The HTC One M8 is one of the biggest names in the Android market and joins the Sony Xperia Z2 and Samsung Galaxy S5 in the list of smartphones for the 2014 Android phones release.
Its predecessor HTC One was unarguably one of the most sought after Android phones, when it was launched. While the HTC One smartphone (codenamed as M7) is available in 32GB and 64GB baseline storage versions with no card support, the HTC One M8 comes as a 16GB handset, with a support for expanding the memory. With various positive features, the HTC One M8 smartphone is relatively more expensive than the HTC One smartphone. The following article is to attempt to make a comparative study to analyze the key differences between HTC One M8 and HTC One.
HTC One M8 vs. HTC One – Design and Colors
With an aluminum body and available in three catchy colors, the HTC One M8 features a more metallic frame as against HTC One. This undoubtedly makes the new phone bulkier than the earlier one. The weight difference is approximately twenty grams. The M8 smartphone also features more curved edges. Other notable differences include the positioning of the headset port at the bottom, a nano SIM tray and a microSD card tray that supports memory cards for expanding the memory, up to 128GB. Among the mentioned features, the memory card slot is the most prominent enhancement to HTC One M8, as it was lacking in HTC One. While the speakers are located in the same position in both the smartphones, the HTC One M8 smartphone encompasses better amplifiers that render about 25 percent louder sound.
While the HTC One smartphone was available in black, the HTC One M8 smartphone comes in arctic silver, metal gray and amber gold colors to suit the aluminum body.
HTC One M8 vs. HTC One – Screen Size and Resolution
With smartphones increasing their screen size, the HTC One M8 smartphone has marginally increased its screen size, when compared to the original HTC One. However, both the phones offer a full HD 1080p resolution. But, the HTC One M8 features a slightly lesser pixel density of 441ppi without compromising on the clarity levels, in comparison to the 469ppi of HTC One. Also, the black level contrast and response have been enhanced rendering a vibrant display.
HTC One M8 vs. HTC One – Power and RAM
The HTC One M8 utilizes a Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor with 2.3GHz clocking frequency, in contrast to the quad-core Snapdragon 600 in HTC One, with 1.9GHz clocking frequency. With the CPU featuring Adreno 330 GPU and Krait 400 cores, the HTC One M8 smartphone is better suited for playing games. Additionally, the M8 smartphone is equipped with another co-processor that is lacking in HTC One. Another aspect that is new to HTC One M8 is its motion launch processor, which enhances the working of motion sensors with fitness tracking apps without draining the battery.
With respect to the RAM capacity, both the smartphones feature a 2GB RAM.
HTC One M8 vs. HTC One – Camera
A striking similarity between HTC One M8 and HTC One is the 4MP ultra-pixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture. But, the front-facing camera is a 5-megapixel camera in HTC One M8 with f/2.0 aperture, as against the 2-megapixel camera in HTC One. This helps in producing better and more remarkable video chats and selfies. Some additional and interesting new features in HTC One M8, include, an additional sensor to capture spatial awareness and a dual LED flash. The dual LED flash encompasses two-tone LEDs to render natural looking photographs. Also, one new feature in HTC One M8 is that you can adjust the settings manually and save them to be used as presets later. Thus, you can have different modes depending on the situation.
HTC One M8 vs. HTC One – Bigger Battery
HTC One features a 2,300mAh battery that lasts only for a day. In contrast, the HTC One M8 smartphone consists of a more powerful 2,600mAh battery with a Quick Charge feature. This Quick Charge feature helps in getting the phone charged to 80 percent of its full capacity in an hour. In other words, when this feature is enabled, the battery life of the HTC One M8 is more than that of the HTC One. While the battery life is one day for the HTC One phone, the Quick Charge feature retains the battery life of the HTC One M8 smartphone for an additional day. The battery is not removable in both the smartphones.
HTC One M8 vs. HTC One – Software
The HTC One smartphone comes along with the Android 4.3 operating system and HTC’s Sense 5 UI, while supporting the ability to upgrade to the KitKat platform. A key scoring point of HTC One M8 is that it comes loaded with KitKat, the latest Android operating system. Also, the Sense 5 UI has been replaced with Sense 6 UI that ensures the smooth running of the apps. A few new features, of the Sense 6 UI, comprise additional fonts, transparent navigation and notification bars and the status icons appearing in lighter colors. The HTC One M8 smartphone also features provisions for changing the color themes and font styles. BlinkFeed is a feature that is common to both the smartphones. However, this feature is more customizable in HTC One M8.
HTC One M8 vs. HTC One – SIM
Although the overall size of the HTC One M8 smartphone is bigger than that of the HTC One, it uses a much smaller SIM. While the HTC One uses a micro SIM, the HTC One M8 uses a still smaller SIM. It uses a nano SIM.
A major factor that makes HTC One M8 stand out from its predecessor is the smoother performance rendered, due to an advanced processor. The other plus point of the M8 smartphone is the provision of the memory card slot that can be used for memory cards of up to 128GB and 65GB of free Google Drive cloud storage that allows you to save on your phone memory.
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