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HTC One (M8) vs HTC One (M7)

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Interface and Functionality


Okay, this should be an easy decision, seeing that newer software tends to accompany more features. As it currently stands, our T-Mobile unit of the 2013 HTC One is running Sense 5.5 on top of Android 4.4.2 KitKat. In comparison, the newer handset runs the most up-to-date experience – Sense 6.0 above Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Needless to say, the 2014 HTC One is going to steal the show with its updated interface and enhanced functionality. Still, it’s worth mentioning that Sense 6.0 is eventually going to make its way to the original HTC One – so the two will be on the same playing field.

The Sense 6.0 interface isn’t as profoundly different from what was already established with Sense 5.0, but the enhancements in it simply exemplifies HTC’s commitment to deliver the best looking and functional experience. The same ‘flat’ design is well in abundance again with Sense 6.0, which is a good thing, seeing that Sense is generally lauded for being one of the more visually pleasing custom UIs out there.

However, we appreciate the new Motion Launch gestures that are in play with Sense 6.0, giving us quick access to a few things from the lock screen. Rather than relying on the power button, the various Motion Launch gestures permit us to power on the display to view the time/date, unlock the phone, jump access to the Android widget screen/HTC BlinkFeed, and even get right into the camera.

Some of the other enhancements found with Sense 6.0 that we feel are noteworthy to Sense 5.5, include the integration of additional services to BlinkFeed – like Foursquare and Fitbit. With the latter, the new HTC One becomes a vessel for the app, where it’s used to collect information from its various sensors, so it can continually track how many steps we’ve taken.

Processor and Memory


Never one to settle for anything less, HTC outfits the two with the best stuff from Qualcomm’s camp. When it launched, the 2013 HTC One’s quad-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 SoC with 2GB of RAM and the Adreno 320 GPU proved to deliver a smooth performance. However, the quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 SoC coupled with 2GB of RAM and the Adreno 330 GPU of the newer HTC One is even snappier with its response. Heck, it’s most evident when running intensive 3D games, where the 2014 HTC One produces the smoother operations between the two.

We were sorely hoping to see the minimum storage capacity of the new HTC One to be higher than that of its predecessor, but sadly that isn’t the case. Even though the two have 16GB of memory, HTC keenly listened to the complaints by adding a microSD card slot into the new HTC One – giving owners more flexibility and elbow room.

Performance benchmarks

Quadrant
Higher is better
HTC One (M8) 19139
HTC One 12481
AnTuTu
Higher is better
HTC One (M8) 31075
HTC One 23308
Vellamo Metal
Higher is better
HTC One (M8) 1171
HTC One 781
Vellamo HTML 5
Higher is better
HTC One (M8) 1673
HTC One 2395
Sunspider
Lower is better
HTC One (M8) 693.1
HTC One 977.9
GFXBench Manhattan on-screen
Higher is better
HTC One (M8) 11
HTC One 4.9
Basemark OS II
Higher is better
HTC One (M8) 1071
HTC One 755.3
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Internet and Connectivity


Honestly, there’s not one handset that we prefer more when it comes to surfing the web, mainly because they have all the quality elements in making the experience oh-so enjoyable. From their speedy page loads, to the buttery kinetic scrolling they offer, there’s nothing different between their performances. Certainly, some folks will prefer browsing with the new HTC One’s larger display, but we don’t feel that it’s any more beneficial.

For being the newer device, the 2014 HTC One doesn’t pack along any new connectivity features that we didn’t have already with the 2013 model. Meaning, they both feature aGPS with GLONASS, Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, NFC, IR blasters, video-out functionality via MHL, 4G LTE connectivity, and they’re available in both GSM & CDMA flavors.

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posted on 28 Mar 2014, 06:42 8

1. Maryewww (Posts: 25; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)


Both are awesome lookers! but i still tend to fancy the m7 more!

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 07:01

7. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4054; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


m7 is perfect size....

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 07:31 9

10. alterecho (Posts: 1073; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Not exactly perfect size. M7 is slightly bigger than the 5 inch wielding S4, while still having a 4.7 inch display.

