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


Display size

5.0 inches
4.7 inches
5.0 inches


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

Pixel density

441 ppi
468 ppi
441 ppi



Screen-to-body ratio

66.71 %
65.00 %
71.91 %



Dual camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

4 megapixels
4 megapixels
13 megapixels

Hardware Features

Optical image stabilization, Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Autofocus, CMOS image sensor, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)


Aperture size: F2.0; Focal length: 28 mm; Sensor size: 1/3"; Pixel size: 2 μm
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: 1/3.06"; Pixel size: 1.14 μm

Second camera

4 megapixels

Hardware Features

Depth information

Video recording

1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (120 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)

Recording format



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


5 megapixels
2.1 megapixels
2 megapixels

Video capture

1920x1080 (Full HD)
1920x1080 (Full HD)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)



5.76 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)


5.64 oz (160 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)
5.04 oz (143 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)
4.59 oz (130 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)


Back: Aluminum
Back: Plastic


Splash; IP X3


Notification light

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 8974


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


Adreno 330
Adreno 320
Adreno 320




Android (6.0 Marshmallow, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.3, 4.4), HTC Sense UI
Android (5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.3, 4.4.2, 4.3, 4.2.2, 4.1.2), HTC Sense UI
Android (5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.2, 4.3, 4.2.2)



2600 mAh
2300 mAh
2600 mAh



Talk time (3G)

20.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1387 min)
18.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1387 min)
17.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1387 min)

Stand-by time (3G)

20.7 days (496 hours)
the average is 26 days (614 h)
20.8 days (500 hours)
the average is 26 days (614 h)
15.4 days (370 hours)
the average is 26 days (614 h)

Stand-by time (4G)

13.3 days (320 hours)
the average is 24 days (583 h)

Music playback

62.00 hours

Video playback

11.00 hours



1. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

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

2. AppleHateBoy unregistered

Beats Audio is gone?

4. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Yes. :(

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.

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Galaxy S5 it is for me. Bye HTC.

7. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011


5. Jason2k13

Posts: 1469; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

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

8. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 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

9. surethom

Posts: 1720; Member since: Mar 04, 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.

10. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

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

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