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Sony Xperia Z2 vs HTC One (M8): preliminary comparison



Sony's custom Android UI vs HTC Sense 6.0

Sony's custom Android UI vs HTC Sense 6.0

Sony is launching the Xperia Z2 with Android 4.4 KitKat running on it. The OS, of course, has been treated to a fair dose of customization, although it doesn't deviate radically from the Android experience in its vanilla form. All menus and native apps have been tweaked to some extent, and the result is a very smooth, very consistent Android UI. In addition to the usual set of personalization features, you get themes that change the color accents throughout the interface. The phone's multitasking abilities have been augmented with a set of mini apps – a calculator, a voice recorder, a notepad, and so on – which are accessed from the multitasking menu and hover above other opened apps.

HTC's approach to UI design is slightly different. On the new HTC One, we're seeing the all new Sense 6.0 user interface running on top of Android 4.4 KitKat. BlinkFeed – the news and social network feed aggregator that debuted in Sense's previous major release – is going to be present as well. In fact, the feature is going to be upgraded and will allow for content to be sorted in groups. Standard Android home screens, with icons and widgets, will be available at a swipe's distance. Furthermore, a number of gestures will be augmented into the UI, including a double-tap-to-wake one. It is also worth noting that the new HTC One will feature on-screen navigation buttons, as opposed to last year's model, which had capacitive ones.

Processor and memory

Sony Xperia Z2 vs HTC One (M8): preliminary comparison
Qualcomm is known for its top-notch mobile SoC solutions, and one of its finest specimens is powering the Sony Xperia Z2. The chip of choice is the Snapdragon 801, or the MSM8974-AB, to be more specific. In the Z2's case, the SoC has a quad-core Krait 400 CPU with a maximum clock speed of 2.3GHz and Adreno 330 graphics running at 550MHz. Unsurprisingly, the HTC One (M8) is also going to be powered by the very same Snapdragon 801 SoC, so, what can we say - we expect these babies to have almost identical, top-notch performance!

The Xperia Z2, however, might have just a slight edge, due to it sporting the whopping 3GB of DDR3 RAM, while the new HTC One features “only” 2GB of DDR2 RAM. Yet nevertheless, we're assuming that the real-world performance of both phones should be equally flawless, with the Z2's advantage of having extra RAM making a difference only in cases of very heavy multitasking.

16GB of storage is what you get with an Xperia Z2, along with the option to augment that by throwing in a microSD card. The new HTC One will be available in 16GB and 32GB flavors, and thankfully, it will also sport a slot for microSD cards.


The Sony Xperia Z2 uses a camera that is very similar to the one found on its predecessor, the Sony Xperia Z1. Not that we have anything against that – the snapper on the latter is well capable of taking good photos, as we know from our experience with it. Besides, leaked photo samples suggest that the Sony Xperia Z2 will perform well in the camera department. For those who are into technical details, the Z2's 20.7MP camera has a 1/2.3” CMOS sensor with 1.1-micron pixels and Sony G Lens optics. Feature-wise, you get a ton of bells and whistles, including 4K and 120fps slow-motion video recording, augmented reality effects, Background Defocus for still images, and much more.

The peculiar Duo Camera on the HTC One

The peculiar Duo Camera on the HTC One

As for the HTC One (M8), leaks have revealed that the phone will use a rather unusual Duo Camera setup, which will consist of two different cameras. An upgraded 4MP UltraPixel camera with a 1/3.0 sensor size, f/2.0 aperture, and pixel size of 2 micrometers will be paired with a secondary cam, which will serve to capture depth information, allowing you to apply some fancy image effects, like shallow depth of field. What this enables you is to alter the focus point of an image after it has been captured. Stay tuned for our camera comparison featuring the new HTC One (M8)!

A peculiar detail that we also have to mention is that the new HTC One sports a 5MP front-facing camera with a wide-angle lens and HDR capabilities. Imagine the selfies! Of course, the 2.2MP front-facing camera on the Sony Xperia Z2 is probably going to be almost as suitable for the purpose.


Sony is definitely not fooling around. Its Xperia Z2 is shaping up as a serious contender for the top spot in the Android hierarchy, adopting all there was to like about its predecessor and improving in many key areas where room for improvement was present. As far as we can tell, HTC is taking a similar approach. The new HTC One (M8) is not radically different from the 2013 flagship Android model, but it will introduce a number of welcome upgrades over its predecessor, including the addition of a bigger screen, a much faster processor, and, hopefully, a more capable main camera.

Of course, at this point in time, it is not possible to say whether the Sony Xperia Z2 or the new HTC One is the ultimately better smartphone. After all, we're yet to hold both handsets side by side in the flesh. What we can say, on the other hand, based on all the info that has been announced, is that the HTC flagship might have a hard time outperforming Sony's finest. Sure, the HTC One is an awesome phone, but the Z2 might be able to give buyers slightly more bang for their buck, in case they dig its glass design.


