Difference between Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8

Key Difference: HTC launched the HTC One M8, following which Samsung launched its Samsung Galaxy S5. The chassis of the M8 is of a sleek aluminum build, while Samsung has stuck with its polycarbonate that some have criticized feels like plastic. On the inside, both phones are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Krait 400 CPU, Adreno 330 GPU and 2 GB RAM.

The smartphone industry is a very competitive one. There are many OEMs who constantly release new phones in order to capture an increased market share. Samsung and HTC are two such OEMs. Samsung currently leads the industry with the largest market share; however its market share is constantly under attack from other OEMs such as HTC. Samsung and HTC recently launched their latest flagship phones. HTC launched the HTC One M8, following which Samsung launched its Samsung Galaxy S5.

The M8 features a 5 inch Super LCD3 capacitive touchscreen, whereas the S5 features a 5.1 inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen. Even though the S5 has a larger screen, the M8 is the one that is slightly larger and thicker in size. The displays on both have a Full HD resolution; however the HTC has a better pixel density, (441 ppi vs 432 ppi on the S5) as it has a slightly smaller display. However, the difference will not be visible to the naked eye.

The chassis of the M8 is of a sleek aluminum build, while Samsung has stuck with its polycarbonate that some have criticized feels like plastic. On the inside, both phones are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Krait 400 CPU, Adreno 330 GPU and 2 GB RAM. The S5 clocks a top speed of 2.5 GHz, whereas depending on the market variant, the M8 can clock in at either 2.3 GHz or 2.5 GHz.

The M8 introduces a 4-megapixel "Ultrapixel." The phone features a dual-camera technology which allows the phone one camera to focus on the foreground and the other to focus on the background. The user can then pick which one to bring into focus on the picture. The S5, on the other hand, includes a 16 MP ISOCELL camera and uses a hybrid autofocus system that uses standard auto focus with phase detection autofocus, which means that the camera auto focuses in upto 0.3 seconds, which is faster than most phone cameras. Both phones have a 1080p front facing camera, the S5 a 2 MP, while the Z2 a 2.2 MP.

Additionally, while the S5 has the traditional rear-mounted speaker, which is quite good in quality. The M8 changes this up, by featuring front speakers placed above the screen. These speakers which HTC calls the "BoomSound" setup provides sound with a better clarity, bass and volume.   

Each of the two phones boasts some extra features to make them more desirable. The S5 is dust and water resistant. It has an IP67 rating which means that it can be submerged in water up to 3.3 feet for up to 30 minutes without suffering damage. The M8 has an IPX3 rating, which means that it is protected from water sprays but that’s it.

The S5 also features a fingerprint scanner it in its home button. It also has a heart rate monitor on the back that syncs with an updated S Health App. The S5 is also upgraded to USB 3.0 which means that it allows for faster data transfer rates and reduced charging times. It also features a new Ultra Power Saving Mode, which when activated turns the phone into black and white and shuts down all background apps, allowing the battery to last longer. The M8 features Motion Launch, which allows one to unlock the phone without reaching for the power button.

Comparison between Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8:

 

Samsung Galaxy S5

HTC One M8

Launch Date

April 2014

March 2014

Company

Samsung Electronics

HTC Corporation

Size

142 (5.59in) x 72.5 (2.85in) x 8.1 mm (0.32 in)

146.4 (5.76 in) x 70.6 (2.78 in) x 9.4 mm (0.37 in)

Display

5.1 inches (diagonal) Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen

5.0 inches (diagonal) Super LCD3 capacitive touchscreen

Screen

1080 x 1920 pixels, 16M colors (~432 ppi pixel density)

1080 x 1920 pixels, 16M colors (~441 ppi pixel density)

Protection

Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Weight

145 g (5.11 oz)

160 g (5.64 oz)

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - all versions

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

3G Network

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 - SM-G900F

HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 - SM-G900A

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 - SM-G900M

 HSDPA 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 - SM-G900T

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 - EMEA, Asia

HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 - AT&T

HSDPA 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 - T-Mobile

4G Network

LTE 800 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600 - SM-G900F

LTE 700 / 850 / 1700 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600 - SM-G900A

LTE 700 / 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600 - SM-G900M

LTE 700 / 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600 - SM-G900T

LTE 800 / 900 / 1800 / 2600 – EMEA

LTE 700 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600 – Asia

LTE 700 / 1700 / 2100 - T-Mobile

LTE 700 / 850 / 1700 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600 - AT&T

