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Xiaomi Mi 4 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2: specs comparison

Xiaomi Mi 4 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2: specs comparison
As Xiaomi's latest forerunner, the Mi 4, is already official, and it is perfectly natural to compare it the devices that it will be rivaling. Yes, Xiaomi will try hard to snatch market share from the major smartphone manufacturers - we are talking about the likes of Samsung, LG, HTC, Sony, etc. Well, we already showed you a specs comparison between Xiaomi's latest and two rather popular Android devices – the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the LG G3. But the battle is about to get even more heated.

The Mi 4 will pack with a quad-core Snapdragon 801, ticking at 2.5GHz, 3GB of RAM, a 3080mAh battery to keep the lights on, a 13MP rear and an 8MP snappers. Thus, it can easily stand up to any flagship at the moment. Although it is pretty hard to determine which one packs more oomph, but at least we get to compare the pure hardware specs of the beasts on paper and see who's ahead and who's trailing a little behind.

So, let's go ahead and see how the Xiaomi Mi 4 fares against another duet of popular flagship devices, the HTC One (M8) and the Sony Xperia Z2, in terms of pure specs on paper. Of course, it's up to you to decide which smartphone is the clear winner here! 

Drop a line below and let us know which one gets the crown according to you!

Xiaomi Mi 4 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2

OSAndroid (6.0, 4.4.3), MIUI 6 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)
Dimensions5.48 x 2.70 x 0.35 inches (139.2 x 68.5 x 8.9 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)
Weight5.26 oz (149 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)
Materials Main body: AluminumMain body: Glass
FeaturesTouch sensitive control keys  
Rugged Splash 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 X3IP 58
Physical size5.0 inches5.0 inches5.2 inches
Resolution1080 x 1920 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.

441 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.

72.20 %66.71 %69.17 %
Colors16 777 21616 777 21616 777 216
Camera13 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, CMOS image sensorDual-camera, AutofocusAutofocus, CMOS image sensor
Software FeaturesTouch to focus, Smile detection, Face detection, 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)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (720p HD)3840x2160 (4K)
Recording format MPEG4MPEG4, 3GPP
FeaturesHigh Dynamic Range mode (HDR)High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Video light, Video sharingHigh Dynamic Range mode (HDR)
Front-facing camera8 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 801 8974-ACQualcomm 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, Qualcomm Krait 400Quad-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 330Adreno 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 (933 MHz) / 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.

64 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, 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.

3080 mAh2600 mAh3200 mAh
Fast ChargeYesYes 
Wireless charging  Optional
Talk time  15.00 hours
the average is 20 h (1190 min)
Stand-by time11.7 days (280 hours)
the average is 19 days (463 h)
 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 mirroringWireless screen share, MHLDLNA, Wireless screen share, MHL, MirrorLinkDLNA, Wireless screen share, MHL, MirrorLink
GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz 850, 900, 1700/2100, 2100 MHz
LTE (FDD) Bands 3, 7, 8, 20Bands 13, 17, 20, 5, 8, 4, 3, 2, 1, 7
DataLTE, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/sLTE, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/sLTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s
Shopping information
MSRP price$ 400  

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posted on 22 Jul 2014, 07:12 6

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

Ahhh Z2!! For everlasting!!
My Z ultra will turn 1 yr. This aug!! Cant wait for more years to come.
Cant wait also for BB passport

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 07:29 7

2. kkmkk (Posts: 546; Member since: 06 May 2013)

for me the z2 is the best smartphone in the world right now so this phone just cant keep up and the phone is not just specification but also about user experience and one except the m8 can come close to the z2

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 09:24 5

7. josephnero (Posts: 593; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)

Yeah.Z2 was this years best flagship.Let's hope for even a better 2015

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 07:34 3

3. SilverCenturion (Posts: 7; Member since: 12 Jun 2014)

Htc one M8 is great phone.u dont know this unless you use it !!

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 08:02 1

4. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

All the designs are superb in this category.

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 10:43 1

9. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)

But this is a comparison of the losers(brands).

By the way, we are fed up with this "design"BS statements, iboy. This is TECH SITE.

Since your lovely Apple lost the real tech war, made you all hairdressers, talking only about "design", and "fashion". But you know NOTHING about tech design, though.

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 11:02 2

10. amats69 (Posts: 1523; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

then what do u know about tech design? stop pretending that you know everything or some thing coz you only know nothing aside from bashing samsungs rivals. ..just accept the truth that your beloved samsung cant even get close to this oem's in terms of designing a phone..just be proud that samsung is good on making a bomb phone..then thats what TECH DESIGN means for you?right?

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 01:13 1

12. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


First of all I'm not a fanboy and please don't make fun of yourself, people like you create wrong impressions. Everyone will come to know that who's doing BS statements by reading your comment. I praise almost every brand.

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 08:38

5. medicci37 (Posts: 1335; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)

Ik the mi4 is supposed to have the the fastest type of mobile storage available. Do the other phones listed have the same type of storage I'm wondering?

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 16:33

13. Ethos (unregistered)

yes it has Low voltage ddr3 3GB rams and eMMC 5.0 latest samsung sd card (integrated) or storage .. so when u copying it is really fast write .. older phones u copying and sooo slow ...

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 08:45 5

6. dil2abu (Posts: 315; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)

Z2 al the way..

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 09:48 4

8. Vinayakn73 (Posts: 197; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

I wish that Xiaomi kind of manufacturers bring down proudy and greedy OEM's (Shameshung, ipple, Sony, hTC) and show them what is real value for money?

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 16:34

14. Ethos (unregistered)

well to manuf. ip 5s is 150-200 dollars or euro ..

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 19:32

11. billgates (banned) (Posts: 555; Member since: 29 May 2014)

So I see the specs match up but what about how the phone is made. Does it feel good in the hand? How is the build quality?

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