HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy S5: What's the difference?
HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy S5: What's the difference?
HTC has announced the HTC One (M8), making it the third?major player in the Android space to
launch a much-anticipated flagship in recent months.
What were the other companies, you ask? Samsung and Sony. However, here we shall concentrate
on the biggest player in the market.
Samsung's Galaxy S5 is due to launch in April, and that means it'll directly take on the HTC One
(M8). If you're confused about which high-end Android smartphone?offers the best features,
software, and hardware specs - fear not. Pocket-lint has grabbed the spec?sheets for these two fine
handsets and compared every nook and cranny.
So, which phone has the bigger display, faster processor, lightest overlay and better camera, among
other things? Read on to find out...
The HTC One (M8), which will be available from today in the UK, features a 5-inch display with a
1920 x 1080-pixel resolution and 441ppi. The Samsung Galaxy S5, which will launch globally on 11
April, features a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED 1920 x 1080-pixel resolution and 430ppi. That means the
Samsung Galaxy S5 has slightly larger display but less pixel density than the HTC One (M8).
In other words: this round is too close to call.
The HTC One (M8) features a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset. It also has 2GB
of RAM. The Samsung Galaxy S5 features a 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
processor, which is considerably quicker in certain processes to its predecessor, as well as 2GB of
If simply looking at the spec?sheet, the Samsung Galaxy S5 should have the fastest processor. But
you never really know. Sometimes it can come down to proprietary software and the system. So,
you'll have to wait until Pocket-lint can test both phones side by side. This round is therefore a tie,
The HTC One (M8) features support for Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, 4G LTE, USB 2.0, and nano SIM.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 features support for Wi-Fi, NFC, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, and
IrLED. The latter smartphone obviously has more connectivity options, though it is missing nano
SIM. Still, if just looking at the hardware specs, the Samsung Galaxy S5 appears to win this round.
ures 16GB of on-board storage, a microSD card slot capable of up to 128GB, and 65GB of free
Google Drive space. The Samsung Galaxy S5 features 16GB and 32GB on-board storage variants,
with microSD support for cards up to 128GB, and 50GB of free cloud storage through Box for six
Speaking of freebies, those purchasing a Galaxy S5 will also get a free six month subscription to The
Wall Street Journal, a three-month LinkedIn Premium membership, a one-year subscription to
Bloomberg Businessweek, three months of Evernote Premium, premiums subscriptions to fitness
apps like Skimble and Map My Fitness, special PayPal Deals, and up to $10 in game credits for Cut
the Rope. In the US at least. More giveaway bundles are listed on the Galaxy S5 website.
Although the freebies shouldn't technically count in this round, the Samsung Galaxy S5 does offer
more in terms of on-board storage variants for US customers - we're still waiting to see if a similar
incentive comes to the UK. It is also unclear whether the UK will see the 32GB model. Moving on -
the HTC One (M8) doesn't come with a load of freebie deals, but it does offer a bit more free cloud
storage via Google Drive. This section is probably a draw, though we're leaning closer to the
Samsung Galaxy S5. So, the Samsung Galaxy S5 it is.
The HTC One (M8) features a 2,600mAh battery that is supposedly 40 per cent more efficient than
the first HTC One, which could last up to two days with core business use. The HTC One (M8) also
features Qualcomm Fast Charge, meaning it can reach 80 per cent charge in just an hour via the
charger cable that comes in the box.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 features a 2,800mAh battery. We'd have to test HTC's claims before we
confirm that the Samsung Galaxy S5 actually beats the HTC One (M8) in terms of battery life. But,
on paper, the Samsung Galaxy S5 looks like the better option. And we also suspect it features Fast
Charge. This round is therefore a draw, for now.
The HTC One (M8) features the same UltraPixel sensor (f2.0 aperture) found in the original HTC
One, though HTC said that the new Qualcomm image chip processes better images in all lighting
conditions. It also has a Duo Camera lens for depth perception only and 5-megapixel (f2.0 aperture)
The Samsung Galaxy S5 features a 16-megapixel sensor, 0.3 second capture speed, and Selective
Focus (which is kind of like the Lytro camera). The smartphone can also capture 4K Ultra HD video -
something the HTC One (M8) is incapable of - and has an HDR Live mode, so you can see how HDR
will look before you actually snap the picture.
We have to compare both phones out in the field for a proper test. It'll be interesting to examine the
HTC One (M8)'s Duo Camera lens?more thoroughly, but the 4K video recording alone makes us lean
towards Samsung at this time.
The HTC One (M8) features Android 4.4.2 KitKat and Sense 6.0. The Samsung Galaxy S5 features
Android 4.4.2 KitKat and a new version of TouchWiz.
This is another tricky round that doesn't have a clear-cut winner. Both phones boast the latest
versions of the Android operating systems, though they also have their manufacturer's custom
overlay. We'd have to examine and compare Sense 6.0 and TouchWiz to truly name a winner for this
round. And it could just come down to personal preference.
The HTC One (M8) features a machined aluminium rear that now wraps around the sides and
thinner walls. There will be three colours available at launch: gunmetal grey, arctic silver and amber
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is a plastic device essentially, with the same material used for the rear
casing as in previous years. The big positives are that it is dustproof and resistant in liquid down to a
metre in depth (grade IP67), and it'll be available in a range of colours (shimmery White, charcoal
Black, copper Gold and electric Blue).
While both phones are solid and colourful, the plastic of the SGS5 is definitely not as nice in the
hand or classy as the aluminium rear of the M8. However, the dust and waterproofing of the
Samsung device means that, for now, this round is a draw.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 technically beats the HTC One (M8), because it offers more feature options
in terms of connectivity, storage, and camera (4K video recording is compelling).
To be honest though, we'd have to review both handsets before we can recommend one smartphone
over the other. Sure, the Galaxy S5 totes more specs and flashy charms, but we all know real-world
performances can still vary greatly. What we also know is that HTC and Samsung have brought their
A-game this year, and both their devices seem well worth your money.
READ:?HTC One (M8) review