU||Adreno 330||Adreno 330|
|CAMERA (REAR/FRONT)||Duo-camera with 4-Ultrapixel primary with an additional depth sensor/5-megapixel front-facing camera||20.7-megapixel rear camera/2.2-megapixel front-facing camera|
|ANDROID OS||4.4.2 KitKat||4.4.2 KitKat|
|AVAILABILITY||April 2014||April 2014|