Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8): Features and specifications comparison
Wednesday March 26, 2014, 10:33 AM
The HTC One (M8) has debuted to raving reviews. Reviewers have raved about its design and most of its specifications barring the cameras are similar that of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Sony Xperia Z2. With Samsung’s Galaxy S5 unveiling slated for tomorrow in India, let’s take a look at how the two devices compare.
Design and form factor – The HTC One (M8) looks bold and beautiful with an all metal design with rounded edges and voluptuous curve on the back. The Samsung Galaxy S5, on the other hand, retains the same design language that has changed very little in the past three years. It dons the perforated-patterned plastic back cover. In terms of dimensions, the One is both thicker (146.4 x 70.6 x 9.4 mm) and heavier (160grams) than the Galaxy S5 which measures at 142.0×72.5×8.1 mm and weighs 145grams. However, if we were to compare the two, the HTC One (M8) wins our unanimous vote of being the sexiest smartphone in town.
Display – Both the smartphones comes with full HD displays with 1080p resolution, but the display on the One (M8) is slightly smaller at 5-inches than the 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display seen on the Galaxy S5. There’s not much separating the two on this front.
Hardware – Both the phones have Snapdragon 801 quad-core processors running at their hearts, though Samsung’s device still gets an edge here over the HTC’s flagship by ticking at a higher clock speed of 2.5GHz than the 2.3GHz on the latter. As far as RAM is concerned, both the devices bring 2GB of memory on-board. Again, not much to differentiate between the two.
Cameras – Let’s start with the Galaxy S5 here. The phone gets a 16-megapixel camera, which can record 4k (4096 × 2160 pixels) videos too. Samsung talks highly about the ability to ‘refocus’ photos after they are shot.
But it’s the HTC One (M8) that takes the ‘refocussing’ game to a different level altogether. The phone features Duo Camera set up on the back, which includes a 4-UltraPixel primary camera and a depth sensor placed right above it on the back of the phone. The primary UltraPixel camera takes the shot, while the depth sensor calculates depth of field, which eventually is put to use when the focus is altered by the user in post-processing. You can read more about how the Duo Camera works here.
In terms of the front-facing camera, the One (M8) clearly wins over the Galaxy S5 with a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with a BSI sensor and auto-focus than the 2.1-megapixel on the latter.
Having said that, reviews of the One (M8) suggest that the UltraPixel camera does not impress and photographs appear washed out and have excessive noise. This is similar to what we had experienced on the previous generation One and it seems that HTC has not been able to bring its UltaPixel camera at par with regular cameras with megapixels. Though we haven’t tested the camera of the Galaxy S5 extensively, we would give this round to Samsung.
Software – Both the phones run on Android 4.4.2 KitKat, but while Galaxy S5 comes with a lighter (and new) version of TouchWiz UI, the One (M8) boasts Sense 6.0 UI. While Samsung’s TouchWiz is now flatter and less taxing on the resources, HTC’s Sense 6.0 UI gets additional gesture based features. Eventually, It is a matter of personal comfort and we will call this round a tie.
Battery – In this department, the Galaxy S5’s 2,800mAh battery seems better than the 2,600mAh battery on the HTC One (M8). However, with an Extreme Power Saving mode the HTC’s device promises to run the smartphone for up to two weeks by enabling just the vital apps including Phone, Calendar, and Mail among a few others while keeping the rest inactivated.
Extras – The One (M8) comes with the TD-LTE networks connectivity in Band 40, which makes it more user-friendly than the Galaxy S5, which does not support LTE for Indian carriers. HTC also adds integration with FitBit where a user does not have to rely on a separate fitness tracking device.
Samsung’s Galaxy S5 too gets hardware additions like fingerprint scanner and heartbeat sensor and it too has its S Health app that does the same as what HTC has managed with FitBit. It also comes with protection against water and dust, which is missing on the HTC One (M8).
Both the HTC One (M8) and Samsung Galaxy S5 come with top-notch hardware.On the whole, the HTC still trumps where it always has, and that is the feel and look of the device. It’s neck to neck in terms of specifications and supports 4G LTE for Indian carriers. The Galaxy S5 edges past in the camera and overall add-ons, especially it being water and dust resistant. Eventually, however, a lot will also depend on how the two devices are priced in India, which hasn’t been revealed yet.