Note 4 goes out against the One (M8) in early speed comparison, loses

Note 4 goes out against the One (M8) in early speed comparison, loses
When one thinks about the Android market, there hardly is a bigger rivalry right now than the one between HTC and Samsung. To an extent, it's easy to see why this rivalry exists - HTC was the first phone manufacturer to adopt Android, and for a while, it was the definitive go-to company if one wanted an Android smartphone. Then, Samsung came with its Galaxy S line and completely turned things around in just a few short years. Today, Samsung enjoys a more than healthy Android business, while HTC is struggling to remain profitable.

But enough of that history lesson. The point is that both HTC and Samsung are extremely motivated to prove that they deserve to be the top Android phone manufacturer. And that epic battle has continued here at IFA 2014, where HTC announced a new mid-range smartphone, the Desire 820, while Samsung unveiled the latest installment in its popular phablet line - the Galaxy Note 4. But naturally, we ain't going to bother comparing the Desire 820 with the Note 4. Rather, we decided it is HTC's finest, the One (M8), that should go out against Samsung's new phablet in a sweet little speed comparison that we staged right on the expo's show floor.

Of course, before you hit the play button of the video below, we have to go through the usual disclaimer that the Galaxy Note 4 unit that participated in this race probably wasn't running a perfectly final software build, suggesting that things may be improved when the device launches officially. Then again, this early speed comparison does give us an idea of what kind of performance difference to expect out of the Note 4 and its rival, the HTC One (M8), at least when it comes to launching applications (from a cold start).

So, want to know who comes out on top? Well, while the difference between the two certainly isn't that big, it's safe to say that the One (M8) manages to gain the upper hand more often than not. Without futher ado, watch the two super-phones battle it out in the following video, and let us know if this gets you worried about TouchWiz's performance on the Galaxy Note 4!

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Galaxy Note 4
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 3.7 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3220 mAh(20h 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)



1. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Touchwiz slower than anything Ray throws at it, news at 11.

32. maherk

Posts: 7017; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Go to developer options in settings and you can speed up the animation speed or even disable it. Not only that, this is a pre production unit, with a software that has a gazillion of features (you trolls call it gimmicky ones), with Qhd screen, and going against a phone that has been on the market for almost 5 months now that has received a stability improvement update, with almost ZERO features with a 5" Fhd screen.

35. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

It is not like 4.4 is new, it is not like samsung has been dealing with touchwiz and kitkat with the s5 for months now. I hope it is nothing like the s5 launch that has so far plagued our tech team with updates to fix and improve tons of things. Also the G3 has Qhd screen and is smooth from my experience (hiccup here and there but eya) My question to you is, will the iphone6 that this is going to be going against have these 'issues'

41. pulkit1

Posts: 354; Member since: Jul 03, 2014

butt hurt samsung fan s5 lost to most phones in speed test and so will note 4 and all future samsung devices until they have touchwiz.

90. jeeta444

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 24, 2014

lollll……So you want to disable animation effects on a s805 soc device. You sammy fans are just stupid, always defending crap of samsung.

65. Mxyzptlk unregistered


78. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

OK iboys. Let's see the same "test" when Note 4 come to the market. Then we will speak again about TouchWiz(by the was the best thing that happened to Android)

92. androtaku

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

s-fan calling i-boy noob


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

This is by the far the most stupid comparison I have ever seen. This is just a pathetic attempt to get all the fanboys to rush to the page and get as many views as possible. Who the hell goes up to their friend and says "Hey let's see which phone opens an app faster....OMG YOU BEAT ME BY A MILLISECOND THIS PHONE IS GARBAGE!!!!"

99. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

These articles represent absolutely IRRESPONSIBLE reporting on PA's part. By adding a disclaimer that it's "probably" running with beta software, or "might not" be the final build.. does not make it OK to put out trash like this. People will ignore the disclaimers and go right into the scores, thinking the N4 (or any phone for that matter) is crap. Trash articles like this can influence buyers and smear the name of the product. If you insist on putting out this garbage, it should be clearly stated in the title of the article that it's N4 BETA, so people will really give the test the weight it deserves - NOTHING. I'm not a wha wha N4 supporter either - It should be the same for all phones. Compare FINAL phones to FINAL phones. Then we consumers can make educated choices

2. josephnero

Posts: 788; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Not surprised.honestly my Galaxy S4 flies on CM11 but on stock touchwiz it is slower than my old xperia T

3. kurtdean99

Posts: 79; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

PA trolling the S4 hahahhahaa

9. kurtdean99

Posts: 79; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

I meant N4

29. superduper

Posts: 151; Member since: Oct 20, 2013

S4, N4, it's all the same(sung).

4. jeeta444

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 24, 2014

Lollll……omg.. Note 4 losing to all previus devices. Feeling pitty on the so colled beast.

19. sgodsell

Posts: 7601; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

What about all the VR software elements on the Note 4? There is nothing like that in the HTC One. They had to change the OS in order to accommodate the VR.

40. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Yes because that's a feature that will persuade buyers. I will be purchasing a note 4 but you are grabbing at straws man

42. pulkit1

Posts: 354; Member since: Jul 03, 2014

I don't want features that slow my phone down .Either optimise it properly or take some more time implementing them .

70. nathan.carter

Posts: 416; Member since: Aug 11, 2014

Whos going to use it?

79. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

It's losing NOTHING yet. Can't wait to see how you will hide , when Note4 come to the market. PA promised to make the same test then too. But let's see if they have guts to keep the promise , and apologise for this massive dirty bashing.

5. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

If HTC wanted to become profitable they wouldn't be disappointing their customers year after year. If they made products other than hose with unibody designs that would be great. And not to mention a good camera. Oh and if they stuck to capacitive buttons again that would draw me back. Until then the m7 is my last HTC device. I know this is an article about the note 4 and the One i just wanted to express my opinion on HTC.

71. nathan.carter

Posts: 416; Member since: Aug 11, 2014

any one who complains about HTC's cam doesnt know how to use it.

76. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

I took a photography class in highschool so I know the stuff. No tweaks made up for noisy pictures that don't have the best detail.

83. alouden unregistered

I do not think so. Too many people and too many reviews have noted the subpar camera. They cannot all be users who do not know how to use the camera.

101. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

I see many pics taken by the One M8 that are great shots...these people can't be the only ones with capable cameras... Although there are certain limitations on every phone camera.

6. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Now lets see the camera comparison.

12. jeeta444

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 24, 2014

And a speaker test ??

13. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I'm pretty sure we all know how the speaker test will turn out

17. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

Hopefully the speaker is better than the terrible Note 3 speaker. My friends N3 speaker sounds like doodoo when above 90% volume. Even the internals vibrate and rattle around lol.

7. rantao333

Posts: 346; Member since: May 21, 2013

okie, PLS let the BEAST have some rest.. its been a tough day. perhaps next time try to compare with HTC Desire, or iphone 4

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