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HTC One (M8) vs Galaxy S5 vs Xperia Z2




With the announcement of the new HTC One, the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Sony Xperia Z2 will be facing more competition, but does HTC’s champion have what it takes to play this year’s game? Check out our spec comparison of these Android behemoths for a better view on the flagship war.

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As you can see below, all phones share the same screen resolution, CPU and GPU; the rest, they all go on their separate ways.

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Strengths & weaknesses are quantitative.

 

Here are some details you should take note of:

The HTC One

  • no longer has optical image stabilization unlike last year’s model.
  • has a high resolution 5 megapixel front-facing camera.
  • is the only one with two cameras on the back.
  • is the thickest phone.
  • has the smallest battery capacity.
  • is the only device not resistant to water.

The Samsung Galaxy S5

  • has the highest CPU clock speed despite the similar CPUs.
  • is the lightest phone of the bunch, being plastic.
  • is the thinnest phone of the three.
  • is the only phone with a fingerprint sensor and a heart rate monitor.

The Sony Xperia Z2

  • has the largest screen, but only by a small mark.
  • has the largest battery.
  • has 3GB RAM.
  • has the camera with the highest resolution at 20.7MP.

With all of these details, which flagship phone are you getting? If you’re not set for any of the devices just yet, no need to worry as there are many more choices coming out soon – LG’s, Apple’s, Google’s and even Oppo’s already announced Find 7. Feel free to share with us your insights down below.



Bob Freking occasionally contributes articles to the website. He is a UST Graduate of Commerce & Business Administration, Major in Marketing Management, and a full-time Sith Lord with three dragons.

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80 Responses

  1. sunny! says:

    I will definitely buy the Z2, will ditch my note 3 first!

  2. Siegfred Correa says:

    I don’t think 400mAh is a “small mark” regarding battery capacity.

  3. abuzalzal says:

    Bibili ka ba ng premium phone mula sa kumpanyang malapit ng malugi? Utas ang update niyan pag nagkataon

    Z2 wins here

    • rebuzalzal says:

      at ano naman ang paki mo kung malulugi sila? phone lang ang binili mo. hindi shares… kung mkacomment nman…wagas…

    • abuzalzal says:

      It’s called OPINION

      dumbass

    • a-bezel-zel says:

      b0b0 si abuzalzal aka boy bezel

      opinion ko yan ha.

    • aha says:

      malapit pa lang palang malugi eh. si di pa lugi. i-a-update pa din nila yan. ang mga phone naman ngayon ilang taon lang ina-update ng maker ang firmware. so kahit di pa malugi, di naman habang buhay na magrirelease sila ng firmware para sa phone mo.

    • Abudaldal says:

      Why worry about updates from an impending bankrupt phone company when there are custom updates from xda developers? OPINION KO LANG YAN HA. Di mo napansin, u have a lot of enemies here, u must be the TROLL ABUZALZAL

    • Pat says:

      I agree, doubtful ang future ng phone mo kung palugi na ang kumpanya. Tulad ng Blackberry!

    • htconeuser says:

      Para po sa kaalaman nyo.
      HTC po ang unang nag labas nang Kitkat Update bukod sa google phones.. (palugi pa ang company nila nun ah)

      at pag kaka alam ko. sony? hindi pa nag uupadate nang Kitkat sa iba nilang phone. tulad nang Z at Z1.

    • agogoy says:

      haha di na pala nalalayo sa blackberry status ng HTC

    • SystemAdmin says:

      Troll wars detected! Trolls fighting one another. Let the purging begin!

    • LoL Hard says:

      pag hindi na naglalabas ng updates pwede mo namang hanapan ng custom ROMs. hahahahahah

  4. Abutroll says:

    If you like drinking in can, buy htc.
    If you like drinking in plastic bottle, buy samsung.
    If you like drinking in glass bottle (w/ straw), buy sony.

  5. Easy E says:

    Dapat sinali ang price. Kahit na expected price lang. Malaking factor sa pagpili ng phone yun. Saka suggestion lang sa next article, na sana lahat ng recent na high-end ng bawat main brand ay nakasali sa ‘VS’.
    Kung sa tatlong ito, i will get Z2.

