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



Sony's custom Android UI vs HTC Sense 6.0

Sony's custom Android UI vs HTC Sense 6.0

Sony is launching the Xperia Z2 with Android 4.4 KitKat running on it. The OS, of course, has been treated to a fair dose of customization, although it doesn't deviate radically from the Android experience in its vanilla form. All menus and native apps have been tweaked to some extent, and the result is a very smooth, very consistent Android UI. In addition to the usual set of personalization features, you get themes that change the color accents throughout the interface. The phone's multitasking abilities have been augmented with a set of mini apps – a calculator, a voice recorder, a notepad, and so on – which are accessed from the multitasking menu and hover above other opened apps.

HTC's approach to UI design is slightly different. On the new HTC One, we're seeing the all new Sense 6.0 user interface running on top of Android 4.4 KitKat. BlinkFeed – the news and social network feed aggregator that debuted in Sense's previous major release – is going to be present as well. In fact, the feature is going to be upgraded and will allow for content to be sorted in groups. Standard Android home screens, with icons and widgets, will be available at a swipe's distance. Furthermore, a number of gestures will be augmented into the UI, including a double-tap-to-wake one. It is also worth noting that the new HTC One will feature on-screen navigation buttons, as opposed to last year's model, which had capacitive ones.

Processor and memory

Sony Xperia Z2 vs HTC One (M8): preliminary comparison
Qualcomm is known for its top-notch mobile SoC solutions, and one of its finest specimens is powering the Sony Xperia Z2. The chip of choice is the Snapdragon 801, or the MSM8974-AB, to be more specific. In the Z2's case, the SoC has a quad-core Krait 400 CPU with a maximum clock speed of 2.3GHz and Adreno 330 graphics running at 550MHz. Unsurprisingly, the HTC One (M8) is also going to be powered by the very same Snapdragon 801 SoC, so, what can we say - we expect these babies to have almost identical, top-notch performance!

The Xperia Z2, however, might have just a slight edge, due to it sporting the whopping 3GB of DDR3 RAM, while the new HTC One features “only” 2GB of DDR2 RAM. Yet nevertheless, we're assuming that the real-world performance of both phones should be equally flawless, with the Z2's advantage of having extra RAM making a difference only in cases of very heavy multitasking.

16GB of storage is what you get with an Xperia Z2, along with the option to augment that by throwing in a microSD card. The new HTC One will be available in 16GB and 32GB flavors, and thankfully, it will also sport a slot for microSD cards.


The Sony Xperia Z2 uses a camera that is very similar to the one found on its predecessor, the Sony Xperia Z1. Not that we have anything against that – the snapper on the latter is well capable of taking good photos, as we know from our experience with it. Besides, leaked photo samples suggest that the Sony Xperia Z2 will perform well in the camera department. For those who are into technical details, the Z2's 20.7MP camera has a 1/2.3” CMOS sensor with 1.1-micron pixels and Sony G Lens optics. Feature-wise, you get a ton of bells and whistles, including 4K and 120fps slow-motion video recording, augmented reality effects, Background Defocus for still images, and much more.

The peculiar Duo Camera on the HTC One

The peculiar Duo Camera on the HTC One

As for the HTC One (M8), leaks have revealed that the phone will use a rather unusual Duo Camera setup, which will consist of two different cameras. An upgraded 4MP UltraPixel camera with a 1/3.0 sensor size, f/2.0 aperture, and pixel size of 2 micrometers will be paired with a secondary cam, which will serve to capture depth information, allowing you to apply some fancy image effects, like shallow depth of field. What this enables you is to alter the focus point of an image after it has been captured. Stay tuned for our camera comparison featuring the new HTC One (M8)!

A peculiar detail that we also have to mention is that the new HTC One sports a 5MP front-facing camera with a wide-angle lens and HDR capabilities. Imagine the selfies! Of course, the 2.2MP front-facing camera on the Sony Xperia Z2 is probably going to be almost as suitable for the purpose.


Sony is definitely not fooling around. Its Xperia Z2 is shaping up as a serious contender for the top spot in the Android hierarchy, adopting all there was to like about its predecessor and improving in many key areas where room for improvement was present. As far as we can tell, HTC is taking a similar approach. The new HTC One (M8) is not radically different from the 2013 flagship Android model, but it will introduce a number of welcome upgrades over its predecessor, including the addition of a bigger screen, a much faster processor, and, hopefully, a more capable main camera.

Of course, at this point in time, it is not possible to say whether the Sony Xperia Z2 or the new HTC One is the ultimately better smartphone. After all, we're yet to hold both handsets side by side in the flesh. What we can say, on the other hand, based on all the info that has been announced, is that the HTC flagship might have a hard time outperforming Sony's finest. Sure, the HTC One is an awesome phone, but the Z2 might be able to give buyers slightly more bang for their buck, in case they dig its glass design.


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posted on 20 Mar 2014, 16:13 21

1. LiyanaBG (Posts: 381; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)

HTC ONE M8 kills - sony brick phone boring sony Ui

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 16:19 17

4. NoFanboy (Posts: 300; Member since: 18 Nov 2013)

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

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 03:13 3

113. drunkenjay (Posts: 1062; Member since: 11 Feb 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.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 16:31 11

10. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

Just one word for new One,
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

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 16:35 16

13. LiyanaBG (Posts: 381; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)

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

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 16:39 9

19. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 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

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 16:45 16

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

And you said you don't troll. What a hypocrite.

All New HTC One > Z2

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 16:50 4

32. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 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?

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 16:52 7

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

No since Sony's UI is terrible.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 16:57 7

41. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

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

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 17:01 8

44. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 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.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 17:04 8

51. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 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.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 17:08 11

56. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 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.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 17:23 9

62. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

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

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 17:51 5

63. TheMeaTree (Posts: 8; Member since: 20 Mar 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

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 21:18 8

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

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

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 15:33

158. sipha (Posts: 438; Member since: 12 May 2012)

why is your comment marked limited?? O.o

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 16:05 1

159. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)

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

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 17:47 1

167. sipha (Posts: 438; Member since: 12 May 2012)

Lol. Oh sure!!

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 13:50 1

156. Odiin (Posts: 351; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)

Height of fanboyism,
really do you have eyes?

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 20:53

89. williandyzxz (Posts: 17; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)

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

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 18:51

71. fireblade (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)

both are good. S5 is a junk

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 20:00 2

129. Fynjy777 (Posts: 35; Member since: 22 Jan 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.

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 11:27 1

141. alex88ucv (Posts: 36; Member since: 05 Mar 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..

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 06:28 1

175. RuiBacelar (Posts: 153; Member since: 25 Feb 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...

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 16:12

160. BeMoGamer (Posts: 5; Member since: 25 Mar 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

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 21:15

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

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

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 16:37

17. hboy857 (Posts: 349; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)

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

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 16:42 11

22. Tizen007 (Posts: 575; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)

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

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 16:40 9

20. Leonis (Posts: 338; Member since: 08 Jan 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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