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Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8): preliminary comparison

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8): preliminary comparison
If we had to make a list of the most highly anticipated smartphones right now, then the Samsung Galaxy S5 would probably stand right at the very top of it. The handset is expected to sell by the boatloads once it is released in April, landing in the pockets of both loyal Samsung followers and anyone looking for a capable high-end Android device. But the competition is definitely not going to just stand and watch. Samsung's latest and greatest Android phone will have to face a number of tough opponents on its way to commercial success, and one of the toughest among them will be the HTC One (M8).


Truth to be told, Samsung's last few Galaxy S flagships didn't really stand out much with their design particularities. Sure, they were remarkably thin and light, but overall, their glossy plasticky construction couldn't wow us. This time around, Samsung's designers have taken a slightly different approach by treating the Galaxy S5's back plate to a perforated dot pattern and a shimmering matte finish. As a result, the phone looks far more sophisticated than its predecessors despite its plastic build. Its surface feels nice to the touch without being too rough or too slippery. The HTC One (M8), however, is likely to score higher than the S5 in the design department. That's because HTC's new flagship adopts the critically acclaimed, all-metal construction of its predecessor, complemented by a brushed finish.

On the downside, the new HTC One will be slightly thicker and heavier than the Samsung Galaxy S5. The former has a thickness of 0.37 inches (9.35 millimeters) and weight of 5.64 oz (160 grams), while the latter is 0.32 inches (8.1 millimeters) thick and weighs 5.11 oz (145 grams).

Looks and proportions aside, the Samsung Galaxy S5 has a few tricks up its sleeve – tricks that the new HTC One won't have to offer, as far as we know. These include the S5's fingerprint sensor, which is embedded in its home key, and the heart rate sensor placed on the device's back. The former is used for unlocking the phone, as well as for restricting access to certain files stores on it, while the latter works in conjunction with the S Health app to monitor the user's activity during exercise. No less important is the fact that the Galaxy S5 is a water-resistant phone. Of course, the absence of these three perks in the new HTC flagship won't render it not worth buying, but they do add to the already long list of features that make the Galaxy S5 such an exceptional device.

On the other hand, the front of the HTC One (M8) will be graced by a pair of BoomSound speakers, which will deliver high-quality stereo sound. The Samsung Galaxy S5 has just one loudspeaker, which is placed on its back. This could potentially make the new HTC One more desired by those who often listen to music from their smartphone, as well as those who enjoy watching videos and playing games on their handset.


From the looks of it, smartphones sporting QHD displays are bound to go on sale before 2014 is out. In case you're wondering, 1440 by 2560 is the jaw-dropping pixel count behind this acronym. Both the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the new HTC One, however, come with 1080 by 1920-pixel displays. Should that bother anyone? Nope, absolutely not, since a 1080p smartphone screen is already detailed enough to produce more detail than our eyes can detect under normal usage conditions. Also, a higher-resolution display would have put more strain on these phones' hardware, which could potentially result in poorer performance and/or increased power consumption. That's why we're perfectly fine with Samsung and HTC launching flagships touting 1080p screens.

As far as size goes, the screens on the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the new HTC One (M8) should be almost equally large. For the record, the former has a slight advantage with its 5.1-inch display, even though the latter lags behind only by a hair, offering a screen of 5 inches. Pixel density figures are 432 and 441 ppi, respectively.

Now that we've gone over the similarities, it is time to highlight what could set the two screens apart. True to its traditions, Samsung has equipped the Galaxy S5 with a Super AMOLED display, which isn't that bad of a choice. People tend to like them for their vibrant colors and excellent viewing angles. HTC, on the other hand, is using a Super LCD 3 screen for its new One. The screen on last year's HTC One looked outstandingly, and guess what - we've already measured the One (M8)'s display, and it proved to be even better and more accurate! Overall, users will have to make a decision: whether to go for the more visually-stimulating colors of the Galaxy S5, or the punchy, but still true-to-life visuals of the One (M8).

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posted on 16 Mar 2014, 08:59 53

1. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

No chance for S5, but will sell more But we don't care.
HTC M8 all the way. and Z2

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 09:03 12

2. fouadqr (Posts: 326; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)

And soon 930 ; )

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 09:03 15

4. Galen20K (Posts: 544; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)

Completely agree with you, I'd much rather carry an m8 or Z2 over the GS5.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 09:08 23

8. MrKoles (Posts: 368; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)

Oh, wooow, I can't wait to see it!
Sure it will be absolutely revolutionary with the same brick-design and TILES!

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 09:13 14

17. koko1 (Posts: 103; Member since: 03 Dec 2013)

because of what ?? if u say the design, i say yes, both of them have a better design than s5, but all hands-on videos said that it looks good and feel great, so wait till it be on ur hand then judge !
and just think, will ur z2 have updates ? u saw the 2012 flagships are not getting kitkat neither do htc one x !!
and the ui ? htc ui is the worst ever, u need a launcher but still, the notification bar and sttings ui are bad !!
and we didnt talk about the software yet !!!

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 09:13 8

18. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

930 will shut haters mouth soon.
I can't wait for next Nokia flagship. and Nokia have surprise for us. Soon.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 09:18 22

25. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

if Bricks and tiles combine it turn in home. And icons and cheap plastic combine it turn in toy.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 09:19 7

26. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)

I agree I'm really sick and fed up with Samsungs plastic plastic phones, but honestly I love the specs that they use like: CPU and Gpu and Amoled features they use,

We was all hoping for a metal or aluminuim S5 this year

Big epic fail and a let down by Samsung S5 this year

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 09:20 16

27. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

Dude HTC one has great ui, it Looks fresh and clean. Fast fluid and smooth. I used HTC one. Upper than sense 5 is plus.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 09:23 4

31. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

What does that even mean?

