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Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE vs HTC M8 vs Sony Xperia Z2 specs comparison

Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE vs HTC M8 vs Sony Xperia Z2 specs comparison
There's nothing like a triple threat match between today's smartphone heavyweights. In one corner, we have the newly announced Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A. This South Korean pretender has an impossibly dense display, thick hardware muscle, and represents an established legacy of champions. Is this enough to announce it as a winner, though? 

Think hard, because you won't be a fool to bet on the HTC One (M8) - a mighty fighter from Taiwan that comes clad in a metallic armor and carries two cameras that deliver photographic punches in style. Third, coming all the way from Japan, we have the Sony Xperia Z2 - a fiery warrior known for heated battles. While its fists are capable of devastating fury, this happens to be the Z2's weak spot - sometimes the heat gets too intense, and that's when its opponents choose to deliver their lethal blows. 

So, which one do you choose?

Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2

OSAndroid (4.4.2), TouchWiz UIAndroid (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)
Dimensions5.59 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)
Weight5.11 oz (145 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (155 g)
5.64 oz (160 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (155 g)
5.75 oz (163 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (155 g)
MaterialsMain body: PlasticMain body: AluminumMain body: Glass
FeaturesFingerprint (swipe)  
RuggedWater, Dust resistantSplash 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 67IP X3IP 58
Physical size5.1 inches5.0 inches5.2 inches
Resolution1440 x 2560 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.

576 ppi441 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.

69.76 %66.71 %69.17 %
Colors16 777 21616 777 21616 777 216
Camera16 megapixels4 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 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 μm
Hardware FeaturesAutofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)Dual-camera, AutofocusAutofocus, CMOS image sensor
Software FeaturesManual focus, Face detection, Smile detection, Digital zoom, Voice activation, Self-timer, Digital image stabilization, Touch to focus, Geo taggingManual focus, Digital image stabilization, Face detection, Geo taggingFace detection, Smile detection, Digital zoom, Digital image stabilization, Touch to focus, Geo tagging
Camcorder3840x2160 (4K) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (720p HD)3840x2160 (4K)
Recording formatMPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMVMPEG4MPEG4, 3GPP
FeaturesHigh Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Digital image stabilizationHigh Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Video light, Video sharingHigh Dynamic Range mode (HDR)
Front-facing camera2.1 megapixels5 megapixels2.2 megapixels
Video capture 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 805Qualcomm Snapdragon 801Qualcomm 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, 2500 MHz, Krait 450Quad-core, 2300 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 420Adreno 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.

3 GB RAM (Quad-channel) / LPDDR32 GB RAM / 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.

2800 mAh2600 mAh3200 mAh
Fast Charge Yes 
Wireless charging  Optional
Talk time  15.00 hours
the average is 20 h (1190 min)
Stand-by time  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)
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  120.00 hours
Video playback  10.00 hours
Screen mirroring DLNA, Wireless screen share, MHL, MirrorLinkDLNA, Wireless screen share, MHL, MirrorLink
GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS850, 1900, 2100 MHz 850, 900, 1700/2100, 2100 MHz
LTE (FDD)Bands 17, 5, 3, 1, 7Bands 3, 7, 8, 20Bands 13, 17, 20, 5, 8, 4, 3, 2, 1, 7
DataLTE-A Cat 6 (300/50 Mbit/s), HSPA, UMTSLTE, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/sLTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s

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posted on 18 Jun 2014, 06:38 5

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

Samsung will always have a smartphone that reigns supreme on the market. After months, the Note 3 has finally been dethroned.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 06:48 7

2. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

I was really hoping for LG G3 will knock GS5 out of the park. But when it comes to the display its just dull and awful. Nor is their camera any better. LG G2 was great but G3 turned out to be a bit of a disappointment really. Not even water or dust resistant.

Z2 on the other hand has an IPS display but far from being the best IPS on the market. Nor is their camera any better then GS5's.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 06:53 4

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

The camera on the Z2 is inferior to the one on the S5.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 07:29 2

9. buccob (Posts: 2733; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

That is what tech2 said in his final sentence

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 07:43

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

And I agreed with him...

