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The Specs Of The HTC One M8 Vs. Galaxy S5

Last updated: December 4, 2018.

HTC One M8 Vs. Galaxy S5

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The HTC One (M8) and Samsung Galaxy S5 have some the best hardware specs currently available, but which of the two is the better device? In this review, we look at both devices component by component to determine just what each on brings to the table.

Display

HTC One (M8)

  • Size: 0 inch
  • PPI: 1920 x 1080 (441)
  • Type: Super LCD3

Samsung Galaxy S5

  • Size: 1 inch
  • PPI: 1920 x 1080 (432)
  • Type: Super AMOLED

Comments:

  • Samsung increased their screen size by 0.1 inches from the GS4
  • HTC has increased their screen size by 0.3 inches from the HTC One (M7)
  • Both phones have not increased their resolutions from the previous generation and the slight increase in display size has had a negative effect on their pixel density.
  • The PPI of the HTC One (M8) is a little higher, but in real world situations, your not going to notice much of a difference between the two displays.
  • Which phone display you favor will end up being a matter of personal preference with there being slight differences in color vibrancy viewing angles and even battery life

CPU and GPU

HTC One (M8)

  • SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
  • CPU Clock Speed: 3/2.5 GHz
  • Core Count: 4
  • CPU Cores: Qualcomm Krait 400
  • GPU: Adreno 330

Samsung Galaxy S5

  • SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
  • CPU Clock Speed: 5 GHz
  • Core Count: 4
  • CPU Cores: Qualcomm Krait 400
  • GPU: Adreno 300

Comments:

  • Though both the GS5 and the HTC One (M8) use a Snapdragon 801 CPU, the HTC One clocks slightly slower than then the GS5. The extra clock speed of the GS5 gives it a little extra edge during demanding performance scenarios.
  • While the Samsung Galaxy S5 is a bit faster than the HTC One (M8) on paper, in real world scenarios there will be minimal difference.

Camera

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HTC One (M8)

  • Rear Camera Pixels: 4 million
  • Camera Technology: Ultrapixel
  • Video Recording: 1080p 30fps, slow-mo at 720p
  • Front Camera: 5MP

Samsung Galaxy S5

  • Rear Camera Pixels: 16 million
  • Camera Technology: ISOCELL4K
  • Video Recording: 30fps, 1080p 60fps, slow-mo at 720p
  • Front Camera: 2MP

Comments:

  • Samsung uses their new ISOCELL image sensor technology in the Samsugn Galaxy S5.
  • The ISOCELL technology results in high pixel density for crisp images.
  • HTC continues to use their Ultrapixel technology.
  • The M8 have new features in their duo-camera configuration with dual LED flash.
  • While the Galaxy S5 has a higher pixel count, the larger pixel design of the HTC will produce better images in low light situations, with less noise and producing more vivid colors.
  • The higher pixel count of the GS5 will give it the edge when using digital zoom.
  • Samsung has also added a new effect for depth of field that they are calling Selective Focus. This will allow photographers to add some more depth to their shots.
  • With its duo-camera design, HTC will enable multi-focus image capturing.
  • The design of Samsung will allow it to take several photos at different focal points, the software then mixes the images into a single one.
  • HTC captures the image from two sources that are differentially positioned, this simulates what your eyes themselves to allowing for a more authentic simulation of depth.
  • Both devices have image stabilization and the usual ISO options.
  • The HTC One (M8) has the better front facing camera.

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Other Specs

HTC One (M8)

  • Ram: 2 GB
  • Internal memory: 16 and 32 GB variants
  • SD Card: Yes
  • Battery: 2600 mAh unit

Samsung Galaxy S5

  • Ram: 2 GB
  • Internal memory: 16 and 32 GB variants
  • SD Card: Yes
  • Battery: 2800 mAh unit

Comments

  • Both the HTC One (M8) and the Samsung Galaxy S5 have the same amount of RAM and offer the same amount of internal memory. Both also have a microSD card slot which will allow their users to expand their available storage space.
  • The GS5 has a slightly larger battery then the M8.
  • Samsung equips the GS5 with a fingerprint scanner for security.
  • The GS5 is also water resistant.
  • The HTC One (M8) has a BoomSound dual front facing speaker for those who really like a good audio experience in their phone.
  • The duo-camera configuration of the HTC One (M8) will appeal to photographers.

Size and Weight

HTC One M8

  • 36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm
  • 160 g

Samsung Galaxy S5

  • 142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm
  • 145 g

Comments:

  • Both the HTC One (M8) and the Samsung Galaxy S5 are a little larger than the average smartphone.
  • Comparing the two devices will show you that the Samsung Galaxy S5 is slightly smaller than the HTC One (M8), but this is just by a couple of millimeters.
  • The Samsung Galaxy S5 is also a little thinner, over 1 mm, than the HTC One (M8).
  • The Galaxy S5 is also a little lighter than the HTC One (M8)

Software

  • The biggest difference between the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One (M8) comes down to their camera technology
  • Both the Galaxy S5 and the HTC One (M8) run on Android 4.4
  • The difference between the two is in their OS. The Galaxy S5 uses Samsungs TouchWiz and the HTC One (M8) uses HTC’s Sense.
  • HTC’s Sense 6.0 still retains most of the features found in the HTC One (M7) with Blinkfeed being the central feature of the UI.
  • Blinkfeed has been tweaked somewhat, with integration with Foursquare for peer recommendations and FitBit for fitness tracking.
  • HTC’s software has their own Gallary App and offers TV infrared sensor control
  • A new feature is Motion Launch gesture controls. You double tap to wake your phone, swipe to the right to wake it up and go right to Blinkfeed, and swipe to the left to wake it up and go to widgets.
  • Samsung’s TouchWiz also retains the familiar feel of that in the Galaxy S4 with a few changes to the UI’s look.
  • Some of the offered software from Samsung are S Health to track your fitness and Knox Security for securing important data, Air Gestures, and My Magazine, a new news and social media aggregation feature.
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To be completely honest, there’s very little difference between the HTC One (M8) and the Samsung Galaxy S5 in terms of display or hardware.  The differences come in when we look at their cameras, software and design.

These two devices should both perform equally well.  The bottom line in making your decision would fall under which of the few exclusive features for each smartphone appeals to you most.  What features are more important to you?

What do you think? Which phone would suit you best?

JR

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