Samsung Galaxy S5 and The HTC One M8 are now official and are poised among the 2014 flagship devices to watch. One key similarity between the two devices is that they both take considerable inspiration from their predecessors, but notably in different ways.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 maintains many specs formerly seen on the Galaxy S4, such as a 1080p display, 2GB RAM and 16GB/32GB internal storage options. But Samsung beefs up the Galaxy S5 camera to 16 mega-pixels, much like it did with the 13-megapixel camera on the Galaxy S4. The HTC One M8 retains an exterior design similar to the original HTC One, but bumps the amount of metal used from 70 percent in the HTC One to 90 percent in the HTC One M8.
There is much more to the HTC One M8 and the Galaxy S5 than how they are similar to older flagships. Let’s compare the handsets to one another to see what the next generation of flagships has to offer.
Dimensions And External Design
HTC has especially been advertising the aluminum unibody on the HTC One M8, which it describes as much more premium than the “cheap plastic” build on the Galaxy S5. However, the all of the metal used on the HTC One M8 does make it a bit hefty at 160 grams in comparison to the 145 gram weight of the Galaxy S5 .
Both devices have already received accolades for their very different displays. The HTC One M8 features a 5-inch HD Super LCD3 display at 440ppi, while the Samsung Galaxy S5 features a 5.1-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display at 432ppi. The HTC One M8 display has already proved to be quite resilient in torture tests, and was able to endure a beating from a hammer, until the tool’s slimmer claw side finally cracked its screen. The Samsung Galaxy S5 display has been named as the “best performing smartphone display”.
The HTC One M8 and Samsung Galaxy S5 are quite similar inside. Both devices feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB RAM and 16GB and 32GB internal storage options with micro SD support up to 128GB. Despite running the same series of chipset, the Galaxy S5 gets a little bit of an advantage in that it features the MSM8974AC chip, which clocks in at 2.5GHz; the MSM8974AB chip in the HTC One M8 clocks in at 2.3GHz.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Vs The HTC One M8 Video Review
Both devices also run the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system, but each has its own user interface, HTC Sense and Samsung TouchWiz. Both UIs have opted for a more minimalist take on previous iterations.
The HTC One M8 one’s main camera is actually a “Duo Camera” configuration with a 4-megapixel lens and a 2-megapixel depth of field sensor. The second sensor collects distance and position information about a photo and uses that information to apply effects and filters. Both lens in the duo camera as well as the 5-megapixel front camera on the HTC One M8 “UltraPixel” sensors, which offer pixels 2.0 µm in size. Similar to the HTC One, the HTC says it aims to focus on the quality of the pixels not simply the amount of pixels.
Among the HTC One M8 camera effects are ‘unfocus,’ which provides detail to certain aspects of a photo while blurring out other aspects and ‘foregrounder’ which floods the background of a photo with various artistic effect while leaving the front most aspect of a photo unchanged. These effects in particular utilize the HTC One M8 duo camera. Other effects include ‘seasons,’ which makes rain, snow, or leaves fall along an imagine, ‘dimensions plus,’ which creates a fun house mirror effect by tilting and panning and images, and ‘touch up’ which allows users to make edits to faces in an image.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 features a 16-megapixel camera, which includes fast autofocus tech, selective focus and HDR rich tone. In particular, the camera features Phase Detection Auto Focus, which improves response time and the photography experience; Selective Focus, which allows users to control what is in focus in a shot; and Real-time HDR, which captures images just as they appear in preview.
The HTC One M8 features a 2,600 mAh Non-removable Li-Po battery, which provides up to 496 hours of power on standby with 3G enabled and up to 20 hours of talk time. The Samsung Galaxy S5 features a 2800 mAh Li-Ion battery, which provides up to 390 hours of power on standby and 21 hours of talk time.
With the HTC One M8 and the Samsung Galaxy S5 containing a lot of the same basic features, it could be difficult to determine, which is the preferable device by tech specs alone. Prospective customers will have to look toward other features such as the build, camera quality and flagship apps in order to determine which devices is right for them. Maybe a prospective customer is trying to look for a specific feature that their previous handset lacked. Maybe owners of a HTC or Samsung predecessor want to try something new. The HTC One M8 and the Samsung Galaxy S5 will largely cater to specific tastes.