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?


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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  • Display 5.0 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera) 2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 2GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh
  • OS Android 5.0 Lollipop
One
  • Display 4.7 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP (Single camera) 2.1 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 2GB RAM
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Xperia Z
  • Display 5.0 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13.1 MP (Single camera) 2.2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 2GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 2330 mAh
  • OS Android 5.1 Lollipop

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