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Samsung Galaxy S 4 vs HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z specs comparison

Oh, the horror! If you thought that your contract is expiring soon, and you'll be just frolicking into a carrier shop to pick the next best thing in the smartphone universe, this season you are in for a surprise.

That's because there are actually a few "next best things", and you can't really pick a clear winner this time around, as they are so close. The just-announced Samsung Galaxy S 4, the HTC One and the Sony Xperia Z will be hitting shops en masse this spring, so which one could you get based on the specs table below?

Even the first glimpse at it reveals that all three are extremely compact for the screen size and what they offer. Samsung Galaxy S 4 has the largest battery, but is the lightest, and despite its 5" display, is shorter than the aluminum HTC One, and also thinner. It's as thin as the Xperia Z, but let's not forget that Sony's phone is also waterproof for a good measure.

Each of these has some unique hardware features, too - the Galaxy S 4 comes with a one-of-a-kind 1080p AMOLED display and a bucketload of sensors, including for temperature, the HTC One sports an amplified dual-speaker system at the front, and the Z you can dunk in your bathtub, so which do you think will be winning hearts and minds by the time the holiday warriors appear?

Samsung Galaxy S 4 vs HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z specs comparison

DESIGN



OSAndroid (4.2.2)Android (4.1.2) Sense 5.0 UIAndroid (4.1.2)
Dimensions5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 inches (136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm)5.41 x 2.69 x 0.37 inches (137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm)5.47 x 2.80 x 0.31 inches (139 x 71 x 7.9 mm)
Weight4.59 oz (130 g)
the average is 4.3 oz (123 g)
5.04 oz (143 g)
the average is 4.3 oz (123 g)
5.15 oz (146 g)
the average is 4.3 oz (123 g)
Rugged  Water (Water), Dust proof
IP certified  IP 57
ColorsBlack, WhiteBlack, Red, WhiteBlack, Purple, White
DISPLAY
Physical size5.0 inches4.7 inches5.0 inches
Resolution1080 x 1920 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density
441 ppi468 ppi443 ppi
Technology
Super AMOLEDS-LCD 3TFT

BATTERY
Talk time  11.00 hours
the average is 10 h (607 min)
Stand-by time  22.9 days (550 hours)
the average is 18 days (425 h)
Talk time (3G)  14.00 hours
the average is 9 h (529 min)
Stand-by time (3G)  22.1 days (530 hours)
the average is 24 days (573 h)
Music playback  40.00 hours
Video playback  5.50 hours
Capacity2600 mAh2300 mAh2330 mAh
Type Li - Polymer 
Not user replaceable Yes 
HARDWARE
System chip
Exynos 5 OctaQualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064TQualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064
Processor
8-core, 1600 MHz, ARM Cortex-A15Quad core, 1700 MHz, Krait 300Quad core, 1500 MHz, Krait
Graphics processorPowerVR SGX544MP3Adreno 320Adreno 320
System memory
2048 MB RAM (Dual-channel) / LPDDR32048 MB RAM (Dual-channel) / LPDDR32048 MB RAM (Dual-channel)
Built-in storage16 GB32 GB16 GB
Maximum User Storage 26 GB 
Storage expansionmicroSD, microSDHC up to 64 GB microSD, microSDHC up to 32 GB
CAMERA
Camera13 megapixels4 megapixels13.1 megapixels
FlashLEDLEDLED
Aperture size F2.0 
Focal length (35mm equivalent) 28mm 
FeaturesBack-illuminated sensor (BSI), Auto focus, Face detection, Smile detection, Geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Panorama, Scenes, Effects, Self-timer, Voice activationBack-illuminated sensor (BSI), Auto focus, Optical image stabilization, Burst mode, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Panorama, Scenes, Effects, Self-timerBack-illuminated sensor (BSI), Auto focus, Touch to focus, Digital image stabilization, Face detection, Geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Panorama, Scenes, Effects, Self-timer
Camcorder1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD)1920x1080 (1080p HD)
Recording format  MPEG4
FeaturesVideo callingVideo calling, Optical image stabilization, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)Video calling, Digital image stabilization, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)
Front-facing camera2 megapixels2.1 megapixels2.2 megapixels
Video capture 1920x1080 (1080p HD)1920x1080 (1080p HD)1920x1080 (1080p HD)
TECHNOLOGY
CDMA
 800, 1900 MHz 
GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 2100 MHz
LTE 800 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2600 MHz800 MHz, 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2600 MHz
DataLTE Cat3 Downlink 100 Mbit/s, LTE Cat3/4 Uplink 50 Mbit/s, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRSLTE, HSPA (unspecified), UMTS, EDGE, GPRSLTE Cat3 Downlink 100 Mbit/s, LTE Cat3/4 Uplink 50 Mbit/s, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS

OTHER FEATURES



SensorsAccelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Thermometer, Barometer, Humidity, GestureAccelerometer, Gyroscope, CompassAccelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass

AVAILABILITY
Officially announced14 Mar 201319 Feb 201307 Jan 2013
Scheduled release
April 2013 (Official)

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posted on 14 Mar 2013, 19:59 39

1. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


HTC one or Xperia Z for me - prefer design over continuity

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 20:15 13

7. _PHug_ (Posts: 444; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)


design? you dumas they are all rectangles

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 20:16 43

11. rgxVOiD (Posts: 440; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


What do you want them to be? Triangles?

