Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8): preliminary comparison

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8): preliminary comparison
If we had to make a list of the most highly anticipated smartphones right now, then the Samsung Galaxy S5 would probably stand right at the very top of it. The handset is expected to sell by the boatloads once it is released in April, landing in the pockets of both loyal Samsung followers and anyone looking for a capable high-end Android device. But the competition is definitely not going to just stand and watch. Samsung's latest and greatest Android phone will have to face a number of tough opponents on its way to commercial success, and one of the toughest among them will be the HTC One (M8).


Truth to be told, Samsung's last few Galaxy S flagships didn't really stand out much with their design particularities. Sure, they were remarkably thin and light, but overall, their glossy plasticky construction couldn't wow us. This time around, Samsung's designers have taken a slightly different approach by treating the Galaxy S5's back plate to a perforated dot pattern and a shimmering matte finish. As a result, the phone looks far more sophisticated than its predecessors despite its plastic build. Its surface feels nice to the touch without being too rough or too slippery. The HTC One (M8), however, is likely to score higher than the S5 in the design department. That's because HTC's new flagship adopts the critically acclaimed, all-metal construction of its predecessor, complemented by a brushed finish.

On the downside, the new HTC One will be slightly thicker and heavier than the Samsung Galaxy S5. The former has a thickness of 0.37 inches (9.35 millimeters) and weight of 5.64 oz (160 grams), while the latter is 0.32 inches (8.1 millimeters) thick and weighs 5.11 oz (145 grams).

Looks and proportions aside, the Samsung Galaxy S5 has a few tricks up its sleeve – tricks that the new HTC One won't have to offer, as far as we know. These include the S5's fingerprint sensor, which is embedded in its home key, and the heart rate sensor placed on the device's back. The former is used for unlocking the phone, as well as for restricting access to certain files stores on it, while the latter works in conjunction with the S Health app to monitor the user's activity during exercise. No less important is the fact that the Galaxy S5 is a water-resistant phone. Of course, the absence of these three perks in the new HTC flagship won't render it not worth buying, but they do add to the already long list of features that make the Galaxy S5 such an exceptional device.

On the other hand, the front of the HTC One (M8) will be graced by a pair of BoomSound speakers, which will deliver high-quality stereo sound. The Samsung Galaxy S5 has just one loudspeaker, which is placed on its back. This could potentially make the new HTC One more desired by those who often listen to music from their smartphone, as well as those who enjoy watching videos and playing games on their handset.


From the looks of it, smartphones sporting QHD displays are bound to go on sale before 2014 is out. In case you're wondering, 1440 by 2560 is the jaw-dropping pixel count behind this acronym. Both the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the new HTC One, however, come with 1080 by 1920-pixel displays. Should that bother anyone? Nope, absolutely not, since a 1080p smartphone screen is already detailed enough to produce more detail than our eyes can detect under normal usage conditions. Also, a higher-resolution display would have put more strain on these phones' hardware, which could potentially result in poorer performance and/or increased power consumption. That's why we're perfectly fine with Samsung and HTC launching flagships touting 1080p screens.

As far as size goes, the screens on the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the new HTC One (M8) should be almost equally large. For the record, the former has a slight advantage with its 5.1-inch display, even though the latter lags behind only by a hair, offering a screen of 5 inches. Pixel density figures are 432 and 441 ppi, respectively.

Now that we've gone over the similarities, it is time to highlight what could set the two screens apart. True to its traditions, Samsung has equipped the Galaxy S5 with a Super AMOLED display, which isn't that bad of a choice. People tend to like them for their vibrant colors and excellent viewing angles. HTC, on the other hand, is using a Super LCD 3 screen for its new One. The screen on last year's HTC One looked outstandingly, and guess what - we've already measured the One (M8)'s display, and it proved to be even better and more accurate! Overall, users will have to make a decision: whether to go for the more visually-stimulating colors of the Galaxy S5, or the punchy, but still true-to-life visuals of the One (M8).

Related phones

Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(21h 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. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

No chance for S5, but will sell more But we don't care. HTC M8 all the way. and Z2

2. fouadqr

Posts: 326; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

And soon 930 ; )

8. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

Oh, wooow, I can't wait to see it! Sure it will be absolutely revolutionary with the same brick-design and TILES!

25. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

if Bricks and tiles combine it turn in home. And icons and cheap plastic combine it turn in toy.

38. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Einstein's sarcasm is absolutely revolutionary. :P

72. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

Einstein simply doesn't care! :P He is eternal just as the universe, no earthy things affect him!

18. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

930 will shut haters mouth soon. I can't wait for next Nokia flagship. and Nokia have surprise for us. Soon.

35. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

But the WP platform is a big letdown that no one will buy cause of WP being the OS, if it was Android or Meego, Maeemo, or Ubuntu it will regain Nokia the once a legend to be a legend in 2014

236. stylinred

Posts: 50; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

I've never been a fan of WP but i must say WP 8.1 seems to have caught up finally. 8.1 should have been WP at launch Sadly it's not yet released and I don't think ppl care anymore, too little too late MSFT

66. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

I'd the 930 will be identical with the 920 but a little higer specs :p.

83. iTechies

Posts: 88; Member since: Dec 28, 2013

as if WP device stand a chance against android devices. wait for the G3 and note 4 and we'll see who's the boss.

100. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Sammy's ATIV SE will kill Nokia in the US.

109. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Hahaha what a joke. Keep dreaming, do u even know if anything vs Nokia, never ever won.

120. engineer-1701d unregistered

are you kidding there are no nokia markets in the us i live here and i have seen 4 nokia in the last 2 years.

159. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

We r talking about wp market not smartphone market.

175. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

The ATIV SE is rumored to have a 13MP camera, 2GB of RAM, A Quad core Snapdragon processor, and a Full-HD display. I'm sorry but your NOKIA lineup doesn't stand a chance.

179. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

So what should I do with this specs. Oh well I don't even know 1520 and icon is exist. Wait for 930 your mind will blow away.

180. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

If we're talking about blowing up people's minds wait for the Note 4 in the Android market.

187. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

in android Samsung Note is killer device, But in wp Nokia Lumia is killer device. And that's true fact.

115. true1984

Posts: 869; Member since: May 23, 2012

not at all. due to nokia's phone division being owned by MS they have access to things other dont

119. engineer-1701d unregistered

the note and g3 are phablets not in this category you cant compare

121. willard12 unregistered

You mean microsoft. I think Nokia was bought for about a third of the cost of Whatsapp.

140. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Pretty sad that a massive company with tons of patents and workers is sold for less than an app...

182. papss unregistered

Sorry to inform you but they only lease the patents.

200. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Nokia and HTC are flop now. Samsung rules. You haters might hate it.. but its the sad bitter truth that you need to understand. I know its a big problem for someone like u who has little space in his brain because its already filled with sh*tty fanboyism.. but my child. Try hard.. try very hard and you just might succeed May god be with you. Amen.

202. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

First of all you just went full fanboy, never go full fanboy. Second of all what the hell does God have to do with this.. Also you shouldn't shove your God in someones elses face if they have a diffrent religion than you, its very impolite.

221. srgonu

Posts: 558; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

I don't understand the hype for 930. Had 920 and screen irresponsive in a month. Googling for a solution and found that issue reported by umpteen users without solution. By the way I hated those large bezels, heavy weight and worst windows UI. I hope Nokia will improve their screens this time.

4. Galen20K

Posts: 577; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

Completely agree with you, I'd much rather carry an m8 or Z2 over the GS5.

17. koko1

Posts: 103; Member since: Dec 03, 2013

because of what ?? if u say the design, i say yes, both of them have a better design than s5, but all hands-on videos said that it looks good and feel great, so wait till it be on ur hand then judge ! and just think, will ur z2 have updates ? u saw the 2012 flagships are not getting kitkat neither do htc one x !! and the ui ? htc ui is the worst ever, u need a launcher but still, the notification bar and sttings ui are bad !! and we didnt talk about the software yet !!!

27. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Dude HTC one has great ui, it Looks fresh and clean. Fast fluid and smooth. I used HTC one. Upper than sense 5 is plus.

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