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Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. HTC One vs. Sony Xperia Z – the 1080p gladiator showdown

The Galaxy S 4 is now official, and Samsung has set its eyes on the Android throne once again, ambitiously aiming to beat the records set by the Galaxy S III.

The competition for Samsung this year is a lot tougher than it was in 2012, though. Early in the year, Sony unveiled the breathtaking Xperia Z and set up the rules of the 5″ smartphone game. Then came in HTC with the really sllek One, boasting an amazing display and an interesting camera offering. How will the Galaxy S4 stack up?

That’s what we’re going to answer using our traditional table comparison.

The Galaxy S4 has a lot going for it. The headliners are, naturally, the raw power under its hood, the 5″ Super AMOLED display and a slew of software features courtesy of the latest TouchWiz UI. Powering Samsung’s latest Android gladiator is the world’s first eight-core processor – the Exynos 5410 Octa. Its four 1.6GHz Cortex-A15 cores are up and ready to give maximum performance, while the four Cortex-A7 cores, running up to 1.2GHz each, are there to maximize battery life.

The HTC One is armed with a quad-core Krait 300 processor in the Snapdragon 600 chipset, while the Xperia Z is now sitting in the corner with what feels like ancient technology in the face of the Snapdragon APQ8064 chipset.

As we’ve said before, 2013 is pretty much the year of the Full HD smartphones, and the Galaxy S 4 joins the race with an unique 5″ Super AMOLED HD offering. It packs a 441 pixels per inch, which matches the Xperia Z’s somewhat disappointing TFT display, but fails to even come close to the 4.7″ display of the One, which packs the insane 469 pixels per inch.

Nevertheless, what both devices lack in power, certainly catch up in the looks department. Both the Xperia Z and One are nothing short of gorgeous and have really raised the bar of Android smartphone design. Samsung, as it happens, is pretty satisfied with the looks of the Galaxy S III and hasn’t changed the design of its successor all that much.

Anyhow, check out the rest of the specs battle going on in the comparison table below.

 
Galaxy S4
HTC One
Sony Xperia Z
OS
Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
Display
5"
Super AMOLED HD
4.7" Super LCD 3
5.0" TFT
Resolution
1920 x 1080
(441 ppi)
1920 x 1080
(469 ppi)
1920 x 1080
(441 ppi)
Height
Width
Thickness
136.6 mm
69.8 mm
7.9 mm
137.4 mm
68.2 mm
9.3 mm
139 mm
71 mm
7.9 mm
Weight
130 grams
143 grams
146 grams
Processor
Exynos 5410 Octa 1.6GHz
Quad-core Cortex-A15
Quad-core Cortex-A7
Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600
Quad-core 1.7 GHz Krait 300
Qualcomm MDM9215M / APQ8064
Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait
GPU
PowerVR SGX544MP3
Adreno 320
Adreno 320
RAM
2GB
2GB
2GB
Storage
16GB / 32GB / 64GB
32GB / 64GB
16GB
microSD card slot
Yes, up to 64GB
No
Yes, up to 32GB
Primary camera
13 MP, 4128×3096 pixels,
autofocus, LED flash, 1080p@30fps, HDR, video stabilization
Simultaneous HD video and image recording
4 MP UltraPixels, 2688×1520 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, 1080p@30fps, HDR, video stabilization,
Simultaneous HD video and image recording
 13.1 MP, 4128×3096 pixels
autofocus, LED flash, 1080p@30fps, HDR, video stabilizer,
continuous autofocus, video light,
Simultaneous HD video and image recording
Front camera
2MP
1080p@30fps
2,1MP
1080p@30fps,
HDR
2.2MP
1080p@30fps
Battery
Li-Ion 2600 mAh
Li-Po 2300 mAh
Li-Ion 2330 mAh
Wi-Fi
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
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth
Yes, v4.0 with A2DP, EDR
Yes, v4.0 with A2DP
Yes, v4.0 with A2DP
Network
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100
LTE 800 / 1800 / 2600
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
LTE (market dependent)
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – C6602, C6603
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100 – C6603
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 – C6602
LTE 800 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600 – C6603
NFC
Yes
Yes (Market dependent)
Yes
Speakers
Mono
Stereo speakers
Mono
Availability
April, 2013
March, 2013
March, 2013

In summary, the Galaxy S 4 has a slight edge over the HTC One, while the Sony Xperia Z’s early arrival on the market is starting to cost it (the technology its competitors employ simply wasn’t available at the time) And while the Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One battle seems balanced, it might be the HTC flagship production issues that give the Samsung smartphone the victory. Only time will tell we guess.

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