Who makes the better smartphone, Samsung or HTC?

Samsung's Galaxy S5 versus HTC's One (M8)

Samsung's biggest threat is not Apple; it's HTC. Now next-generation smartphones from Samsung and HTC have been released, and although on paper the Galaxy S5 and the One (M8) are neck-to-neck, the two smartphones couldn't be more different.

Spec-for-spec

Sam Galaxy S5

HTC One (M8)

Verdict

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Operating system
Google Android 4.4 (KitKat)
Google Android 4.4 (KitKat)
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Screen size
5.1in
5in
Samsung Galaxy S5
Display resolution
1920x1080
1920x1080
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Pixel density
432ppi
441ppi
HTC One (M8)
CPU
Quad-core 2.5Ghz
Quad-core 2.5Ghz
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RAM
2GB
2GB
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Internal memory
16GB/32GB
16GB
Samsung Galaxy S5
Expandable memory
Yes, up to 128GB
Yes, up to 128GB
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Biometric security
Finger scanner
None
Samsung Galaxy S5
Heart monitor
Yes
None
Samsung Galaxy S5
Durability
IP67, Waterproof to 1 metre and Dustproof
Standard
Samsung Galaxy S5
Front camera
2-megapixels
5-megapixels
HTC One (M8)
Rear camera
16-megapixels, single LED flash
4-megapixels Ultrapixel camera + DuoCamera
To be determined
Video recording
Ultra HD
Full HD
Samsung Galaxy S5
FM Radio
No
Yes
HTC One (M8)
Stereo speakers
No
BoomSound stereo speakers with dedicated amplifiers
HTC One (M8)
LTE support
Yes
Yes
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Wi-Fi
802.11a/b/g/n/ac
802.11a/b/g/n/ac
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Bluetooth
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth 4.0
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NFC
Yes
Yes
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Download accelerant
Download Booster
Standard
Samsung Galaxy S5
Battery size
2800 mAh
2600mAh
Samsung Galaxy S5
Thickness
8.1mm
9.4mm
Samsung Galaxy S5
Weight
145 grams
160 grams
Samsung Galaxy S5

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S5

Design

Rarely do we come across a next-generation smartphone that is thicker, wider and heavier, but such is the case with the Samsung Galaxy S5. Even the bezel bordering the screen is wider than that featured on the Galaxy S4. The corners are more pronounced and, as a result, the smartphone is more imposing.

Samsung has tried to jazz up the new Galaxy in some ways — the S5 is available in glitzy new colours and the faux-leather back is patterned — but these changes prove feeble in making us feel towards the company’s new flagship. Waterproofing the smartphone has come at the expense of good looks and ergonomic form.

This proves problematic for Samsung as its ordinary smartphone will rest alongside the metal-clad HTC One (M8) in stores.

The Samsung is about volume production and low manufacturing costs

The new HTC flagship retains identifiable M7 attributes, but it adds traits unique to the M8 alone. The body is almost 90 per cent metal — up from 70 per cent in the original One — and it has a fine hairline finish. HTC has increased the curvature of the smartphone’s back, and the sand-blasted sides taper right around to the front. Then there’s the premium edging and HTC’s signature front-facing stereo speakers.

Holding the Samsung, you see the company thinking about high-volume production and lowering manufacturing costs. The One (M8) on the other hand is an entirely different affair; with it you think less and feel more.

Winner: HTC One (M8)

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