The flagship smartphone product segment is no different to any other – competition is fierce, something both Samsung and HTC are no doubt feeling. In this head-to-head, we’re putting the two new top-drawer smartphones up against each other - Samsung I9500 Galaxy S4 vs HTC One.
Overall performance is determined by the processor and here, the Samsung I9500 Galaxy S4 features a 1.6GHz Exynos 5 Octa 5410 CPU. Its HTC One rival revs along with a Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600 chip clocking along at up to 1.7GHz. The screen on the Samsung model is a Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen panel with resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels in a 5.0-inch chassis. Its competitor delivers a 1080 x 1920-pixel panel made from Super LCD3 capacitive touchscreen tech in a 4.7-inch display. With gaming so important in these devices, you’ll find the new HTC One gets an Adreno 320 graphics core and the Samsung I9500 Galaxy S4 runs through games on its PowerVR SGX 544MP3 integrated option. Processors don’t get far with enough RAM to keep them happy and here, the HTC One gets a 2 GB cache of memory to use; the Galaxy S4 also features 2 GB of RAM.
The HTC unit takes care of storage with 32/64 GB of flash whereas the Samsung can handle your favourite apps with the 16/32/64 GB of flash at its disposal. But we never find the internal storage enough, so you’ll get microSD, up to 64 GB available in the Galaxy S4; the HTC One also has no external storage option. The HTC One’s operating system comes courtesy of Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to 4.2.2 and Samsung unit is powered by Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) OS delivering your favourite apps.
Battery capacity is critical for a portable device and these two don’t disappoint with the HTC One featuring a decent 2300mAh Li-Polymer (non-removable)-type battery while the Galaxy S4 has a 2600mAh Li-Ion power source.
Quad-band coverage is the norm these days and here, you’ll find the HTC One does 2G over 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz bands and provides 3G coverage via 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz; the Galaxy S4 matches these exactly. Connectivity is important to both of these devices and starting with the HTC One, it features 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n-standard Wi-Fi. Its competitor has Wi-Fi covered also through its 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac support baked into the device. For more personal networking, the HTC One has this covered through its v4.0 with A2DP version of Bluetooth, so too, the Samsung I9500 Galaxy S4 with Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP ready to roll.
If you look at photography, the Samsung unit features a 13 MP (4128 x 3096 pixels) with autofocus-type image sensor on the back and a simpler 2 MP option on the front for personal shots. The HTC One competes with a forward-facing 2.1 MP option but takes its best quality photos with only a 4 MP (2688 x 1520 pixels) with autofocus image sensor on the back. The difference is that the HTC One features optical image stabilisation. If you want video capture, the Samsung I9500 Galaxy S4 supports up to 1080p@30fps; so does the HTC One.
All of those features are squeezed into a reasonably tight space with the HTC One measuring 137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm and weighing in at 143 grams. By contrast, the Samsung I9500 Galaxy S4 tips the scales at 130 grams and measures 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm. The Galaxy S4 was announced in March 2013 while the HTC One first appeared in February 2013.
As for pricing, you’ll find the Galaxy S4 at around the $US650 mark while the HTC One sells for roughly $US670.
NOTE: All specifications are subject to change and may not be correct at time of purchase. Please check before you buy any device that it meets your expectations and requirements.
|Model||Samsung I9500 Galaxy S4||HTC One|
|Processor||Exynos 5 Octa 5410||Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600|
|Clock||Up to 1.6GHz||Up to 1.7GHz|
|GPU type||PowerVR SGX 544MP3||Adreno 320|
|Screen size (inches)||5.0||4.7|
|Screen resolution||1080 x 1920 pixels||1080 x 1920 pixels|
|Screen type||Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen||Super LCD3 capacitive touchscreen|
|Operating system||Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)||Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to 4.2.2|
|RAM||2 GB||2 GB|
|Internal storage||16/32/64 GB||32/64 GB|
|External storage||microSD, up to 64 GB||No|
|Battery type||2600mAh Li-Ion||2300mAh Li-Polymer (non-removable)|
|- standby time||Up to 370 hours||Up to 500 hours|
|- talk time||Up to 17 hours||Up to 27 hours|
|Wi-Fi connectivity||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/ac/b/g/n|
|Bluetooth||v4.0 with A2DP||v4.0 with A2DP|
|2G coverage (MHz)||850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900||850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900|
|3G coverage (MHz)||850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100||850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100|
|Rear camera||13 MP (4128 x 3096 pixels) with autofocus||4 MP (2688 x 1520 pixels) with autofocus|
|Front camera||2 MP||2.1 MP|
|Video recording||Up to 1080p@30fps||Up to 1080p@30fps|
|Dimensions||136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm||137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm|
|Weight||130 grams||143 grams|
|Announce Date||March 2013||February 2013|
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