iPhone 6 vs HTC One (M8): in-depth specs comparison


I am a gorgeous smartphone with a metal body, I run a stylish custom Android UI, and my stereo speakers output great sound. What am I? Those of you who answered "HTC One (M8)", treat yourselves to a cookie. Jokes aside, HTC's flagship is regarded as one of the best Android flagships right now. Sure, it has its flaws, but there's still a lot to love about it. Now, however, comes a phone that can give any high-end phone, the M8 included, some serious competition. That's the newly-announced iPhone 6, which i bigger, better, and bolder than any iPhone before it. Here's how it stacks up against the HTC One (M8).

Design


Looking at the iPhone 6 and the HTC One (M8) side by side, it is hard to say which smartphone is the better-looking one. That's because they both look highly attractive with their precisely-made, high-quality metal bodies. The colors they come in are also strikingly similar. However, we can think of a few advantages in favor of the iPhone 6. Most importantly, it is much slimmer, much lighter, and much more compact than HTC's flagship. The iPhone 6 measures 5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches (138.2 x 67.1 x 6.9 mm) while the HTC One (M8) clocks in at 5.76 x 2.78 x 0.37 inches (146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm). In terms of weight, the former weighs only 129 grams while the latter tips the scales at 160 grams. Plus, the iPhone 6 comes with a handy dandy mute button on the side, which lets you turn off the phone's sounds without even looking at its screen. 


In the iPhone's signature home key is embedded the Touch ID fingerprint scanner, which is a very practical security feature. It allows one to use a fingerprint scan instead of a lock-screen PIN, for authorizing App Store purchases, and for confirming payments through Apple's upcoming payment service. The HTC One (M8), on the other hand, stands out with its pair of front-facing speakers, which are much more suitable for listening to music than the iPhone's mono speaker. Also, HTC's top phone comes with an infra-red blaster, which allows it to be utilized as a universal remote control. 

Display


Here's where the HTC One (M8) has the upper hand. Its screen is not only bigger, but also packed with more pixels compared to the iPhone's display. Or if you're more into figures, the M8 has a 5-inch IPS-LCD display to offer, the resolution of which is 1080 by 1920 pixels, while the iPhone 6 comes with a 4.7-inch, 750 by 1334-pixel, IPS-LCD display. Of course, a size difference of .3 inches isn't that big of a deal, but it still counts as an advantage for the M8, making it better-suited for playing games, watching movies, and pretty much everything else people do on their smartphones. 

Sure, pixels aren't all that matters. Factors like color fidelity and outdoor visibility are also of importance. And while the iPhone could have an edge over the M8 in these fields of expertise, we'll have to do some further testing to determine whether that's the case. We must also mention that the front side of the iPhone 6 is graced by an ion-strengthened piece of glass, which is expected to be highly resistant to scratching. How tough it is in real life and how it fares against Corning's Gorilla Glass are also things we're eager to try in the future. 

Interface




So here's one of the key differentiating factors between the iPhone 6 and the HTC One (M8). While the former runs on Apple's iOS 8 operating system, the latter is an Android 4.4-based device running a customized version of the platform. What does this all mean? Well, first of all, the iPhone offers a better selection of quality applications. Plus, you're treated to some of Apple's mobile productivity apps, including Pages, Keynote, Numbers, and iMovie. But most importantly, iOS is still regarded as more reliable and user-friendly than Android, so it is for you if you favor software that just works. 

Android, however, is still the more customizable OS among the two and offers a broad catalog of free applications. On the HTC One (M8) it is loaded in a customized form – the simple and stylish Sense UI is layered on top, bringing a truckload of handy features without cluttering the interface. Among them is the Ultra Power Saving Mode and the variety of launch gestures, which can be used for quickly accessing the camera or dialer from stand-by. Blinkfeed is also present. In a nutshell, it is a customizable feed containing both posts from various news outlets and the latest social network activity of your buddies. This creates a stream of relevant info designed to keep you in the know, and if you're not using Blinkfeed, you're free to turn it off. 

Processor and memory


There's some serious silicon tucked under the hoods of both phones. The iPhone 6 stands its ground with the Apple-designed, A8 system-on-chip solution, which is built on a more power-efficient 20-nm process and features 64-bit architecture. Further technical details are scarce, but Apple's new chip is probably a dual-core one, paired with 1GB of RAM. In the meantime, the HTC One (M8) is powered by one of Qualcomm's most powerful chips, the Snapdragon 801, model MSM8974-AB, along with 2GB of RAM. Now, we have yet to test the two phones side-by-side, which is why we can't comment on their performance, but we have reasons to assume that neither of them lags behind the other. Sense on the M8 runs really smoothly, without lags or slowdowns, and the same is likely true for iOS running on the latest iPhone iteration.

Something that's found on the HTC One (M8) but missing on the iPhone 6 is a microSD card slot. It can be used for augmenting the M8's on-board storage with up to 128 GB extra, which is really neat. In contrast, if you want an iPhone 6 with more than 16GB capacity, you have no options except to purchase a more spacious model. And these don't come cheap – a 64GB iPhone 6 costs $100 extra, while the 128GB model will set you back an additional $200.

