Galaxy S5 vs htc ONE (M8) vs Xperia Z2 Specs Comparison

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Welcome to Samsung Galaxy S5 vs htc ONE (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2, the specs comparison of the three best android smartphones of 2014.

You can also check out intense competition in Galaxy S5 vs Nexus 5, iPhone 5S, Lumia Icon to see how well Google, Apple and Nokia flagship mobiles compares with the latest Samsung phone.

Samsung S5, htc ONE and Sony Z2 are world's top phones brands, being the masterpiece of the Korean, Taiwanese and Japanese technology respectively. We are pitching them against each other to analyze their design, display, camera, power, processor, software and other features, only to find out which of these will give the consumers best values for their money.

Galaxy S5 vs htc ONE (M8) vs Xperia Z2 Specs Comparison

Design and Display Comparison

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs htc ONE (M8) vs Xperia Z2, all three smartphones continue with the tried-and-tested design approach along with slight bumps in their screen sizes.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Design
htc ONE M8 was regarded as one of the best-looking smartphones of all time, and its successor features the same zero-gap metallic shell with curves this time to offer better handling. It gets a classy look with the help of jewelry-grade metal finish and is available in classic grey or silver, along with a gold variant that will land later.

Sony Xperia Z2 Design
Samsung Galaxy S5 comes encased in a plastic body similar to its predecessors. However, it has a perforated back which adds to the look and aids grip. The S5 is available in blue, golden, black or white.

Sony also flaunts the unibody design aesthetics with the combination of aluminum and glass started by its predecessors. The device will sell in black, white or purple hues.

htc ONE 2014 is fitted with a 5-inch display as opposed to 4.7-inch display that adorned its predecessor. However unlike its predecessor, the device has software navigation keys.

The Galaxy S5 features a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display, whereas the Xperia Z2 comes with a 5.2-inch TRILUMINOS display. All of them bear a resolution of 1080p.
htc ONE m8 Design

Overall, all the devices are pretty similar in terms of screen real estate, though design-wise the new htc ONE definitely deserves a mention. However, both the Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2 focus on durability factor as they’re resistant to dust and water.

Camera Comparison

Each of the handsets flaunt a different set of photo-centric capabilities in a bid to lure shutterbugs.

The htc ONE (M8) takes the UltraPixel technology to the next level with the addition of a depth sensor to supplement the camera. The duo camera setup will help in features such as image refocusing and creating depth-of-field effects.

Post-capture image refocusing was first seen on a dedicated camera called Lytro and was also added to the Nokia Lumia range later, with the Lumia 1020 being the first to sport it. Nowadays, it can be seen on many devices including the Samsung Galaxy S5. This feature normally works by capturing multiple shots with a single camera to create this effect.

However, htc ONE camera hardware implementation yields better results. It also has a dual-colour LED for more natural looking flash photography in low light. The camera retains the same specs of its predecessor with BSI sensor having 2.0µm pixel, 1/3" sensor and f/2.0 lens. Sadly because of the dual camera, the smartphone loses on the OIS functionality which was available in its predecessor.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with a 16MP ISOCELL camera with LED flash. The new technology is supposedly better in taking shots in poor lighting conditions. The camera hardware is backed by a plethora of Samsung software features. For video calls and selfies, it comes with a 2MP secondary camera.

Sony Xperia Z2 gets the same 20.7MP camera that was available in its previous model with Sony G Lens along with Exmor RS optics powered by the BIONZ processing engine. It has a 2.2MP front-facing camera facilitating video conferencing.

While the Samsung S5 and Sony Z2 allow 4k video shooting, all three devices support slow-motion recording.

Connectivity and power

In the connectivity department, all three devices are fully loaded with support for 2G/3G networks, Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth, NFC and GPS. The htc M) and the Galaxy S5 also come with Infrared ports for universal remote functionality. htc ONE (M8) is also compatible with Indian 4G band. Samsung has included a microUSB 3.0 port in the S5, allowing fast data transfer with the computer.

htc ONE 2014 packs 2600mAh, while the Sony Xperia Z2 has a 3200mAh battery. Unlike the removable 2800mAh battery in the Galaxy S5, the other two devices have sealed batteries. The trio also comes with battery-enhancing features in the form of "Extreme Power Saving Mode", "Ultra Power Saving Mode" and "Stamina Mode".

Processor and Memory

Qualcomm’s latest quad-core Snapdragon 801 chipset is powering the show in all the three devices and the only difference is in terms of the clock speeds. Both the htc ONE (M8) and the Samsung Galaxy S5 have sport 2.5GHz processors, while the Sony Xperia Z2's four cores are clocked at a slightly lower 2.3GHz.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Chip
In the memory department, both the M8 and S5 pack 2GB of RAM in comparison to 3GB of RAM in the Xperia Z2. The trio comes in 16/32GB storage variants and provide the option of adding more via microSD cards. The latest HTC One overcomes one of the biggest limits of its predecessor by offering a microSD expansion slot.

We can’t compare these devices in terms of their performance without even using them, but needless to say that the Xperia Z2 makes up for its marginally lower clock speed thanks to its 3GB RAM, making it future-proof and offering better multitasking abilities.

Software and Customizations

The mobile phones ship with the latest version of Android KitKat with a layer of proprietary customizations.

Sony’s Xperia Z2 sports minimal customizations and comes with useful features like Quick Toggles, Small Apps and more. The new HTC One comes with the Sense 6 UI and brings with it features like BlinkFeed which has also been updated with useful options like offline mode and shows data from Fitbit, Foursquare, etc.

htc has also added gestures with the Motion Launch allowing features such as double tap to wake up.

Samsung Galaxy S5 S Health Apps

Thankfully the Korean brand has listened to its users and reduced the amount of tweaks on the OS with TouchWiz UI in the Galaxy S5, though they still can boggle anyone’s mind. It also features MyMagazine UI which is akin to HTC’s BlinkFeed and offers news powered by Flipboard.

Features Comparison

Samsung has also packed the Galaxy S5 with some other features including a Finger Sensor and a heart rate monitor. Similar to the Apple iPhone 5S TouchID, Finger Sensor unlocks the device as well as adds as layer of protection for documents. Users can also monitor their heart rates by simply keeping their fingers on the flash at the back of the phone.

Just like its predecessor, the HTC One (M8) offers a richer audio experience with its BoomSound speakers at the front and built-in amps. Sony also boasts of music-centric features like digital noise cancellation, Clear Audio+ and stereo speakers.

Galaxy S5 vs htc ONE (M8) vs Xperia Z2 Specs Comparison Verdict

Check the detailed Galaxy S5 vs htc ONE (M8) vs Xperia Z2 Specs comparison chart below, to see how they fare each other with advatnafe areas highlighted in green:

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs htc ONE (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 Specs Comparison Chart

At the surface, all the three smartphones comes with top-notch specs and you can’t go wrong with any of them. However if you look closely, they’re different in many ways. If you’re looking for the stylish device with good sound output, then the HTC One (M8) is the way to go.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 rides on the popularity of the Korean giant along with having some useful capabilities like a fingerprint sensor, a heart rate monitor and IP67 certification (making it resistant to dust and water).

Sony’s Xperia Z2 offers a slightly larger screen than the two along with good camera. We can't really make a decision for you, at least not before trying out the devices for ourselves and evaluating their strengths and weaknesses.

However, pricing will also play a vital role – a difference of a few thousand rupees may not be enough to sway potential buyers looking for a premium device, but if one of the devices is priced significantly lower than the others, it could tilt the balance heavily in its favor.
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