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HTC One (M8) vs. iPhone 5s Spec Shootout

by Todd Haselton | March 25, 2014March 25, 2014 9:30 am PDT

HTC One M8 vs iPhone 5S

Yes, we had a bit of an idea of what HTC had up its sleeves leading up to today, thanks to plenty of leaks, but now we have everything officially on paper. That means we can finally compare it to the iPhone 5s, another flagship smartphone on the market, and see how the two stack up. This is big news for HTC – it’s the company’s highest-end smartphone in a year, and it takes the reigns from the award winning HTC One. It offers an amazing industrial design, perhaps only matched by what comes out of Cupertino, but obviously there are huge differences.

The software of course is the biggest differentiation between the two phones. The One M8 runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat out of the box, in addition to HTC’s brand new Sense 6 interface that  offers a ton of enhancements. The camera situations is different, too. HTC is still focusing on the Ultrapixel tech it introduced with the One, while the iPhone 5s has one of the best existing cameras on the market. And HTC even added a depth sensor for tweaking the focus later. There’s a ton of stuff to go over, and we’ll be bringing you more information on the One M8 in our review and hands-on.

For now, here’s how the One M8 stacks up against the iPhone 5s on paper.

HTC One (M8)
iPhone 5S
Display Specs 5.0-inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display (441 ppi) 4-inch 1136 x 640 (326 ppi)
Display Type Full HD 1080p Retina Display
Operating System Android 4.4 with HTC Sense 6 iOS 7
Processor 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-Core CPU Apple A7 (64-bit), M7 Motion Coprocessor
RAM 2GB
Storage
  • 16GB
  • 32GB
  • 16GB
  • 32GB
  • 64GB
External Storage Yes, Expansion card slot up to 128GB (MicroSD) No
Main Camera (Back) HTC UltraPixel Camera, Pixel Size 2.0 um, Sensor Size 1/3″, f/2.0, 28mm lens 8 megapixels with 1.5µ pixels, ƒ/2.2 aperture, Sapphire crystal lens cover, True Tone flash
Secondary Camera (Front) 5MP, f/2.0, BSI Sensor 2 MP
Network
  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900
  • 3G – WCDMA: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+
  • CDMA: 800/1900
  • 4G – LTE: 700/850/AWS/1800/1900/2600 MHz (Sprint, FDD 800/1900 MHz, TDD 2600 MHz)
  • Model A1533 (GSM)*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 17, 19, 20, 25)
  • Model A1533 (CDMA)*: CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 17, 19, 20, 25)
  • Model A1453*: CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26)
  • Model A1457*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20)
  • Model A1530*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); FDD-LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20); TD-LTE (Bands 38, 39, 40)
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0 Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
Battery 2600 mAh
  • Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Talk time: Up to 10 hours on 3G
  • Standby time: Up to 250 hours
NFC Yes No
Connectivity
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • DLNA
  • Micro USB
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Lightning Connector
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Barometer sensor
  • Gyro sensor
  • Proximity sensor
  • Three-axis gyro
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity sensor
  • Ambient light sensor
GPS
  • Digital Compass
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
  • Assisted GPS and GLONASS
  • Digital Compass
  • Wi-Fi
  • Cellular
Height 5.72 inches (146.36 mm) 4.87 inches (123.8 mm)
Width 2.77 inches (70.6 mm) 2.31 inches (58.6 mm)
Depth 0.37 inches (9.35 mm) 0.30 inch (7.6 mm)
Weight 5.64 ounces (160 grams) 3.95 ounces (112 grams)
Supported Audio Formats .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 10) AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
Supported Video Formats .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 10), .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3) H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...


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