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Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8): Full Spec Comparison

Posted by on June 27, 2014

Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8) are two of the best Android smartphones available in the market today. They’re both incredible handsets and feature really impressive specs that set them ahead of their competitors. So how do these new flagship smartphones stack up against each other? Here is a spec by spec comparison of the two high-end devices.

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8): Design

Galaxy S5 sports a similar design to the Galaxy S4 with a few key differences. It’s a bit bigger overall, and the smooth plastic back of the S4 has been replaced with a perforated textured back that shines in different lighting conditions.

The One (M8) also features a similar style and design to the previous HTC One (M7) with front-facing speakers and an aluminium build. The sleek body of the One M8 is 90% metal, giving it a premium look and feel. The metal unibody design also makes the One M8 more durable.

With its sleek metal housing, the HTC One M8 outclasses the Galaxy S5 in both looks and durability.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8): Screen

The Samsung Galaxy S5 features a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED 1920 x 1080 display with a pixel density of 430ppi while The HTC One (M8) features a 5-inch Super LCD3 display with a 1920 x 1080-pixel resolution and 441 ppi. That means the Samsung Galaxy S5 has slightly larger display but a slightly lower pixel density. The Galaxy S5’s Super AMOLED screen has more vibrant colors than the One M8. So, if you want realistic colors, go with the One M8. If you want larger-than-life colors, go with the Galaxy S5.

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8): Sound

When it comes to sound quality, HTC One M8 is clearly ahead of the pack. The HTC One M8 comes with upgraded BoomSound technology that is going to provide extremely clear audio. The new HTC One also comes with dual front facing stereo speakers that direct loud, clear audio right at the user. These beat the Galaxy S5’s rear-facing speaker easily.

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8): Camera

The HTC One (M8) features the same 4MP “UltraPixel” sensor found in the original HTC One, although it’s a better all-round performer than before. It also has a 5-megapixel front-facing camera which is excellent for selfies.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 features a 16-megapixel rear camera with fast auto focus time of just 0.3 seconds. The smartphone can also capture 4K (Ultra HD) video and includes a 2 MegaPixel front camera.

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8): CPU

Both these phones are powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor and 2GB of RAM. The only difference is that the S5’s core is clocked at 2.5GHz while the M8 is 2.3GHz. But, that minor difference in clock speed has almost no bearing on actual applications.

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8): User Interface

Both Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8) come with Android 4.4 KitKat, but you will see a difference between them as each has its own custom user interface. The HTC’s One X runs Sense 6.0 which sports a simplified, flattened design while the Samsung Galaxy S5 runs Touchwiz which is more colorful and functional than the Sense UI. Both handsets have access to the Google Play store, but the Samsung comes out ahead thanks to its own store with extra content and exclusive apps.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8): Battery

The Galaxy S5 is powered by a 2800 mAh battery while the M8 has a 2600 mAh battery. Both phones have advanced power saving mode which will get you through a full day, even with heavy use. However, the S5 holds the edge with a removable battery.

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8): Storage

The HTC One (M8) features a 16 GB of internal storage, and a microSD card slot that can accommodate up to 128 GB of storage. There is also an extra 65 GB available in Google Drive.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 features 16GB and 32GB on-board storage variants, with a microSD card slot supports up to 128GB, and 50GB of free cloud storage through Dropdox for 2 years.

The table below provides a more detailed comparison between Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8).

Model Samsung Galaxy S5 HTC One M8
Operating System Android Kitkat 4.4 with new Touchwiz Android Kitkat 4.4 with Sense 6.0
Dimensions 142 x 72.5 x 8.1mm 146.4 x 70.6 x 9.4mm
Weight 145g 160g
Screen size 5.1 inches 5.0 inches
Display 1,920 x 1,080 pixels Super AMOLED, 432 ppi 1,920 x 1,080 pixels Super LCD 3, 441 ppi
Processor Quad core 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Quad core 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
RAM 2 Gigabyte 2 Gigabyte
Camera 16 Megapixel rear camera / 2.1 megapixel front camera 4MP Ultrapixel rear camera / 5 megapixel front camera
Internal Storage 16 / 32 gigabyte + microSD 16 gigabyte + microSD
Battery Removable Li-Ion 2800 mAh Non-removable Li-Po 2600 mAh
Connectivity 4G LTE, HSPA+, USB 3.0, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, IrDA, NFC 4G LTE, HSPA+, USB 2.0, Bluetooth 4.0, IrDA, NFC
Extra Features
  • Fingerprint scanner – lets you unlock your phone without having to enter a password and make online payments through Paypal.
  • Heart rate sensor – check your heart beats per minute (BPM)
  • water and dust resistant
  • Download Booster – download via WiFi and data simultaneously
  • BlinkFeed – the customizable home screen that presents users with a flow of pertinent information.
  • Motion Launch – Wake and Sleep your device by just double tapping the screen.
  • Dual-LED True Tone Flash – Automatically adjusts the amount of flash based on the lighting situation. The same thing featured on the iPhone 5S.


Both are fantastic phones and each has their own strengths. If you want security and multitasking prowess, the Galaxy S5’s unique features might make it the best business phone for you. But if you care about design and want the absolute best audio experience, then HtC One M8 is the right phone for you.