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Nexus 6 vs. HTC One (M8) Spec Shootout

by Todd Haselton | October 15, 2014October 15, 2014 5:45 pm PDT

The HTC One (M8) is still one of our favorite Android handsets on the market. Today it faces a new competitor, the Nexus 6, which was just unveiled by Google. HTC takes home plenty of praise for its aluminum unibody design, and we’re big fans of Sense 6 around here. That said, there’s a huge market of folks who prefer a pure Android experience, and that’s what the Nexus 6 is all about.

We finally know all about the Nexus 6 specs and we’re here to show you how it stacks up to the HTC One (M8). The Nexus 6 offers a much larger 6-inch display and its camera puts more of a focus on megapixels than HTC’s Ultrapixel strategy. There are, of course, plenty of other hardware differences between the two flagship smartphones. To help you better digest that, we’ve created the spec tables below that compare both phones side-by-side.

HTC One (M8) Gallery

Nexus 6 Gallery

HTC - One (M8) Motorola - Nexus 6
Display Size 5-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixel display (441 ppi) 5.96-inch, 1440 x 2560 pixel display (493 ppi)
Resolution X 1080 1440
Resolution Y 1920 2560
Display Type Corning Gorilla Glass 3 AMOLED
Operating System Android 4.4 with Sense 6 Android 5.0 (at launch)
Processor 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 (US/EMEA), 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 (Asia/China) 2.7 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 805
RAM 2GB 3GB
Storage
  • 16GB
  • 32GB
  • 32GB
  • 64GB
External Storage Yes No
External Storage Specs
  • microSD up to 128GB
Main Camera (Back) Duo Camera, HTC 4 UltraPixel 13MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 5-Megapixel wide angle lens 2MP
Networks
  • 2G/ 2.5G - GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • 3G - WCDMA: EMEA: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 42 Mbps, LTE: 800/900/1800/2600 MHz
  • Asia: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 42 Mbps, LTE: 700/900/1800/2100/2600 MHz
  • AT&T: 850/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 21 Mbps, LTE: 700/850/AWS/1800/1900/2600 MHz
  • Sprint: 3G WCDMA: 850/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA up to 14.4 Mbps, 3G CDMA: 800/1900 MHz 4G LTE: FDD 800/1900 MHz , TDD 2600 MHz
  • Verizon: 3G WCDMA: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 14.4 Mbps, 3G CDMA: 800/1900 MHz, LTE: 700/AWS/1800/2600 MHz
  • T-Mobile US: 850/AWS/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 42 Mbps, LTE: 700/AWS MHz
  • CA DL: B2-B13, B2-B17, B2-29, B4-B5, B4-B13, B4-B17, B4-B29
  • CDMA: 800, 1900, secondary 800
  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850,900,1800,1900
  • WCDMA: 1, 2, 4, 5, 8
  • LTE: 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 12, 13, 17, 25, 26, 29, 41
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0 Bluetooth 4.0
Battery 2600mAh 3220mAh
NFC Yes Yes
Connectivity
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Micro USB
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Micro USB
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient Light
  • Barometer
  • Gyro
  • Proximity
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Proximity
GPS
  • Digital compass
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
  • A-GPS
  • Digital compass
Height 146.36 mm (5.76 inches) 159.3 mm (6.27 inches)
Width 70.96 mm (2.79 inches) 83 mm (3.27 inches)
Depth 9.35 mm (0.37 inches) 10.1 mm (0.40 inches)
Weight 160 g (5.64 oz) 184 g (6.49 oz)
Colors gunmetal grey, glacial silver, amber gold Blue, White
Supported Audio Formats .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 10) N/A
Supported Video Formats .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 10), .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3) N/A
Other Features
  • BoomSound Speakers
In The Box
  • Wall Adapter
  • Micro USB Cable
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Wall Adapter
  • Micro USB Cable
  • Quick Start Guide

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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