Camera



As we mentioned in the brief introduction above, the HTC One (M8) has its flaws, the most serious of them being its rather underwhelming UltraPixel camera with 4MP of resolution. Sure, the snapper takes good-looking photos given the right conditions, but overall, most other high-ends would run circles around the M8's camera in a one-on-one comparison. Even the secondary Duo camera can't remedy the situation, although the background blur and 3D effects that it allows you to apply to photos are kind of neat. Therefore, in a camera shootout between the HTC One (M8) and the iPhone 6, our money would be on the latter. To get into the technical details of it all, the iPhone 6 has an 8MP camera with phase-detection auto-focus. Its optical system has a more narrow aperture – f2.2 vs f2.0 for the HTC One (M8) – and 1.5-micron pixels populate the sensor, while the M8's camera sensor features 2-micron pixels, which supposedly capture more light.

But when it comes to front-facing camera performance, now that's a different story. There's a 5MP camera with wide-angle lens on the front of the HTC One (M8), and it is likely to smoke the 1.2MP shooter on the iPhone 6 if images from the two are compared. 

On the software side of things, the HTC One (M8) stands out with its range of effects made possible by its secondary camera. You may apply background blur to your images, adjust the focus in images after they have been taken, and turn them into 3D-like renderings that tilt when the handset is moved. Another benefit of having an M8 is the access to true manual controls for things like focus, exposure, ISO, and white balance. But the iPhone 6 camera app is no less awesome. It is very simple to use and has some cool modes, including time lapse and 240 fps slow-motion.

Expectations


As much as we like the HTC One (M8), we can't say that it stands above the iPhone 6 in the smartphone foodchain. But it isn't inferior either, or at least it doesn't seem to be since it has a thing or two to stand out with next to Apple's new phone. HTC's flagship is for those who favor the openness of Android, who demand a larger screen, and who would love the higher quality of its built-in speakers. The iPhone 6, on the other hand, is more likely to provide a hassle-free experience and would be more suitable for those demanding a compact phone. The camera on Apple's flagship is also going to be better than the M8's UltraPixel snapper, it seems. That's pretty much all we can say for now. Expect a more in-depth comparison in the coming weeks!  

Related phones

iPhone 6
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1810 mAh(14h 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)

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33 Comments

1. AnTuTu

Posts: 1601; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

HTC is putting Apple to shame :(

5. maier9900

Posts: 272; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

Apple is putting HTC to shame.

10. AnTuTu

Posts: 1601; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Even you know that mate so please accept the truth :( Apple's products can only be compared with their own iPhones, they don't really stand any chance against other beasts.

28. maier9900

Posts: 272; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

No, i don't... Give me an example!!!

16. cheetah2k

Posts: 2213; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Apple is putting itself to shame with mld level spec 2011 phone. Even the Galaxy S3 had better specs. Waiting for Apple to sue HTC for similar designs.. oh wait, the M8 was out first. HTC to sue Apple then? ROFLMAO

29. nithyakr

Posts: 161; Member since: Jun 20, 2014

C'mon. You Fandroids still rely on the spec sheet. If you are serious about specs then just head over to phone arena's nexus 5 vs iPhone 5S benchmark. You can see mid range iPhone 5S beat the sh*t out of your precious nexus 5. Imagine now the benchmark with the iPhone 6!!

33. Dee-Oh

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 26, 2014

LOL. Another uninformed individual boasting about specs, but failing to mention overall performance. I used to have a Galaxy S3, so you're either wrong or you're being facetious. The iPhone 6 was benchmarked against the Galaxy S5, and it performed significantly better on most tests. What makes you think the Galaxy S3 could hold a candle to it, not to mention that the phone came out two years ago....?

32. Tiaan

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

In what world! That may have high specs compared to the last iPhone but aren't even close. Go check the technical specs comparison on technobuffalo. 4.7-inch, 1334 x 750 pixel display (326 ppi) 5-inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display (441 ppi) DISPLAY TYPE Retina HD Corning Gorilla Glass 3 OPERATING SYSTEM iOS 8 (at launch) Android 4.4 with Sense 6 PROCESSOR A8 chip with 64-bit architecture 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 (US/EMEA), 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 (Asia/China) RAM 1GB 2GB STORAGE 16GB 64GB 128GB 16GB 32GB EXTERNAL STORAGE No Yes EXTERNAL STORAGE SPECS N/A microSD up to 128GB MAIN CAMERA (BACK) 8MP iSight camera with 1.5µ pixels Duo Camera, HTC 4 UltraPixel SECONDARY CAMERA (FRONT) 1.2MP 5-Megapixel wide angle lens This is not even including the supported cellular technologies technologies WI-FI 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz) BLUETOOTH Bluetooth 4.0 Bluetooth 4.0 BATTERY N/A 2,600mAh NFC Yes Yes CONNECTIVITY 3.5mm Headphone jack Lightning port 3.5mm Headphone jack Micro USB SENSORS Accelerometer Ambient light Barometer Gyro Proximity Accelerometer Ambient Light Barometer Gyro Proximity GPS GLONASS GPS Digital compass GLONASS GPS HEIGHT 5.44 inches (13.82 cm) 146.36 mm (5.76 inches) WIDTH 2.64 inches (67.1 mm) 70.96 mm (2.79 inches) DEPTH 0.27 inches (6.9 mm) 9.35 mm (0.37 inches) WEIGHT 4.55 oz (129 g) 160 g (5.64 oz) COLORS Gold, Gray, Silver gunmetal grey, glacial silver, amber gold SUPPORTED AUDIO FORMATS AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 10) SUPPORTED VIDEO FORMATS H.264 video up to 1080p, 60 frames per second, High Profile level 4.2 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 10), .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3) OTHER FEATURES Touch ID Fingerprint Scanner Voice over LTE (VoLTE)

