HTC One M9 vs Sony Xperia Z4: what to expect


Lovers of flagship smartphone have little to complain of this year. Just look at these two unreleased beauties right here - the HTC One M9 and the Sony Xperia Z4. Both have metal, glass, top-shelf specs, high-resolution displays, 64-bit processors, and obsessively designed everything going on about them. These two smartphones will be some of the best 2015 has to offer to you, aficionados, so it's about them we had a look at how they stand against each other in several key departments using the information we all know.


By the looks of it, the new HTC One M9 will stay true to the company's premium unibody design pattern. That's the best possible option, as HTC can makE obscenely attractive smartphones, and the One M9 proudly continues down the premium design road. Looking at the leaks, the new flagship could end up shorter and slightly narrower than its predecessor, but it will probably have that same pleasant weight and heft to it.

As for the Xperia Z4, it continues Sony's OmniBalance design line, which relies on polished aluminum and glass as its hallmarks. We don't have the exact dimensions yet, but the smartphone shouldn't be too far off its predecessor, the Xperia Z3's size of 5.75 x 2.83 x 0.29 inches (146 x 72 x 7.3 mm). Looks are wholly subjective, but the Xperia Z4 will definitely get an additional point over the HTC One M9 if Sony includes the traditional water and dust resistance of its flagship smartphones in it.


HTC might openly discard the Quad HD trend this year by opting for a regular 5-inch 1080p display as its flagship's centerpiece. Given that HTC chooses its displays wisely and calibrates them to pleasantly natural colors, we can only expect good things from it!

Sony, on the other hand, could release two versions of the Xperia Z4 - one with a 1080p display, and another with a QHD display, selling them in different parts of the globe. In both cases, the display diagonal will stay at a comfortable 5.2 inches. Sony has had quite the time tuning its TriLuminous displays to various degrees of success. While it never achieved perfection, it always had something nice to show, so we're optimistic about the Xperia Z4's display qualities as well.

Processor and memory

It looks like the HTC One M9 will be powered by the hotshot Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core SoC that also features the powerful Adreno 430 GPU. It's clocked at 2 GHz for the four Cortex-A57 cores, and at 1.5 GHz for the four Cortex-A53 cores, offering full 64-bit performance. The chipset will probably scream with having only a 1080p display to deal with - especially if it's really paired with that generous 3 GB of LPDDR4 RAM the leaked benchmarks have been talking about.

The Sony Xperia Z4 ought to sport the same configuration, although the purported 1440p display variant may have an additional gigabyte of RAM to rely upon. Whatever the case, both the HTC One M9 and the Xperia Z4 have what it takes to tackle 2015 performance standards.


For all we know, HTC may have kissed the 4MP UltraPixel camera goodbye and moved it to a more appropriate position - at the front, handling selfie shots. In its place, a bulky 20 MP camera sensor is said to run the main show. Curously enough, it's been mostly Sony phones to sport such cams, as Sony is the one supplying most of them in the first place! Yet, HTC might have hired Toshiba as its camera component supplier, which means its hero phone could produce different results than those utilizing Sony's camera technology.

Meanwhile, Sony could opt for its Exmor RS IMX230 21MP camera sensor, which boasts image plane phase detection autofocus and 192 AF points, enabling blur-free tracking, snapping of fast-moving objects, and real-time HDR images. However, this sensor allegedly won't hit mass production until April, so Sony might as well give the ol' 20.7MP Exmor sensor in the Xperia Z3 another run with the Xperia Z4.


Rumors say the HTC One M9 has a 2800 mAh or so battery giving it fuel, which is just slightly more than what the HTC One (M8) made do with. We are quite optimistic towards the flagship's eventual battery life, as the HTC One (M8) scored very well in our battery benchmark, and by the looks of it, the One M9 has all it takes - a bigger battery, a 1080p display, and a next-generation processor - to do even better!

The Sony Xperia Z4, meanwhile, will almost certainly have a bigger battery due to its bigger body. With a capacity of around 3000mAh, it will definitely have what it takes to ace our battery life test once more!

Software and extras

The HTC One M9 should come running Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box, introducing HTC's latest Sense 7 interface.Rumors say this next Sense version could have its theming abilities extended, letting users customize more parts of the experience than ever before.

The Xperia Z4 should too have Lollipop installed on it, but it will run a much different interface. The Sony Xperia UI is very simple and uncluttered, relying on transparent items, fluid animations, and a plethora of multimedia-oriented applications such as the eponymous Walkman players. Different as they are, both smartphones should be very pleasant to use, with elaborate camera apps and different services to showcase the two manufacturers' best customer intentions.

Price and release date

Since it will be announced as early as MWC 2015, the HTC One M9 should be arriving to markets soon after the event, at a price somewhere around the $600+ flagship smartphones usually go for unlocked. Unfortunately, Sony fans will have to wait quite a bit longer, as the Xperia Z4 might not appear until May or June at the earliest. When it does show up, though, it will too sport a price tag of around $600 unlocked, with T-Mobile probably ending up as the sole carrier to sell it with a contract in the States.

So, are you Team HTC, or Team Sony (or team tell-us-what in the comments below) this smartphone season?



