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HTC One M8 vs. Apple iPhone 5S : The battle of sequels


Until Apple takes the stage to unveil the iPhone 6, this is going to be the biggest rivalry in smartphone: the HTC One M8 vs. the iPhone 5S.

Torn between the two, we compare the features and specs of Apple’s first smartphone with a 64-bit processor against the successor of the best Android smartphone of 2013.

Let us take a quick look on the possible the rivals that are considerably sequels of their lineup.


Both the flagships – the HTC One M8 and iPhone 5S share a metal body out of plastics that boasts Samsung lineup.  A metal body makes the One M8 one of the strongest competitors in the Android market; however, it shares the same aesthesis that of the HTC One (M7) – named as the best smartphone of 2013 during the Global Mobile Awards.


[one_half]iPhone 5S wins design battle with lesser thickness[/one_half][one_half_last]If you look at the measurements, the battle speaks for itself – the HTC One M8 measures 9.35mm thickness compared to 7.9mm thick iPhone. The M8 is significant fatter than the 5S. Talking about color options, both the flagships are available in three colors – black, white and gold.[/one_half_last]


The iPhone 5S comes with a 4-inch screen (1136 x 640 pixels) with 327ppi – as the company continues to believe in one hand operable device whereas the new M8 features a brilliant 5-inch Full-HD (1920 x 1080) screen with 441ppi. No doubt in this assault, HTC One M8 majorly wins.


HTC always innovates in this regard. Leaving aside the iPhone 5S equipped with an 8-megapixel camera, the HTC One M8 combines two cameras on the back – called Duo Camera, a 4 UltraPixel camera much like its predecessor along with a 2-megapixel camera positioned directly above it. The Duo camera allows to record depth information while the main lens captures the photo.

However, HTC hasn’t provided much information about the usage of the companion camera at the moment; therefore, iPhone 5S keeps winning despite the M8 innovations.

Processor, memory and battery

Three very important points – Processor, Memory and Battery might be the most key factors you take care when it comes to actually buying a smartphone. Apple A7 with M7 co-processor gives an extra edge to iPhone 5S, however, the HTC One M8 isn’t far behind with a 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB quad-core processor with Adreno 330 GPU.


Unlike the iPhone 5S that is available in 16/32/64GB configurations, the HTC One M8 has only two variants: 16GB and 32GB model, but with microSD expansion, which lets you add up to 128 GB more to the base storage; and it makes both almost equal.

[one_half]Batteries seem to be the tiebreaker, HTC One M8 comes with a whopping 2,600 mAh battery where iPhone 5S has only 1570mAh baby battery.[/one_half][one_half_last]iPhone 5S battery is significantly lower than the HTC One M8[/one_half_last]

Here’s a chart below for a deep dive into the specs:

Features HTC One M8 Apple iPhone 5S
Size 5.76 x 2.78 x 0.37 in.; 6.3 oz. 4.9 x 2.3 x 0.30 in;
4 oz.
Screen 5-inch; 1,920 x 1,080; 441ppi 4-inch; 1,136 x 640 pixels; 326ppi
OS Android 4.4;
Sense 6.0 UI
iOS 7
Processor 2.3GHz quad-core
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
Proprietary A7 (64-bit) with
M7 motion processor
Rear camera and recording 4 UltraPixel; 1080p FullHD 8-megapixel;
1080p FullHD
Front-facing camera 5-megapixel; 1080p FullHD 1.2-megapixel;
720p HD video
Capacity 16GB, 32GB 16GB, 32GB, 64GB
Expandable storage Up to 128GB None
Battery 2,600mAh battery; embedded Embedded; Up to 10 hours on
4G LTE; standby time up to 10 days
4G LTE Yes Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4, 5GHz) 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4, 5GHz)
NFC Yes No
Bluetooth 4.0 4.0
IR Blaster Yes No
Notable extras BlinkFeed,
Touch ID scanner
Color choices Gray, silver, rose gold Gray, white, gold
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