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HTC One (M8) vs HTC One (M7) vs Galaxy S4 specs comparison

HTC One (M8) vs HTC One (M7) vs Galaxy S4 specs comparison
There is a huge difference between last year's spring crop, with the HTC One and Galaxy S4 as the most notable representatives, and this year's edition, like the new One (M8). Since they couldn't score Snapdragon 800 in time, the 2013 spring lineup got equipped with Snapdragon 600 processors, which warranted a two-stage processor leap this year, directly to Snapdragon 801.

This is actually the biggest hardware gap with the new HTC One, when compared to its predecessor, as the rest of the specs are pretty similar. All three phones sport 1080p displays and 2 GB of RAM, so the silicon power advantage is entirely on the side of the new HTC One. It also adds a microSD slot for storage expansion - something that its predecessor doesn't have - putting it on equal footing with the Galaxy S4 in that regard, too.

When it comes to the cameras, the new Duo shooter of HTC is certainly something unique in terms of post-shot effects it allows you to do with your pictures. Its main unit, however, is the same 4 MP UltraPixel camera that debuted with the HTC One, while the Galaxy S4 flaunts an excellent 13 MP shooter on its back. In terms of battery capacity, the S4 and the new One are equals, while the older HTC One lags a bit behind, but capacity isn't the whole story. All in all, the new HTC One is a sufficient enough leap over last year's edition, though you might want to hold your horses if you are not sold on the uniqueness of its Duo Camera's options.

HTC One (M8) vs HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S4

OSAndroid (6.0, 5.0, 4.4.3, 4.4), HTC Sense 6 UIAndroid (5.0, 4.4.3, 4.4.2, 4.3, 4.2.2, 4.1.2), Sense 5.0 UIAndroid (5.0, 4.4.2, 4.3, 4.2.2)
Dimensions5.76 x 2.78 x 0.37 inches (146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm)5.41 x 2.69 x 0.37 inches (137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm)5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 inches (136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm)
Weight5.64 oz (160 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (153 g)
5.04 oz (143 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (153 g)
4.59 oz (130 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (153 g)
MaterialsMain body: Aluminum Main body: Plastic
RuggedSplash resistant  
IP certified

IP certified - The IP code indicates the degree of protection against dust and water. The first number represents dust protection, while the second represents water protection. In IP67, for example, 6 means a completely dust-tight device, while 7 means the device can stay immersed in up to 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes. In IP68, a higher level of water protection is expected, but exact numbers aren't specified: both depth and continuance are specified by the manufacturer on per device basis.

IP X3  
Physical size5.0 inches4.7 inches5.0 inches
Resolution1080 x 1920 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density

Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

441 ppi468 ppi441 ppi

Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

Screen-to-body ratio

Screen-to-body ratio - Shows what part of the frontal area of a phone its screen occupies.

66.71 %65.00 %71.91 %
Colors16 777 216 16 777 216
Camera4 megapixels4 megapixels13 megapixels
Aperture size

Aperture size - The aperture of a camera is the opening through which light travels before it reaches the camera sensor. The smaller the number is, the bigger this opening is, allowing for more light to pass.

Focal length (35mm equivalent)

Focal length (35mm equivalent) - The lower (shorter) the focal length number, the wider the shot will be. Conversely, longer focal length cameras produce narrower frames, which can be used for telephoto (zoomed-in) purposes.

28 mm28 mm31 mm
Camera sensor size

Camera sensor size - A bigger camera sensor is able to capture more light, and thus produce better photos.

Pixel size

Pixel size - The size of an individual pixel on a camera's sensor. The bigger, the better.

2 μm2 μm1.14 μm
Hardware FeaturesDual-camera, AutofocusOptical image stabilization, Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)Autofocus, CMOS image sensor, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Software FeaturesManual focus, Digital image stabilization, Face detection, Geo taggingDigital zoom, Geo tagging, Self-timerDigital image stabilization, Touch to focus, Face detection, Smile detection, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, Self-timer, Voice activation
Camcorder1920x1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (720p HD)1920x1080 (1080p HD)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)
Recording formatMPEG4  
FeaturesHigh Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Video light, Video sharingOptical image stabilization, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Video callingDigital image stabilization
Front-facing camera5 megapixels2.1 megapixels2 megapixels
Video capture1920x1080 (1080p HD)1920x1080 (1080p HD)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)
System chip

System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 801Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064TQualcomm Snapdragon 600 8974

Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

Quad-core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400Quad-core, 1700 MHz, Krait 300Quad-core, 1900 MHz, Krait 300
Graphics processor

Graphics processor - The graphics processor is important for the smooth operation of the system and especially in games and other applications that may involve complex graphics and animations.