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 12:21

20. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)

More like you stressed it more to envy sony fans... :-D

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 08:29

14. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)

It's a fail in my book if you can't put a flagship on the most reliable carrier in the US; Verizon. The last phone worth talking about was the 2 year old Xperia play and at that time the phone was crap. I have no faith in Sony.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 08:23

13. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)

Have to agree. I would have sold my Note 3 if this was the S5. Samsung should have waited but if you know your phones you would have never bought the current S5. You just knew better spec'ed phones are going to come out in the fall.
Sucks but it could be the other way around with how slow Apple takes to refresh their phones. Apple will let that crappie iPhone C sit on the shelves to rott and iPhone 5s sells will just get dwindle until iPhone 6 comes out.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 11:34

19. Supraman21 (Posts: 393; Member since: 09 Jun 2010)

Not really. HTC One and the G2 were better phones than the GS4. The cameras on the G3 and S5 is pretty much a wash. The G3 has better and louder audio quality plus a louder speaker. It also has a bigger and more lasting battery. The only thing the S5 has over the G3 is screen quality but then again thats kind of subjective because I hate OLED screens.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 06:50 1

3. buccob (Posts: 2733; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

Well the new Samsung definitely surpass the rest in every department... (except probably battery life)...

Not the phone for me... but definitely the best all around right now.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 06:51 4

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

If the S5 has stellar battery life, I can only imagine this one is better due to better power consumption regardless of the number of extra pixels it's pushing.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 07:02 1

8. buccob (Posts: 2733; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

Yeah, that is true, I forgot about the better optimization on the 805...

Lucky south koreans.
And Lucky Japanese...

They all get the best devices... Here I am wishing for the ZL2 to hit globally...

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 06:50 6

4. smallworld (Posts: 503; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

It's still funny when I see 4 megapixels between 16 megapixels and 20.7 megapixels. Poor HTC.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 06:52 5

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

My M8 takes decent photos. I don't expect to crop them anytime soon though.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 07:37 2

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

honestly after seeing some of the z2's photos on here, the m8's camera looks a little better

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 07:44 1

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

The M8 beat the Z2 on the last blind camera comparison lololol.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 08:46 2

15. pyradark (Posts: 882; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)

My z ultra 8mp beat all those crappy 2014 flagship!!! Wahahahaha

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 09:50 1

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

Lets not get to ahead of ourselves...

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 09:11

16. medtxa (Posts: 1344; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)

htc is just ridiculously stuborn and bad at strategy. at least make it 8 ultrapixels?

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 10:40

18. Joshua9007 (Posts: 94; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

I agree, I had an EVO 4G LTE and still look back at that as the best pictures I've taken on a phone. My GS4 is ridiculously bad unless its an outdoor still image, I have an 11mo old who has been walking for over 2 months and I had to go and buy a real camera because even sports mode is a joke on my GS4. My old 8MP camera on the EVO was able to take really clear quick shots, burst mode was awesome, the HDR worked great, and overall it was my favorite camera especially considering it had a dedicated camera button.

If HTC could have taken that camera and increased the pixel size, added the 2nd camera for the easy after effects (without having to go into a setting before the shot) they would have had a winner. Better yet, they could maybe work with a 13MP ultrapixel for their next camera. They are right that sensor size and pixel size are important, but since there is not zoom option on a phone, people often use cropping a picture to get the shot they want. I would not mind if the camera was a larger circle on the back of the phone and slightly protruded as long as it worked perfectly and got great shots.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 13:58 1

21. xperian (Posts: 382; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)

Z2=M8>S5LTE, because glass and metal + great specs = metal + great specs > plastic + great specs. I also prefer ips over amoled.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 14:36 1

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

As of right now, S5 LTE-A=M8 > Z2.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 23:12

23. gaara6775 (Posts: 738; Member since: 20 May 2014)

Not to mention app opening speed on z2 n s5 is more than m8.m8 even beats nexus5 is app opening.

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