Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One M8 Specs Head-to-Head

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One M8

The battle on the smartphone market will be at least interesting this year with the likes of Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, or Sony Xperia Z2 already introduced to the public, and LG’s G3 flagship expected to arrive later this year. Even though Samsung’s flagship is not yet available on the market, we though with compare it against what it seems to be its biggest rival in the Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One M8 specs battle.

You may know from our previous Versus articles that the Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One M8 battle will have ten different rounds each worth one point. We will be judging the performance of the two smartphones in terms of Display, Dimensions, Connectivity, Memory, Operating System, Camera, Processor, Battery Life, Price, and Design and, at the end of the battle, the smartphone that manages to score most points will be declared the winner.

Display

Even though we’ve heard a lot of rumors saying that the flagship smartphones launched early 2014 will arrive with Quad HD screens, both Samsung and HTC considered that Full HD resolution will suffice for most users.

Samsung Galaxy S5 packs a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED screen with 1080 x 1920 resolution, 432 ppi pixel density, and Gorilla Glass 3 protection, while HTC One M8 sports a 5.0-inch Super LCD3 screen with the same 1080 x 1920 resolution and Gorilla Glass 3 protective layer, but with a slightly higher pixel density of 441 ppi.

Both panels come with great contrast and brightness and because the both the S5 and the M8 have similar sized screens, the Display rounds ends as tie.

Dimensions

HTC’s One M8 measures 146.4 x 70.6 x 9.4 mm and has a weigh of 160 grams. On the other hand the Galaxy S5 is 142 mm tall, 72.5 mm wide, 8.1 mm thin, and weighs 145 grams.

The metal body of the One M8 increases the weigh of the smartphone, while the curved back makes it thicker. The Galaxy S5 is more compact and lighter than its rival, so it wins the Dimensions round, scoring one point.

Connectivity

Connectivity-wise, the Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with HSDPA, 42.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy, IR blaster, and microUSB 3.0, USB On-the-go, USB Host.

On the other hand, the HTC One M8 sports HSDPA, 42 Mbps (21 Mbps – AT&T), HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy, IR blaster, and microUSB 2.0, USB On-the-go, USB Host.

As you can see S5 is using Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy technology and microUSB 3.0, compared to M8 which has standard BT 4.0 and microUSB 2.0. Aside of that the two smartphones are identical in terms of connectivity, so we’re calling this a tie.

Memory

The Android phones are among the few capable of providing real multitasking so you’ll need a decent amount of RAM. Furthermore if let’s say you want to carry your music collection everywhere along with some of your favorite TV show episodes, you’ll need a fair amount of storage.

The Galaxy S5 comes with either 16 or 32 GB of storage and support for microSD cards up to 128 GB. HTC One M8 packs 16/32 GB of storage, plus microSD support up to 128 GB. Both handsets arrive with 2 GB of RAM so the multitasking experience will be similar.

Since both the S5 and the M8 can max to 160 GB storage and have the same amount of RAM, the Memory rounds is also a tie.

Operating System

Both smartphones run Android 4.4.2 KitKat out of the box, but the experience they deliver is quite different due to the skins the two OMEs applied over Android.

HTC One M8 leaves the factory gates pre-loaded with Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Sense 6.0 UI on top of it. BlinkFeed, the news and social media aggregator received a new face with support for even more sources, while the UFocus feature allows the user to choose the focus point in a picture after it was taken.

By far the coolest software feature of HTC One M8 is Motion Launch, which is actually package of gestures that allow you to quickly wake up your device. For example if you double tap on the screen while it’s of, the device will wake up to show you notifications. Swipe to the left to unlock, to the right to bring up BlinkFeed, or hold the device in portrait mode and press the Volume buttons to launch the camera app.

On the other hand, the Galaxy S5 has the latest version of TouchWiz UI installed on top of Android 4.4.2 which brings all the software features of its predecessors and several more. The handset is now capable to re-focus after a picture was taken with Selective Focus, to turn the display black and white and shut down unnecessary processes to drastically improve battery life courtesy of Ultra Power Saving Mode, or to allow the users to hide certain apps or files using Private Mode.

Galaxy S5 also comes with a feature called Download Booster which combines the LTE and WiFi speeds to increase download speeds and mobile payments using PayPal that can be performed using the fingerprint sensor.

