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HTC One (M8) vs. Sony Xperia Z2 Spec Shootout

by Todd Haselton | March 25, 2014March 25, 2014 11:00 am PDT

HTC One M8 vs Sony Xperia Z2

Sony unveiled its new flagship, the Xperia Z2, during Mobile World Congress in February. Today, HTC followed suit with its new high-end device, the HTC One (M8). It will launch around the globe, and we figured we would try to make your purchasing decisions easier by comparing the two devices spec-for-spec for you. As you’ll find in the tables below, you can see how the phone’s cameras, processors and more stack up.

Sony’s flagship puts focus on the camera technology by specifically paying attention to megapixels – the Xperia Z2 has a 20-megapixel shooter. HTC, meanwhile, is still sticking to its competing “Ultrapixel” tech here. Though HTC has added a secondary module that can sense the depth of a photo, allowing you to blur the background or foreground, and make other tweaks, after the fact. Both firms were relatively conservative when it came to design tweaks, instead choosing to build off of already beautiful and successful foundations. HTC’s One (M8) sports an even more premium aluminum unibody design – first introduced on the original One, while Sony also expanded its display size without tweaking the popular industrial design of the Z1 too much.

You can get an idea of how the two phones stack up against one another by checking out the specs below.

HTC One (M8)
Sony Xperia Z2
Display Specs 5.0-inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display (441 ppi) 5.2-inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display
Display Type Full HD 1080p Triluminos Display
Operating System Android 4.4 with HTC Sense 6 Android 4.4 (at launch)
Processor 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-Core CPU 2.3 GHz Qualcomm MSM8974AB Quad-core
RAM 2GB 3GB
Storage
  • 16GB
  • 32GB
  • 16GB
External Storage MicroSD up to 128GB Micro SD up to 64GB
Main Camera (Back) HTC UltraPixel Camera, Pixel Size 2.0 um, Sensor Size 1/3″, f/2.0, 28mm lens 20.7MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 5MP, f/2.0, BSI Sensor 2.2 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)
  • GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900
  • LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 20)
  • UMTS HSPA+ 850 (Band V), 900 (Band VIII), 1700 (Band IV), 1900 (Band II), 2100 (Band I)
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz) Wi-Fi up to 11ac
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0 Bluetooth 4.0
Battery 2600 mAh 3200 mAh
NFC Yes Yes
Connectivity
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • DLNA
  • Micro USB
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • DLNA
  • Micro USB
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Barometer sensor
  • Gyro sensor
  • Proximity sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Gyroscope
  • Proximity sensor
GPS
  • Digital Compass
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
  • GPS
  • A-GPS
Height 5.72 inches (146.36 mm) 5.78 inches (146.8 mm)
Width 2.77 inches (70.6 mm) 2.89 inches (73.3 mm)
Depth 0.37 inches (9.35 mm) 0.32 inch (8.2 mm)
Weight 5.64 ounces (160 grams) 5.57 ounces (158 grams)
Supported Audio Formats .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 10) AAC, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, FLAC, MIDI, MP3, PCM, Vorbis, WMA
Supported Video Formats .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 10), .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3) 3GPP, MP4, M4V, MKV, AVI, XVID, WEBM

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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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