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Samsung Galaxy S 4 vs HTC One

Just a few hours ago Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S 4, its flagship smartphone for the year 2013. It’s not the revolutionary update that everyone hoped for but it does refine the ideas Samsung execut

Just a few hours ago Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S 4, its flagship smartphone for the year 2013. It’s not the revolutionary update that everyone hoped for but it does refine the ideas Samsung executed with the Galaxy S III with surgical precision. Now HTC also has pulled all the stops with its One and its being lauded for its hardware. We have compiled a detailed comparison of both the devices to paint better picture. Read on to find out more.
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HTC since last year has been churning out stupendous displays. The One is no exception and it flaunts a 4.7-inch S-LCD3 panel with a resolution of 1080p converting to 468 PPi. The Galaxy S 4 sticks with Samsung’s Super AMOLED technology for its 5-inch panel converting to 441 PPi. The Galaxy S 4 display has a PenTile layout, however at such extreme resolutions this is an non-issue, but the advantage of Samsung’s display tech is that it sips power more frugally and it has unparallel blacks. This one remains a stalemate and depends on the users preferences, but Samsung’s success in the market has proven that consumers like its display technology over standard LCD technology that is used in the HTC One. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 Bespoke Edition in-pics: This is the most customisable Galaxy device you can get

Processor

The HTC One is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz. The Galaxy S 4 will use the same processor in the US, but internationally, it will use Samsung’s own Exynos Octa 5 8-core CPU which is clocked at 1.6GHz. The Qualcomm chipset is based on its own ‘Krait’ architecture, while the Exynos chips leverages ARM’s big.LITTLE design which has four Cortex A15 and four Cortex A7 cores. Performance should be quite similar, though we don’t have benchmarks to properly compare. Going by the designs we’d guess the Exynos Octa 5 to be slightly better with performance, but Qualcomm chipsets have always had the edge in battery life.  Both devices also do have 2GB of RAM.

Graphics

The Galaxy S 4 using the Exynos chip will use a PowerVR SGX544 chipset which is very similar to the GPU used in the third generation iPad. This means we should expect stunning graphics from the Galaxy S 4. The HTC One on the other hand will use the Adreno 320 GPU which is an robust performer, but we think that the Galaxy S 4 will hold a slight edge over it.

Camera

HTC made a big deal about its 4-megapixel UltraPixel camera on the One. It even added optical image stabilization like the Nokia Lumia 920, but recent reviews have proved that the results are not consistent and the images are soft and at times the images suffer because of the lack of resolution. That said, for social networks and the web the images are reportedly better than the competition and the low-light performance is amongst the best.

The Galaxy S 4 has a more standard 13-megapixel camera with a f/2.2 aperture. It uses Sony’s new Exmor RS sensor and its basically a more traditional camera. Samsung has really innovated on the software side of thing and has literally thrown in the kitchens sink. Numerous features have been taken from the Galaxy Camera and features like Dual-Shot, Drama Shot, Cinema Shot, Sound Shot, Beauty Shot, Eraser and Story Album punctuate its photography prowess.

As for the front cameras, both have 2-megapixel cameras, but Samsung really uses the front camera for a number of software related eye tracking features something HTC does not do.

Industrial Design

We don’t even have to look at either of the devices to declare a winner. The HTC One wins this battle by a massive margin with its aluminium chiseled exoskeleton. It’s even better than the iPhone 5. With the Galaxy S 4, Samsung continues its love affair with plastic which admittedly is vastly improved over the Galaxy S III and now has a new patterned back, but it cannot hold a candle in front of the HTC One in terms of pure elegance and strength.

That said, the Galaxy S 4 has a removable battery cover and it is offered in 16/32/64GB variants and can also be expanded via a microSD card slot. The HTC One only offers 32GB of onboard storage that cannot be expanded.

Battery

The Galaxy S 4 has a 2,600-mAh battery, while the HTC One has a 2,300-mAh battery. Technically, this variance may be due to the larger display on the Galaxy S 4, but the biggest advantage for the Galaxy S 4 remains the removable battery cover so that one can pop in a different battery once out of juice. The same cannot be said of the HTC One. Apart from this the Galaxy S 4 also supports wireless charging.

Software

If HTC was victorious in hardware, then Samsung takes the cake with the software. Samsung has lined up an entourage of features and also it runs a newer version of Android – Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The HTC One still is stuck on Android 4.1. Camera aside, the Galaxy S 4 is littered with a laundry list of new software features like S-Health, S-Translate, Air View, Air Gesture, Knox, Group Play, S-Voice Drive and many more.

HTC on the other hand has just overhauled its Sense UI and added a flipboard style feature called BlinkFeed. Beats Audio makes an appearance and there is also a BoomSound feature for better quality audio.

Features Samsung Galaxy S 4 HTC One
Display 5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED HD, PenTile Matrix, 441 PPi 4.7-inch 1080p S-LCD 3, 468 PPi
Processor Samsung Exynos Octa 5 8-core CPU clocked at 1.6GHz, PowerVR SGX544 GPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz, Adreno 320 GPU
RAM 2GB 2GB
Camera 13-megapixel camera, 1080p video, 2-megapixel front facing camera 4-megapixel UltraPixel camera, 1080p video, 2-megapixel front facing camera with a wide angle lens
Memory 16/32/64 GB 32 GB
Battery 2,600-mAh 2,300-mAh
OS Android 4.2 with TouchWiz Nature UX Android 4.1 with HTC Sense 5
Connectivity Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, HSPA+ and LTE in selected markets Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, HSPA+ and LTE in selected markets
Wireless Charging Yes No
IR Blaster Yes Yes
Software Features S-Health, S-Translate, Air View, Air Gesture, Knox, Group Play, S-Voice Drive,Dual-Shot, Drama Shot, Cinema Shot, Sound Shot, Beauty Shot, Eraser and Story Album HTC BlinkFeed and HTC Zoe Camera, Beats Audio, BoomSound, HTC Watch
Dimensions 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm 137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm
microSD card slot Yes up to 64GB No
NFC Yes Yes
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  • Published Date: March 15, 2013 12:48 PM IST
  • Updated Date: March 15, 2013 12:52 PM IST



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