Sony Xperia Z2 vs HTC One (M8): preliminary comparison

Sony Xperia Z2 vs HTC One (M8): preliminary comparison
At this year's MWC in Barcelona, Sony introduced us to its greatest smartphone yet – the Xperia Z2. As strikingly similar to the Xperia Z1 as it may seem, the new model brings along a number of noteworthy (and welcome) improvements, including a better screen, an even faster processor, a higher RAM capacity, and a greater set of camera features. But the phone looks great not only on paper. We had the chance to take it for a spin at the show, and to tell you the truth, we were quite pleased. And with so much to offer, the Sony Xperia Z2 surely ranks among the most highly anticipated phones in existence.

A phone that fits into the very same category is the new HTC One (M8). Like the Sony Xperia Z2, it is sleek, powerful, and packed to the brim with goodies of all kinds. From the external design, through the goodies under the hood, to all the fancy software features, the HTC One (M8) seems like a phone that can easily give the Xperia Z2 a run for its money.


Last year's Xperia Z1 was a gorgeous smartphone, and the same can be said about the upcoming Sony Xperia Z2. Just like its predecessor, the latest Sony flagship is built to impress with its solid feel and premium design. Flat glass plates grace the phone's front and back, while a smooth aluminum frame embraces its sides, with flaps protecting its ports. Plus, the Sony Xperia Z2 is waterproof, which is a trait that only a few high-end phones can brag with.

Visually, the new HTC One (M8) is expected to be very similar to its critically-acclaimed predecessor, adopting an enhanced version of its outstanding, all-metal construction. This is why we consider both HTC's and Sony's flagships to be in the same league when it comes to design. The new HTC One isn't water-resistant, but unlike the Z2, it features a built-in IR blaster for controlling TVs, stereos, and set-top boxes.

The Sony Xperia Z2 can't be regarded as a compact smartphone, as it is 5.78 inches (146.8 mm) tall and 2.89 inches (73.3 mm) wide. It is also far from the lightest among today's high-ends with a weight of 5.75 ounces (163 grams). Looking at the new HTC One, though, the situation seems pretty similar, as HTC's new offering has dimensions of 5.76 x 2.78 x 0.37 inches, and a weight of 5.64 oz (160 g). So, we can officially say that we're dealing with two 'grand' smartphones, in every sense of the word.

HTC outfitted the 2013 One with a pair of high-quality speakers in the front, which made the phone ideal for music listening and for watching movies. The good news is that these are still present on the new HTC One. Sony, however, has also added front-facing stereo speakers to its flagship. Which phone will produce better sound remains to be seen, or rather... heard.


Sony's last few flagships had one flaw in common – their displays weren't quite as good as the ones used on the high-ends by Sony's competitors. The Xperia Z2, however, is different. In fact, according to its maker, the Z2 sports the best display that has ever graced the front of a Sony smartphone. Indeed, colors on the Xperia Z2's display are vibrant, viewing angles are excellent, and the X-Reality feature aims to improve representation of videos and photos. (More on Sony's display tech here.) As for its technical characteristics, the Sony Xperia Z2 has a 5.2-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1080 by 1920 pixels for a pixel density of 424 ppi.

Even though the new HTC One will be about as large as the Xperia Z2, it will use a slightly smaller, 5-inch display. Sure, a size difference of 0.2 inches is not that big of a deal, but it still counts as an advantage for Sony's flagship. Size aside, last year's HTC One had a wonderful S-LCD 3 display with accurate color reproduction and great viewing angles, and the One (M8) is taking things even further. However, which screen will prove to be the better one remains to be seen.

Related phones

Xperia Z2
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP / 2.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3200 mAh(19h 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. LiyanaBG

Posts: 381; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

HTC ONE M8 kills - sony brick phone boring sony Ui

4. NoFanboy

Posts: 300; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

Sense 6 looks amazing. It's looks are honestly competing with stock

113. drunkenjay

Posts: 1697; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

I have used htc one, galaxy 1 to 4, iphone 5, lg g2. i can say the best ui in order galaxy, lg g2, htc one, iphone 5 reasons were touchwiz was easy for me plus i have grown onto it. lg ui is similar to touchwiz could say it is a copy so the similar feel wasnt too bad. iphone is boring and hence i sold it. htc one was clean but some parts of the ui really annoyed me. sold it as well. i have not tried sonys ui but it feels flat and does not seem very complicated. It is pretty much a soft overlay of kit kat android. im getting the z2 shifting away from samsung as it has alot to offer. i dont mind the pricing but it will be a whole new experience. in phone wise i think z2 beats htc m8. It has more to offer and it looks cleaner. The htc ones design was also very good (dont know about the new m8 just seems more round) and the matte aluminium on the phone was really nice.(once in a while i would remove the case to feel the metal). the only thing that would temp me to buy the m8 would be the stereo speakers which is one of the main selling points. The camera might be a gimmick but who knows. The z2 somehow follows the road of where the samsung s5 should be. It was a geeks phone with high specs but it seems more consumer based but im suprised high specs was not what the consumer wanted. The heart monitor just seems useless and im a fan of stereo speakers. the htc m8 case looks appealing but doesnt match the usability of the samsung or lg g2 flip cases. and waterproofing is not a gimmick since i always freak out when theres rain while im outdoors. Water proofing always give you a sense of security.

10. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Just one word for new One, BEZELS, enjoy your monster bezel phone. Oh, I thought its water proof but it isn't, sorry for you. And about the design, your beloved phone looks like a bar of SOAP. lol

13. LiyanaBG

Posts: 381; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

your wrong sony and samsung this year have more bezels than the HTC One M8 you blind? go get your eyes checked

19. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

At least they are water proof and big bezels are necessary for water proof phones but what about One? It won't even survive in the rain. lol

25. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

And you said you don't troll. What a hypocrite. All New HTC One > Z2

32. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Would you please tell me how exactly im trolling? Don't you thing the first comment is more a troll than that of mine?

35. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

No since Sony's UI is terrible.

41. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Have you ever worked with it? And what about the "brick"? You're a nice troll.

44. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Yeah I have. It's almost as ugly as LG's UI and unappealing to me. That's the reason why I passed on the Z1 and will pass with the Z2. Face it, Sony's UI looks the way it did back in 2011. It's 2014.

51. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

So as LG UI is the copy of TouchWiz, so you must hate TouchWiz as well. And where is your answer to my question about the "brick"? accept the defeat bro, you just tried to continue his way of trolling and you did it well.

56. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Touchwiz is miles ahead of the blatant copy UI from LG. Does it hurt you inside to know that Sense and Touchwiz is the best looking UI on the Android front? Thanks for reminding me. Brick as in huge, squarish, and plain design.

62. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

lol, Sammy fanboy is talking about plain design. Thanks for the try.

63. TheMeaTree

Posts: 8; Member since: Mar 20, 2014

I personally think the Z2 is better just look at all the specs side by side and i much prefer the simple elegant look of the z2 UI and case, not to mention the water resistance and noise cancellation in the Z2. only thing that interests me about the HTC one none is the duel camera. They dida good job on the case to. but fro me the Z2 takes the edge here

101. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Touchwiz is plain utter crap. I just wish sammy ditches crapwiz and crapxynos.

158. sipha

Posts: 440; Member since: May 12, 2012

why is your comment marked limited?? O.o

159. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

he has been banned for a week so he cant post for aweek

167. sipha

Posts: 440; Member since: May 12, 2012

Lol. Oh sure!!

156. Odiin

Posts: 373; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Height of fanboyism, really do you have eyes?

89. williandyzxz

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Sony ui is not the best but will the best and u also can download sony themes at sony select if u boring.

71. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

both are good. S5 is a junk

129. Fynjy777

Posts: 35; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Disagree. Z2 > All New HTC One, and that's why: Sony has waterproof and beautifull design. Look at speakers of HTC they aren't symmetric, it looks ugly. Moreover Sony's display should be more accurate in colours reproduction and should have wider colour gamut.

141. alex88ucv

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 05, 2014

Enough..each phone is great in terms of design but the z2 is better..the thing is that the new htc one has the same crap camera..there is no ois..i've seen the videos and it shakes like hall..that huge bezel on the bottom is damn ugly..i have no idea why they opted for software buttons but sticked to that bezel in the same time..actually the bottom bezel is bigger than the one on the last year model..the z2 has more screen estate, and also great stereo speakers which sound good even if it's waterproof..right now, the z2 is the better option..hope to see a great lg g3..not to mention that the z3 is on its way later this year..

175. RuiBacelar

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

Hey Papa, please tell us in what manner does the M8 beats the Z2?? I guess they both beat S5, but that's old news...

160. BeMoGamer

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

You are such a retard. The newer samsung phones are NOT waterproof. Before you say something. Actually know something sony fanboy. Idiot..Water resistant isn't water proof. And Waterproof isnt a big deal. I dont think people fear is dropping there phones in the toilet. It's more of them getting the devices's screen cracked...idiot idiot idiot, Waterproof...A feature you wont even use

100. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Lol can you read numbers . Also s5 and z2 have bigger screens and both are waterproof.

17. hboy857

Posts: 367; Member since: Jun 03, 2013

No need to fight. Both are great looking awesome phones.

22. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Um... I think the HTC One looks better... yeah.

20. Leonis

Posts: 338; Member since: Jan 08, 2014

Do you see those speakers there? thats why there are "bezels" The only thick bezel is the HTC logo but its not a big deal. More beautiful than S5 and Z2 but Z2 is great also.

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