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 09:24 17

35. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)

But the WP platform is a big letdown that no one will buy cause of WP being the OS, if it was Android or Meego, Maeemo, or Ubuntu it will regain Nokia the once a legend to be a legend in 2014

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 09:25 8

36. silencer271 (Posts: 254; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)

then dont buy it? You act like samsung has to do what you want. They really do not.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 09:26 10

38. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

Einstein's sarcasm is absolutely revolutionary. :P

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 09:28 2

39. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)

KitKat and 4.3 has no difference, KitKat was made to run Android smooth on 512 and 1 Gb Ram without lag, then again fault the mid and low powered CPU which struggles to push Android.

Android needs heavy resource of CPU and Gpu to push it's OS

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 09:30 10

42. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)

In business you listen to what your customer wants and needs not what you think and presume!

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 09:31 13

45. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)

In reply to the article:

The whole point of having onscreen buttons was that larger screen sizes could be fitted in smaller designs. However, HTC seems to have gone the other way. What is the point of having on-screen buttons if you are going to have a f**king bar below it? It's a total waste. Even if some special function in integrated into the f**king HTC Logo bar, they might as well have put capacitive buttons and save the screen space that will be taken up by onscreen buttons. No wonder HTC keeps failing. They are paying the fruits of not paying attention to small details like this.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 09:41 10

52. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

Have you not seen the HTC Advantage program? If you buy from their One lineup (One, One mini, One Max), you're guaranteed 2 years of Android updates, 50 GB of free cloud storage, and a free repair of a broken screen.

Also, HTC's UI is one of the best. It's based on preference, but it's widely more desirable than Touchwiz.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 09:45 1

56. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

Mid range phones shouldn't really struggle to push the OS anymore. Quad core Cortex A7 CPUs and a decent GPU should handle everything with no problem, except maybe some really intensive games.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 09:50

60. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)

That's why on the Exynos S4 with 4x4 A7 struggles and lags, finds it to hard to push and lags operating and doing anything

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 09:55

62. eq5555 (Posts: 64; Member since: 03 Dec 2013)

haters gona hate
See my 58 comment

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 09:59 1

63. Neo_Huang (Posts: 1067; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)

And if HTC physically couldn't have shrunk it down...then fail. Just fail.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 10:06 4

66. Astoni (Posts: 649; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)

I'd the 930 will be identical with the 920 but a little higer specs :p.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 10:22 3

72. MrKoles (Posts: 368; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)

Einstein simply doesn't care! :P He is eternal just as the universe, no earthy things affect him!

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 10:33 4

79. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

The Exynos GS4 has 4x A15 and 4x A7. There are a couple things that made the GS4 lag; lack of heterogeneous multi-processing, so switching between the different types of cores was slow and inefficient, and bloated software that ate up the RAM. Now that all of Samsung's major smartphones either have heterogeneous multi-processing CPUs or plain old CPUs with cores of all the same architecture, and run 4.4 KitKat, they should all run fine.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 10:44 7

83. iTechies (Posts: 88; Member since: 28 Dec 2013)

as if WP device stand a chance against android devices. wait for the G3 and note 4 and we'll see who's the boss.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 10:45 11

84. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)

Have you stopped to think that maybe they are listening to the customer? I personally wrote to Samsung and why I switched to Samsung after being a diehard HTC man. I like the option to remove the battery and upgrade memory at will. I also stated that the moment they remove these options, I would leave Samsung and return to another brand.

Also, one of the most crucial arguments given by manufacturers for using all aluminum, is due to being able to make the phones slimmer and lighter. I have yet to see this argument proven. My "Plastic" phone(which most people can't tell because it has a cover on it) still outperforms most devices on the market while maintaining a slimmer and lighter design.

Tech geeks really need to quit smoking the weed. Samsung's numbers prove that miliions upon millions of consumers don't care about tech geek fetishes. We want functionality coupled with flexibility as in augmentation. I'm really surprised that tech enthusiasts wouldn't want the same. They usually like to tinker and modify. In my day, we were the people that disassembled and re-created. Today, it seems all you care about is looks. My 5year old grandson can change is own battery. I get the feeling most "Tech geeks" can't today. Are you guys techs or not? If you're a tech geek, step to the plate and show the world what you are capable of rather than letting the manufacturer limit your abilities.

John B.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 10:56 6

88. b1acktiger (Posts: 223; Member since: 19 May 2012)

I really like your joke about Sense UI. Samsung's Touchwiz is stuck on gimgerbread. They are struggling in software part. Btw, One X and One X+ didnt recieved any update because Nvidia dropped the support for those SoC's. HTC can't do anything in this. Get the facts right.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 11:16 6

95. giani (Posts: 269; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)

John B,

Numbers ?! Really ?! Are u quoting numbers ?! Surely if it's about numbers than the iPhone is by far the best smartphone on the planet. Right ?!

'sammy' fanboys = pathetic ===> now that's a fact

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 11:18

96. PANIC (Posts: 130; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)

For me there is no 2nd choice in all aspects....Z2 is the one

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 11:32 4

97. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)

Why do you parry my information? I never said iphones were the best. And while you weren't specifically claiming that I said that, you are still misunderstanding my post.

I would expect tech geeks to agree with my post; not disagree. In contrast to my post, disagreeing would negate actual tech enthusiasm for being able to improve, modify or tailor a device. HTC has practically left no room for anyone(including techs) to gain the slightest bit of access to anything in it. No customization or modifying at all. Not my idea of a "Premium High End" device.

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