iPhone 6 vs HTC One M8: 2014’s Most Exciting Prospects – Know Your Mobile
The HTC One M8 is now officially official while the iPhone 6 remains an elusive, mythical beast expected to reveal itself later in the year. However, there’s still a lot of info floating around the web in the form of rumours, leaks and other titbits, meaning we’re able to assemble a tentative preliminary look at how the two flagships might compare.
Design and build
With the HTC One M8, HTC has taken the popular HTC One’s design, kept the best parts and gone back to the drawing board with the rest. The main thing you’ll notice is that most of the phone’s various facets which were once flat and angular are now curved, tapered and contoured. This makes the whole device look far more sleek and sophisticated than its predecessor, but it also ensures it’s enjoyable to operate as it sits more comfortably in the hand too. HTC has changed the finish with an eye-catching brushed aluminium texture and a gloss clear coat on top to keep things smooth.
The handset features the same end-cap design as before, complete with punched front-facing stereo speaker grilles.
Nothing concrete is known about the iPhone 6. We’ve seen leaks, but their authenticity is uncertain at this stage. It seems likely, however, that we’ll see a return of an aluminium build one way or another.
Many rumours indicate we’re in for something of an extensive design overhaul. There’s talk of an enlarged iPhone 6 with something in the region of a 4.5-inch display, but there are also allegations of an accompanying larger model at anything from 4.7-inches and up. However, in any scenario it’s thought that as with the iPad Mini and iPad Air, Apple will attempt to keep the handset slim and compact, with a narrower bezel, ensuring that even though the screen may expand by quite a bit we will not be looking at a massive iPhone like the Nokia Lumia 1520 or Sony Xperia Z Ultra.
Other sources indicate we may see the display made from ultra-tough Sapphire Glass, the same material Apple already uses to reinforce sensitive components such as the Touch ID button on the iPhone 5S and a protective layer over the camera lens. Hopefully this will mean we’ll see a few less cracked iPhone screens while out and about.
As mentioned, the iPhone 6 display is expected to become larger, possibly with two models at different sizes, but even the regular model is thought to pack a bigger screen than the current iPhone 5S. As for the technology on show, rumours hint at a possible “Quantum Dot” screen for enhanced colour reproduction – this tech is already in use on Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDX tablet. We indicated above Apple will likely plan to keep the bezel as narrow as possible, but there’s some indication we could be looking at a true edge-to-edge bezel-less handset with the iPhone 6.
The HTC One M8 screen has also grown, here it’s up to 5-inches and features a full HD 1080p resolution at 440 pixels-per-inch (ppi). HTC has not revealed precisely what screen tech is being used, other than to say it is LCD and is improved from previous models. The HTC One used Super LCD3 tech and this looks very similar in terms of quality. It packs bright, punchy colours, vivid whites and everything is nice and sharp.
HTC’s One M8 uses the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor with four Krait 400 cores clocked at 2.3GHz, 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 330 GPU. This is insanely fast and offers really smooth performance in Android 4.4 KitKat, when multitasking apps or running intensive 3D games. It’ll also be fairly future-proof for some time to come.
Apple’s looking further forward though. Having already debuted its 64-bit architecture aboard the iPhone 5S’ A7 chip it is sure to continue this trend with the supposed “A8”, which is also believed to be using 20 nanometre architecture. It’s possible Apple may even bump up the RAM to unlock the true potential of the architecture while some rumours focus on the idea of 2GB of integrated DRAM.
HTC has implemented a similar set of imaging hardware in the HTC One M8 to what you’d find in its predecessor, the HTC One. It has a 4-megapixel “Ultrapixel” back illuminated sensor (BSI) with an f/2.0 aperture and 1080p video capture. However, new changes include a dual-LED two-tone flash to improve low-light performance, the removal of optical image stabilisation and the addition of a depth sensor which allows for the U Focus functionality. U Focus is rather like a Lytro camera – the depths sensor takes a sweep of spatial data for an image and will allow you to re-select the focal point as many times as you like – the information is stored in the image file.
The phone also features a front-facing secondary camera rated at 5-megapixels.
Apple’s iPhone 6 is rumoured to be the debut device for a range of innovative imaging technologies, although the main emphasis appears to also be on Lytro-like re-focusing tech. According to reports, the late Steve Jobs undertook extensive talks with Lytro’s founder with regard to implementing the technology in Apple’s products.
It’s also thought Apple will seek to build autofocus improvements, perhaps a faster focusing speed. It isn’t expected we’ll see an increase in megapixels as Apple seems content with all the positive feedback it received for the iPhone 5S’s impressive 8MP iSight setup.
HTC’s One M8 features 16GB of onboard storage with microSD support for cards up to 64GB. It’s also loaded with all the usual connectivity options such as 4G LTE and 3G mobile data, Wi-Fi (Direct and Hotspot), DLNA, Bluetooth, microUSB, GPS, MHL, NFC and even an infrared blaster.
The iPhone 6 is still expected to use Apple’s proprietary Lightning connector for charging and data transfer (with a USB adaptor in Europe) but will also include 4G, 3G and extensive Wi-Fi capabilities. It’s also believed we’ll see a return of the Touch ID Home key with expanded functionality for making payments for products and services outside of the iTunes store.