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Spec showdown: HTC One M8 vs. Galaxy S5 vs. iPhone 5S

The HTC One M8 is an impressive piece of hardware, but how does it stack up against the Samsung and Apple flagship phones?

The HTC One M8 doesn't just look great, it also packed with power and impressive features.

(Credit: Andrew Hoyle/CNET)

But it's also going up against some stiff competition. While Apple's iPhone 5s isn't exactly new, the Samsung Galaxy S5 certainly is.

Last year saw the original HTC One up against the Galaxy S4 and it was Samsung that came out on top in terms of sales.

This year HTC has at least one advantage — at the moment it looks like the M8 will be available in Australia over a week before the S5. (We're awaiting clarification on this from both HTC and the local telcos.)

So, if the ball is in HTC's court — and we'll pretend that marketing spend isn't the biggest factor here — then does the HTC One M8 have the right stuff? Here's our spec showdown.

HTC One M8 vs. Galaxy S5 vs.iPhone 5s
HTC One M8 Samsung Galaxy S5 Apple iPhone 5s
Size 146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35mm; 160g 142 x 72.5 x 8.1mm; 145g 58.6 x 7.6 x 123.8mm; 112g
Screen 5-inch; 1920x1,080; 441ppi 5.1 inches; 1920x1080 pixels; 431ppi 4-inch; 1136x640 pixels; 326ppi
OS Android 4.4; Sense 6.0 UI Android 4.4; TouchWiz UI iOS 7
Processor 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Proprietary A7 (64-bit) with M7 motion processor
Rear camera and recording 4-'Ultrapixel'; 1080p HD 16-megapixel; 1080p HD 8-megapixel; 1080p HD
Front-facing camera 5-megapixel; 1080p HD 2-megapixel; 720p HD 1.2-megapixel; 720p HD video
Capacity 16GB, 32GB 16GB, 32GB 16GB, 32GB, 64GB
Expandable storage Up to 128GB Up to 128GB None
Battery 2,600mAh battery; embedded 2,800mAh; removable Embedded; Up to 10 hours on 4G LTE; standby time up to 10 days
4G LTE Yes Yes Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4, 5GHz) 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4, 5GHz) 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4, 5GHz)
NFC Yes Yes No
Bluetooth 4.0 4.0 Low energy 4.0
IR Blaster yes Yes No
Notable extras BlinkFeed, BoomSound Fingerprint scanner, heart rate monitor Touch ID scanner