HTC M8 vs Galaxy S5: two concepts

by: Bogdan PetrovanJanuary 21, 2014

htc m8 galaxy s5 concepts

With the Galaxy S5 and the successor to the HTC One right around the corner, various leaks, rumors, and unconfirmed reports are vying for our attention. Here are two interesting concepts based on the info available on the M8 and the S5 so far.

HTC M8 concept

Starting with the HTC M8/One (2014) – or whatever you want to call it – the concept below is the work of Malaysia-based Austrian designer Nikolai Prettner. A student of interactive media, Nik combined HTC M8 reports with his personal vision of what the ideal HTC flagship should look like, and the result is a sleek concept that should get the pulse of any smartphone junkie racing.

htc m8 concept

Nik’s HTC M8 concept features ultra-slim bezels that may not be practical, but sure look good and maximize the screen-to-footprint ratio. Speaking of maximizing screen size, the concept features an on-screen navigation bar, instead of the capacitive buttons found on the HTC One, in line with Google’s guidelines for Android devices. Opinions are divided on the merits of physical vs capacitive vs on-screen buttons, but if you like minimalistic designs, Nik’s HTC M8 concept should be right up your alley.

On the back, the concept features the signature design of HTC’s 2013 devices, with a large camera module and a dual-LED flash. However, some reports suggest there will be an additional camera or a fingerprint reader on the back of the One (2014), and several cases that were allegedly designed for the device seem to support the theory.

Overall, Nik’s design is an interesting, though perhaps over-idealized take on what shapes to be one of the best looking Android smartphones of the year. Moving on!

Galaxy S5 concept

Now for the HTC M8’s fierce competitor, Samsung’s Galaxy S5. The folks at combined leaks and rumors about the Galaxy S5 into one intriguing concept.

Like the HTC M8 concept above, this S5 concept is a bit unrealistic in the way it represents the phone’s ultra-slim bezels. The screen is almost wrapping over the sides of the device, which looks nice but it’s hardly feasible with current technology.

galaxy s5 concept

On the back, you have the plastic-metal combo that some rumors pegged for the Galaxy S5. The concept is clearly inspired from one of Samsung’s recent design patents, but also includes cues from the Active version of the Galaxy S4 and the new Note 3.

The back plate sports the faux leather look that Samsung debuted on the Galaxy Note 3, complete with the stitching going round its sides. That choice of texture and finish looks good on the Note 3 and Samsung’s new tablets, but we hope Samsung will keep its word and bring a radically new design on the S5. Another reservation we have about this concept is that it inverts the choice of materials – rumors say the S5 will come with a metal back plate and plastic body, not the other way around.

Making concepts – and dissecting them – is harmless fun for us mobile fanatics. Moving on to the serious question, when will we actually see how close (or far) from reality these concepts are? The latest unconfirmed reports say February 23 for the Galaxy S5, while the HTC One (2014) is said to be landing sometime in March.

What score do you give these concepts?



  • Ris

    HTC all the way!!!

    • Dimitar Gospodinov

      If it looks like this and if they put at least an 8MP camera – yes!

    • markclutter

      Let’s hope HTC can survive 2014. 2015 could be the end of HTC.
      Now, you can do HTC a favour by going out there and buy up more HTC phone. Cheering them here do them no good.

      • Lisandro O Oocks

        as long as they don’t try to build any custom device for Facebook this year, they just may do that.

      • This is dog eat dog business

        This shows that HTC is dead. It needs charity for it to survive. They were once the leaders on android then they made bad decision after another to be in this position. I work so hard for my money, so I don’t have to buy their mediocre phones because i feel sorry for them. As a matter of fact I know they just want money and they wont feel sorry for me when they abandon my phone for updates

    • Jesus

      THis site is full of HTC Fanboys…

    • George Av

      Not if an you own a HTC One X! pahahahah that phone is less than 2 years old and it won’t even get 4.3!! pahahaha HTC = big stupid fail

  • asdasd

    No soft keys on s5. It will be inpossible to use with 2.25 inch. G2 rulls :D

  • Shark Bait

    well the galaxy looks turd!

    • j7981

      Lol that sounds ridiculous but I’m totally with you on that one.

  • João Grácio

    Those bezels….

  • Bishop

    I like the concept art for the HTC phone more so than the the concept art for the Galaxy. It greatly improves that really big bezel of the HTC One. Can’t say I really like the back concept of the S5 much. I like the look of the back of the Note 3 since the faux leather takes up the entire back panel. Here, the S5 concept art looks more like the back of the S4 Active, which would look better with a metallic back rather than a faux leather.

    Yet, the screen is the most important factor for me since any phone I have, will go in a case. The design of the actual phone is good, but I barely look at it, the screen is what I look at all the time.

  • Jayfeather787

    The s5 looks like a blown up version of the s3 with slimmer bezels. The camera, flash and speaker is laid out the same.

    • Jaun Lombard

      And your point?

      • jbrandonf

        No imagination.