Even though the Galaxy S5 has far more software features, One M8’s Motion Launch is far more useful. Furthermore, the Sense 6.0 UI is cleaner and closer to stock Android than Samsung’s TouchWiz, therefore the Operating System round goes to the Taiwanese handset.

Camera

Some of you may not consider a smartphone’s camera a selling point, but I’ve always though that the best camera is the camera you carry with you.

The Galaxy S5 features a 16 MP primary shooter with phase detection autofocus, LED flash, 1/2.6” sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size, Dual Shot, Simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, and support for 4K@30fps and 1080p@60fps video recording.

The HTC One M8 has a Dual 4 MP UltraPixel Camera mounted on the back with autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, 1/3” sensor size, 2µm pixel size, automatic simultaneous video and image recording, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, HDR, panorama, and 1080p@60fps video recording capabilities.

The Galaxy S5 is capable of super fast autofocus (0.3 seconds, the fastest on a smartphone) and 4K video recording, while most photo samples shown that it’s capable of outperforming the One M8, therefore it wins the Camera round.

Processor

In the red corner, it’s the Samsung Galaxy S5 with a Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 chipset with quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400 CPU and quad-core Adreno 330 GPU. In the blue corner it’s the HTC One M8 boasting about a Qualcomm MSM8974AB Snapdragon 801 SoC with four Krait 400 cores clocked at 2.3 GHz and quad-core Adreno 330 GPU.

The 200 MHz higher clock speed of S5’s CPU is not enough to bring anther point to the Samsung flagship, so this round is a tie as well.

Battery Life

The Galaxy S5 comes with a removable Li-Ion 2,800 mAh battery that should be capable of getting the handset through about 48 hours of usage. Even though we didn’t get our hands on the smartphone because is not yet available on the market we based our estimations on comparing the S5 with its predecessor.

The Galaxy S4 and its 2,600 mAh battery can get thorugh around 36 hours of normal usage. The 200 mAh higher cell of the Galaxy S5 and the more battery-friendly Snapdragon 801 processor should bring around 12 hours of extra autonomy.

HTC One M8 packs a non-removable Li-Po 2,600 mAh battery, which performed fairly good in our tests. Unfortunately the 2,600 mAh could keep M8 lights up for more than 36 hours on a single charge.

Price

Even though the S5 won’t be released on the market until April 11, the major US carriers already announced its price: $199 with two-year contracts with either AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint. Unsurprisingly, the HTC One M8 also costs $199 with Verizon, AT&T or Sprint agreements.

We’ve also looked through the offers of the world’s biggest online retailer, Amazon. On Amazon the both the AT&T Galaxy S5 and Sprint Galaxy S5 are available for pre-order at $189.99, of course with two-year agreements attached. The Sprint HTC One M8 and the Verizon HTC One M8 cost $149.99 on Amazon with two-year plans.

Because we can’t know how Galaxy S5’s price on Amazon will behave after the smartphone is released on the market, it would be unfair to give the point allocated for the Price round to the HTC One M8. We’ll call this a tie.

Design

The Galaxy S5 doesn’t depart too much from the design lines of its predecessor, but it now arrives with sharper corners and a new dimpled plastic for the back panel that is meant to offer extra grip.

The Galaxy S5 is IP67 certified meaning its dust and water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes. The Home button of the S5 integrates a fingerprint sensor, while on the back there’s a heart rate monitor right below the camera, next to the flash.

HTC One M8 is definitely a reminiscent of the HTC One 2013, but the new handset ditches the capacitive buttons over on-screen software keys, has rounder corners, and it’s taller and wider than its predecessor, mostly because it has to accommodate a bigger display.

When you turn the One M8 around the first thing you notice are the two cameras on the back, flaked to the left by the dual LED flash.

HTC One M8 might not be water and dust resistant like the Galaxy S5, might not sport a fingerprint sensor nor a heart rate monitor, but it’s no doubt the best looking smartphone in the town. Without a doubt, the One M8 wins the Design round.

Conclusions

We’ve reached the end of the Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One M8 specs battle so it’s time to see which of the two smartphones scored most points.

I’ll remind you that we’ve had five rounds that ended as tie: Display, Connectivity, Processor, Price, and Memory, because the two handsets have similar sized displays, almost identical connectivity features, they pack the latest and greatest Quaclcomm chipsets, are similarly priced, and have the same amount of RAM and storage.

