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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

OSAndroid (6.0, 5.0, 4.4.3, 4.4), HTC Sense 6 UIAndroid (6.0, 5.1, 5.0, 4.4.4, 4.4.2), TouchWiz UIAndroid (6.0, 5.1, 5.0, 4.4.4, 4.4.2)
Dimensions5.76 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)
Weight5.64 oz (160 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (155 g)
5.11 oz (145 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (155 g)
5.75 oz (163 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (155 g)
MaterialsMain body: AluminumMain body: PlasticMain body: Glass
Features Fingerprint (swipe), Touch sensitive control keys, Interchangeable covers 
RuggedSplash resistantWater, Dust resistantWater, Dust 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 X3IP 67IP 58
Physical size5.0 inches5.1 inches5.2 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 ppi432 ppi424 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 %69.76 %69.17 %
Colors16 777 21616 777 21616 777 216
Camera4 megapixels16 megapixels20.7 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 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 μm1.12 μm1.12 μm
Hardware FeaturesDual-camera, AutofocusAutofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)Autofocus, CMOS image sensor
Software FeaturesManual focus, Digital image stabilization, Face detection, Geo taggingDigital image stabilization, Touch to focus, Smile detection, Face detection, Voice activation, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo taggingFace detection, Smile detection, Digital zoom, Digital image stabilization, Touch to focus, Geo tagging
Camcorder1920x1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (720p HD)3840x2160 (4K) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps)3840x2160 (4K)
Recording formatMPEG4MPEG4, H.264MPEG4, 3GPP
FeaturesHigh Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Video light, Video sharingHigh Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Continuous autofocus, Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharingHigh Dynamic Range mode (HDR)
Front-facing camera5 megapixels2.1 megapixels2.2 megapixels
Video capture1920x1080 (1080p HD)1920x1080 (1080p HD)1920x1080 (1080p HD)
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 801 MSM8974-ACQualcomm Snapdragon 801 8974-AB

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, 2500 MHz, Krait 400Quad-core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400
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 330Adreno 330
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) / LPDDR33 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 GB32 GB16 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, microSDXCmicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXCmicroSD, 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 mAh2800 mAh3200 mAh
Fast ChargeYes  
Wireless charging OptionalOptional
Talk time 21.00 hours
the average is 20 h (1190 min)
15.00 hours
the average is 20 h (1190 min)
Stand-by time 16.2 days (390 hours)
the average is 19 days (463 h)
28.8 days (690 hours)
the average is 19 days (463 h)
Talk time (3G)20.00 hours
the average is 18 h (1071 min)
21.00 hours
the average is 18 h (1071 min)
19.00 hours
the average is 18 h (1071 min)
Stand-by time (3G)20.7 days (496 hours)
the average is 25 days (606 h)
 30.8 days (740 hours)
the average is 25 days (606 h)
Music playback 67.00 hours120.00 hours
Video playback 13.00 hours10.00 hours
Screen mirroringDLNA, Wireless screen share, MHL, MirrorLinkMHLDLNA, Wireless screen share, MHL, MirrorLink
GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS 850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1700/2100, 2100 MHz
LTE (FDD)Bands 3, 7, 8, 20Bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20Bands 13, 17, 20, 5, 8, 4, 3, 2, 1, 7
DataLTE, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/sLTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTSLTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s

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posted on 25 Mar 2014, 10:16 2

1. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

M8 = Z2 > S5

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 10:19 16

2. eq5555 (Posts: 64; Member since: 03 Dec 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

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 10:22

3. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

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

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 10:39 5

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

This. HTC disappointed big time.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 12:20 2

13. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

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

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 10:30

4. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)

Beats Audio is gone?

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 10:37

6. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

I guess. But still has amazing stereo speakers.


posted on 25 Mar 2014, 21:20 2

20. Kaiser2007 (Posts: 173; Member since: 16 Nov 2013)

Z2 > S5 > M8

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 10:31 2

5. darkvadervip (Posts: 365; Member since: 08 Dec 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!

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 18:12 4

17. rgxVOiD (Posts: 440; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)

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

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 10:39 7

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

Galaxy S5 is coming home with me soon!

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 10:45 3

9. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 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

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 11:06 4

10. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 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.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 12:34 2

14. Doakie (Posts: 2227; Member since: 06 May 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.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 03:01

21. limporgyuk (Posts: 290; Member since: 06 Nov 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.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 11:22 6

11. Lt.Green (Posts: 397; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)

Sony, hands down.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 11:27

12. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)

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

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 14:19

15. Odiin (Posts: 352; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)

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

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 17:25 2

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

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

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 21:01 1

18. techperson211 (Posts: 1280; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)

Sony complete winner here.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 03:05

22. limporgyuk (Posts: 290; Member since: 06 Nov 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)

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 21:03

19. anleoflippy (Posts: 595; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)

I'd pick the Z2 or S5 anyday.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 08:27

23. PANIC (Posts: 135; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)

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

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 14:49 1

24. true1984 (Posts: 830; Member since: 23 May 2012)

the new one uses ddr3 not ddr2

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 12:04

25. jay86 (Posts: 5; Member since: 29 Mar 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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