Face off iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 vs Xperia Z2 vs Htc M8

Posted: January 6, 2014 by Areeb Fazli in Technology

iPhone 6

iPhone 6: Display

You can bet the iPhone 6 will have a larger display. This will probably take the form of a 4.8-inch “Retina+” Sharp IGZO display with full 1080p resolution. The new display will necessitate an entirely new form factor for the iPhone 6 –– so expect the body to look physically different that the iPhone 5 and 5s.


iPhone 6: M7X and A7X processors

I’m not so certain Apple will have A8 processors next year, as it’s hard to outdo the 64-bit A7 in just one generation. What will probably happen is the iPhone 6 will sport an upgraded A7  – the A7X – with better cache and graphics handling.

iPhone 6: iOS 8

Yes, iOS 8 is a given. But it won’t look any different than iOS 7. One of the biggest features of iOS 8 will be Maps – Apple is working hard behind the scenes on this as you read.

iPhone 6: Battery

A 24-hour+ battery life on the iPhone is Apple’s Holy Grail. Will it happen with the iPhone 6? Perhaps. A larger surface area (to fit a larger screen) means you can put a bigger battery in. It also means that screen needs to suck more power, however, which means any battery gains from the larger battery could be negligible.

But increased software optimizations in iOS 8 and increased hardware optimizations in the A7X, M7X and the IGZO display, may mean a bigger battery life increase than normal – perhaps as much as 20%.

iPhone 6: 12MP+ camera

I’ve explained before how the quality of a digital photo relies on much more than a camera’s megapixels. The 8-megapixel iSight camera in the iPhone 5s actually takes better pictures than most 12-megapixel setups.



Apple moved its entire new mobile platform to 64-bit with the launch of the iPhone 5S, iPad Air and iPad Mini, so it’s time for Samsung to play catch-up. By all reports, the Samsung Galaxy S5 will ship with a 64-bit processor as well.

Of course, a 64-bit processor isn’t much good without a compatible 64-bit operating system. While Apple made the jump to 64-bit using hardware and iOS 7, Samsung doesn’t write Android, so it will need Google to write a 64-bit version.


Even with the limited amount of information regarding the Galaxy S5′s screen available so far, we really don’t think that Samsung will go significantly above 5in in size. While there is some room to increase screen size without making a larger handset, going significantly larger than 5in with the Galaxy S5 would start to impact on the Galaxy Note phablet range.

It’s possible Samsung will go higher than the Full HD resolution of the Galaxy S4, with Androibeat reporting that roadmap slides show WQHD (2,560×1,440) screens estimated to arrive in 2014 and Ultra HD (3,840×2,160, otherwise known as 4K) due in 2015.


The 13-megapixel camera was one of the highlights of the Galaxy S4, but since then we’ve seen the 20-megapixel Sony Xperia Z1 and the incredible 41-megapixelNokia Lumia 1020. It’s fair to say, then, that competition is tough and Samsung could go in several directions to up the quality of its camera.

GforGames reported that during Samsung’s 2013 Analyst day a slide revealed that a 16-megapixel ISOCELL sensor was marked for 2014 and 2015 smartphones. Although not an outright confirmation, it’s the biggest indicator yet that the Galaxy S5 will include a 16-megapixel rear camera. Unfortunately there’s no mention of optical image stabilisation (OIS), which could prove problematic if other smartphone companies up their camera technology in 2014 as well.



Samsung smartphones are renowned for their extra software features, with Smart Stay and Smart Pause turning off the screen and pausing videos respectively when the front-facing webcam detects you looking away. The company may go a step further, with the Galaxy S5 adding eye scanning security if a new patent filing proves accurate.


The HTC Two sports 5 inches of 1,920 x 1,200 full HD display screen, newly improved Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 or 805 quad-core processor, 2 to 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage and a 10 “ultrapixel” camera on the back.

Moreover, the HTC Two will run the latest Android 4.4 KitKat which could be the first release on the current 4.4.2 version to be pushed on the One Google Play edition smartphone. Wi-Fi certification has been released as well, certifying an upcoming HTC device that may be the M8.

A device was certified on Dec 10, 2013 under HTC Corporation with product and model number 0P6BXXXXX. The smartphone runs Android OS with frequency bands of 2.4 and 5 GHz switchable.

Possible advantages of HTC Two M8:

–          Android 4.4 KitKat with Sense 5.5 or 6.0 UI

–          Exclusive HTC Sense features such as BlinkFeed and HTC Zoe

–          New camera features from 10 MP ultrapixel lens

–          Premium exterior and component, as always

–          More stable system than HTC One.

What should you expect?

1.      Focus on multimedia features such as stable camera and speakers

2.      More market availability across the globe

3.      Better technical support in case bugs occur

4.     Crisis experienced by HTC One such as purple hue camera will be avoided

5.      Improved BlinkFeed feature



Sony’s Xperia Z2 is currently coded as the “Avatar” and will succeed Xperia Z1 Honami in 2014. The Sony Xperia Z2 features upgraded features and components of the Xperia Z1 with the same anti-hazard resistances.

The Sony Xperia Z2 is expected to feature Android 4.4 KitKat next year, IGZO screen display with 505 ppi pixel density, Triluminos and X-Reality display engines, 20.7 MP Sony G lens camera with Carl Zeiss optics, 3.5 MP front camera featuring Exmor RS imaging processor, Xenon flash instead of LED, possible 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 3 GB of RAM and the famous water and dust resistances.

If it runs Android 4.4 KitKat, Sony can customise the smartphone to give owners their own printing application, expanded wireless payments, changes on Xperia home UI, more colour schemes and wallpapers, camera and gallery improvements, better PDF export and import, more camera and image filters and native apps from Google.

Possible advantages of the Xperia Z2:

–          Dust and water resistances

–          Less battery consumption with IGZO display

–          Better display projection due to mobile display engines

–          Improved photo and video captures due to Xenon flash

–          Get more exclusive camera apps

What owners should expect?

1.      Expanded market availability

2.      Camera button could be added

3.      Effective dust and water resistances

4.      Unlockable boot loader

5.      Camera lens should be excellent

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