        • Jayfeather787

          Exactly, thank you.

          • Jesus

            Yeah but look at the m8 concept. It’s just a HTC One with a bigger screen lol.

          • Jayfeather787

            Well at least its the last version, not the version of the phone from two times ago.

          • Jesus

            who cares, it works! Same thing for the iphone and nokia lumias.

            my point: your point is useless, human.

          • Jayfeather787

            Ok fine.

  • Arc RS

    Why concept always look better than actual product.. *sigh*

    • MasterMuffin

      Because they always have impossibly thin bezels and often impossible specs?

      • dodz

        the lg g2 almost got away with its thin bezels. so why do u say impossibly thin bezels? If HTC is not gonna include a removable battery or memory again, then they better up the juice to atleast 3500 or 4000 mah and 64gb or 128gb memory!

        • MasterMuffin

          You’re funny :)

        • jbrandonf

          ^^^impossible specs.

  • dave

    It’s time to update my S2 and I will get one of these for sure. I’m leaning towards samsung but I will get the one that seems the best to me. They both look like they will be great phones :)

    • Jaun Lombard

      I know…I also need to upgrade my S2 but might go with Sammy as I LOVE my S2!

      Might be Samsung as I can’t support a failing company because it affects customer care and future updates…plus Samsung is not dumb…they know they need to surprise the critics of the S4!

  • moein

    New phone of htc hasn’t beats audio technology??sry for bad english

  • Poopik Shmill

    One of them comes with knox
    the other – knox free
    guess which one I’ll have?

    hint: no galaxy

    • MSmith79

      Q: How does knox hurt the experience?

      • Jesus

        It doesn’t. He’s just a fanboy.

  • tatu

    the guy forgot all the bottons.

  • Francisco Enrique Perez Abreu

    The Samsung crap is getting uglier and uglier while HTC is the adverse

    • Jesus

      Let me guess… You’re a fanboy?

      • Francisco Enrique Perez Abreu

        A fanboy of what? of not Samsung devices? -__-

        • Jesus

          lol… You can’t be serious. Context mate, learn it -_–

  • n11

    Gonna say that S5 looks pretty friggin’ sweet.

  • Timmy

    Wonder why these concept drawings don’t have flexible displays or is that for the HTC One 2/S6 devices? Aren’t we there yet?

  • Cal Rankin

    I like both the renders for the new skins. Samsung’s rumored new UI actually looks great!
    Sense, as always, looks pretty nice as well.

  • Data

    Both conceptsaare ugly.

    • Adrian Remus

      Nice BBRY…oh wait

      • Data

        Huh? I don’t get it? Was it something to do with my original comment or about the phone?

        • Adrian Remus

          That HTC “concept” looks like BBRY.

          • Kash Gummaraju


  • namesib

    YUCK, virtual buttons.

  • Jesus


    They are only CONCEPTS, by fans.

    This article is just inviting all the fanboys… the HTC fanboys by looking at the comments.

  • WitnessG

    Everyone on here is all on HTC but I still don’t like how they handle their past devices. The One is a great phone but they completely forgot about phones like the One X and it won’t even get 4.3. It was released in the same time as the Galaxy S3 and samsung was able to get it an update. Not trying to hate on HTC, just trying to show you guys that HTC isn’t as great as you think.

  • Why don’t the designers take suggestion from the guys who make these concept design. I really prefer the looks of concept over the actual prototype. I know its is high demanding but still they can try

    • Amine Elouakil

      It’s not like they can’t make better concepts in terms of “style” but a real designer (Engineer) has to take in consideration other aspects such as industrialisation, regulations, ergonomics………… (mechanical and design engineer here so I know what I’m talking about)

  • RusticKey

    Oh no, no, NO. Anything but on-screen buttons!
    I’ve had horrible, horrible experience with them. The only thing that made me switch away from the Nexus 5 are the buttons, battery life, and camera.

  • ej

    Both are great concepts and look good. I am a Samsung fan form the s2 to the s4 to note 3 know and I must say HTC concept is nicer then the s5 so great job

  • Guy

    The Samsung Galaxy S5 was said to get no home button, the concept does show one. I recently saw a video about the concept of a Galaxy S5, thought it was from T3. That looked awesome!

  • Andrew White

    HTC might survive if like Sony it introduces a high powered sub 5″ device in several brushed aluminium finishes plus a matt carbon version.
    Ultra thin bezel where possible, a 16 mega pixel shooter like my old Titan 11, an SD card, decent battery life and a screen that you can see in daylight for under $600.

  • Petr

    The concept of the HTC phone looks way more awesome. However, I do think that Samsung will design their Galaxy S5 completely different and therefore will be as cool (or cooler) then the M8

  • AASawant

    As far as design & other innovations are concerned, HTC is way to superior to other OEMs and I am damn sure 2014 will be no different.

  • Phune

    The concept of the HTC phone looks way more awesome. However, I do think that Samsung will design their Samsung Galaxy S5 completely different and therefore will be as cool (or cooler) then the M8