BOTH HTC AND APPLE take a 'design-first' philosophy when creating their respective smartphones. As a result both firms have strong track records of creating beautiful looking handsets. However, in recent years Apple iPhones have consistently outsold HTC smartphones.
Looking to change this, HTC has taken a more pragmatic view with its latest HTC One M8 flagship smartphone, loading the handset with cutting-edge components that on paper suggest that the Snapdragon powered Android phone should beat the performance of the iPhone 5S.
Design measurements and weight
HTC One M8: 146x71x9.35mm, 160 grams
Apple iPhone 5S: 124x59x7.6mm, 112g
Both HTC and Apple have traditionally prefered to make their respective smartphones out of metal, as opposed to polycarbonate. This trend remains true with the iPhone 5S and One M8, which both feature aluminium chassis.
However, it's important to note that the One M8's one-piece chassis is thicker and heavier than the iPhone and weighs 160g. The One M8 is also far larger than the iPhone 5S, measuring 146x71x9.35mm. This makes the One M8 gigantic compared to the 124x59x7.6mm, 112g iPhone 5S.
As a consequence the One M8, while still far from backbreaking, might seem a little cumbersome to those used to small form factor smartphones like the iPhone 5S.
HTC One M8: 5in 1080x1920 resolution LCD display, 441ppi
Apple iPhone 5S: 4in 640x1136 resolution IPS LCD Retina display, 326ppi
The iPhone 5S comes with the same 4in 640x1136 resolution in-plane switching (IPS) LCD Retina display with 326ppi pixel density seen on its predecessor, the iPhone 5. In many ways this is no bad thing as, despite being fairly old by now, the display is still very good.
That said, in recent months we've seen a gradual stream of Android smartphones with better displays than the iPhone 5S. These have included the Nexus 5, which features a 4.95in 1080x1920 resolution IPS 445ppi display and the year-old Galaxy S4, which has a 5in 1080x1920 resolution super AMOLED 441ppi display.
Featuring a similarly impressive 5in 1080x1920 resolution LCD 441ppi display, the HTC One M8 will soon join this elite cadre of smartphones boasting better displays than the iPhone 5S.
Next: Processor and operating system.