Showdown: Android smartphone flagships: Page 3 of 4

Showdown: Android smartphone flagships


HTC One (M8)
- 4MP UltraPixel with BSI sensor
- f/2.0
- 28mm wide angle lens
- Secondary camera for capturing depth information
- LED dual flash

Samsung Galaxy S5
- 16MP
- f/2.2
- 1/2.6-inch sensor
- Phase Detection Autofocus
- Single LED flash

Sony Xperia Z2
- 20.7MP autofocus
- f2.0
- 27mm wide angle
- 1/2.3-inch Exmor RS for mobile CMOS image sensor
- Single LED flash

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S5

The Xperia Z2's 20.7MP camera looks the most impressive on paper, but image quality was not quite as sharp as the S5's, which boasted better detail retention, more natural colour reproduction and slightly little graininess. Further to that, the Z2's special camera functions lagged badly as covered in our review. HTC has very interesting camera functions but is ultimately let down by its imaging detail and quality. We'll have a more detailed look at all three cameras in a dedicated article coming soon.


HTC One (M8)
- uFocus (background blur)
- Foregrounder (subject emphasis through effects)
- Seasons (add seasonal effects)
- Slow motion video @ 120fps

Samsung Galaxy S5
- Selective Focus (background blur)
- 4K video recording
- Live HDR
- Slow motion video @120 fps

Sony Xperia Z2
- Background Defocus
- Augmented Reality (add a variety of creatures and effects)
- 4K video recording
- Slow motion video @ 120 fps

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S5

While all three phones have background defocus modes, we found the S5's to produce the best effect. Unfortunately, it was also the most difficult to use, and often resulted in error messages. The One (M8)'s camera was the easiest to use, as every photo taken uses its dual cameras to capture information, which can then be edited later. Overall the S5 gets the win here for producing the best final result (even if it can be very hard to achieve) as well as its useful live HDR mode and 4K video recording capabilities.


HTC One (M8)
- Sunspider 1.0.2: 905.3
- Quadrant: 25945
- 3DMark (2013) Ice Storm Unlimited: 21212

Samsung Galaxy S5
- Sunspider 1.0.2: 397.2
- Quadrant: 23169
- 3DMark (2013) Ice Storm Unlimited: 18647

Sony Xperia Z2
- Sunspider 1.0.2: 937.8
- Quadrant: 21249
- 3DMark (2013) Ice Storm Unlimited: 18421

Winner: HTC One (M8)

While all three phones are armed with Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processors, the One (M8) and S5 boast faster 2.5GHz processors than the Z2's slower 2.3GHz unit. While the Z2 does have an extra 1GB RAM, this wasn't enough to overcome its slower processor. In our benchmarks, the One M8 performed better than both the S5 and Z2, outscoring them by quite a large margin on Quadrant and Ice Storm Unlimited.

Next: Battery life, Price, Conclusion

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