HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2: specs comparison

HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2: specs comparison
Oh, boy, are you at the right place at the right time!

The time has come for HTC to come forth with its new One flagship, and remove whatever lingering doubt there is about the exact specifications of the hard-hitter. In abidance with an old PhoneArena tradition, this means it's also time for a quick spar between Taiwan's new hotshot and Samsung's and Sony's still minty-fresh Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2. 

That's obviously an explosive line-up to pit against each other, not least because this trio is being released in a very similar time window. This means no advantages owed to newer technology. But make no mistakes -- there are nuances, and where one may excel, another likely only follows. At least from a purely hardware standpoint. 

So, for example, the Galaxy S5 comes with the most potent bin of the newly-christened Snapdragon 801, but its camera sensor is not quite as big as the one found on the Xperia Z2, and the One has the smallest one (but with the biggest pixels). The Z2 also comes with the biggest, 5.2-inch display, and the largest, 3200mAh battery, not to mention that it sports 3GB of DDR3 RAM, whereas the Galaxy S5 is trailing behind with 2GB of DDR3 RAM, while the One M8 comes at the very bottom with less-speedy 2GB of DDR2 RAM. 

Of course, the differences don't stop here, and you can study the specs sheets side-by-side for as long as you want, but do yourself a big one and wait for a more thorough and complete review comparison before making any rash decisions. These are just dry specs and nothing more. Experience has sure taught us to distrust their word. With that in mind, do take a look.

HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2

Display

Display size

5.0 inches
5.1 inches
5.2 inches

Resolution

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

Pixel density

441 ppi
432 ppi
424 ppi

Technology

S-LCD 3
Super AMOLED
IPS LCD

Screen-to-body ratio

66.71 %
69.76 %
69.17 %

Camera

Rear

Dual camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

4 megapixels
16 megapixels
20.7 megapixels

Hardware Features

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

Specifications

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
Aperture size: F2.0; Sensor size: 1/2.3"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm

Second camera

4 megapixels
 
 

Hardware Features

Depth information
 
 

Video recording

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

Recording format

MPEG4
MPEG4, H.264
MPEG4, 3GPP

Features

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

Front

5 megapixels
2.1 megapixels
2.2 megapixels

Video capture

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

Design

Dimensions

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)
5.78 x 2.89 x 0.32 inches (146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm)

Weight

5.64 oz (160 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)
5.11 oz (145 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)
5.75 oz (163 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)

Materials

Back: Aluminum
Back: Plastic
Back: Glass

Resistance

Splash; IP X3
Water, Dust; IP 67
Water, Dust; IP 58

Biometrics

 
Fingerprint (swipe)
 

Features

 
Touch sensitive control keys, Interchangeable covers, Notification light
 

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974-AC
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 8974-AB

Processor

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

GPU

Adreno 330
Adreno 330
Adreno 330

RAM

2 GB LPDDR3
2 GB LPDDR3
3 GB LPDDR3

OS

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
Android (6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.4, 4.4.2)

Battery

Capacity

2600 mAh
2800 mAh
3200 mAh

Charging

Yes
 
 

Talk time

 
21.00 hours
the average is 20 h (1174 min)
15.00 hours
the average is 20 h (1174 min)

Stand-by time

 
16.2 days (390 hours)
the average is 20 days (491 h)
28.8 days (690 hours)
the average is 20 days (491 h)

Talk time (3G)

20.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1387 min)
21.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1387 min)
19.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1387 min)

Stand-by time (3G)

20.7 days (496 hours)
the average is 26 days (614 h)
 
30.8 days (740 hours)
the average is 26 days (614 h)

Music playback

 
67.00 hours
120.00 hours

Video playback

 
13.00 hours
10.00 hours

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25 Comments

1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

M8 = Z2 > S5

2. eq5555

Posts: 64; Member since: Dec 03, 2013

S5 1/2.6 isocell phase autofocus 6 lenses z2 1/2.3 bsi normal autofocus 5 lenses All new one 1/3 bsi normal autofocus 4 lenses S5 improved super amoled z2 ips on the color RGB lighting with the addition of red and green phosphorus in diodes All new one ips on the old white backlight S5 water and dust resistance Z2 water and dust resistance All new one no S5 is more or less thin frame Z2 more or less thin frame All new one big Smartphone for those who fap on metal and does not use a smartphone or simply noobs goodbye htc

3. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Noob? I think I heard that word last time maybe 5 years ago. So old.

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

This. HTC disappointed big time.

13. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

I was just waiting for such a comment of you. Now you understand what I was saying.

4. AppleHateBoy unregistered

Beats Audio is gone?

6. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I guess. But still has amazing stereo speakers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNbH7Jy6nIc

20. Kaiser2007

Posts: 173; Member since: Nov 16, 2013

Z2 > S5 > M8

5. darkvadervip

Posts: 366; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

Who cares about a water or dust resistance phone? Wow I've never had a problem with dust and as far as water goes don't talk while using the restroom or walking in the rain. I think htc did great but I'm waiting on the next Nokia generation of phones before I decide to get the htc one m8. I like phones with a little more weight that I can feel in my pocket not like the galaxy's that are too light for my taste. But each to it's own!

17. rgxVOiD

Posts: 440; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

Because you never had a problem doesn't mean that its the same for everyone.

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Galaxy S5 is coming home with me soon!

9. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Wasn't it going to be the New One? Wonder why you changed your mind even though we already knew everything about this M8 before today

10. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

That 4MP camera isn't cutting it. I really had high hopes for HTC in the camera department, and they let me down big time. The 5MP camera on the front is nice though.

14. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Hell yeah. I was considering trading my Note 3 for a One 2014 but with that 4 Megapixel camera again I can't deal with that. I think there might be a GS5 in my future too.

21. limporgyuk

Posts: 371; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

That much of a deal breaker hey?? Jeez, I am quite happy with the camera on my M7 and I have a young daughter so I take a lot of photos. I wasn't disapointed at all yesterday. The fact that boomsound is 25% louder and they haven't made it waterproof are major plus points.

11. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Sony, hands down.

12. amiroo

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

M8 for enjoyable life.. Z2 for good life.. S5 for toy story life.. G3....

15. Odiin

Posts: 373; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

1. Sony Z1 2. Samsung S5 3. LG G2

16. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

It is obvious that the GS5 has the superior specs. Especially the screen size to dimensions ratio. They all are pretty disappointing though.

18. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Sony complete winner here.

22. limporgyuk

Posts: 371; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Apart from the speakers of course and the UI and the annoying flaps and the ergonomics. The only thing I like about the Z2 is the dedicated camera button, but the M8 has one of those now (volume - button)

19. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

I'd pick the Z2 or S5 anyday.

23. PANIC

Posts: 138; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Why have cotton, when you can have Silk....Z2!!!!!

24. true1984

Posts: 869; Member since: May 23, 2012

the new one uses ddr3 not ddr2

25. jay86

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

I was disappointed with the Galaxy S5, i was expecting a better design and a slightly more power on the hardware. Instead, I will be waiting for the Nexus 6 to replace my still-new Nexus 5.

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