HTC One M8: London launch and first impressions

Summary:HTC continues to produce high-quality high-end smartphones, the new flagship One M8 taking over where last year's One left off. But will it be enough to improve the company's fortunes?

HTC One M8 vs Samsung Galaxy S5

  HTC One M8 Samsung Galaxy S5
Dimensions (WxHxD) 70.6 x 9.4 x 146.4mm 72.5 x 8.1 x 142mm
Weight 160g 145g
Chassis colours gold, grey, silver black, white, blue, gold
IP (ingress protection) certification n/a IP67
Biometric security n/a fingerprint reader (PayPal certified)
     
Display size  5in. 5.1in.
Display resolution 1,080 x 1,920 pixels 1,080 x 1,920 pixels
Pixel density 441ppi 432ppi
Display technology Super LCD3 (with Gorilla Glass 3) Super AMOLED (with Gorilla Glass 3)
     
Operating system Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) Android 4.4.2 (KitKat)
User interface Sense 6, BlinkFeed TouchWiz
     
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC
CPU 2.3GHz quad-core Krait 400 2.5GHz quad-core Krait 400
GPU Adreno 330 Adreno 330
RAM 2GB 2GB
Internal storage 16 / 32GB 16 / 32GB
Storage expansion MicroSD  MicroSD
     
2G connectivity GSM, GPRS, EDGE GSM, GPRS, EDGE
3G connectivity HSPA HSPA
4G connectivity LTE LTE
SIM type  Nano-SIM Micro-SIM
Wi-fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, with DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, with DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX enabled 4.0, with A2DP, EDR, LE
NFC yes yes
Infrared yes yes
USB Micro-USB 2.0 with MHL Micro-USB 3.0, with USB OTG, USB Host
     
Rear camera resolution dual 4.1-megapixel UltraPixel cameras with dual LED flash 16 megapixels (5,312 x 2,988 pixels) with LED flash
Front camera resolution 5 megapixels 2 megapixels
     
Speaker(s) stereo mono
Audio enhancement BoomSound n/a
Audio jack 3.5mm 3.5mm
     
Sensors accelerometer, proximity, ambient light, gyroscope, barometer accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity, compass, barometer, temperature, humidity, gesture, heart rate
GPS yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS support yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS support
     
Battery capacity 2,600mAh 2,800mAh
Battery technology li-polymer li-ion
Removable battery no yes
Talk time 20h 21h
Standby time 496h 390h

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