LTE 2300 - India

GUI

TouchWiz UI

HTC Sense UI 6.0

CPU speed

Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400

Quad-core 2.3 GHz (US/EMEA)/ 2.5 GHz (Asia, China) Krait 400

GPU

Adreno 330

Adreno 330

OS

Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat)

Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat), upgradable to v4.4.3 (KitKat), planned upgrade to v5.0 (Lollipop)

Chipset

Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801

Qualcomm MSM8974AB Snapdragon 801

RAM

2 GB RAM

2 GB RAM

SIM Size

Micro-SIM

Nano-SIM

Internal Memory

16/32 GB

16/32 GB

Expandable Memory

microSD, up to 128 GB

microSD, up to 128 GB

Sensors

Gesture Sensor, Fingerprint Sensor, HR Sensor, Hall Sensor, Accelerometer, Geomagnetic Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Light Sensor, Barometer, Proximity Sensor

Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Gyro sensor, Barometer sensor

Connectivity

GPRS, EDGE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, USB v3.0

3.5 mm stereo audio jack

NFC

Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX enabled

Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz)

DLNA for wirelessly streaming media from the phone to a compatible TV or computer

HTC Connect

micro-USB 2.0 (5-pin) port with mobile high-definition video link (MHL) for USB or HDMI connection (Special cable required for HDMI connection.)

Support consumer infrared remote control

Data

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB, NFC

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB, NFC

Speed

HSDPA, 42.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL

HSPA 42.2/21.1(AT&T)/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot

Bluetooth

v4.0, A2DP, EDR, LE

v4.0, A2DP

USB

microUSB v3.0 (MHL 2.1), USB On-the-go, USB Host

microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB On-the-go, USB Host

Primary Camera

16 MP, 5312 x 2988 pixels, phase detection autofocus, LED flash

HTC Ultrapixel Camera + Duo Camera (4MP), 2688х1520 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash,

Secondary Camera

2 MP, [email protected], dual video call

5 MP, [email protected], HDR

Video

[email protected], [email protected], [email protected], HDR, dual-video rec

Video Playing Resolution:

UHD 4K (3840 x 2160), @30fps

[email protected], [email protected], HDR, stereo sound rec.

Camera Features

  • 1/2.6'' sensor size
  • 1.12 µm pixel size
  • Dual Shot
  • Simultaneous HD video and image recording
  • geo-tagging
  • touch focus
  • face/smile detection
  • HDR
  • BSI sensor
  • Pixel size 2.0 um
  • Sensor size 1/3”
  • f/2.0, 28mm lens
  • HTC ImageChip 2
  • 1080p Full HD video recording with HDR video
  • Secondary camera: capture depth information
  • Gallery with UFocus
  • Dimension Plus
  • Seasons
  • Foregrounder
  • Image match
  • Automatic simultaneous video and image recording
  • Geo-tagging
  • Face/smile detection
  • HDR
  • Panorama

Sound Enhancement

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

HTC BoomSound

Dual frontal stereo speakers with built-in amplifiers

Sense Voice

Audio supported formats

3GA, AWB, FALC, MID, MXMF, OGA, OTA, RTX, RTTTL, XMF, AAC, AMR, IMY, M4A, MIDI, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA

.aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 10)

Video supported formats

FLV, M4V, MKV, MP4, WEBM, WMV, 3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI

3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 10), .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3)

Battery Capacity

Li-Ion 2800 mAh battery

Embedded rechargeable Li-polymer 2600 mAh battery

Stand-by

Up to 390 hours

Up to 496 hours for 3G

Talk time

Up to 21 hours

Up to 20 hours for 3G

Available Colors

Charcoal Black, Copper Gold, Electric Blue, Shimmery White

Gunmetal Gray, Glacial Silver, Amber Gold

Messaging

SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM

SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email

Browser

HTML5

HTML5

Radio

No

Stereo FM radio with RDS

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou

Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS

Java

Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

Additional Features

  • Fingerprint sensor (PayPal certified) IP67 certified - dust and water resistant
  • Water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes
  • Wireless charging (market dependent)
  • ANT+ support
  • S-Voice natural language commands and dictation
  • Smart stay, Smart pause, Smart scroll
  • Air gestures
  • Dropbox (50 GB cloud storage)
  • TV-out (via MHL 2.1 A/V link)
  • Organizer
  • Photo/video editor
  • Document viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
  • YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input (Swype)
  • Fast battery charging: 60% in 30 min (Quick Charge 2.0)
  • TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
  • Google Drive (50 GB cloud storage)
  • Document editor
  • Photo/video editor
  • Voice memo/dial/commands

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