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HTC One (M8) vs HTC One Max, which One series phone has better specs?

HTC One M8 and HTC One Max share similar specs
HTC One M8 and HTC One Max share similar specs

If you’re in the market for a new phone this Spring, you could be sizing up the specs and features of the HTC One M8. Since the all new HTC One is a refresh of HTC’s flagship phone, the likely comparison is to pit it against the HTC One M7. Throw the HTC One Max into the mix and it can hold its own against the specs of its siblings.

As Engadget reports (March 27), the HTC One Max, released in 2013 is getting an update in software specs with the OTA Android 4.4.2 KitKat rollout on the Sprint carrier network. This brings the One Max up to the same platform as the new HTC One M8, which runs Android KitKat fresh out of the box. The software update doesn't add HTC's Sense 6 UI to the One Max just yet. HTC confirms that older model One series phones will receive the latest UI at some point in the future.


The One Max sports a 5.9-inch IPS LCD display, while the One M8 features a 5-inch S-LCD 3 screen. For people with large hands or those who like to stream media on their phone, a bigger screen is a welcome feature.

Pixel density varies between the two phones, with 441 ppi on the M8 and 373 ppi on the One Max. The minor difference of 68 pixels is not visible to the naked eye and both phones feature identical pixel resolutions of 1080 x 1920.

Embedded into the aluminum casing of both devices are HTC’s BoomSound front dual stereo speakers. The setup on the One M8 is 25 percent louder than the original One M7, according to HTC.


HTC is proud of the One M8’s new built-in 4MP UltraPixel Duo back camera with dual LED flash. HTC’s uFocus, ISO control, exposure compensation and Burst Mode are some of the bonus features. The One Max also has a 4MP UltraPixel back camera with a standard standard LED flash. Instead of an extra camera, directly under the primary shooter is a fingerprint sensor meant to be a security feature to unlock the phone. Each device’s camera totes an aperture of F2.0, 28mm focal length and a camera sensor size of 1/3".

Camera features such as face detection, smile detection, autofocus, digital image stabilization, white balance presets, geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR) and panorama are present on both the One Max and the One M8.

If you’re a photo enthusiast, the camera features of the M8 makes it virtually impossible to take a bad photo. You can even manually adjust the settings to get that perfect looking shot if necessary, somewhat like when using a professional camera.

Like the back cameras, the front cameras of each device can record up to 1080p HD video. The One M8 features a 5MP camera on the front and the One Max has the same 2.1MP front shooter that the HTC One has. Don’t get caught up in the myth of megapixels, as neither camera is less capable than the other.


The HTC One M8 features a 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, the latest CPU from Qualcomm. Inside the One Max is a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor with a clock speed of 1.7 GHz. Both processors run alongside 2GB of RAM and graphics are handled by an Adreno 320 GPU on the Max and Adreno 330 on the M8.

Available storage on each phone is 16GB, with 10GB of max storage on the M8 (likely bloatware). You’ll be able to add a ridiculous amount of extra storage to the new HTC One, up to 128GB more via a microSD slot. On the One Max, the maximum microSD storage slot capacity is half that at 64GB.


Benchmark test results can be a useful tool when comparing the overall performance of smartphones. As G 4 Games reports (March 28), the true benchmark score for the HTC One M8 is 27,171. This, according to the Antutu X version of the testing app that aims to address OEM benchmark tampering.

The phone used in the test is the Asian model, which houses a 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor. Where higher is better, the One M8 has a slight lead over the One Max, which had a final Antutu score for HTC is 26,320 according to PhoneArena, .

As CNET reports, HTC responded to recent accusations of manipulating benchmark test results: "For those with a need for speed, we've provided a simple way to unleash this power by introducing a new High Performance Mode in the developer settings that can be enabled and disabled manually,” HTC told CNET.

Depending on what you’re looking for in a device, choosing the right phone all comes down to a matter of which specs matter most to you.

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