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?

Display

Size

5.1 inches
5.0 inches
5.2 inches

Technology

Super AMOLED
S-LCD 3
 

Screen-to-body

69.76 %
66.71 %
66.51 %

Features

Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Hardware

System chip

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

Processor

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

GPU

Adreno 330
Adreno 330
Yes

RAM

2GB LPDDR3
2GB LPDDR3
2GB

Internal storage

32GB
32GB
16GB

OS

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

Battery

Capacity

2800 mAh
2600 mAh
2400 mAh

Charging

 
Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0
Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0

Talk time

21.00 hours
the average is 17 h (996 min)
 
 

Stand-by time

16.2 days (390 hours)
the average is 20 days (472 h)
 
 

Talk time (3G)

21.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)
20.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)
20.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)

Stand-by time (3G)

 
20.7 days (496 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)
22.4 days (538 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)

Music playback

67.00 hours
 
 

Video playback

13.00 hours
 
 

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Dual camera
Single camera

Main camera

16 MP (BSI sensor, PDAF)
4 MP (Autofocus)
13 MP (Autofocus, BSI sensor)

Specifications

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

Second camera

 
4 MP (Depth information)
 

Video recording

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

Recording format

MPEG4, H.264
 
 

Features

HDR, Continuous autofocus, EIS, Video calling, Video sharing
HDR, Video light, Video sharing
Video calling

Front

2.1 MP
5 MP
13 MP

Video capture

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

Design

Dimensions

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

Weight

5.11 oz (145.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
5.64 oz (160.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
5.43 oz (154.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)

Materials

Back: Plastic
Back: Aluminum
 

Resistance

Water, Dust; IP67
Splash; IPX3
Water; Yes

Biometrics

Fingerprint (swipe)
 
 

Features

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



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One (M8)

PhoneArena Score:

8.8

User Score:

9.7
  • Display 5.0 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP (Dual camera) 5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow HTC Sense UI
Galaxy S5

PhoneArena Score:

9.1

User Score:

9.3
  • Display 5.1 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera) 2.1 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow Samsung TouchWiz UI
Desire EYE

PhoneArena Score:

8.0

User Score:

10.0
  • OS Android 5.0 Lollipop HTC Sense UI
  • Display 5.2 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera) 13 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2400 mAh

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