The HTC One M8 has won two rounds (Operating System and Design), courtesy of the cleanness and utility of Sense 6.0 and its flawless metallic design. Two points for the M8.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 scored three points by outmatching the One M8 when it came to Dimensions (thinner, lighter, more compact), Camera (great autofocus speed and higher quality photos and videos), and Battery Life (higher battery unit and higher autonomy).

In our opinion the Samsung flagship is better than the All New HTC One, but you are entitled to think otherwise. If you believe we’ve been unfair to either of the smartphones please let us know in comments.

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  • Jayson Stark

    I think that you guys did a good job on the comparison. Fair and balanced. Although my winner is the HTC M8

  • Ishraq

    Htc has simply made a Smart Phone that can do everything it needs to. Samsung only tries really really hard to make an impression.
    *what’s up with the crazy back design*

  • http://www.heartsoulaz.com Gary Roberts

    The winner is really based on the differentiators that matter most to the end user. If superior camera, fitness apps and water/dust resistance matter more, the S5 is the winner. If audio quality/call quality, elegant interface, superior exterior finish matter, the HTC wins.

    • Hunter

      Its not like we are gonna swim with s5 in our pockets

      • MJC6370

        You’re not able to either

        • Dan

          Unless you got a pocket or strap somewhere

      • Dan

        Or are we? 0.0

  • http://www.heartsoulaz.com Gary Roberts

    Either way, there really is no loser here.

  • Gracen

    Are freaking seriously saying the s5 wins battery life?

    • Neal

      Anyone have stats / experience with S5 vs M8 battery life? My S3 (SCH-I535) battery life dramatically improved with me starting from scratch and adding ONLY the apps I really used… plus the update to 4.3 and PowerSave mode helped. At 30% I have forgotten to plug it in overnight and, by morning, there still is +10% left to get to work.

      That said, I love the removable battery, as I have acquired 3 spares. (Only have used 2 batteries for a weekend [Sat+Sun] of regular usage.)

  • http://www.anthonywebb.net Anthony

    Most of the tests of the camera I’ve seen have shown the One M8 has the better camera. S5 has by far more megapixels, but there’s a lot more to a camera than that.

    And the front facing camera for selfies, is a clear cut winner for the One M8.

    • Ryan

      I’m torn, I love the M7 images up close, but if you zoom or crop, even a little bit… pixels. Pixels everywhere

    • Dan

      May I ask where you found these? ‘Cuz all the photo comparisons I’ve seen has shown that M8’s camera really lags behind if the conditions aren’t perfect for it.

  • djrobinn

    I find it isn’t fair to score down the HTC One M8 coz is heavier… Of course it’s heavier because it’s not made with cheap flimsy plastic…

    • Dan

      “Cheap flimsy plastic” You obviously don’t know what you’re talking about. Realize that metal interferes with internet connectivity. Plastic doesn’t. Realize that if you scratch it, it’s permanent, and ugly. Scratch plastic, get a new part, it’s really “cheap”; plus, you can get those flap-cover-back-case-thingies. Get a case, you say? Realize then that the only point of adding metal was the looks and interfering with the internet connections. It’s sort of like those beautiful gals who are really shallow compared to a slightly worse looking gal who actually gives a f*** for you. Now, lets talk about real life situations here. You drop either of them from any given height, display aside, they will get nicks. As for the screen, no matter what anyone else says, the only reason the screen cracks isn’t because of metal or plastic. It’s actually the amount of force in shock it took, the angle, and the the SCREEN’S STRENGTH. They’re both Gorilla Glass 3, they’re both gonna crack at the same rate if they land with the exact same angle and force. As for the back and sides, they do not crack. They get scratches and nicks everywhere. Seriously, the mobile companies using metal are completely fooling you guys. Metal doesn’t have any advantage except to the eye. Plus, the thing can get really slippery.

  • Korey

    Who ever wrote this article needs to return to middle school english class.

    • Brian

      Whoever*

      • SL Carrtel

        Whomever

        • Salvatore Cusumano

          Whoever. Whomever would be the object of a verb or preposition, not the subject.

        • Neal

          whomever … hahaha… that’s funny

  • djinn123

    We constantly hold, touch, and look at our phones. It’s nice that while we do this, our phone is a joy to hold and touch, and the UI is intuitive and easy to the eyes. These are the most important things for me.
    Running out of power? It will happen once in a while and it’s no big deal as there are tons of compact battery packs out there. Camera? Seriously no one ever commented on the quality of pics I post- it’s more of what’s in the pic!
    Therefore for me M8 wins this contest.

