Sony and HTC both showed signs of finally coming up with Android phones that would challenge the supremacy of Samsung in the segment.
They did so with the Xperia Z1 and the HTC One respectively. Staying true to the statement of releasing a new model every six months, Sony came out with the Xperia Z2 in April 2014. Just a month before its launch, came the HTC One M8.
Both the second-generation devices make only subtle changes to the overall phone. There is little change in terms of design, which is expected given the short lifespan of the first generation products. The Sony features glass and aluminum, while the HTC One M8 resorts to aluminum for most of the device. As a result, they look much better than any phone made by Samsung.
In terms of the other hardware specifications on the outside, changes are limited in the HTC One M8 because it features the same display as before. The Xperia Z2 improves this aspect slightly by featuring a 5.2 inch display compared to the 5 inch in the previous model. Even though this results in a small loss in pixel density, this is too small to be appreciated by the naked eye. The ports and other aspects of the Xperia Z2 are covered completely in order to make the phone dust and water resistant.
Meanwhile, the HTC One M8 does not offer such features, but it does boast of front facing speakers that are probably the best in the industry. Not only do the speakers offer excellent quality, but they are also loud enough to be used in a noisy environment. The Xperia Z2 also comes with front facing speakers – two of them. It is an improvement compared to the previous generation device, but it will not be capable of matching the HTC One M8 in terms of both clarity and sound volume. Still, it is much better than many devices in the market today.
A standard feature of the Xperia Z2 is the 20.7 megapixel camera, which can also be activated by the dedicated camera button. Both these aspects are absent in the HTC One M8, which continues to stick with the four ultra-pixel camera. This was heavily criticized on the previous generation device, but HTC has offered as in the HTC One M8 by making a couple of changes. However, they are certainly not sufficient to overcome the 20.7 megapixel behemoth on the Xperia Z2, which can also perform 4K video recording.
In terms of camera, the Xperia Z2 triumphs quite substantially. The victory margin, however, is not similar in terms of the speed.
Both devices come with the Snapdragon processor from the 801 range. There are also rated at 2.3 GHz. Performance is more or less similar, but the HTC One M8 appears to handle the android 4.4 slightly better than the Xperia.
The Xperia Z2 with its immense 3200 mAh battery retails at $700 while HTC One M8 with a slightly less powerful 2600 mAh battery is priced similarly.
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