We do not see many people focused on the latency of mobile device screens, but that could change as this particular measure gains traction as a selling point. If that does come to pass, the HTC One (M8) will be in a good position as the device reportedly has one of the lowest latencies on record. The latency we refer to is the time between when a user touches the screen and when the system registers that touch measured in milliseconds. The previous record for a consumer device was 67ms measured for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. For comparison, the iPhone 5S clocks in at 75ms while an LG G2 lags behind at 110ms. A new report indicates the HTC One (M8) has been measured at 46ms.
Microsoft has completed a study on display latency and how it impacts the user experience. They point to a target of 1-20ms for display latency in order to maximize the experience. HTC’s work has them closer to that goal than anyone for the moment, but new flagship devices coming from other manufacturers this year could change that.