HTC Desire Eye vs HTC One M8 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: specs comparison

HTC Desire Eye vs HTC One M8 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: specs comparison
Now that the HTC Desire Eye's official existence is no longer a poorly-hidden industry secret, it's time we see how this camera-intensive smartphone compares to some of our favorite specs monsters from the first half of 2014. How about we put it against the HTC One M8 and Samsung Galaxy S5? The former is his twin brother, the latter is still one of the best Android phones around.

First things first, the Desire Eye sticks out as the largest of the three. It's taller and wider than both the One (M8) and the Galaxy S5, it's still thinner than the M8, and it's 0.32 oz (9 g) heavier than both. It seems that 13MP front camera really took its toll.

The HTC Desire Eye also has the largest 1080p display in the trio - it's a 5.2-inch screen, while the One (M8) has a 5.0-inch screen, and the Galaxy S5 sports a 5.1-incher of a panel. At 441ppi, the One M8 has the highest pixel density, followed by the Galaxy S5 (432ppi) and the Desire Eye (423ppi).

Camera-wise, the HTC Desire Eye trumps both the Galaxy S5's measly 2.1-megapixel front cam, and the HTC One (M8)'s decent 5-megapixel front snapper with a full-blown 13MP camera on the front panel. Yikes! Samsung's flagship still has the biggest rear camera sensor (16MP) to play with, followed by the Desire Eye's 13MP main cam, while the HTC One (M8) differentiates with its quirky 4-ultrapixel Duo camera setup.

In terms of hardware, the trio is almost exactly on par. All three smartphones run on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset, sporting minute differences in clock rates that favor the Galaxy S5's 2.5GHz over the HTC Desire Eye and One (M8)'s 2.3GHz. All have Adreno 330 GPUs and 2GB of RAM on disposal. Each device's in-built storage can be expanded with a microSD card.

Finally, both the HTC Desire Eye and One (M8) have 2600mAh battery to get them through the day, while the Samsung Galaxy S5 has a slightly bigger 2800mAh unit.

So, which one is the best-specc'd phone according to you?

HTC Desire EYE vs HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy S5


Display size

5.2 inches
5.0 inches
5.1 inches


1080 x 1920 pixels
1080 x 1920 pixels
1080 x 1920 pixels

Pixel density

424 ppi
441 ppi
432 ppi



Screen-to-body ratio

66.51 %
66.71 %
69.76 %



Single camera
Dual camera
Single camera

Main camera

13 megapixels
4 megapixels
16 megapixels

Hardware Features

Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Back-illuminated sensor (BSI), Phase detection autofocus


Aperture size: F2.0; Focal length: 28 mm
Aperture size: F2.0; Focal length: 28 mm; Sensor size: 1/3"; Pixel size: 2 μm
Aperture size: F2.2; Focal length: 31 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.6"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm

Second camera

4 megapixels

Hardware Features

Depth information

Video recording

1920x1080 (Full HD)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (120 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps)

Recording format

MPEG4, H.264


Video calling
High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Video light, Video sharing
High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Continuous autofocus, Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharing


13 megapixels
5 megapixels
2.1 megapixels

Video capture

1920x1080 (Full HD)
1920x1080 (Full HD)
1920x1080 (Full HD)



5.97 x 2.91 x 0.33 inches (151.7 x 73.8 x 8.5)
5.76 x 2.78 x 0.37 inches (146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm)
5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches (142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm)


5.43 oz (154 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (173 g)
5.64 oz (160 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (173 g)
5.11 oz (145 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (173 g)


Back: Aluminum
Back: Plastic


Water; Yes
Splash; IP X3
Water, Dust; IP 67


Fingerprint (swipe)


Notification light
Touch sensitive control keys, Interchangeable covers, Notification light

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974-AC


Quad-core, 2300 MHz
Quad-core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400
Quad-core, 2500 MHz, Krait 400, 32-bit, 28 nm


Adreno 330
Adreno 330


2 GB


Android (5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.4), HTC Sense UI
Android (6.0 Marshmallow, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.3, 4.4), HTC Sense UI
Android (6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.4, 4.4.2), Samsung TouchWiz UI



2400 mAh
2600 mAh
2800 mAh



Talk time

21.00 hours
the average is 21 h (1250 min)

Stand-by time

16.2 days (390 hours)
the average is 21 days (493 h)

Talk time (3G)

20.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1373 min)
20.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1373 min)
21.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1373 min)

Stand-by time (3G)

22.4 days (538 hours)
the average is 26 days (614 h)
20.7 days (496 hours)
the average is 26 days (614 h)

Music playback

67.00 hours

Video playback

13.00 hours



1. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I hate the way the fronts of all Sammy devices look tbh, don't really care for tw either but will still be getting a note 4. I think sense 6 has came a long way since it's bloated beginning and really like the design of the eye

2. Rapha.194

Posts: 34; Member since: Sep 23, 2014

This HTC is a Joke! Look at the size of the battery! NEVER BE A MARKET LEADER !!!!

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