HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S4 – Specs and Features Comparison

Frank Taylor February 22, 2013 2


Today we compare the new HTC One and the soon to be flagship device of Samsung – the Galaxy S4. The HTC One is the new and powerful smartphone from HTC. It is packed with a very powerful hardware configuration, a very high resolution display and the new ultra pixel resolution camera.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is the new smartphone that will soon make it into the mobile market. It is said that this new device will have a flexible display and will be powered by an octal-core processor.

Let us compare the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4 in a one of one battle of specs and features.

HTC One

 HTC One

Samsung Galaxy S4

 Galaxy S4

DESIGN

The HTC One is the new flagship device of the company. It has a very cool design and is similar to the Apple iPhone 5 and the Blackberry Z10. It has a sleek aluminum body and a very powerful hardware configuration. This smartphone is available in Black, Silver and Red color options. On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy S4 might also be ‘Designed for Humans’. The body and finishing of this phone will be as good as a phone body can be. The color combinations will be very much like or even better than that of the Samsung Galaxy S3. There is no doubt that the Samsung Galaxy S4 will have an awesome design and finish.

DISPLAY

The HTC One has a 4.7-inch Super LCD3 capacitive touchscreen display. It has a screen resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels with a pixel density of 469 ppi. This pixel density is the highest pixel density available in any mobile or tablet in the market today. The display is also protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 2. The Samsung Galaxy S4 will have a 5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels and a very high pixel density of about 450+ ppi. It will also has the Corning Gorilla Glass 2 protection.

HARDWARE

The HTC One has the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset. It is powered by the 1.7 GHz Krait 300 quad-core processor, an Adreno 320 GPU and a 2 GB RAM. The Samsung Galaxy S4 will have the new Exynos 5 chipset. This chipset will be an octal-core chipset consisting of two quad-core processors. One will be a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor and the other one will be a 1.7 GHz quad-core processor. These processors will switch depending upon the load on the system. The smartphone will also have a 2 GB RAM and the latest Adreno or Mali GPU.

OPERATING SYSTEM

The HTC One runs on the latest Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean operating system. The operating system is upgradable to Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. This smartphone also has the HTC Sense UI v5 which gives you the special and personal touch of HTC. The Samsung Galaxy S4 will also run on the latest version of Android operating system available at the time. This smartphone will also have the latest Samsung TouchWiz UI which will add a personal touch to the device.

STORAGE

The HTC One has in-built storage options of 32 and 64 GB. Both these options will provide you with a lot of storage space but there is one disadvantage of the HTC One. This smartphone does not have a micro SD card support. The Samsung Galaxy S4 on the other hand will be available in in-built storage options of 16, 32 and 64 GB and will also provide a micro SD card slot which supports cards of up to 64 GB just like the Galaxy S3.

CAMERA

The Primary Camera on the HTC One is a ‘4 ULTRA PIXEL’ camera which logically equals to a 13 MP Camera. This new concept of Ultra Pixels focuses on the sensor and pixel size rather than pure megapixel count. This smartphone also has a 2.1 MP Secondary Camera. The Samsung Galaxy S4 is said to have a 13 MP camera autofocus and LED flash and a 2 to 3 MP Secondary Camera. This time Samsung will ensure that the 13 MP camera will have top class performance and clarity.

BATTERY

The HTC One has a standard non-removable Li-Po 2300 mAh battery. There are no official statistics about the talk time and stand by time provided by this battery as of now. The Samsung Galaxy S4 will also have a 2300 to 2500 mAh battery to say the least. Right now it would be difficult to estimate the talk time and stand by time that will be offered by the Galaxy S4.

DIMENSIONS

The dimensions of the HTC One are 137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm. The dimensions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 are unknown as of now. But one thing is for sure, Samsung will make the Galaxy S4 as slim as possible.

WEIGHT

The HTC One weighs about 143 grams whereas the Samsung Galaxy S4 will weigh somewhere about 150 grams. It is very important for every smartphone to maintain a weight of under 150 grams if it wants to be light. Weight is a matter of choice since some users prefer a light weight smartphone and some users prefer a smartphone that feels heavy in the hands.

CONCLUSION

The HTC One is definitely a powerhouse smartphone. It has the best hardware configuration compared to any other smartphone available in the market today. It has the new Ultra Pixel camera which promises high quality performance, it has a high capacity 2300 mAh battery and runs on the latest Android Jelly Bean operating system.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 definitely has a very good competition here. The HTC One is equal to the Galaxy S4 in all the main segments of comparison. But if the Galaxy S4 does have the Exynos 5 octal-core processor then it will be the game changer for sure. The battery performance and pixel density will also be a very important factor of comparison since the HTC One is very good in both. But there is one segment in which the Galaxy S4 will definitely outclass the HTC One. The Galaxy S4 will have a micro SD card support of up to 64 GB.

Here is a specifications chart of the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4:

SC - HTC One vs Galaxy S4

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