The Samsung Galaxy Alpha represents an important phone in the history of the company going forward. It is neither a flagship device, nor does it have the best specifications in the Samsung line-up. Instead, it focuses entirely on the design and showcases the way the South Korean giant plans to introduce some much-needed premium feeling to its high end phones. The HTC One M8 is probably a benchmark that Samsung is trying to achieve right now.
HTC has excelled in the design department of late, but they have gone to a whole new level with the HTC One M8. This device claims to use metal for almost 90%, which is a significant increase compared to the predecessor. Not much improvement has been made in the display department where a 5.2-inch 1080p display continues to impress. Like many of the Samsung smartphones, the Galaxy Alpha comes with Super AMOLED display. It is a slightly smaller, at 4.7- inch in size, compared to the HTC display. Further, it also utilizes slightly lower 720p resolution.
The two phones have standout features in different areas. While the HTC offers incredibly powerful and quality speakers, of which there are two, to flank the large display. These are probably the best speakers in the entire smartphone industry and it is by no means an exaggeration. The years of association with Beats Audio may have played its role, while the company also offers a special edition HTC One M8 that has been designed by high-end audio specialists, Harman Kardon. The Galaxy Alpha provides aspects like the fingerprint sensor, while it is also incredibly thin at just 6.7 mm. However, it misses out on the water resistant features that have been seen on the Galaxy S5.
The four ultrapixel camera on the HTC One M8 continues to receive a lot of criticism. It lacks the detail and several other aspects provided by the 12 megapixel counterpart on the Galaxy Alpha. Low light photography is one of the few areas where this camera excels. In all other regards the Galaxy Alpha’s superior camera comes out with flying colors. This camera is capable of 4K video recording. HTC’s camera, though, is limited to only 1080p videos.
There is unlikely to be any pitfalls in performance on both devices since they provide plenty of RAM and processor power to take on the android operating system in its latest version. HTC has confirmed that they will provide the 5.0 lollipop version of the HTC One M8. Samsung have not yet commented on this aspect, but the powerful specifications of the Galaxy Alpha are likely to make it support the lollipop version without any hiccups. Battery life is average on both phones because of the smaller sized batteries. The Galaxy Alpha uses an 1860 mAh battery whereas the HTC One M8 provides a 2600 mAh battery to handle its slightly larger display. The HTC costs $550 while the Galaxy Alpha retails at $630.