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 21:10 6

37. pyradark (Posts: 864; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


its not about the shape but on how the executed the design and materials to make it beutiful you dumb!!!

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 03:22 1

61. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


SGS4 back to past PLASTIC Bodies not even though plastic but cheapest one that chinese products have on their 3rd grade products for lowest possible market

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 21:42 3

43. daftastic (Posts: 87; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)


You got owned by rgxVOiD. You're the dumbass.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 10:50

67. iBananaScoop (Posts: 13; Member since: 28 May 2012)


I had to lol at this... Thumbs up for the laughter in the comment xD

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 20:15 14

10. daddysbeenabadgirl (Posts: 157; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


People need to stop the DEEP fanboyism.

Honestly all these phones are all amazing and are equal on many levels. To me there is NO clear choice winner or top dog. Each have certain characteristics/features that seperate them and make them great. Be glad you have many choices now a days.

To each their own.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 20:17 2

14. rgxVOiD (Posts: 440; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


"To each their own"
I'm afraid that ^that is something not a lot of people understands

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 21:20

41. daddysbeenabadgirl (Posts: 157; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


S4=HTC ONE=XPERIA Z>NOTE 2> NEXUS 4>S3>IPHONE 5=LG INTUITION

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 22:25 2

52. iDroid8 (Posts: 155; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


remove the xperia z, its more comparable to OG and DNA-released in 2012
Should be like S4=OGpro=H1>XZ and many others

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 20:22 8

16. dynamo.one (Posts: 63; Member since: 14 Feb 2013)


that TFT screen is a joooke!

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 20:29

17. rgxVOiD (Posts: 440; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


and my point was proven, moments later

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 20:32 3

19. moslondon (Posts: 24; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


yeah... Samsung did not surprise me this time

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 22:16 3

49. Scientist (Posts: 19; Member since: 22 Oct 2012)


Why are people so obsessed with the design? Aren't you gonna use a case anyways? I agree gs4 looks like bigger version of s3 and has the worst design of all but in terms of features and specs s4 stands at the top.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 02:11 3

59. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


one all the way.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 20:00 9

2. tiara6918 (Posts: 2075; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Looks like sammy removed the other color options, did it not sell well on s3 and note 2? Anyways, that battery life is amazing, the phone can last much longer now

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 20:15 4

9. rgxVOiD (Posts: 440; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


Probably will come later

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 20:04 30

3. nobelset (Posts: 270; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


Galaxy s4 for the specs monster and functionality , HTC one for the entertainment lover and xperia Z for the adventurous people. Gotta love android.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 20:54

33. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


100% agree

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 20:05 8

4. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


I am eyeing XZ after 4 months for 3 reasons:

(1) Currently they seem to have some issues as devices are going dead.
(2) To see if they do deliver S/W upgrade.
(3) Price would sink faster as compared to SAME-sung and HTC

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 20:09 1

5. nobelset (Posts: 270; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


Cmon dude, they added a freaking thermometer. How is that the same? XD

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 21:44 1

44. daftastic (Posts: 87; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)


A thermometer you probably wouldn't use. It's useless if you can't dunk the S4 in water to check how hot/cold it is. I don't have a single idea how you can use the thermometer actually. So it's another useless feature.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 22:04 1

47. Jack58221 (Posts: 154; Member since: 23 Feb 2013)


Someone say rectal =-O
Actually there are plenty of times where a thermometer would be nice... but with all the other ways that Samsung failed to write us someone in Korea will be receiving a gs4 rectally.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 20:12 22

6. bojan (Posts: 188; Member since: 06 Oct 2012)


HTC ONE IS BEST

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 20:16 18

12. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


HTC ONE AND XPERIA Z THE BEST!

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 20:38 8

24. rgxVOiD (Posts: 440; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


Not really. They all have good point and bad point that makes them different.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 22:19 1

50. Lboogey6 (Posts: 281; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)


Why is the one the best ? Last year people cried how awesome the one x was ...fail lso why the one please answerr that instead of just shouting one

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 20:15 9

8. henrickrw (Posts: 408; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


S4 ecxel the competiton with a better battery (removable) and killer specifications

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 20:37 1

21. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Yes removal battery is a plus. My Wife's phone we thought went dead but before deciding to buy a new one told her to get a new battery and check ... and it worked ... so removable battery is definitely a big PLUS point. Actually this keep pushing me towards SAME-sung all the time :)

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