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posted on 20 Mar 2014, 16:13 21

1. LiyanaBG (Posts: 381; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)

HTC ONE M8 kills - sony brick phone boring sony Ui

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 16:19 17

4. NoFanboy (Posts: 300; Member since: 18 Nov 2013)

Sense 6 looks amazing. It's looks are honestly competing with stock

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 16:31 11

10. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

Just one word for new One,
enjoy your monster bezel phone.
Oh, I thought its water proof but it isn't, sorry for you.
And about the design, your beloved phone looks like a bar of SOAP. lol

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 16:35 16

13. LiyanaBG (Posts: 381; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)

your wrong sony and samsung this year have more bezels than the HTC One M8 you blind? go get your eyes checked

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 16:37

17. hboy857 (Posts: 349; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)

No need to fight. Both are great looking awesome phones.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 16:39 9

19. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

At least they are water proof and big bezels are necessary for water proof phones but what about One?
It won't even survive in the rain. lol

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 16:40 9

20. Leonis (Posts: 338; Member since: 08 Jan 2014)

Do you see those speakers there? thats why there are "bezels" The only thick bezel is the HTC logo but its not a big deal. More beautiful than S5 and Z2 but Z2 is great also.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 16:42 4

21. mojtaba_mn (Posts: 268; Member since: 22 Feb 2013)

Really Sony mo're like bezels
Just look again

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 16:42 11

22. Tizen007 (Posts: 575; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)

Um... I think the HTC One looks better... yeah.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 16:44 13

24. Amir1 (unregistered)

you're funny at best. Z2 smashes m8. better overall imo.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 16:45 16

25. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

And you said you don't troll. What a hypocrite.

All New HTC One > Z2

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 16:50 4

32. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

Would you please tell me how exactly im trolling?
Don't you thing the first comment is more a troll than that of mine?

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 16:52 7

35. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

No since Sony's UI is terrible.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 16:57 7

41. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

Have you ever worked with it?
And what about the "brick"?
You're a nice troll.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 17:01 8

44. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

Yeah I have. It's almost as ugly as LG's UI and unappealing to me. That's the reason why I passed on the Z1 and will pass with the Z2.

Face it, Sony's UI looks the way it did back in 2011. It's 2014.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 17:01 2

45. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

5.2" display vs 5" display.
Now whats your idea?

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 17:04 8

51. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

So as LG UI is the copy of TouchWiz, so you must hate TouchWiz as well.
And where is your answer to my question about the "brick"?
accept the defeat bro, you just tried to continue his way of trolling and you did it well.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 17:05 5

53. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

Did we forget the Z2 is almost the same size as the Note 3? You're trying way too hard and going nowhere.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 17:08 11

56. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

Touchwiz is miles ahead of the blatant copy UI from LG. Does it hurt you inside to know that Sense and Touchwiz is the best looking UI on the Android front?

Thanks for reminding me. Brick as in huge, squarish, and plain design.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 17:10 6

59. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

Compare the size of S5 and Note3 with regard of waterproof feature of S5 and you'll get your answer.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 17:21 2

61. ToxiD (Posts: 45; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)

Lol, you are hating HTC in every signle post from you. You like S5 design more than HTC One, even it looks like band-aid. You always find something bad against HTC and admire Sony or Samsung. Seriously, do they pay you?

Sony is much wider than HTC, tallness isn't everything.
HTC is really tall but its corners are curved and ergonomic so I belive it will be more comfortable to hold than Z2.

I personally like both Sony and HTC phones. Finally Sony didn't put the TFT old crap into their flagship.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 17:23 9

62. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

Sammy fanboy is talking about plain design.
Thanks for the try.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 17:51 5

63. TheMeaTree (Posts: 8; Member since: 20 Mar 2014)

I personally think the Z2 is better just look at all the specs side by side and i much prefer the simple elegant look of the z2 UI and case, not to mention the water resistance and noise cancellation in the Z2. only thing that interests me about the HTC one none is the duel camera.

They dida good job on the case to. but fro me the Z2 takes the edge here

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 18:51

71. fireblade (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)

both are good. S5 is a junk

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 18:58

73. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

You ignored my statement again lol. I'm not surprised. The Z2 is larger than the S5 and that's a fact.

Btw, Sony doesn't care about you. Just letting you know in case you haven't already.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 19:54 2

79. pwnarena (Posts: 1129; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)

marginally. what are we looking at here? 4mm? that's significant for you? hold them and that number is never palpable. oh i forgot... the plastic build

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 20:25 6

85. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

So u rather have lots of UI with tons of clutter than a cleanliness UI?

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 20:48

86. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

Removable battery. Just saying.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 20:49 4

87. rangaha (banned) (Posts: 86; Member since: 05 Dec 2013)

only thing htc one m8 kills is itself. goddamn it's so fugly

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 20:53

89. williandyzxz (Posts: 17; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)

Sony ui is not the best but will the best and u also can download sony themes at sony select if u boring.

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