    • wew says:

      sa opinion ko kahit wala munang price,ang purpose lng naman ng article nato eh mabigyan ng idea ung mga consumers, hindi para makapagdesisyon sila sa kung anu na ang bibilhin nila.anyway i think magkakaroon naman ng ganitong article with price after the launching of these 3 phones =)

  6. agogoy says:

    Z2 – waiting for smart postpaid limited offers :D

  7. Jo Tizen says:

    Going to choose HTC One M8 it is sexy great looking phone, plus its aluminum…

    • Hero Reyes says:

      Ito opinion lang ha.. what makes aluminum phone better than the other?.. pag nabagsak gasgas padin naman may dent pa di din naman nasesecure ang internal ng aluminum casing plus mabigat pa.. dun nalang ako sa band aid phone.. for me mas maganda padin ang itsura plus mas close sila sa google kaya mejo mas mabilis ang update and mas unique naman ang design di sya sobrang katulad ng previous plus added sensor magiging useful na sya specially kung mejo dependent ka sa phone at konti ang physical activity you will need something to make sure na atleast stable ang puso mo.. saka sa lahat sya lang ang replaceable ang battery which is good for long term use plus IP67 na din.. thats just me of course..

    • htconeuse says:

      @Hero Reyes
      Bukod po sa Google phone. HTC po ang unang nag release nang update nang kitkat.

      at ano po ang pag kakaiba nang aluminum stylish phone compare sa plastic at Glass, try to have HTC one in your hand and then compare with other phone from there you can tell. htc one is above the others.

    • agogoy says:

      HTC is going down. You cant help them either. It’s simply because they’re facing matured/experienced companies. They don’t have the prowess to battle this companies.

    • Mokong says:

      *these

    • Hero Reyes says:

      Sory mejo iba pala ang dating ng comment anyway glass yup stylish less durable lang ng konti so ingat sa pagkabagsak aluminium hmm di nyo ba naisip na baka lang magkarun ng clone ang htc m8 na plastic sasabihin nyo padin ba na stylish since kamukang kamuka naman.. sa update mejo nalihis ang point ko.. samsung lang kc ang aware ako na ang flagship umaabot ng 3 versions ang update (s2 -froyo to jellybean, s3 ics to kitkat ayun yung ganun.. pasensya na hyper mejo masama loob ko not because of phone fight personal lang anyway opinion lang din naman..

    • Major Problem says:

      para sa akin mas maganda ang pakiramdam ng aluminum body sa kamay. Nasanay kasi ang samsung sa flat phones. ang pangit hawakan ng phones nila lalo na yung malalaki. HTC sensation XE ang phone ko ngayon which is 60-70% aluminum and planning to upgrade to HTC m8.

  8. JP says:

    Z2>>>>>>S5>M8

  9. archie says:

    sana maging trend naman ang paliitan ng OS internal storage consumption, palakihan ng battery capacity, or magkaroon ng discovery race pamalit sa lithium-ion type.

    • Critic says:

      Eventually they’ll ran out of performance upgrades which is quite prevalent now. The new releases have mostly minor upgrades from the previous version.

      I’m seeing them going that path, they’ll have no choice. They will have to focus on optimization, usability and efficiency rather than any major innovation.

  10. netgearboy says:

    S5 pa rin ako gusto ko magaan na phone tsaka sa durability okay naman kahit plastic tsaka maganda naman daw yung camera. Z2 hindi ko type ang glass kahit merong ‘premium’ feel . HTC oo nga mganda kaso masyadong malaki yung space na occupy ng speakers at nung htc logo sana mas mataas ang screen to phone size ratio niya. Madami akong nababasa na haters sa mga opinion ng nagpopost dito. Alam niyo kung ano kayo? Mga pessimistic na tao. Matuto kayo rumespeto. OPINION.

