HTC One M8 Eye Vs Samsung Galaxy Alpha: The Supremacy Continues


Both the HTC One M8 Eye and Samsung Galaxy Alpha are the two crown jewels of 2014. They have captured the imagination of users, and now both are widely available in India. But the bigger question remains - which is better, the HTC One M8 Eye or the Samsung Galaxy Alpha.

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The HTC One (M8 Eye) is a newly launched premium handset. In fact it is a special variant of the original HTC One (M8). However, the only hardware difference is the UltraPixel camera has been replaced by a 13-megapixel camera, while the depth-of-field sensor and the 5-megapixel front camera remain unchanged. Moreover, HTC's newly introduced "Eye Experience" software will be preinstalled. The HTC-made One M8 Eye is officially priced at Rs. 38,990.


The Samsung Galaxy Alpha, on the other hand, signifies a whole new category of phones. The Galaxy Alpha isn't just pretty but it also packs in high-end internal components that make up for an overall balanced package. The Galaxy Alpha is now available in the market for Rs. 39,990.

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HTC One M8 Eye Vs Samsung Galaxy Alpha: The Supremacy Continues

Here we'll be looking at how the HTC One M8 Eye compares to the Samsung Galaxy Alpha.

HTC One M8 Eye Vs Samsung Galaxy Alpha: Design and build

Weighing 115 grams, the Galaxy Alpha comes with a 6.7 mm thick chassis made of plastic, but with an aluminum frame the device looks premium and sober, too. The handset is slightly smaller than the Galaxy S5. Unlike the Galaxy S5, the Galaxy Alpha is not water resistant.

The Samsung-made Galaxy Alpha may be slimmer than the HTC One M8 Eye but the latter handset is hard to beat in respect of design and build. Crafted out of elegant looking aluminum chassis, it is indeed a device not to be missed out. The One M8 Eye looks identical to the original One M8 with same frontal dual speakers, a massive battery and a 5-inch display.


The only advantage attached with the Galaxy Alpha is that users can remove both the battery and rear back cover, but that doesn't apply with the HTC One M8 Eye.

Winner - HTC One M8 Eye

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HTC One M8 Eye Vs Samsung Galaxy Alpha: Display

The display unit on the HTC One M8 Eye measures 5.1 inches and displays a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution. The pixel density is also great, 441ppi. HTC has always managed to trump its rivals in the display department and the HTC One M8 Eye is no different.

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha, meanwhile, uses a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 720p HD. It's a 4.7-inches HD panel instead of FHD 1080p one.

Winner - HTC One M8 Eye

HTC One M8 Eye Vs Samsung Galaxy Alpha: Software

HTC One M8 Eye makes good use of Android 4.4 Kitkat. The makers have added few extra tweaks to existing software. As we know, the HTC One M8 Eye comes with Sense 6.0, which includes a couple of software goodies, including gesture based controls, among others. The UI looks simple and pleasing to eyes.

With new TouchWiz UI, Samsung hasn't change the User interface (UI). However, there are new notification menu and app icons. The Galaxy Alpha runs on Android 4.4 (KitKat).

Winner - HTC One M8 Eye

HTC One M8 Eye Vs Samsung Galaxy Alpha: Processor, RAM, Storage and Connectivity

HTC One M8 Eye is powered by a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor under the hood. While the included 2GB RAM ensures smooth navigation. You can get the device with 16GB or of storage, which further can be expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card slot.

Samsung's Galaxy Alpha is running on an Exynos 5 Octa 5430v processor, featuring Quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7. The handset offers 2GB of RAM, just like the HTC One M8 Eye. The device is stuffed with 32GB of native storage, though you can't expand the internal memory that's because of lack of microSD support.

Both the HTC One M8 Eye and Samsung Galaxy Alpha support all major 4G, 2G, and 3G frequency bands. Both have 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and FM Radio. Both uses nano-SIM cards.

Winner - HTC One M8 Eye

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HTC One M8 Eye Vs Samsung Galaxy Alpha: Camera

The 13-MP camera on the rear of the HTC One M8 Eye is giving Samsung Galaxy Alpha a hard time, as the Galaxy Alpha handset comes with a 12-MP shooter on the rear and a 2.1-MP lens on the front. The One M8 Eye uses a 5MP front-facing camera for taking video calls and selfies. The handset features a dual-LED two-tone flash. Notably, the HTC One M8 Eye also come with "Eye Experience" package pre-loaded on the device.

Winner - HTC One M8 Eye

HTC One M8 Eye Vs Samsung Galaxy Alpha: Camera: Battery, Price and Verdict

With a 2660 mAh battery, you can rest assured that the One M8 Eye will last on more than just a couple of hours. The Galaxy Alpha comes with a 1860 mAh battery that can resist between 12 hours of talk time.

The HTC One M8 Eye is priced at Rs. 38,990, while the Samsung Galaxy Alpha is priced at 39,990.

With their respective handsets, both HTC and Samsung are battling hard to occupy the high-end category. However, the HTC One M8 Eye seemed to have an edge over the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, primarily due to bigger screen, better imaging optics, among other things.

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