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

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HTC One 2014 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.

Display
Size
5.1 inches
5.0 inches
5.2 inches
Technology
Super AMOLED
S-LCD 3
IPS LCD
Screen-to-body
69.76 %
66.71 %
69.17 %
Features
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Hardware
System chip
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974-AC (28 nm)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 8974-AB
Processor
Quad-core, 2500 MHz, Krait 400, 32-bit
Quad-core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400
Quad-core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400
GPU
Adreno 330
Adreno 330
Adreno 330
RAM
2GB LPDDR3
2GB LPDDR3
3GB LPDDR3
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 (6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.4, 4.4.2)
Battery
Capacity
2800 mAh
2600 mAh
3200 mAh
Charging
 
Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0
 
Talk time
21.00 hours
the average is 17 h (996 min)
 
15.00 hours
the average is 17 h (996 min)
Stand-by time
16.2 days (390 hours)
the average is 20 days (472 h)
 
28.8 days (690 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)
19.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)
Stand-by time (3G)
 
20.7 days (496 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)
30.8 days (740 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)
Music playback
67.00 hours
 
120.00 hours
Video playback
13.00 hours
 
10.00 hours
Camera
Rear
Single camera
Dual camera
Single camera
Main camera
16 MP (BSI sensor, PDAF)
4 MP (Autofocus)
20.7 MP (Autofocus, CMOS image 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; Sensor size: 1/2.3"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
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)
3840x2160 (4K UHD)
Recording format
MPEG4, H.264
 
MPEG4, 3GPP
Features
HDR, Continuous autofocus, EIS, Video calling, Video sharing
HDR, Video light, Video sharing
HDR
Front
2.1 MP
5 MP
2.2 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)
5.78 x 2.89 x 0.32 inches (146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm)
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)
5.75 oz (163.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
Materials
Back: Plastic
Back: Aluminum
Back: Glass
Resistance
Water, Dust; IP67
Splash; IPX3
Water, Dust; IP58
Biometrics
Fingerprint (swipe)
 
 
Features
Touch sensitive control keys, Interchangeable covers, Notification light
 
 

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