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Mobile World Cup 2014 semi-final: HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy S5

Posted on 24 Jun 2014

Mobile World Cup 2014 semi-final: HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy S5

It's week two of the 2014 Mobile World Cup and it's kicking off with the first semi-final between Taiwan and South Korea.

The HTC got off to a flyer thanks to its silky smooth body. The all-metal design couldn't be touched by Samsung's perforated back casing. But the more rugged Galaxy S5 put up a good fight, showing off its water resistant design and scratch resistant plastic back case.

The match settled into a stalemate as we compared the screens. Both phones have great Full HD displays. The main difference between them is that Samsung uses AMOLED technology, which gives very bright colours, while HTC uses LCD, which gives a more natural look.

The Korean phone scored a crucial goal with its camera. It's really nailed the basics with its new 16MP camera. The Samsung gave a lot more detail, better colours and better exposure. But the HTC showed off a few amazing tricks with its unique camera, like 3D effects. And the photos it took were the perfect size for sharing on Facebook.


There was nothing to choose between them again as we checked out the phones' speed, with both showing fantastic pace. Both the Taiwanese and Korean phones have the same super-powered processor and run the latest version of Android, so they're ideal for running the top apps and games.

Towards the end of the match, both phones were still going strong thanks to their impressive batteries. There was no issue of stamina here as the Samsung and the HTC should keep running for two days between charges.

So the match finished 1-1, with the HTC scoring on design and the Samsung hitting back with its camera. Which means we took things into extra time. And that's when the Samsung brought some support on from the bench. The Gear 2 smartwatch and Gear Neo fitness band really give the Galaxy S5 an edge over the One (M8) with constant heart rate monitoring and convenient notifications.

So at the end of the day, the Samsung Galaxy S5 just won the match for South Korea. It was a close call, but unfortunately we won't be seeing Taiwan and the HTC One (M8) in the Mobile World Cup 2014 final.

Mobile World Cup 2014 semi-final: HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy S5

How the Mobile World Cup stands:

Mobile World Cup 2014

Tomorrow (Tuesday 24th June), we'll have Finland and Japan fighting for the other place in the 2014 Mobile World Cup final.

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