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HTC One (M8) vs HTC One (M7)



You’d think that after having a year to develop its next-generation flagship smartphone, HTC would’ve made some incremental changes to the camera. Sadly though, that’s not the case, seeing that the new HTC One M8 packs along the same-spec'd camera as its predecessor – a 4-megapixel “UltraPixel” camera that features a 1/3” sensor, f2.0 aperture lens, and a backslide illuminated sensor. Well, they did happen to complement it with a dual-LED flash and a secondary camera that’s strictly purposed for measuring depth information, however, the new model lacks optical image stabilization that its predecessor features.

Fortunately, we’re happy to see that HTC decided to update the camera UI of the new HTC One M8. With the M7’s camera interface, it seemed a little confusing with its layout – especially when the functions of the camera and video have been combined into the same menu layout. Instead, HTC opted to separate the two completely, making for a more logical organization.

Snapping the same set of photos with each camera, it doesn’t surprise us to realize that the quality between them is identical – in all lighting conditions even! On one hand, we can vouch that the images put out by them are pleasant enough to share via our usual social networking outlets. However, the most pressing matter is just their inability to capture the sharp fine details as some of the other contemporary flagships in the space. Indeed, photos taken under sunny conditions produce the best results, but they fail to deliver anything tangible under low lighting conditions. Again, their qualities don’t differentiate from one another, as they generally compose images that are bright and with minimal noise distortion.

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Camera speed

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HTC One (M8) 2.3
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HTC One 3.4
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Likewise, their 1080p video recording qualities mirror one another as well, as they deliver charming results when lighting is plentiful. When lighting becomes sparse, the quality naturally takes a dip with the two.

Frankly speaking, this is the biggest disappointment we have with the newer HTC One M8. One expects marginal improvement in quality, but it’s nowhere in sight as we meticulously go through our samples. The saving grace for the new model, of course, is the various duo effects that can be applied once a shot is taken by the M8 – something that’s achieved with the help of that secondary camera. Using this unique feature, we’re permitted to emphasize different sections of our photos so that anything outside of the selected area is touched up with that bokeh-like blur effect. In addition, there are even more cool effects available with the HTC One M8 that enhances its quality over its predecessor.


Visually, there’s only one single thing noticeable that differentiates the music players of Sense 5.5 and 6.0 – it’s the colored theme accent placed at the top of the Sense 6.0 music player. And that’s about it, seeing that everything else is identical. Compared to other camera UIs, these two players are astounding for their stylish presentation, one that’s dynamic, thanks to the option of having a visualizer player and ability to display the lyrics as a song is being played.

Sporting that signature look, these two feature stereo front-firing speakers with HTC BoomSound. Strangely, we were actually shocked to find out that the HTC One M7’s speaker is technically the stronger one, since it’s able to churn out a maximum level of 78.2 dB measured with white noise – in comparison to the 73.9 dB mark of its successor. However, we prefer the quality from the M8, mainly because it produces the clearer, richer, and more commanding tones. As for the M7, its quality is still likeable, though a bit more subdued in tone. However, when the Beats Audio mode is turned off with the M7, its audio output is clearly flat.

Obviously, the two are more than equipped to play high definition videos without any fluff. As much as we enjoy using the two, our eyes continue to stray over to the HTC One M8’s display more, not only for the larger size, but for the iridescent glow surrounding it. That by itself shows the kind of subtle improvement needed to show people that the newer model has some tricks up its sleeve.

Audio output

Headphones output power (Volts)
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HTC One (M8) 1.28
HTC One 0.68
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HTC One (M8) 75.2
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posted on 28 Mar 2014, 06:42 8

1. Maryewww (Posts: 32; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)

Both are awesome lookers! but i still tend to fancy the m7 more!

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 07:01

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

m7 is perfect size....

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 07:31 9

10. alterecho (Posts: 1099; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)

Not exactly perfect size. M7 is slightly bigger than the 5 inch wielding S4, while still having a 4.7 inch display.

