Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One M8 vs Sony Xperia Z2

With the official launch of the HTC One M8 yesterday (Tuesday, 25 March 2014), the scene is set for a showdown between the big guns in Android smartphones.

Though a South African launch window for the HTC One M8 is not yet available, Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy S5 will be available locally from 11 April 2014, and the Sony Xperia X2 is set for a May launch.

South African mobile network operators (and/or their resellers) have opened pre-registrations for the Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2, though no contract prices have been confirmed.

Pre-orders of the Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2 are also available from some retailers, with Orange listing the devices for R9,910 (up from the R9,815 it previously asked).

The table below compares the specifications of the devices against one another, along with the LG G2 which is already available in South Africa:

Specifications HTC One M8 Sony Xperia Z2 Samsung Galaxy S5 LG G2
Dimensions 146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35mm 146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2mm 142.0 x 72.5 x 8.1mm 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9mm
Weight 160g 163g 145g 143g
Operating system Android 4.4 Android 4.4 Android 4.4 Android 4.2 (upgradeable)
Display 5″ 1080p (1080×1920) 5.2″ 1080p (1080×1920) 5.1″ 1080p (1080×1920) 5.2″ 1080p (1080×1920) IPS
Rear camera 4MP UltraPixel + 4MP Duo Camera 20.7MP 16MP 13MP
Front camera 5MP (wide angle) 2.2MP 2.1MP 2.1MP
Storage, internal 16GB / 32GB 16GB 16/32GB 16GB / 32GB
Storage, expandable microSD microSD microSD No
RAM 2GB 3GB 2GB 2GB
Chip/processor 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974AB) 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 2.26GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
Graphics Adreno 330 Adreno 330 Adreno 330 Adreno 330
Battery 2,600mAh 3,000mAh 2,800mAh 3,000mAh
Cellular data HSPA+, LTE HSPA+, LTE HSPA+, LTE HSPA+, LTE, CDMA
NFC Yes Yes Yes Yes

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