Sony Xperia Z2 vs HTC One M8: Spec comparison

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HTCHTC has just announced the HTC One M8 smartphone which replaces the less-than-a-year-old HTC One with a larger and more powerful handset.

But is the HTC One M8 any match for Sony’s latest impressive offering, the Xperia Z2 smartphone? Which of these high-end smartphones should the discerning consumer go for?

Let’s break down the spec differences and take a look.

The most obvious change HTC has made is to increase the size of the display.

Phones are getting bigger every year, and HTC clearly didn’t want to get left out of the trend. Building on the 4.7in screen of the HTC One by decking out its new HTC smartphone with a 5in display, this is one spec the Taiwanese manufacturer isn’t intending to miss out on.

Fans hoping for a resolution upgrade will be disappointed, however – there’s no 4K or QHD to be found on the HTC One M8, with the resolution staying resolutely at 1,920 x 1,080 (1080p), and a PPI of 441 – lower than the original HTC One.

Compare the HTC One M8 to the Sony Xperia Z2’s 5.2in screen with 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, and you get a good competitor to Sony’s flagship, but not quite there. The phones are more or less equal on this front, but it’s other specs that really make the difference between the two.

In just a few months, a lot changes in the processor world, and this is reflected by the chip HTC has decided to place at the heart of the HTC One M8.

Centre stage is its Snapdragon 801 system on a chip (SoC) which runs at a respectable 2.3GHz. This chip, paired with 2GB of RAM, means the phone shouldn’t have any bother smoothly running any app you throw at it. One thing to note: it isn’t 64-bit.

When compared to the Nexus 5’s snappy Snapdragon 801, with its comparatively similar 2.3GHz of processing power, this is another spec where there’s not a lot of difference. However, Sony’s 3GB could  give its waterproof smartphone the edge when it comes to more heavyweight apps.

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