As for the M8, by just looking at the picture, with no fore knowledge of which is which, The original HTC One (M7) looks better than the M8, as though M7 was released after M8.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 07:50 3

14. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4054; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


agree,

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 08:50 2

19. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2530; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Both Ones FTW.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 16:05 1

26. cncrim (Posts: 479; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


M7 has is sweet spot, M8 black bar turn me off.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 16:17

27. cncrim (Posts: 479; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


Look here if you askhttp://bit.ly/1lb40ru

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 06:47 7

2. Jason2k13 (Posts: 639; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


the m7 still looks much better, i dont like the uneven grills, and the curves on the m8.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 06:59 3

6. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4054; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


and the m8 is to loong

the plastic sandwhich has been replaced by metal, which is great quality

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 08:47 3

18. McLTE (Posts: 646; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Agreed.

HTC as usual.. is about 85% there.. everything looks great then there is one major DOH!

Epic fail as far as I'm concerned with moving the controls to on screen. Even more of a fail to retain the black dead space below the screen. HTC missed an opportunity to shrink the phone size here.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 06:47 3

3. UglyFrank (Posts: 367; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


The cameras are basically identical,.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 06:58 10

5. tech2 (Posts: 1919; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


M8 is a step backwards. It doesn't have an OIS

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 07:33

11. ToxiD (Posts: 41; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


But it got improved camera so after all it does better shots than M7.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 06:57 2

4. wildhammer (Posts: 32; Member since: 16 Mar 2014)


M8 has got a great display!!!

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 07:18

8. papss (unregistered)


The m8 is a step forward in every regard.. It looks better as well and the metal finish on the new one makes the m7 look cheaper somehow

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 07:28 1

9. AfterShock (Posts: 2767; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


I like both.
Nice designs HTC.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 07:38

12. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


Iv a m7 and like it very much but i think m8 almost complete in every aspect except ois..
I m going for m8 soon but keep my lovely m7 too.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 07:47 1

13. pookiewood (Posts: 566; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


M7, only Android device I'd consider buying. M8 is now the second Android device I'd consider buying. Both are great looking devices. I really love the red and blue M7 colors.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 08:39

17. tiara6918 (Posts: 1363; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


They'd probably release other color options after a few months. But I'd also much prefer a red or a blue m8 too

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 08:12

15. youlookfoolish (Posts: 122; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)


The battery improvements and addition of tri-band LTE for Sprint make the M8 a no brainer.

However I prefer the M7's size and black color as opposed to silver and gun metal. And the cameras are similar with louder audio output on the M7. So, the M8 is nice but only because of mitigating circumstances will I consider it over the M7.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 08:28

16. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1047; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


Absolutely no reason to buy the newer model. Let's see if this will be a trend this year; im guessing yes.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 09:22

21. pookiewood (Posts: 566; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


Hoping Nokia bucks the "trend" next week. Really hoping for some greatness to be shown.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 08:58

20. jad_haddad (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)


What will be the cheapeast phone between Htc One M8, Xperia Z2 and Galaxy S5

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 10:50

23. Android89 (Posts: 15; Member since: 20 Apr 2013)


Well in the uk atleast in most places its £530 to £550 for the M8, £540-550 for the z2 and £550-570 for the S5

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 10:01

22. Android89 (Posts: 15; Member since: 20 Apr 2013)


So for the second year running the speakers sound great but are not as loud as HTC Claim? last year they claimed 93db turned out to be around 75db, this year they claimed 20% louder but infact they are lower.

Excellent sound though non the less

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 11:44

24. Rager722 (Posts: 126; Member since: 30 Jan 2013)


Does the browser of the M8 have flash support? Someone please reply.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 12:44

25. Android89 (Posts: 15; Member since: 20 Apr 2013)


Cant remember if it does as i forgot to check but it probably does and even if it doesnt. there was a link on this site to download flash player on 4.4

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 16:35 1

28. rsiders (Posts: 241; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


Let me say this once and for all: last year's HTC One was absolutely perfect in design. This year's elongated, hyper curved model takes a back seat to last year's overall sexiness. That is all. Just my two cents.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 20:50

29. Gaara (Posts: 8; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


M7 looks perfect in all aspects.. Inspite having 90% metal,M8 looks ugly

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 20:51

30. Gaara (Posts: 8; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


M7 looks perfect in all aspects.. Inspite having 90% metal,M8 looks ugly

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 05:02

31. Onami (Posts: 9; Member since: 29 Mar 2014)


What they have done to HTC One M7? They ruined its design...

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 12:17

32. R-vjn (Posts: 161; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)


Both are amazing but still prefer the M7. Also, the size increase is huge from the M7 to M8, considering the screen size. In a world where the display size for flagships are growing day after day, OEM's should probably start working on making the body as small as possible like what LG is doing. And my god, I'm waiting for the mighty G3...aww..!!

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 08:21

33. gabrielvoica (Posts: 52; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


loved the M7,can't wait to have the M8...

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