2014 is shaping up to be a great year for smartphone lovers, and today we've two insanely powerful handsets pitted against each other.
HTC's Desire Eye is no more a mystery, as the device made its debut on Wednesday at an event held in New York City. On the other hand, we've the Samsung-made Galaxy S5, one of the most popular high-end flagship handset to date.
The Desire Eye is expected to go on sale in India sooner than expected. The Samsung Galaxy S5-LTE, meanwhile, is already available upwards of Rs. 45,000. We've compared the two to see which is the right phone for you.
HTC Desire Eye Vs Samsung Galaxy S5-LTE: Design
HTC is known for putting an extra hard work while designing its devices. And the Desire Eye is no different. The Desire Eye is taller and wider than both the One (M8) and the Galaxy S5, that's because of a 13MP front-facing camera. The HTC Desire Eye is surprisingly heavier than the Galaxy S5, weighing in at 154g to Samsung's 145g. You're unlikely to notice much difference, though. Both smartphones have plastic build quality.
HTC Desire Eye Vs Samsung Galaxy S5-LTE: Display
The Desire Eye has a 5.2-inch display, which is already larger than most standard flagship devices from 2014and big enough to enjoy multimedia content without any compromise. The Samsung Galaxy S5, on the other hand, has a slightly smaller 5.1-inch screen, although the difference between the two screens is barely visible. Both the HTC Desire Eye and the Samsung Galaxy S5 have 1,920x1,080 Full HD resolution displays.
HTC Desire Eye Vs Samsung Galaxy S5-LTE: Software
Both the HTC Desire Eye and Galaxy S5 come with the latest 4.4.4 KitKat of Google's Android operating system. For the Desire Eye, HTC has upgraded its Sense UI to version 6, completely redesigning the icons and layout, which seems much better, at least, visually. The Galaxy S5, on the other hand, uses Samsung's TouchWiz UI, with a falter look.
HTC Desire Eye Vs Samsung Galaxy S5-LTE: Processor, RAM and Storage
Both the HTC Desire Eye and the Galaxy S5 use the latest and fastest Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor around. Moreover, both the HTC Desire Eye and Galaxy S5 houses 2GB of RAM.
Also, the HTC Desire Eye and Galaxy S5 include expandable storage. These devices support the largest 128GB microSD cards. Their native storage stands at 16GB, respectively.
HTC Desire Eye Vs Samsung Galaxy S5-LTE: Camera
The biggest difference between the two premium handsets is the front facing camera. HTC uses a 13MP auto-focus camera, dual-LED flash; f/2.2 aperture. Camera-wise, the HTC Desire Eye easily trumps the Galaxy S5's mediocre 2.1-megapixel front-facing shooter
The Samsung Galaxy S5 still has the biggest rear camera sensor (16MP), while the HTC Desire Eye comes with a 13MP camera with dual-LED flash. The Galaxy S5 is also capable of recording Ultra HD (4K) 3,840x2,160 video at 30fps, which isn't possible on the Desire Eye.
HTC Desire Eye Vs Samsung Galaxy S5-LTE: Battery, Connectivity, Price and Verdict
The HTC Desire Eye has a 2600mAh battery, while the Samsung Galaxy S5 has a slightly bigger 2800mAh removable battery. Both the Desire Eye and Samsung Galaxy S5 support all major 2G, 3G and 4G LTE frequency bands. Both have 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, GPS and FM Radio.
The Desire Eye has a smaller nano-SIM standard, while the Galaxy S5 which uses the more familiar micro-SIM.
HTC hasn't launched the Desire Eye in India yet, however, the device shouldn't retail upwards of Rs. 35,000, when it goes on sale in India. The Samsung Galaxy S5 with 4G LTE connectivity is retailing upwards of Rs. 45,000.
If looks and imaging optics are important, you should choose the Desire Eye over the Samsung Galaxy S5. The Galaxy S5 no doubt is a brilliant handset, but its retail price (the one with Snapdragon 801 processor) is way beyond young and energetic Indian consumers.