As for the M8, by just looking at the picture, with no fore knowledge of which is which, The original HTC One (M7) looks better than the M8, as though M7 was released after M8.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 07:50 3

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


posted on 28 Mar 2014, 08:50 2

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

Both Ones FTW.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 16:05 1

26. cncrim (Posts: 911; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)

M7 has is sweet spot, M8 black bar turn me off.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 16:17

27. cncrim (Posts: 911; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)

Look here if you askhttp://bit.ly/1lb40ru

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 06:47 7

2. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1311; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)

the m7 still looks much better, i dont like the uneven grills, and the curves on the m8.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 06:59 3

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

and the m8 is to loong

the plastic sandwhich has been replaced by metal, which is great quality

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 08:47 3

18. McLTE (Posts: 922; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


HTC as usual.. is about 85% there.. everything looks great then there is one major DOH!

Epic fail as far as I'm concerned with moving the controls to on screen. Even more of a fail to retain the black dead space below the screen. HTC missed an opportunity to shrink the phone size here.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 06:47 3

3. UglyFrank (Posts: 1940; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)

The cameras are basically identical,.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 06:58 10

5. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

M8 is a step backwards. It doesn't have an OIS

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 07:33

11. ToxiD (Posts: 45; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)

But it got improved camera so after all it does better shots than M7.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 06:57 2

4. wildhammer (Posts: 56; Member since: 16 Mar 2014)

M8 has got a great display!!!

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 07:18

8. papss (unregistered)

The m8 is a step forward in every regard.. It looks better as well and the metal finish on the new one makes the m7 look cheaper somehow

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 07:28 1

9. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)

I like both.
Nice designs HTC.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 07:38

12. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)

Iv a m7 and like it very much but i think m8 almost complete in every aspect except ois..
I m going for m8 soon but keep my lovely m7 too.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 07:47 1

13. pookiewood (Posts: 631; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)

M7, only Android device I'd consider buying. M8 is now the second Android device I'd consider buying. Both are great looking devices. I really love the red and blue M7 colors.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 08:39

17. tiara6918 (Posts: 2111; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

They'd probably release other color options after a few months. But I'd also much prefer a red or a blue m8 too

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 08:12

15. youlookfoolish (Posts: 181; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)

The battery improvements and addition of tri-band LTE for Sprint make the M8 a no brainer.

However I prefer the M7's size and black color as opposed to silver and gun metal. And the cameras are similar with louder audio output on the M7. So, the M8 is nice but only because of mitigating circumstances will I consider it over the M7.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 08:28

16. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1237; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)

Absolutely no reason to buy the newer model. Let's see if this will be a trend this year; im guessing yes.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 09:22

21. pookiewood (Posts: 631; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)

Hoping Nokia bucks the "trend" next week. Really hoping for some greatness to be shown.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 08:58

20. jad_haddad (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)

What will be the cheapeast phone between Htc One M8, Xperia Z2 and Galaxy S5

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 10:50

23. Android89 (Posts: 21; Member since: 20 Apr 2013)

Well in the uk atleast in most places its £530 to £550 for the M8, £540-550 for the z2 and £550-570 for the S5

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 10:01

22. Android89 (Posts: 21; Member since: 20 Apr 2013)

So for the second year running the speakers sound great but are not as loud as HTC Claim? last year they claimed 93db turned out to be around 75db, this year they claimed 20% louder but infact they are lower.

Excellent sound though non the less

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 11:44

24. Rager722 (Posts: 319; Member since: 30 Jan 2013)

Does the browser of the M8 have flash support? Someone please reply.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 12:44

25. Android89 (Posts: 21; Member since: 20 Apr 2013)

Cant remember if it does as i forgot to check but it probably does and even if it doesnt. there was a link on this site to download flash player on 4.4

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 16:35 1

28. rsiders (Posts: 1101; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)

Let me say this once and for all: last year's HTC One was absolutely perfect in design. This year's elongated, hyper curved model takes a back seat to last year's overall sexiness. That is all. Just my two cents.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 20:50

29. Gaara (Posts: 8; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)

M7 looks perfect in all aspects.. Inspite having 90% metal,M8 looks ugly

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 20:51

30. Gaara (Posts: 8; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)

M7 looks perfect in all aspects.. Inspite having 90% metal,M8 looks ugly

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