  11. clueless says:

    Z2 all the way! :D

  12. agogoy says:

    UltraPixel is a pure scam and is evident since they don’t have dedicated camera tech. Making buzz on its boom sound even though no one of us uses phone speaker for music and which is completely annoying when used.

    • Abubot says:

      Yeah if you will use the loud speaker of your regular smartphone panget ang bato ng sound(sabog and tunog lata) but the htc one boom sound did a good job on this. For the camera I don’t want to say that it’s a gimmick but it’s ugly. I just use my iphone 5s to take a quick shot.

      These are not scam, they call it marketing strategy.

    • archie says:

      Obviously you don’t know the gadget. I use HTC One and I use the phone speaker to play music with the convenience na di mo na kailangang ikabit sa subwoofer speakers pag gusto mong magsound trip. Hindi rin basag ang tunog pag nilakasan. Binili ko ang HTC because of this function so yes, may mga taong ginagamit ang mobile phones nila for music. :)

    • agogoy says:

      mga taong kulang lang sa appreciation ng music ang gumagamit ng smartphone at laptop speakers.lol trying hard maging bassy eh di naman kaya i accomodate nung size ung bass.lol

    • agogoy says:

      its a scam @abobot kasi premium ung device nila tapos pang low end ung camera kasi wala naman silang dedicated na camera technology or walang resource, phone lang alam nila kaya lugi ka kapag bumili ka nito. You should expect a decent and better superior camera for a premium price.

    • Abubot says:

      @agogoy – scams are illegal dude. Sue them, sue them.

    • archie says:

      @agogoy kulang sa appreciation ng music? you must be so stupid to know na hindi lahat ng nagpapatugtog sa mobile phones ay mga jejemon at nagpapapansin sa kalye. HTC’s boom speaker was designed para makapagsound trip without the need for amplified subwoofer speakers and of course, you’re just going to use the phone inside a room at hindi sa labas ng bahay para mang-istorbo ng ibang tao. tama si abubot, “scam” is illegal at hindi totoo. Siguro magbasa-basa ka muna bago ka gumamit ng mga words na hindi mo alam. It’s very obvious na di ka pa nakagamit ng HTC One.

  13. Rockafella says:

    The M8 looks sexy but it’s obvious Z2 wins here. Didn’t even bother checking the Shitty 5.

    • Heroin says:

      Shitty s5?.. Bakit dahil yun ang sinasabi ng mga troll sa Internet?.. Remember na ganyan din ang sinabi nila sa kaunaunahang phablet phone (galaxy note) and now halos lahat phablet ang gusto at malamang yung ayaw ee di pa nagkarun ng malaking phone.. nga pala matanong lang since shitty ang s5 ano phone na gamit mo?..

    • JP says:

      @Heroin Affected ka naman masyado kasi nabash ang Samsung mo! hahaha. Pakialam mo kay Rockafella if sabihin nya na shitty ang S5 at kung ano ang phone nya? Obvious naman din na Z2 > S5.

    • agogoy says:

      its sexy because pambakla ung HTC walang machismo feature.

    • Rockafella says:

      @Hero Reyes, pinagisipan kong mabuti kung sasagutin ko ang reply mo just wanna let you know kahit walang kwenta ang sagot mo. First of all, I am entitled to my own thoughts and opinion kung sinabi kong Shitty ang S sa S5 mo wala ka magagawa you’re just a fan boy na brain wash ka na ng Samshit. At isa pa kahit kelan di ko ginusto ang “phablets”

      Go home Hero, you’re drunk.

      P.S. 5110 padin gamit ko, so what??

    • Hero Reyes says:

      Pinag isipan na pala yan.. One week pa you can come up with something probably better then..”Go Home your drunk” I’m home here in my unit and cannot be drunk I’m allergic to alcohol, well you don’t know that halata naman na you have a very valid reason for saying that s5 is shitty and yes before you say something try to think first di yung post ka lang ng post pang tangang move yan.. o baka naman it’s just a proof of what you are.. maybe..

