Clash of the Titans: Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)

The two heavy-weights of the smartphone industry are at it again with their newest flagship smartphones. On one hand, we have the Galaxy S5 from Korean while on the other we’ve got the recently launched Taiwanese contender – the HTC One (M8). Both models were designed to be upgrades from last year’s models and as such bring only minor improvements compared to their predecessors…



The two heavy-weights of the smartphone industry are at it again with their newest flagship smartphones. On one hand, we have the Galaxy S5 from Korean while on the other we’ve got the recently launched Taiwanese contender – the HTC One (M8).

Both models were designed to be upgrades from last year’s models and as such bring only minor improvements compared to their predecessors. And so right now, it seems the battle between the two handsets will fall on who made the bigger upgrade compared to last year.

On Samsung’s side of the ring, notable new features added to the S5 include a finger-print scanner, a heart rate monitor, a newer SoC and a bolder new design. Meanwhile, HTC’s additions to the 2013 HTC One (M7) include a slightly bigger screen, a newer chipset, a more stylish and polished exterior and a secondary rear camera that comes with some special effects.

Here’s a more comprehensive outline of the specs of both devices

  Samsung Galaxy S5 HTC One (M8)
Dimensions 142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm (5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 in) 146.4 x 70.6 x 9.4 mm (5.76 x 2.78 x 0.37 in)
Weight 145 g (5.11 oz) 160 g (5.64 oz)
Display Type Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors Super LCD3 capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Display Size 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.1 inches (~432 ppi pixel density) 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.0 inches (~441 ppi pixel density)
Display Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Primary Camera 16 MP, 5312 x 2988 pixels, phase detection autofocus, LED flash 4 MP, 2688х1520 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
Camera Features Dual Shot, Simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization, HDR automatic simultaneous video and image recording, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, HDR, panorama
Video 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, HDR, video stabilization, dual-video rec. 1080p@30fps, 720p@60fps, HDR, stereo sound rec., video stabilization
Secondary Camera 2 MP, 1080p@30fps, dual video call 5 MP, 1080p@30fps, HDR
GPS A-GPS support and GLONASS A-GPS support and GLONASS
Card slot microSD, up to 128 GB microSD, up to 128 GB
Operating System Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat) Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 Qualcomm MSM8974AB Snapdragon 801
CPU Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400 2.5 GHz Krait 400
Graphics Adreno 330 Adreno 330
Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, temperature, humidity, gesture, heart rate Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Internal 16/32 GB storage 16/32 GB storage
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, LE Bluetooth  v4.0 with A2DP
NFC Supported Supported
Infrared port Supported Supported
USB microUSB v3.0 (MHL 2), USB On-the-go, USB Host microUSB v3.0 (MHL 2), USB On-the-go, USB Host
Battery Rating Li-Ion 2800 mAh battery Non-removable Li-Po 2600 mAh battery

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