23. nithyakr

Posts: 161; Member since: Jun 20, 2014

Why you think HTC is putting Apple to shame? Well apart from the bigger screen and boom sound, i don't really see another flaw in iPhone 6

31. maadi

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

Yes AnTuTu you're right, you're talking about HTC ONE M8, nexus 4 is enough to make Apple ashamed. The specs Samsung introduced in 2012 in nexus 4, iPhone 6 even can't meet those, moreover here I see: techzend.com/iphone-6-vs-htc-one-m8-galaxy-s5-comp​arison/ that HTC One M8's first price was $900 with 32GB, but iPhone 6 is higher in price with $1k with 64GB, I think Apple is making just $$$ after steve job's and his soul will be in pain. :(

2. Dthawk

Posts: 42; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

Wait, is the front cam for the iphone 6 1.2MP or 2.1MP? You are reporting 2 different things.

15. AnTuTu

Posts: 1601; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

1.2 mate.

3. blitzkreig

Posts: 103; Member since: Aug 18, 2014

"Now, however, comes a phone that can give any high-end phone, the M8 included, some serious competition. " I stopped reading at that point

17. cheetah2k

Posts: 2213; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

The comparison should have been with the Galaxy S3. About the same specs.

4. Shon8476

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

I think iPhone 6s will have two speakers in the front bezel and it will be launced in spring 2017

6. engineer-1701d unregistered

I feel like apple just ripped off htC's design

18. cheetah2k

Posts: 2213; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

.... Waits for HTC to sue :p after all, thats what Apple would have done

7. jack123

Posts: 278; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

Well! A cousin meet each other, the younger name Apple iPhone one from US and older cousin who live in Taiwan his name is HTC M8.,,lol,,,.

8. lowell

Posts: 13; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

Its not about the number of specs, its about the performance and how you use it. If you do an actual comparison of the 2 devices in terms of its performance for me iPhone is better. What's the point of having those high specs if your device still runs crappy. iPhone has managed to have a dual core processor with 1 GB of RAM and still runs smoothly, that means they have better engineering. They're not into specs, its just number. They're into the performance on how you use it in your everyday life.

13. Awalker

Posts: 1973; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

What makes you think the HTC One doesn't run smoothly?

14. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

crappy? Have you ever tried android phones? hell, it runs as smoothly as WP.

19. cheetah2k

Posts: 2213; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

That's right, everyone buying apple wants less for more.. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

26. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

blah blah blah an usual excuse, iPhone doesn't offer as much features as android does, moreover crappy droid was an old story for me. The good things about Apple nowadays was their marketing team.

9. Shon8476

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

Dual Core and Better Engineering !!! Competetion is taking over quad core and oct core. That is performance, specs is everything. Camera, come on...its a joke. 16 M pixel let alone 40+ Mega Pixel is the better engineering. There is no innovation, when you expan, shrink the original 3G device, put it in a compressor to create a iWatch. What a joke.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

C'mon 9-19

12. lowell

Posts: 13; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

that just how they defend them self, spec is on the second list.apple is about being different, if just to make the user feel unique and different, that's what the craze is all about. android is bland they though.

20. jbrissett

Posts: 13; Member since: Aug 19, 2014

all you fools dont understand the concept, apple fans are loyal to arguably the best smartphone in the world, apple phones are great!! very minimal lagging and freezing up! samsung comes out with a new phone how often??? we seen the galaxy s5 drop almost directly after the s4 after , galaxy does not put enough love and hard work into their devices, thats why a new one drops every 4 months. Since jan 2014 we seen the note 2, note 3, note 4, galaxy s4, s5, galaxy alpha, and a note edge. How many tries will it take to get the perfect samsung flagship? Now that apple has a phablet, samsung is sure to drop a s6 and note 5 in 2015. The only things samsung is good for is cheap phones, and now that the iphone 5c is free and the 5s is 99$ samsung is losing that race also.

21. Metalspy8

Posts: 148; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

How many megapixels is the iphone 6, author never mentions it?

22. Ketchapp

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 04, 2014

8MP rear and 1.2MP front

24. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

apple win...bezel

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