1. Kumar123 unregistered

In the android world, HTC ≥ Sony=Motorola >>> cheap chinese and indian brand phones > Samsung phones.

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Your hate for Samsung is probably greater than mine for Sony.

17. Kumar123 unregistered

So, you finally admit that you troll Sony simply because you hate Sony, it has nothing to do with their update policy or their UI. Just be honest next time and say I hate Sony. People will applaud you for your honesty. You better confess that you're also a Samsung paid troll and don't use your parents iOS devices as a shield.

19. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I think you need to go back to school because nowhere did I say I troll Sony. Not one device has been updated to 5.0 when LG just updated their G Pro from early 2013. That's sad. And I'm a Samsung paid troll with a 6 Plus? Damn you're dense lol. Whatever makes you sleep at night. :)

26. Kumar123 unregistered

Fatal mistake paid troll. You already confessed you're hatred towards Sony and with that it's pretty clear to people that you simply troll because you hate Sony not because Sony's update policy or their UI. I'll post again - Samsung fans/trolls will try to create a friction between HTC and Sony. Stay together HTC and Sony fans. Don't take their bait.

28. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Confirmed illiterate. Let me know when you're able to read because by the looks of it, it looks like school didn't treat you well. You're probably the worst Sony fanboy on the site hands down. Following the footsteps of taco50 and Apple.

31. Kumar123 unregistered

Confirmed Sony hater ( You just confessed) and Samsung's paid troll.

44. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

LOL u serious man? Kumar hit u in the jaw!hahaha

23. Kumar123 unregistered

Samsung fans/trolls will try to create a friction between HTC and Sony. Stay together HTC and Sony fans. Don't take their bait.

29. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You're really sad. Like really sad. You should probably go outside more or get a girlfriend. Maybe both.

32. Kumar123 unregistered

What I find really sad is how miserable you are to take such a lowly job like paid trolling? Still lives with your parents and use their iOS devices as a shield when people accused you as a paid troll. Isn't western culture encourage people to move out of their parents house they grown up? Such a shame. Such a pitiful life you lead. I pity you.

41. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Lmao if you say so bud. Whatever floats your boat. Want to know what I had for lunch as well? I'll be more than happy to share that with you as well. Just let me know. :)

40. Busyboy

Posts: 739; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Bookmarked this page on your confession for future reference. Thanks

42. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Go ahead I could care less tbh lol. I'll bookmark it myself and bring it up for you to save you the hassle.

16. heysamad

Posts: 52; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

In 2015, Samsung phones > HTC = Sony > LG >Motorola > Huawei >> Other chinese brand phones IMO

18. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

In 2015 - HTC/Apple/Samsung > Motorola > LG > Chinese brands > Sony

45. sareea

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

Really objective as i see it. Some says Sony are the best, but some says the same for HTC. I don't know regarding Motorola ... I got Apple phone, but i some how feel comfortable knowing Sony and HTC are there in case i wanted to move :)

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I'd pick a M9 due to the timely updates and Sense.

8. BruceLeeRoyJenkins

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

I have to agree with you on that. HTC is is really hitting it off with the Lollipop updates. Sony is really lagging for sure. There haven't been any leaks of Sony's Lollipop UI, so for all I know I could be getting the same, darker stock android feel or a complete overhaul. Both devices would be great... If their cameras were better than their predecessors.

4. BruceLeeRoyJenkins

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Are we seriously comparing two devices that have yet to be released yet? Might as well compare the M10 to the Z5, along with the S7 and iPhone 6S

5. bakhtawar

Posts: 41; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

Team SONY Forever

10. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Lol out come the comments.

12. hboy857

Posts: 367; Member since: Jun 03, 2013

Team Sony and HTC forever. Can't choose between them. I'll take both.

6. Derekjeter

Posts: 1576; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Wait is the Z4 being announced at MWC? I wish they would all sell the device right away after the announcement like HTC did last year with Verizon.

13. BruceLeeRoyJenkins

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

No, just more click bait articles.

22. Derekjeter

Posts: 1576; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Exactly!!! PA, you post some questionable articles more than any other Tech site (IMO). Why are you sort off comparing two phones that haven't been released?

7. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

Dear Sony, do you want higher market penetration and higher profits in America? Then make the Z4 and Z4 compact available on Verizon's network! The Z3 Compact was the phone that I had been waiting for for a while and it only saddened me to not be able to purchase it as I am not leaving VZW for now. Sincerely, A Verizon Victim

14. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Or maybe offer timely updates and market their phone better than cheap advertisements on TV.

21. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

PapaSmurf, I would have to disagree. It does not matter how much money they spend on marketing or how fast the updates are if you cant buy the product at all. In reality updates only matter to geeks like us who keep up with the latest on mobile technology, to the layman (or ordinary person) who know nothing of mobile updates mean nothing...

27. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Marketing is definitely the #1 way to sell more products. Look at Beats, Apple, Samsung, McDonalds, and LG. The big spenders in marketing have the most success. That's not a coincidence. Get your product known and people would most likely buy it. Not giving timely updates to customers makes the customers feel deserted and left high and dry. The old HTC was probably the worst at updates and look at them now. You'd be surprised at how many average joes care about updates. That's the #1 iPhones users brag about and they have every right to.

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