  • http://www.elvishsu66.com/ Elvis Hsu

    The HTC One M8 has won the cash in my pocket…

    • x277

      Mine too, but AT&T doesn’t seem to want my money. They obviously have the phones in stock, but say I can’t buy it until Friday. I then called another store and they said I could buy it today and they had them in stock, but after wasting my time and gas driving to that store, they said they didn’t have any in stock.

  • Fred Up

    What will be the winner, since spec wise they are very similar, is what they let the developers do. HTC’s previous policy of locking the system down turned me from the HTC ONE for the SGSIII and Samsung’s KNOX is putting me off the SGSV.
    All I want is for the real geniuses at XDA to be allowed to turn these phones from amazing to *insert a superlative much better than amazing*.

  • x277

    I tested out both in the store. I will be upgrading my GalaxyS (yes the very first one) which I bought in 2010. The phone as served me well, but I think its time for an upgrade since half the apps on the phone don’t work anymore due to Samsung not upgrading the OS. My obvious choice was an updated Galaxy, but honestly I was not too thrilled with the poor battery life of my GalaxyS. So I decided to test out other brands and the HTC One M8 stood out to me.

    I couldn’t care less which one is lighter, in fact I prefer heavier phones if it means better quality material. People I think make way too much of a deal about phone weight when you are really talking a few ounces.

    The finish of the M8 looks so much better than the S5 and it seems like a professional phone versus the plasticy look.

    The only thing to me that the S5 seems to have a big advantage over the M8 is the camera, but other than snapping a few pictures here and there, honestly I don’t think I would care. As long as the camera has a flash (which my GalaxyS does not have), and is decent quality I think that would be enough for me.

    Just playing around the phones, the M8 OS seemed to be a lot smoother and less laggy. Like the S4 I tested out last year the S5 OS seems to stutter especially when playing the Math Workout app.

    Battery life is a huge deal for me, and I want a phone that can last at least a day or so without having to constantly be charging. If I don’t charge my GalaxyS, then the phone is dead within a few hours of just sitting idle. Naturally this deters me from trying my luck with another Galaxy phone.

    I am 99% sure I will be getting the M8 unless something changes my mind from now until I get to the AT&T store in the next 30 minutes.

  • Darren

    I have an HTC one m7 Google edition and love it. Would definitely go for m8 but think its like a S update like s5. PS s5 looks ugly.

  • Michael Guillory

    if you going to give design to the HTC then how can you also give it to the galaxy s5 by saying it is thinner, lighter, and more compact because this is part of the design.

    • Richard Goodenough

      Galaxy won the dimensions battle, which was only about physical size and weight which matter to some people. HTC won the design bald which is about visual appeal. Related, but separate areas.

      • Michael Guillory

        Well, not that I want to sit here and waste valuable tiime arguing. You have a point but is essence, design has to take into account the dimension there were no mention simply of design bald. It could come down to merely semantics but it can also be taken out of context to appease yourself or whomever. Design does take into account physical size and weight as well as the aesthetics involved. There is no seperation. The ergonomics!

        • Richard Goodenough

          That’s fair. I think the writer separated them only because to some people only the size matters whereas to others the total design matters. I personally chose the m8 primarily because of the design and could care less about dimensions within reason. I see why others have different priorities though.

  • Michael Guillory

    I have the HTC One as we speak now in my hand typing out these messages. Of course it all boils down to personal preference and I had an opportunity 2 use the demo of the s5 as well as the HTC One in an AT&T store. Both are excellent phones and of course I find daddy display of the HTC One to reveal for natural colors.I found I found myself having a difficult time deciding which device why would like to have. I ended up choosing the HTC One because of the great interface ,the sound , ease of use, just overall design. I think whichever one of these devices a person chooses they will have the best in my own opinion.

  • Salvatore Cusumano

    own the original One (M7) and cannot understand why HTC INSISTS on wasting space with their logo on the front. The phone could be shorter and more compact without it. I may hold off since it seems HTC is going to make the Nexus 6 and maybe that design flaw (IMO) will be changed. Also, quit the camera gimmicks and put in a better camera WITH their nice editing tools and you can compete with Samsung.

