HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z vs Samsung Galaxy S III: spec comparison

HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z vs Samsung Galaxy S III: spec comparison
The HTC One has just been unveiled and it is a truly gorgeous device that also happens to be a powerhouse in terms of silicon and pure specs. It is one of the first devices to get unveiled by the big name phone makers in 2013 after Sony brought Xperia Z, but it still has to deal with last year’s competition.

And while we are still waiting for the elephant in the house, the Samsung Galaxy S IV, to arrive on March 14th in New York, we can still look at how the HTC One changes the existing phone landscape.

And it certainly does change it - with an HTC UltraPixel Camera with superior low-light performance, a unibody aluminum design, and a brand new version of HTC Sense on top of Android. You have probably already heard about all that, now take a look at the pure specs, the stuff that gets geeks excited, and the true backbone of any smartphone.

With a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, the HTC One can definitely stand its ground against all the rest. What is it facing as a competition right now? Take a look right below.

Device typeSmart phoneSmart phoneSmart phone
OSAndroid (4.1.2) Sense 5.0 UIAndroid (4.1.2)Android (4.1.2, 4.1.1, 4.0.4) TouchWiz UX UI
Form factorCandybarCandybarCandybar
Dimensions5.41 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)5.38 x 2.78 x 0.34 inches (136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm)
Weight5.04 oz (143 g)
the average is 4.4 oz (124 g)
5.15 oz (146 g)
the average is 4.4 oz (124 g)
4.69 oz (133 g)
the average is 4.4 oz (124 g)
Rugged Water (Water), Dust proof 
IP certified IP 57 
ColorsBlack, WhiteBlack, Purple, WhiteBlack, Brown, Pink, Blue, Red, White, Gray
Physical size4.7 inches5.0 inches4.8 inches
Resolution1080 x 1920 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density
468 ppi441 ppi306 ppi
Talk time 11.00 hours
the average is 10 h (579 min)
22.50 hours
the average is 10 h (579 min)
Stand-by time 22.9 days (550 hours)
the average is 19 days (459 h)
34.6 days (830 hours)
the average is 19 days (459 h)
Talk time (3G) 14.00 hours
the average is 8 h (508 min)
11.60 hours
the average is 8 h (508 min)
Stand-by time (3G) 22.1 days (530 hours)
the average is 24 days (577 h)
32.1 days (770 hours)
the average is 24 days (577 h)
Capacity2300 mAh2330 mAh2100 mAh
System chip
Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064TQualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064Samsung Exynos 4 (4412)
Quad core, 1700 MHz, Krait 300Quad core, 1500 MHz, KraitQuad core, 1400 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9
Graphics processorAdreno 320Adreno 320ARM Mali-400/MP4
System memory
2048 MB RAM (Dual-channel) / LPDDR32048 MB RAM (Dual-channel)1024 MB RAM (Dual-channel) / LPDDR2
Built-in storage32 GB16 GB32 GB
Maximum User Storage26 GB  
Storage expansion microSD, microSDHC up to 32 GBmicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXC up to 64 GB
Camera4 megapixels, Immobile13.1 megapixels, Immobile8 megapixels, Immobile
Aperture sizeF2.0 F2.6
Focal length (35mm equivalent)28mm  
Camcorder1920x1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)
Front-facing cameraYes2.2 megapixels1.9 megapixels
Video capture1920x1080 (1080p HD)1920x1080 (1080p HD) 



1. mydi.maus unregistered

galaxy s 3 is outdated...hahaha

3. alila2

Posts: 169; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

it will only be outdated when the S4 is out. htc one though is very nice looking phone ,but unfortunately it's way too big for 4.7 inch screen .

7. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

thanks god i didn't buy the gs3

17. s.mrabet

Posts: 147; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

For a phone that came out almost a year ago, i wouldnt call it outdated.

25. oister85 unregistered

Better than the z hahaha

29. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

It also cost more than the Z and Sony will release an updated z with a snapdragon 800 in a few months.

32. 007akshay

Posts: 37; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

hey is htc one 4 mega pixellll..........??????????????

34. nogetch

Posts: 11; Member since: Feb 23, 2013

Actually, 4 UltraPixels :)

2. kaliil10

Posts: 146; Member since: May 16, 2012

Nokia Lumia 920 vs HTC one camera comparison in lowlight.

13. rihel_95

Posts: 305; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Little wrong in Spec of HTC in Camera section PA. It should have been ULTRAPIXEL instead of Megapixel. Also add some more info coz a 4mp camera will be compared by users with 8mp and 13 mp!

4. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Wish they bring it to the market before GSIV.

30. yahoo29

Posts: 71; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

Coz if they dont bring it to the market early s4 will rule again >.

35. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I'm totally buying a HTC One to replace my aging EVO 4G as my personal phone. But let's be honest and realistic... The GS4 is going to crush the One because HTC doesn't have the marketing budget as Samsung or Apple. When it comes to building a brand name in a short time it's all about deep pockets for the marketing dept. HTC has been my favorite android hardware company since the G1 but they're just too small to really compete on a global marketing assault.

5. BadAssAbe

Posts: 508; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

i wish sony would have made the Xperia ZL thinner as well as smaller. I can get waterproof later. I love the Bezel on the Xperia ZL, It should be the new stander.

10. alila2

Posts: 169; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

i wish that too, the zl is still my phone of choice unless samsung manged to fit the 4.9 inch screen of the s4 in a body no bigger than the s3.

6. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

still i prefer Z over One

8. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

and the gs3 is going to be a mid-end smartphone. that's how this industry works...

9. mydi.maus unregistered

just kidding,comparing these two w/s3 wait till big brother (Galaxy s4) is release...the next game changer...

11. amiroo

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

hahaa z will be destoye by one..great job HTC..

12. amiroo

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Htc one has 1080p screen, optical image stabilizator, like lukia 920 does, hdr video on both cameras, slow motion, hdr microphone, ultrapixel camera, 32/64 Gigs, and the probably will offer extra storage on Dropbox, highest ever ppi468, dual speakers...

16. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

What is HDR microphone?

22. zviki

Posts: 13; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

hd recording?

14. Justsadd

Posts: 21; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

s3 still not so bad..haha ..king of the world

15. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Strange that the One is slightly bigger overall than the S3, but features a smaller screen. It's also bigger than the 5"-er Xperia ZL, so despite a "smaller screen" it's not really a more compact device. I dig the DNA more, has a better phone-screen ratio.

20. rizevnarastek

Posts: 349; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

The big stereo speakers kinda make up for it... and the in hand feel is much better than the rectangular Xperia Z so it actually feels slimmer. The usable screen space is like Xperia Z because the Z has software keys ;)

18. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

xperia z!

19. phones522

Posts: 94; Member since: Jan 27, 2010

The htc one also comes in red it on htc's website


Posts: 328; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

No harm in comparing it against the most popular android smartphone upto date.

23. LDnb6

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 05, 2013

its nice to see the xperia has fans some were but in the U.S you don't see them ( i have never personalty seen an xperia in real life) but one reason is it looks good on paper but real world it NEVER the best in any category. but on a bright note the ONE is looking like its the phone to beat right now

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31605; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The one is beast. I want this

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