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A Side by Side Comparison of the HTC One M8, the Samsung Galaxy S5, and the Sony Xperia Z2

Last updated: October 2, 2018.

HTC One M8 vs Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2

The flagship devices of each mobile developer are always causing a stir of excitement among consumers.In this article, we will be looking at three premiere devices that will be released in the market soon: (1) the HTC One M8, which will be released a little bit after it has been officially unveiled to the public; (2) the Samsung Galaxy S5, which can be bought in 150 countries on April 11; and (3) the Sony Xperia Z2, which is expected to be available on April 14. Some people may be torn about which of these three devices to choose when they finally decide to make a purchase. To help you in making this tough decision, we will be bringing the three devices head on so that you could identify which one would best suit your needs.

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On build quality and design

 

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HTC One M8:

  • Dimensions of the device are 146.4 mm x 70.6 mm x 9.4 mm
  • The One M8 has a premium build and sophisticated design, largely reminiscient of its predecessor, the HTC One M7.
  • It has a metal body that is slightly curved
  • It is slightly heavier than the HTC One M7 at 160 grams

 

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Sony Xperia Z2

  • Dimensions of the device are 146.8 mm x 73.3 mm x 8.2 mm
  • The Sony Xperia Z2’s build quality and design is also largely similar to its predecessor, the Xperia Z1.
  • The device has a flat glass body with an aluminum ring surrounding it.
  • The phone’s ports have flaps to cover it
  • The Xperia Z2 is water proof and dust proof
  • The Xperia Z2 is heavier than the HTC One M8 at 163 grams

 

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Samsung Galaxy S5:

  • Dimensions of the device are 142 mm x 72.5 mm x 8.1 mm
  • Samsung’s flagship device is also similar in terms of build quality to the Galaxy S4. It uses the same plastic material for the device that is not really appealing when compared to the other two devices
  • The device is also water proof and dust proof like the Xperia Z2
  • It is lighter than the HTC One M8 and the Xperia Z2 at 145 grams, though this is heavier than the Galaxy S4.

On the display

 

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HTC One M8:

  • The device has a 5 inch HD screen with a Super LCD 3 display
  • Resolution is 441 ppi
  • Colors pop out and are astounding

 

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Sony Xperia Z2:

  • The device has a 5.2 inch HD screen with IPS display
  • Resolution is 424 ppi
  • X-Reality feature provides better display for the device
  • Viewing angles are significantly improved from past flagship models of Sony
  • The display of the Sony Xperia Z2 is the best so far among the flagship devices of Sony

 

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Samsung Galaxy S5:

  • The device has a 5.1 inch HD screen, one inch bigger than the Galaxy S4, with Super AMOLED display
  • Viewing angles are great and the colors pop out
  • Resolution is 432 ppi

On the hardware

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HTC One M8:

  • Snapdragon 801 Quad Core CPU
  • Adreno 330 GPU
  • 2 GB RAM
  • Internal storage capacity of 16 GB
  • Expandable storage up to 128 GB
  • 4 mp duo rear camera and 5 mp front camera
  • The front camera of the HTC One M8 is better than most flagship phones, which are usually only 2 mp. The front camera also has a lot of high-def features
  • The rear camera has 1/3.0 sensor with a secondary camera that can place various types of effects on your photos, such as selecting the focus point

 

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Sony Xperia Z2:

  • Snapdragon 801 Quad Core CPU
  • Adreno 330 GPU
  • 3 GB RAM
  • 3,200 mAh battery
  • Internal storage capacity of 16 GB
  • Expandable storage up to 128 GB
  • 20.7 mp rear camera and 2.2 mp front camera.
  • The rear camera has a 1/2.3 inch CMOS sensor with 1.1 micron pixels
  • Has the capacity to record 4K videos and slow motion videos at 120 fps
  • The camera of the Sony Xperia Z2 has a multitude of features, such as the Background Defocus

 

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Samsung Galaxy S5:

  • Snapdragon 801 Quad Core CPU
  • Adreno 330 GPU
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 2,800 mAh battery
  • Internal storage capacity of 16 GB
  • Expandable storage up to 128 GB
  • 16 mp rear camera and 2 mp front camera
  • Has the capacity to record 4K videos
  • The camera has a remarkably fast auto focus as well as other amazing features such as the selective focus and the real time preview

 

On the software

HTC One M8:

  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • Sense 6.0 user interface that has an improved blinkfeed and gestures
  • The device now has on-screen buttons that used to be the capacitive keys in its predecessor

 

Sony Xperia Z2:

  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat using the user interface of Sony
  • Multitasking is a smoother experience with the Xperia Z2
  • Users can choose from a variety of themes to customize their device

 

Samsung Galaxy S5:

  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • TouchWiz user interface
  • The UI has several modes available, such as the Private Mode and the Kids Mode.

 

The verdict

All three devices – the HTC One M8, the Sony Xperia Z2, and the Samsung Galaxy S5 – all have their own strengths and weaknesses. There is not one phone that excels in all categories, so in the end, the decision would really depend on which feature you value the most. Is it speed? Is it the camera? Is it the user interface?

 

The Sony Xperia Z2 excels in the camera department, what with its 20 mp rear camera, whereas the Samsung Galaxy S5’s selling point are its unique features such as the heart rate sensor.

 

Ultimately, you would have to decide which is your most preferred characteristic for your device. Do you want a beautiful phone, or a fast phone? These features are what makes a smartphone worthwhile, so choose wisely.

 

Which among the three devices do you prefer?

Tell about it through the comments section below!

 

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