SONY'S AND HTC'S SHARES of the phone market have suffered over recent years as buyers' interest has increasingly turned to Samsung Galaxy and Apple iPhone handsets.
Not willing to throw in the towel, Sony and HTC have worked to rectify the situation in 2014, releasing their respective Xperia Z2 and One M8 Android handsets.
The Xperia Z2 is designed to repeat the success of its 2013 Xperia Z1 predecessor. The Sony handset offers the same dust and water resistant IP certified chassis and impressive 20.7MP rear camera sensor combined with an upgraded Snapdragon 801 processor and newer Android 4.4.2 Kitkat mobile operating system.
The HTC One M8 takes a similar approach, building on the legacy set by the 2013 HTC One, but adding a newly designed single piece metallic chassis and upgraded Duo Camera technology to the phone's 4.1MP Ultrapixel rear camera.
Duo Camera is a secondary camera sensor that lies under the HTC One M8 main Ultrapixel sensor. The secondary sensor is designed to let the HTC One M8 capture spatial information. The additional information enables users to do things like refocus an image after the photo is taken without having to take burst shots.
For an in-depth look at the HTC One M8 check out The INQUIRER's full written review. Check back later in the week for our full review of the Sony Xperia Z2.