Who doesn’t want to buy a phone with an incredible hardware performance? Some of the phones released in 2014 are meeting the market demands, but they’re extremely expensive. But, you should know that high quality has a price, and to buy either the OnePlus One or the One M8, you’ll have to make some financial efforts. But only “One” of them should be in your hands, and you’ll have to decide which smartphone has more to offer.
Displays, designs and sizes
The OnePlus One comes with a 5.5inches LTPS LCD display packed with an excellent resolution of 1080x1920pixels, which gives a pixel density of 401ppi. The One M8’s 5inches Super LCD3 display supports the same resolution, but the pixel density is higher – 441ppi and the screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. There’s no doubt that both of these devices offer an incredible viewing experience, but what’s more admirable about the OnePlus One is the magnesium exterior, having a customizable back panel. You can choose the material imitating bamboo, kevlar or denim and believe us, this improvisation is eye-catching. As for the One M8, its body is made of brushed metal and has a curved frame to fit your hand perfectly. The dimensions of the OnePlus One are 152.9×75.9×8.9mm, while the M8 is measuring 146.4×70.6×9.4mm. Their weights are slightly similar. 160grams is weighting the first phone and the other is only 2grams heavier.
Hardware and OS
Here’s the interesting part. These phones are very powerful, but have the same hardware specs. They’re both powered by a quad core 2.5GHz Krait 400 processor, only that the OnePlus One has another variant of processor clocked at 2.3GHz, available for the Chinese market, and they use the same Adreno 330 GPU. There’s a small difference in terms of SoC, although they’re both Qualcomm Snapdragon 801. The OnePlus One features the MSM8974AC model, while the M8 has the MSM8974AB model.
What you’ll dislike about the OnePlus One is the fixed built in storage, which comes in two variants of 16 and 64GB, but the 3GB of RAM are compensating for the minor disadvantage. What’s worth mentioning is that this phone is running on the Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) version with the company’s CyanogenMod 11S UI.
The One M8 hosts 16 and 32GB of internal storage, expandable up to 128GB and it comes loaded with the same Android version, which can be expanded up to v4.4.3 (KitKat). But this phone hosts 2GB of RAM.
Cameras and Batteries
The OnePlus One’s rear camera is 13MP and it features dual-LED flash, autofocus, HDR, geo tagging, face detection, touch focus and HDR video recording at 2160p@30fps, 2160p(DCI)@24fps, 1080p@60fps and 720p@120fps. You can find another camera on the front with the resolution of 5MP. The battery on the OnePlus One is non-removable and it’s a Li-Po with the capacity of 3100mAh.
The One M8, on the other hand, has a Dual 4MP primary camera with dual LED flash, 1/3” sensor size and 2µm pixel size, HDR and other cool features, and its video recording capabilities are of 1080p@60fps and 720p@120fps, in HDR. There’s also a 5MP camera on the front and the battery is Li-Po, non-removable, but weaker, with a lower capacity of 2600mAh.
- They both support WiFi, LTE, Bluetooth (v4.1 – OnePlus One and v4.0 – One M8) and NFC.
- Only the One M8 supports Infrared port.
- They’re not dust and water resistant
- The One M8 supports nano-SIMs, while the OnePlus One supports Micro-SIMs.
The OnePlus One 16GB variant can be purchased from flosmall.com at the price of 400 dollars. The HTC One 16GB variant is available on amazon.com, costing 610 dollars.
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