The HTC One M8 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: both are two of the hottest flagship phones on the market. Both have some new cutting edge features and run the latest version of Android 4.4.2 and have some of nicest styling of any of the phones on the market. But which is best? Does one outshine the other, or are they comparable?
HTC One M8 Vs Samsung Galaxy S5:
1 – Hardware:
First, we must look at the hardware of both phones to be able to make a fair comparison. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is powered by a 2.5GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, has 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 330 GPU. This makes for a lightning fast phone, and whilst running the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat, has little lag software wise.
The HTC One M8 has a 2.3GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 801 Processor and 2GB of RAM and the same Adreno GPU. For some reason, the HTC is sold as 2.3GHz in the US/EU/UAE whilst the Chinese and Asian markets get the same full speed processor the Samsung has. This, however, does not mean that the HTC is underpowered nor does it suffer in comparison to the S5. In our tests, the M8 and S5 were comparable when we performed the benchmark tests, with the Samsung Galaxy S5 scoring 36096 points and the M8 scoring 33683, very comparable in today’s market.
The rest of the hardware on both phones is almost identical: WiFi, Bluetooth 4, Infra red port to control the TV, NFC, USB and Micro SD. As for the display, both have a 5 inch screen (the S5 has a 5.1 inch screen, but the difference is negligible). The Samsung Galaxy S5 has a Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080×1920, whilst the HTC One M8 has a Super LCD3 screen with the same resolution.
So how can we call this round on hardware? Despite each having some minor advantages, to the average consumer, there is next to no difference between both phones on the Hardware front.
2 – Camera:
When looking at both camera’s, we have to realise something; they are built-in different styles. The Samsung Galaxy S5 has a 16MP camera with Auto-Focus and flash. The HTC One M8 on the other hand has two camera’s on the back, both 4MP but HTC call it UltraPixel as it has a 1/3′ sensor, which allows for more light capture. The dual camera also allows for better and easier focusing on objects near and far. It’s possible to get great depth of field shots with the HTC One M8 with a simple tap on the screen to focus on the area desired.
The same can be achieved with the Samsung Galaxy S5, b