    • Rockafella says:

      Seriously fan boy? You don’t know anything about sarcasm? Sa tingin mo pinapauwi talaga kita? the hell I care kung allergic ka sa alcohol. Wag ka na magreply cry baby. Walang paki sayo ang Samsung. I can say whatever I want b!tchface at ikaw din naman so wala akong grudge or anything :) but boy look at that picture mukha kang narehab for alcoholism.

    • archie says:

      @Rockafella agree on shitty samsung. Have friends na bumili ng samsung s4 and they regret buying it dahil sa madaling masira (glass suddenly breaking in their bag, one drop shatter, back cover’s lock snaps) and these are not the clumsy type of people. Not to mention yung kain ng touchwiz sa internal storage. They were good sa s3 but I think talo sila ngayon ng xperia lines sa framework design. I guess durability is being sacrificed when you go bigger and thinner.

    • Hero Reyes says:

      That was was taken when I was covicted of killing and was released for killing 15 more prisoners inside.. I don’t call that rehab.. it’s my personal paradise.. Again your right samsung will never care about me but you care a lot to reply to every comment I post.. Again paradise for me.. And I’m dying too see how beautiful creature you are.. I can maybe kill that would suit you way better..

    • Rockafella says:

      Convicted of killing? Yeah riiiight. Di ka na naawa sa mga ipis naghanap ka pa ng mga daga sa selda. Get out of here you creep.

  14. monster says:

    Please do note that the asian version of m8 has the same CPU as the S5.

  15. aha says:

    woooohhh!! lapad talaga ng bezel nung Z2. parang crown pa ng wrist watch yung power button! LOL!!

    • Haha says:

      Oo nga e. Hindi swak sa design ung power button. Maretain lng yung same design ng power button from their previous phones. Panira sa overall design.

    • Abubot says:

      Kapag nagpapapicture ako napapagkamalang shutter release button yung power button na yun. haha

  16. Abubot says:

    Kapag nagpapapicture ako napapagkamalang shutter release button yung power button na yun. haha

  17. Ben Astorga says:

    Asian variants of M8 actually have the 2.5Ghz 801, so yea

    • Hero Reyes says:

      Actually magkaiba ang processor ng s5 at z2 at malamang kaya 2.3gh ang m8 dahil katulad to ng sa z2.. kaya naman paabutin sa 2.5gh ang sa z2 overlooking lang ang gagawin.. sana sa m8 di ganun ang gawin..

  18. Red John says:

    Hero Reyes/Heroin = Paid Samsung Troll/Commenter

    • Hero Reyes says:

      Sana nga bayad ako, pero sorry di din ee.. Samsung Note 3 owner, then yes.. I just hate it when people say bad thing about other brand taz wala naman talaga silang alam sa ibang brand I don’t say bad things against other brand.. at sa tingin mo papatol ang samsung sa gantong comments well grow up ako lang pumapatol sa mga ganto.. and FWI I kinda have the right to judge since nagkarun na din naman ako ng iba ibang brand ng phone.. mejo samsung lang ang PERSONAL favorite ko.. ????

  19. Hero Reyes says:

    One more thing.. don’t say people that support thier personal brand are paid, just to troll them di ka naman ganun kababaw na tao para isipin yan.. all brand supporter do it WITHOUT PAY remember yung mga apple fan..

  20. cranium says:

    nah. Id probably go for S5. It screams entertainment. I’ll leave Sony for my gaming needs though. HTC = Boring.

  21. agogoy says:

    sony = M8 chassis + S5 HW&SW

  22. agogoy says:

    Z2 = M8 chassis + S5 HW&SW

  23. acidz says:

    My opinion.Kung all in one ang hahanapin mo sa s5 ka. kung premium look htc m8 kung

  24. Sagradong HTC says:

    All in all:

    HTC = Alluminum ( more classy )
    S5 = Plastic
    Z2 = Glass ( better than S5 na nag-start sa pag-imitate sa apple. “Imitation to Innovation” )

    Tie sa score ang HTC at Z2 walang history ng imitation…

  25. Wilson Wong says:

    I am so getting Z2!

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