HTC One M9 vs HTC One M8 screen-to-body ratio comparison: which one's more efficient?

HTC One M9 vs HTC One M8 screen-to-body ratio comparison: which one's more efficient?
Now that we've spent some time with the HTC One M9, we wanted to check how the smartphone evolved from its predecessor, the One M8, in the considerably important metric of screen-to-body ratio. That is, the percentage of the smartphone's area that's occupied by the screen. Since the display is the most essential part of a smartphone's front panel - it's the mediator between you and what you want your smartphone to do. So you'd like it better if that ratio happened to be closer to 100% rather than, say, 50%. Too low of a ratio would stand for too much wasted space around the screen's four sides. And since this space could have been occupied by a larger screen, stereo speakers, or other nice things, a smartphone such as the One M9, which prides itself on its design qualities, shouldn't be devoting perfectly usable space to empty bezels!

Thankfully, not only is the HTC One M9 not any worse than its predecessor, it's actually a little better! The HTC One M8, which has a 5-inch by diagonal display, has a 66.71% screen-to-body ratio. In comparison, the HTC One M9, which too has a 5-inch display, has a 68.52% screen to body ratio. We owe the difference to the subtle reduction in the device's dimensions. They are 5.76 x 2.78 (146.36 x 70.6mm) for the HTC One M8, and 5.69 x 2.74 (144.6 x 69.7) for the One M9, respectively. As you can see, the latter has a slightly smaller area, which lets the display occupy a little more of it.

Of course, one could argue that the black strip with an HTC logo below the display shouldn't really be there in the One M9. But we had the same argument last year with the One M8, and HTC's version of the truth remains the same - it's not wasted space, because it has important hardware underneath. We'll have to live with that, it seems.

In addition, HTC's achievement in screen-to-body ratio is not the best out there. If you take the time to browse through our collection of smartphones curated by their outstanding screen-to-body ratio, you will see that a smartphone such as the Gionee Elife S7 nearly reaches 80% of screen-devoted space.

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One M9
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP / 4 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2840 mAh(21.7h 3G talk time)
One (M8)
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(20h 3G talk time)

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26 Comments

1. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

still not good enough they should remove the ugly htc bezel and dont say it is because of the speakers because if they try harder they can easily remove it by a way or another im a consumer and i deserve the best

2. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

That's what I'm wondering what if they just remove that bezel with the htc logo could've been better. Still sd810 pulled down this flagship. Now what will happen to G4 and Z4. Hopefully they'll opt out for sd 810 and if rumors are true for sd815 then they should go for it.

3. seanwhat

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

still poor for today's standards,

9. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

what is that today standard? could you give me your link for that standard?

15. HamedShah

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 23, 2015

today's standard is at least more than 70% screen to body ratio you can check lg G3 and lg G2 to see the real standards with this kind of progress that htc is having I don't believe that their next year flagship can reach that standard

19. jmonteiro829

Posts: 264; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Why does everyone need a link to something for proof!! Seriously... if I put up my own site to help prove my point would that make me reputable because it is on the internet?

24. seanwhat

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

amasog are you serious?

4. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I like the bezel with the htc logo, I'm glad they didn't remove it

6. ankanbads

Posts: 16; Member since: Feb 25, 2015

i hope it was just a sarcasm.

8. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

no. That logo adds an appeal to the design, so are those bezels. That's why I absolutely hated the renders leaked by evleaks in the past, it was very unappealing, bland and boring.

12. Tooluka

Posts: 66; Member since: Nov 27, 2014

Definitely sarcasm.

13. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Or fanboyism

16. bendgate unregistered

Or idiotism.

20. BluRayPlayer

Posts: 11; Member since: Oct 17, 2014

Everyone's a fanboy of something.

22. ankanbads

Posts: 16; Member since: Feb 25, 2015

Trolls!! Trolls everywhere..

11. seven7dust unregistered

atleast if the bezel housed touch buttons like the m7 it would make sense to me, but like idiots they went with onscreen buttons again. typical HTC they'll never learn

26. BaffledTruffle

Posts: 523; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

I guess it's reasonable to keep the bottom black bezel. There are hardware underneath it, which you can't place on the speaker (if they were to put it there, the speaker quality would degrade. They wouldn't dare risk that because that's what the One's pride and joy is.)

14. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

I'm thinking the same too. Less side bezels are okay, but let the bottom and upper bezels as it is. People are brainwashed with todays trends that less bezels = better. Bezels can be canvas for manufacturers in design aspects, and it also helps prevent unwanted inputs from your grip, especially since phones nowadays are huge.

5. ankanbads

Posts: 16; Member since: Feb 25, 2015

Still the M8 looks better than the fugly M9

7. nicholassss

Posts: 368; Member since: May 10, 2012

If it 5.3 or 5.5 inch display I might forgive the fact that they released the same phone two years in a row. haha

10. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Let's not forget the on screen buttons that cut into the display as well. Supposedly the front facing speakers are imposing physical hardware limitations as that nasty bottom black bar that makes the phone display look assemtrical is there to host the video drivers. Another of HTCs poor design engineering.

17. bendgate unregistered

They should either put capacitive button on that bar or remove it completely. And make bezel small or make it waterproof.

18. ChowMein

Posts: 76; Member since: Jan 01, 2015

should have at least added capacitive buttons onto the black bar

21. yonith

Posts: 228; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

My LG G2 easily wins this one

23. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1270; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

One is King of bezel and another is Prince of bezel...

25. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

Im waiting for the tear down. I bet there's nothing behind that logo.

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