    I’m not interested in the S5 mainly because of their TouchWiz interface. I hate it though the phone itself has nice specs.

    • Ryan

      Or the new Desire device… I’m pretty interested in that

    • http://www.heartsoulaz.com Gary Roberts

      I also dislike the TouchWiz interface and prefer HTC Sense 6.0. I doubt HTC makes the phone longer so they can put their logo on the face. I’m sure its about space for internal components. Then what do you do with the space? Put a logo on the front so its not entirely blank. Best guess. Bet money next years HTC One M9 will have a better camera. But for my needs the HTC M8 camera is vastly superior to my old Droid Razr Maxx. So I’m happy.

  • htconeuser

    You won’t be disappointed with either, but when it was between the s4 and the m7 I liked the one better, I actually think the original one looks better than the m8.

  • William Grande

    HTC one M8 also has a extreme save mode so you can have your phone working days with the last juice on the battery .

  • axi7436

    Bwahahahaha…

  • Michelangelo

    Where are you getting these battery numbers? An S4 doesn’t run that long in battery tests I’ve seen anywhere else. And working at Verizon I can tell you that real world usage doesn’t come close to that. 36 hours of usage? None of my customers get that. Are we talking all WiFi with all other radios turned off including GPS?

    Also the HTC comes with an ultra battery save mode that extends it a lot. Probably worth mentioning in a review.

  • djmo

    Lets just make it simple. Htc one m7 was the best smartphone in 2013, and m8 still make efforts to improve from inside and out. Comparing S5 is just like a twin brother from s4 and not so much improvements. So the winner is still htc this year round.

  • boywonderfunder

    HTC M8 is a way superior phone in my opinion and won the money in my pocket as well.

  • Eric Gigliotti

    The HTC One is so much cleaner than the S4. I love my One and hate when my mom asks me questions on her S4. It’s so ridiculously complicated navigating the settings and the phone in general. If not much has changed on the M8 and S4, the M8 is the clear winner for me.

  • steve

    It seems kind of silly to do a comparison without mentioning the m8’s front facing stereo speakers with boom sound. It’d one of the biggest selling points of the phone.

  • rambrose

    I keep on waiting for a review… any review…. to give a REAL connectivity test. Don’t tell me the official specs. Instead tell me actual quality of calls made and actual download speeds. The closest I’ve seen was a customer review on amazon or best buy where the guy was happy with his HTC One because he said it got better reception.

    I am all about being able to actually use the phone to make phone calls and actually be able to reach my wifi connection even if I am outside with the dog or my son or whatever. I would like to know which of these phones actually has better connectivity.

    THAT is going to be the deciding factor when I buy a new phone next month. Right note anecdotal evidence suggests HTC, but hopefully I will find more concrete knowledge by then.

    • Dan

      I can’t give a personal response, but I can use logic unlike most Wall Street mobile phone consumers. HTC One M8 is made of 90% aluminum, and metal is known to interfere with internet connection. Plastic has a much better time allowing the waves to pass through it. Plus, the GS5 has MIMO, which means it has a dual band Wi-Fi connection, meaning it has 2 instead of one little stick receiving and sending the waves, meaning it has better connection. Not double, but more like, on a nerdy level, 1.5x better Wi-Fi connection. So in terms of connectivity, the GS5 is the clear cut winner. PS If I were you, I wouldn’t look for a review, because usually they’re one sided, and all these Wall Street gullible consumers place comments looking like they know something when they actually don’t.

  • rambrose

    HEY!!! Actually, the HTC should win the price category as at least when I looked it up those similar prices that the article mentions are for a 16gig samsung vs a 32 gig HTC.

    (Not anti-Samsung here either – I currently use an S3 and my last phone was an S2) I loved the S2, but my S3 does not have good enough call quality.

  • Simo

    I wonder, all of you HTC lovers do wear any case protector on your phone?
    I always thought most Apple fanboys were stupid for praising their iPhone look and then keeping it covered in “ugly” cases.
    That said, I completely agree that if you not use a case then the HTC phone looks 1000x times better and that alone would make it a better purchase than Samsung.

    • http://www.alexdumitru.com Alex Dumitru

      That’s what I tell to everyone who says his smartphone looks good and only sees it when he buys it.

      And that’s why I never use a case. You pay a premium price for a smartphone, then turn it into an ugly piece of silicon.

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