Sony and HTC both enjoyed moderate success in 2013 when they released their respective Xperia Z1 and One smartphones. Featuring a number of top-end internal components and striking visual designs, the Xperia Z1 and HTC One won over many critics, including us here at V3.
One year on both Sony and HTC have worked to repeat their success, releasing their new Xperia Z2 and One M8 flagship smartphones.
The Xperia Z2 aims to repeat the performance of its predecessor by offering buyers the same dust and water resistant IP-certified chassis. It comes with an impressive 20.7MP rear camera sensor combined with an upgraded Snapdragon 801 processor and newer 4.4.2 KitKat Android version.
The One M8 takes a similar approach building on the legacy set by the original One, but adding a new single piece metallic chassis and upgraded Duo Camera technology to the phone's 4.1MP Ultrapixel rear camera.
Duo Camera is a secondary camera sensor that lies under the One's main Ultrapixel sensor. The secondary sensor is designed to let the One M8 capture spatial information. The information means users can do things like refocus images after the image is taken without having to take burst shots.
For an in-depth look at the HTC One M8, check out V3's full written review. Check back later in the week for our full review of the Sony Xperia Z2.