HTC One M8 quick review, comparison

HTC One M8 is the latest offering from the Taiwanese mobile device maker HTC. This phone succeeds the widely acclaimed as efficient phone, HTC One. We  have seen this device topping almost all the benchmark scores. So let us take a short round up of what this device has to offer for the customers and what is new in this HTC One M8. We also compares some of the features and specifications of the device with Samsung Galaxy S5 which seems to the prime competitor for this device.

HTC One M8

HTC One M8 is a premium device, price of which is around $649 for the consumer and developer version, and a slightly higher $699 for the Google Play edition device. At this price the specification has to be high end. This time too the company has delivered with this new version of HTC One. As the company officials had pointed out during the launch, the only thing that needs to be seen is how well this device sells against the Galaxy Devices that shells out millions of dollars in advertising.

Design

HTC sticks to the same HTC one design for HTC One M8, which is beautiful by any standards. The phone is made of mostly metal. Almost 90 % of the phone is made of metal, basically Aluminium. Exterior has a brushed metal finish.  The phone is slightly heavier because of the use of metal in its making. It weights 160 grams and has overall dimensions ranging 146.4 x 70.6 x 9.4 mm.

The weight of the phone is slightly higher than that of Samsung Galaxy S5 which weighs 140 g. It is thinner than HTC One M8 at 8.1 mm thickness. Other dimensions are much similar in both phones. Samsung stick to the Same old Galaxy S phones design.

Display

The 5 inch display in the phone offers 1920 x 1080 p full HD resolution. The display is a Super LCD3 capacitive touchscreen with pixel density of approximately 441 ppi. Corning Gorilla Glass 3 offers protection to the device. With these configurations and ppi the display is nothing but crystal clear. Samsung Galaxy S5 also has much similar display specifications, however it features a slightly bigger 5.1 inch super AMOLED display. The pixel density is 441 ppi which is slightly better in HTC One M8 than Samsung Galaxy S5 which offers ~432 ppi pixel density. The difference is barely noticeable. The display comes with Gorilla Glass 3 protection in both phones.

CPU, GPU, memory and OS

HTC One M8 is powered by a Qualcomm MSM8974AB Snapdragon 801 with Quad-core 2.3 GHz (US/EMEA)/ 2.5 GHz (Asia, China) Krait 400 CPU and Adreno 330 GPU. The phone comes with 16 GB and 32 GB of internal memory options. This can be further expanded using microSD card to up to 128 GB. RAM in the phone is 2 GB which when combined with the processor gives a great multitasking freedom for the user.  The Operating system in the device is the most up to date Android OS version 4.4.2 Kitkat, comes with plenty of new software features when combined with HTC’s own Sense User Interface.

The above mentioned specifications are much identical in Samsung Galaxy S5. It uses the same chipset, same amount of RAM, ROM, and the latest OS version. Only visible difference is in the UI, Samsung uses TouchWiz UI in their smartphones.

Camera

HTC One M8 comes with dual 4 UltraPixel rear camera, a deviation in path from what we are used to hear in camera specifications. According to HTC they now believes in big pixel rather than more pixel. Larger pixels lets more light to reach the sensor and this improves the quality of image. This move is logically sustainable. We have seen such a move from Oppo in their latest Find 7 phone. We might see this in more phones cameras in the future. The HTC One M8 camera has 1/3” sensor size and 2µm pixel size. Other camera features includes automatic simultaneous video and image recording, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, HDR and panorama settings. The primary camera can record 1080 p full HD videos at 30 fps and 720p HD videos @ 60 fps.