Adreno 330Adreno 320Adreno 320
System memory

System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

2 GB RAM / LPDDR32 GB RAM (Dual-channel) / DDR22 GB RAM (Dual-channel) / LPDDR3
Built-in storage

Built-in storage - Bigger storage capacity allows you to keep more content saved onto your device, such as more applications, photos or video. Games and video content typically take up the biggest amount of storage space.

32 GB64 GB64 GB
Storage expansion

Storage expansion - Some handsets allow you to expand their storage capacity by using a memory expansion card – most often microSD. Expansion memory is mostly suitable for media storage, such as photo, video or music content.

microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC

Capacity - The bigger, the better! However, battery capacity is not the only factor that has an effect on battery life. Those include the chipset in use, the software running on the device, as well as the consumer's unique usage pattern.

2600 mAh2300 mAh2600 mAh
Fast ChargeYes  
Wireless charging  Optional
Talk time (3G)20.00 hours
the average is 17 h (1043 min)
18.00 hours
the average is 17 h (1043 min)
17.00 hours
the average is 17 h (1043 min)
Stand-by time (3G)20.7 days (496 hours)
the average is 24 days (581 h)
20.8 days (500 hours)
the average is 24 days (581 h)
15.4 days (370 hours)
the average is 24 days (581 h)
Stand-by time (4G)  13.3 days (320 hours)
the average is 21 days (511 h)
Music playback  62.00 hours
Video playback  11.00 hours
Screen mirroringDLNA, Wireless screen share, MHL, MirrorLinkDLNA, Wireless screen share, MHL, TV-outDLNA, Wireless screen share, MHL

CDMA - Code Division Multiple Access. A technique of multiplexing, also called spread spectrum, in which analog signals are converted into digital form for transmission. For each communication channel, the signals are encoded in a sequence known to the transmitter and the receiver for that channel. The foremost application is digital cellular phone technology from QUALCOMM that operates in the 800MHz band and 1.9GHz PCS band. CDMA phones are noted for their excellent call quality and long battery life.

 800, 1900 MHz 
GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS 850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
LTE (FDD)Bands 3, 7, 8, 20Bands 18, 3, 7Bands 18, 5, 8, 3, 1, 7
DataLTE, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/sLTE, HSPA, UMTSLTE Cat 3 (100/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS

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posted on 25 Mar 2014, 10:29

1. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Sad how the 2013 flagships are so much better than this years crops because they had respectable size.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 10:31

2. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)

Beats Audio is gone?

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 10:34

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

Yes. :(

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 10:42

6. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)

Thanks for letting me know. I couldn't find it mentioned anywhere, so I asked. (It's gone that's why it wasn't mentioned. Still, I wanted to confirm.)

Why the sad face. I am happy Beats Audio is gone. Good Riddance. Audio Quality belongs (mostly) to hardware.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 10:31 2

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

Galaxy S5 it is for me. Bye HTC.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 10:47

7. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


posted on 25 Mar 2014, 10:39

5. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1303; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)

wow the HTC logo... its just too big.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 10:51

8. NexusX (Posts: 561; Member since: 16 May 2013)

HTC just took their previous year model, made it uglier, gave it a marginally better processor, and a EVO 3D camera. and hope it would turn their company around from bankruptcy.
How hard is it get rid of of the stupid logo, give it a bigger battery Doesn't it already have a aluminum unibody?why not it give it a bit water resistance and wireless charging while they are at it? this is IMHO a half-baked product. bye HTC. Nexus 6 awaits

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 10:52

9. surethom (Posts: 926; Member since: 04 Mar 2009)

So they removed Optical Image Stabilization in favor of a gimmicky refocus, very bad. & still 4 megapixels. :(

Will have to wait & see how the Moto X2 camera is.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 12:47

10. SupermanayrB (Posts: 892; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)

So the HTC One squared has Galaxy S4 specs. Nice job HTC.

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