Samsung Galaxy S5 v/s HTC One M8: Which One Is The Best 2014 Flagship

samsung galaxy s5 vs htc one m8

Mobile Phones are not just devices to make calls nowadays. They are Smartphones today, and can take up a variety of tasks from gaming to professional-like photography, thanks to the raw processing power found in Smartphones today, and thanks to the optimized mobile operating systems we find in them. At least on paper, nowadays our Smartphones are as powerful, if not excess, than the PC’s of previous generations. Hence, our Smartphones can handle any major tasks from console-like gaming to heavy multitasking, all by using the power within that thin chassis.

As we ask for more and more from our Smartphones these days, Smartphone manufacturers are keen to stuff in more sensors and features apart from processing power, into their Smartphones, so that more buyers get attracted to their products. If we talk about two of the current generation flagship Android Smartphones, the story is not all that different. Yeah, as you might have already guessed from the title of this article, today we are here with a comparison between the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One M8, two of the hottest flagship Android Smartphones from their respective manufacturers.

samsung galaxy s5 vs htc one m8

Samsung Galaxy S5 v/s HTC One M8:

In terms of hardware specifications, both the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One M8 are top notch and features the latest cutting edge processors, a 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801 processor with 2 GB of RAM, either 16 or 32 GB of internal storage options, 5.1 inch Full-HD display, 16 MP primary camera, 2 MP secondary camera and a 2800 mAh battery.

Whereas the HTC One M8 comes with a 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 5 inch Full-HD display, either 16 or 32 GB of internal storage space, with MicroSD storage expansion support, 4 MP primary camera with Dual-tone LED flash, 5 MP primary camera and a 2600 mAh battery.

Apart from these hardware features, both these Smartphones feature some extra hardware and software features as well. The Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with a fingerprint scanner atop the home button and a heart rate monitor below the rear camera lens, and also the Air-Gestures and similar gimmicks that we saw with the Samsung Galaxy S4 makes a return here too. Samsung, as always, dedicates a lot of pressure to bring its camera to the number 1 spot in terms of performance. Samsung boasts the Galaxy S5 to feature the fastest shutter speed of all the Smartphones out there, and also Samsung introduces their homegrown IsoCell camera sensor with the 16 MP camera of the Samsung Galaxy S5, which theoretically helps you take better pictures even in low light.

HTC brings back all the glorious features of the HTC One of last year, the features that we all loved and admired. HTC BoomSound, HTC Zoe, HTC Blinkfeed and all returns back with slight improvements. HTC Duo Camera is the new addition to the features. With the help of the second lens above the primary camera in the behind, the HTC Duo Camera will be able to measure the depth of field and hence bring attractive after effects to your photos. Sadly, the primary camera is still the 4 MP sensor as found in the HTC One 2013, also, disappointingly, they took out the Optical Image Stabilization feature from the HTC One M8, because it was not compatible with the Duo Camera technology.

Final Words:

Both these Smartphones are high-end in all aspects. Both of them are quite capable in terms of performance, has attractive looks and features latest softwares too. The only thing separating both these Smartphones is the number of additional features such as the fingerprint scanner and heart rate monitor which is present in the Samsung Galaxy S5 and is absent from the HTC One M8. However, they do not boost user experience in anyway, so they don’t really matter.

If you are able to cope with the lower MP count of HTC One M8’s camera and if you can let go the additional features and gimmicks of the Samsung Galaxy S5, then the HTC One M8 is the most preferable out of the two simply because it is a better overall package, thanks to its awesome features, built quality and performance.

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