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HTC One (M8) vs. Samsung Galaxy S5

HTC yesterday introduced us to its newest flagship smartphone, the HTC One M8. The HTC One is a refresh of last year's award winning phone of the same name. With it, HTC is targeting consumers that want their phone to get them noticed and those that influence the choices of their friends. So how does the HTC One hardware stack up against the Samsung Galaxy S5, arguably the biggest phone to launch this spring?

Read more: HTC Reveals All New HTC One (M8) Android Phone

SpecGalaxy S5

HTC One (M8)

Operating SystemAndroid 4.4.2Android 4.4.xCustom UITouchWizSense UIScreen5.1-inch Super AMOLED 1920x1080 432ppi5-inch LCD 1920x1080 440ppiChipsetSnapdragon 801Snapdragon 801CPU2.5 GHz quad-core2.3 Ghz quad-coreGPUAdreno 330 Adreno 330RAM2 GB2GBStorage16 GB or 32 GB16 GB or 32 GBRemovable StorageMicroSDMicroSDCamera16-megapixel lens, 2.1-megapixel camera in front4.1-megapixel UltraPixel camera, 5-megapixel camera up frontConnectivityWiFi, NFC, Bluetooth, DLNA, GPS/GLONASS, NFC, Bluetooth, DLNA, GPS/GLONASS, Dimensions42 mm (5.6 in) H 72.5 mm (2.85 in) W 8.1 mm (0.32 in) D149 g / 5.1 oz 146.3 mm (5.76 in) H 70.6 mm (2.78 in) W 9.4 mm (0.37 in) D159 g / 5.6 ozPrice$649 off contract$649 off contract

In terms of hardware, it's a pretty fair fight aside from a few key factors. Ultimately, it's about what you want from your phone (aside from the ability to make phone calls and send texts, of course). Samsung's focusing on health in a big way with the Galaxy S5. HTC has BlinkFeed integration with FitBit but spent considerably less time talking about the fitness aspects of the phone than Samsung did when it unveiled the GS5 at MWC (most likely because Samsung has to make you want the Gear, too). Samsung's Galaxy S5 also has that all important fingerprint unlock, which not only offers an alternative way to unlock your phone but also allows you secret folders of files, apps, and photos that no one else can access.

Read more: Samsung Galaxy S5 Launching in 150 Countries On April 11

On the other hand, the HTC One has that beefed up camera with dual lenses for taking multiple photos at once and the ability to choose the point of focus after the photo has been taken. With the standard of flagship smartphones as high as it is right now, manufacturers really have to focus on custom UIs and added software to make their devices sparkle. It's striking the balance between enhancements and clutter that presents the biggest challenge.

Read more: Top 5 Best Features of the New HTC One (M8) Smartphone

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  • Shneiky
    The S5 is 142 mm. In the table it is said 42mm.
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  • del35
    Does the S5 have a user replaceable battery?
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  • TechnoD
    Cool phones, but I think I will stick with my windows phone.
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  • qlum
    If the s5 indeed does have a replaceable battery it would put it quite a bit ahead of htc there. I can't tell you enough how useful it is to have a spare when you forget to charge your phone.
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  • fudoka711
    Does the HTC One not have Wifi? I'm assuming that's a typo...
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  • vmem
    If the s5 indeed does have a replaceable battery it would put it quite a bit ahead of htc there. I can't tell you enough how useful it is to have a spare when you forget to charge your phone.
    I wouldn't be surprised if the S5 came with a replaceable battery as it was a pretty popular feature of the past galaxy S phones. That aside, I think the usefulness of the feature varies greatly from person to person. for someone like me who mostly have a desk-job in front of a computer, battery only becomes an issue on the weekends when I feel like going out...
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  • schultzter
    12970776 said:
    Does the HTC One not have Wifi? I'm assuming that's a typo...
    No, it's true, the North American telcos demanded it. Oh, and data caps are going down and prices are going up - purely a coincidence though. :)
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  • house70
    Obviously, the best phone is... the one that fits your needs. You can't go wrong with either of these phones, and future benchmarks will only be for completely useless bragging rights. And yes, of course HTC One has WiFi. Silly...
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  • rwinches
    The camera focus features are really cool as is the speakers output.__What'sup with the sealed battery?__The S5 has a bigger battery and AMOLED display so will that result in longer play time?
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  • rwinches
    For me metal cases and enclosed antennas don't jibe.
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