Cybershack Shootout: HTC One Vs Samsung Galaxy S4

By Zy Gonzales

By Zy Gonzales

In the realm of Android, HTC and Samsung has long been competing with each other for the title of having the best Android phone in the market. Back in 2010, when Samsung released the first Galaxy S, HTC answered by coming up with the original HTC Desire. A year later, the Galaxy S II went head to head with the HTC Sensation, and just last year Samsung was again neck to neck with HTC when the Galaxy S III was pitted against the HTC One X.

And this year, HTC and Samsung are still at it as both companies have recently launched their respective flagship smartphones – the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4. To the unwary customer, it may be difficult to judge which of the two to get as both phones are almost evenly matched.

That is the reason why we’ve come up with a comparison of these two smartphones to help consumers decide which device to get based on their needs and preferences.

 


 

BUILD QUALITY

Build quality is probably the biggest difference between the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One. In terms of the materials used in the construction of the One, HTC has decided to go aluminium all the way with the HTC One having an anodized aluminium unibody design.

Samsung on the other hand decided to go with plastic for the Galaxy S4 which made the device lighter and thinner compared to the HTC One. 

  Samsung Galaxy S4 HTC ONE
  Dimensions 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm (5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 in) 137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm (5.41 x 2.69 x 0.37 in)
  Weight 130 g (4.59 oz) 143 g (5.04 oz)

 


 

DISPLAY

 

HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S4 Display

Another area where the two phones differ is their displays. Samsung has of course used a super AMOLED display as with its other high-end phones, while HTC used the LCD-type. The Galaxy’s screen is also slightly bigger than the HTC and uses a newer generation of Gorilla glass panel.

In terms of display resolution, both phones have 1080p displays, but since the HTC has a smaller screen, it does offer higher pixel density values.

 

  Samsung Galaxy S4 HTC ONE
  Type Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors Super LCD3 capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Corning Gorilla Glass 2
  Size 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.0 inches (~441 ppi pixel density) 1080 x 1920 pixels, 4.7 inches (~469 ppi pixel density)

 


 

CAMERA

HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S4 camera

The camera department is also another area where the two phones went their separate ways. Although both devices are capable of capturing 1080p videos and both have 2-megapixel front cameras, their main cameras are completely different from each other.

Samsung went the traditional route with a massive 13-megapixel sensor for its main camera which it equipped with an array of features and other improvements. HTC meanwhile employed a smaller 4-megapixel sensor. Although smaller in size than the one found in the Galaxy S4, HTC said that their “ultrapixel” camera can provide higher quality images as it gathers 300 percent more light than traditional camera sensors.

Just like the Samsung Galaxy S4, the camera on the HTC One is equipped with a number of features, the most notable of which is HTC Zoe.

  Samsung Galaxy S4 HTC ONE
 Primary        Camera 13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash 4 MP, 2688 x 1520 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
 Camera      Features Dual Shot, Simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization, HDR 1/3'' sensor size, 2µm pixel size, simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, optical image stabilization
  Video Supported, 1080p@30fps, dual-video rec. Supported, 1080p@30fps, HDR, stereo sound rec., video stabilization
 Secondary  Camera Supported, 2 MP,1080p@30fps, dual video call Supported, 2.1 MP, 1080p@30fps, HDR

 


 

PERFORMANCE

HTC One vs Samsung SGS4 performance

In terms of performance, both phones have relatively the same specs. Both will run on Android Jelly Bean, and although the Galaxy S4 has a more updated version, HTC promises that it will also update the One in the near future.

When it comes processing power, the consumers have two options with the Galaxy S4, one is with a traditional Qualcomm chipset with 4 cores and the other an Exynos chip with 8 cores (although it’s good to note that the phones uses only 4 cores at a time). The HTC One on the other hand uses a quad-core processor.

Also, if you’re a content junkie, the HTC One doesn’t support memory expansion in contrast to the Samsung Galaxy S4 in which users can add up to 64GB of memory through a microSD card.

  Samsung Galaxy S4 HTC ONE
  OS Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) Android OS, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
  Chipset Exynos 5 Octa 5410 Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600
  CPU Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 Quad-core 1.7 GHz Krait 300
  GPU PowerVR SGX 544MP3 Adreno 320
  Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, temperature, humidity, gesture Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
  Card slot microSD, up to 64 GB Unsupported
  Internal 16/32/64 GB storage, 2 GB RAM 32/64 GB, 2 GB RAM
  GPS Supported, with A-GPS support and GLONASS Supported, with A-GPS support and GLONASS

 


 

CONNECTIVITY, BATTERY AND PRICE

As for the phones’ connectivity features, both the Galaxy S4 and One pack the usual features found in most high-end smartphones. As for battery, Samsung packed the S4 with a little bit more juice by using a slightly bigger removable battery in contrast to HTC’s non-removable power pack.

And when it comes to price, both devices being flagship models command steep prices. Both the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One will retail north of $600.

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Samsung Galaxy S4</td>
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HTC ONE</td>
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WLAN</td>
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Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot</td>
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Wi-Fi 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot</td>
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Bluetooth</td>
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Supported, v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, LE</td>
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Supported, v4.0 with A2DP</td>
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NFC</td>
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Supported</td>
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Supported (Market dependent)</td>
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Supported</td>
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Supported</td>
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Supported, microUSB v2.0 (MHL 2)</td>
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Supported, microUSB v2.0 (MHL)</td>
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Battery Life</td>
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Li-Ion 2600 mAh battery</td>
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Non-removable Li-Po 2300 mAh battery</td>
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Price</td>
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590 Euro</td>
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600 Euro</td>
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  Samsung Galaxy S4 HTC ONE
  WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
  Bluetooth Supported, v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, LE Supported, v4.0 with A2DP
  NFC Supported Supported (Market dependent)
  Infrared port Supported Supported
  USB Supported, microUSB v2.0 (MHL 2) Supported, microUSB v2.0 (MHL)
  Battery Life Li-Ion 2600 mAh battery Non-removable Li-Po 2300 mAh battery
  Price Approx. 800+ AUD Approx. 700 AUD

 

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