At the beginning of this camera review I have mentioned that the device comes with dual camera in the rear. The purpose of the dual camera is that it helps the phone to get in depth analysis of the object in the focus. This features helps in focusing select objects in the frame. Most AF cameras focus the object in the front and blurs the rear object. HTC One M8 Camera enables the user to the select the object the to focus on the frame. This feature, however, is available in Samsung Galaxy S5. Reviewing both phones (Samsung Galaxy S5 review) I have concluded that the area of focus for both Samsung and HTC in their flag ship offering is the Cameras. They both seems to have put great efforts to match their phone cameras with the DSLR cameras, close enough, however they will not, practically.  Samsung seems to be a winner here as the 16 MP camera in the phone is capable of recording 4K videos @ 30 fps and  1080p full HD videos @ 60 fps, that’s more impressive.

The front camera in HTC One M8 has a 5 MP sensor that can record 1080 p full HD videos at 30 fps.

Battery

The Lithium polymer battery has a capacity of 2600 mAh. It offers a talk time of up to 20 hours on 3G and up to 14 hours on 2G. The talk time offered is up to 496 hours on 3G and up to 271 hours on 2G. The phone comes with an Ultra power saver mode that lets the phone continue with basic features like calls and SMS. From a 20% battery the phone can run for about 60 hours with out recharge. This a handy feature because it is usual for us to loose all the battery juice that leaves us unconnected in situations.  Samsung too have very identical feature in Galaxy S5.

Connectivity

HTC One M8 comes with all basic connectivity features like WiFi, Bluetooth and MicroUSB. The micro USB version is 2.0 (MHL). It also supports USB On-the-go and USB Host. M8 also features NFC which is found on all premium smartphones. The phone supports all 2G GSM network bands, HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 3G networks bands and  LTE 800 / 900 / 1800 / 2600 4G LTE bands.

Price and Conclusion.

HTC have a good phone even better with release of this new HTC One M8. The phone comes with upgraded software features and HTC’s own sense UI, Blink feed, and beats audio. The audio in this phone is unmatched for even if you compare with any smartphone brand. The price of the phone is also good. The unlocked version of the phone is priced $650 for the consumers as well as the developers version. The Google play edition phone is priced little higher at $699.

Below I have created a chart where I have compared the key specifications of HTC One M8 with phones like Samsung Galaxy S5, Oppo Find 7, and Sony Xperia Z2.

Phones HTC One M8 Oppo Find 7 Samsung Galaxy S5 Sony Xperia Z2
Display 5 inch 1920 x 1080p full HD 5.5 inch IPS LCD 2560 x 1440 pixels QHD, 534 ppi 5.1 inch Super AMOLED, 1920 x 1080p full HD 5.2 inch Triluminos display IPS LCD, 1920 x 1080p full HD
CPU 2.3 GHz Quad-core( in US/ EMEA)/ 2.5 GHz (Asia) Krait 400 Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400 Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400 Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8974AB Snapdragon 801 Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 Qualcomm MSM8974AB Snapdragon 801
GPU Adreno 330 Adreno 330 Adreno 330 Adreno 330
OS Android OS, v4.4.2 Kitkat Android OS, v4.3 Jelly Bean Android OS, v4.4.2 Kitkat Android OS, v4.4.2 Kitkat
RAM 2 GB 3 GB 2 GB 3GB
ROM 16 GB/32 GB, micro SD up to 128 GB 32 GB, micro SD up to 64 GB 16 GB, microSD up to 128 GB 16 GB, microSD up to 128 GB
Connectivity 2G, 3G, 4G LTE WiFi, Bluetooth, micro USB, NFC 2G, 3G, 4G LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, micro USB, NFC 2G, 3G, 4G LTE WiFi, Bluetooth, micro USB, NFC 2G, 3G, 4G LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, micro USB, NFC
Camera-rear 4 Ultra pixel dual camera with dual mode dual LED flash 13 MP 16 MP, 4k video recording @ 30fps 20.7 MP, 4K Video recording @ 30fps
Camera-front 5 MP, 1080p video recording @30 fps 5 MP 2 MP 1080p video recording @ 30fps 2.2 MP 1080p video recording @ 30fps
Battery 2600 mAh Li-polymer 3000 mAh, quick recharging 2800 mAh Li-ion 3200 mAh Li-ion
Price $649 $599

 

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