Funky metrics: HTC One (M8) has the fastest 46ms phone display touch response time so far
Now here's a metric that we bet didn't occur to you when using your phone or tablet in a daily basis - display touch response time. This is rarely, if ever, reported by manufacturers, unless they want to brag with it, and only sporadically mentioned in reviews, in those times when the screen fails to register touch quickly, to the point of annoyance.
Fortunately we have the first touch latency measure for a spring flagship now, taken on the HTC One (M8), and it's 46ms, fastest than all phones measured so far! To put this in perspective, out of the newer devices, the Note 3 clocks in at 67ms, the LG G2 at 110ms, and the Apple iPhone 5/5S register 75ms. Thus, in addition to a bright and vivid 1080p display, the HTC One (M8) seemingly offers very fast touch response times, too. We'll check back when the Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2 screens get measured to see who's boss in that department out of the three Android juggernauts for this spring. All devices are still far from the ideal 1-20ms touch latency that Microsoft Research recommends, but we are apparently getting there, and it should be a matter of time until our smartphones break that threshold, too.