Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One 2: Which Flagship Should You Wait For?

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By Precious Silva | January 28, 2014 5:09 PM EST

Both Samsung and HTC will be releasing refreshed versions of their smartphone offerings this year. Samsung will be releasing the Samsung Galaxy S5, while HTC will reportedly put the out HTC One 2. With Samsung Galaxy S5 slated for a February announcement, the market has been buzzing. Which smartphone is better? Which should consumers wait for? 

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A Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S4 (front) and Apple's iPhone 5 smartphones are seen in this picture illustration taken in Seoul May 13, 2013.

Looking at the reported specs of each device should give users a good idea which device promises to deliver more. It is important to establish that the specs and release dates are mostly from leaks and predictions. Both companies have yet to issue formal or official announcements about the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One 2. The predictions are based from analysts' experience and record of how Samsung and HTC have been releasing devices. These are also from surfacing reports about the companies' production. 

Design and Build 

According to reports, HTC will not veer away much from the original HTC One for the One 2's design and build. The HTC One has received praises for the device's striking aesthetic. The HTC One will reportedly feature a stylish aluminium build including dual front-facing speakers. There are reports saying that the HTC One 2 will have a fingerprint scanner. Leaks show that the new design shows it can accommodate a fingerprint scanner, but people will have to wait for the official confirmation. 

Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy S5 will reportedly go through a complete revamp. A number of sources say that Samsung will be producing two variants: one made of plastic and one made of metal. There will also be a new design language. According to a Samsung executive, consumers were not as thrilled to see the Galaxy S4, not far from its predecessor. This time, the company wants to impress people. 

According to leaks, the Samsung Galaxy S5 will feature an edge-to-edge display with a similar shape to Galaxy S4. The device is also capped on both ends with a striking and contoured thicker piece. The back panel sports a similar design as the front. It looks completely thin. 

Display 

Display reports are consistent for both devices. Samsung Galaxy S5 will sport a 5.2-inch display with a body smaller than its predecessor. The HTC One 2 will have a 4.7-inch screen, but there are reports contesting it might go up to full 5 inches. The HTC One screen will offer a full HD 1,080p resolution, but there are no further details about the display technology. The Samsung Galaxy S5 will have a 2K display, 560 ppi and Super AMOLED technology which may be switched to high-end LTPS LCD. 

Processor 

The HTC One 2 may go for either a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 or an 800 quad-core chip with a potential supercharged Snapdragon MSM8974-AB model. There will also be a 2 GB RAM included. Samsung will have two options as well, according to reports: Samsung Exynos 6 Octa with two quad-core chips and heterogeneous multiprocessing capabilities or a Snapdragon 800. According to Samsung, it plans on increasing RAM of its devices to 4 GB so the S5 may have such. 

Both devices will run on Android 4.4 KitKat. People will have to wait for final confirmation of specs and price to see which one offers a better deal. 

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A Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S4 (front) and Apple's iPhone 5 smartphones are seen in this picture illustration taken in Seoul May 13, 2013.
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