HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z

Sony Xperia Z and the HTC One will be one of the main flagship competitors this season, so a thorough comparison is warranted to help you choose.

The HTC One flaunts novel ideas like the UltraPixel camera and stereo speaker system at the front, to which the Xperia Z responds with a thin and light waterproof body, so which one is for you? Read on to find out...


The phones weigh about the same, but One is shorter and narrower than the Xperia Z, which should help for better one-handed control, if its pretty aluminum unibody wasn't so slippery compared to the rubberized edges of Sony's phone, that allow for a much better grip. Moreover, the rubbery feeling of the Xperia Z has a perfectly good reason to be there, as the phone is waterproof, if you are looking for rugged before pretty, and still thinner than the One, despite the watertight body.

HTC, however, has graced the One with a timeless precision-cut aluminum chassis that sticks out like a sore thumb in the sea of plastic Androids. Not only that, but we get two amplified stereo speakers at the front, and also an IR blaster integrated in the power/lock button up top.

This same button Sony has placed in round metal form on the right where it belongs, directly under your thumb, while you have to stretch each time to reach it on the One. The overly thin volume rocker of the Z, however, is right smack in the middle of the right side, making it uncomfortable to feel and press, compared to the jagged one-piece metal key of the HTC One.


Both handsets sport Full HD 1080x1920 pixels displays, with the HTC One having a slight edge in pixel density, as it sports a 4.7” panel, compared to the 5-incher on the Xperia Z. The pixel densities, however, are more than you need, and not the main advantage of the HTC One's display before the screen on the Xperia Z.

The colors and contrast of the 5” panel in the Xperia Z look much worse than on the HTC One. Even when looked at head-on, the Xperia Z exhibits washed-out tones and pretty greyish blacks in comparison to the vibrant colors and high contrast ratio of the One. Tilt the Z even a little, and the picture becomes significantly paler and even more washed-out, whereas the One sports one of the best viewing angles we've seen on a mobile display. Thus the screen on HTC's phone excels in everything compared to the one in the Xperia Z, save for the all-important brightness category, where both phones are pretty close, with a slight advantage of the HTC One in terms of outdoor visibility.

HTC One 360-Degrees View:

Sony Xperia Z 360-Degrees View:



1. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

"The One is ran by the newest generation Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor, clocked at 1.5 GHz," Clocked at 1.7

9. wendygarett unregistered

I wish the phone can clocked lower, in order to save some battery :)

74. phonemirer

Posts: 111; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

actually you can with root + setcpu app

87. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

Not always at 1.7 :) Fluctuates depending on CPU intensity. Just like any cpu that has been around for years now.

43. Daniel.P

Posts: 127; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

Fixed, cheers ;)

58. amiroo

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

both software and hardware htc one smock z.. great job HTC.. it beats Competitors one after another.. this handpeace deserve to be best phone this year.. c`mon htc and bering for us another surprise by new tablet..

92. aditia

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

WHAT IRONIC!!!! HOW YOU CAN SAY THAT XPERIA Z GOT WASHED OUT VS HTC ONE? CHECK THISSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! search on youtube :HTC One vs. Sony Xperia Z : HD video streaming Blue, Green, Red, Yellow and white on Sony more vibrant!!!! or YOU WANNA SAY SONY OVERSATURATED than HTC?????!!!!!

102. Rishin17

Posts: 24; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

We need not watch any videos.. . .when u use the xperia z in ur hand.. Ul see for urself what a horrible screen it is as compared To the htc one..the only thing goin for xperia z(as sony ppl say) is d bravia engine2 : Which reduces noise when watching videos or photos.. In any case practically when u use the phones in ur hand overall..the screen of d htc one is far far better than d xperia z

2. sonofzeus

Posts: 95; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

I had hands on with both the devices .The Display of the HTC one looks better than xperia z

15. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013


22. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

haha, more dislikes coming.. they cant accept the washout and bad viewing angles of their xperia Z that after 2 days and days it will be dead :D

94. dil2abu

Posts: 315; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

98. TMach unregistered

Perhaps you should watch this then!

99. TMach unregistered

Whoops....think again! Both great screens but do make informed comments. Evidence is per link below...

3. wendygarett unregistered

Currently own a one x, and I don't see a reason to take another HTC phone as my second phone, don't get me wrong, I love HTC, especially that killing diamonds cut makes me mouth watering, not to mention that boomsound, and I use friendstream 24/7 and I wish I can use blinkfeed 24/7 as well... unfortunately, holding second HTC phone makes me looks like a sheeple :( I will get Xperia z this October and I swear I will get it :)

12. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

i might wait till the next nexus

19. wendygarett unregistered

If the next nexus is a water resistance phone, I take it :)

25. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

No,it doesn't make you a fanboy nor a sheep if you'll keep buying the same brand it's just a matter of preference. You'll get blink feed on your next software update. Anyways, enjoy getting the z

50. wendygarett unregistered

You don't understand, sheeple us not you define yourself but the people who define you... some people love Apple product and keep collecting it every year, it's just a matter of preference too... But still I define them sheeple :) honestly, they are multibillion company, we don't owe their loyalty, utilise the beauty of choice, this is android anyway :)

69. TerryCrowley

Posts: 194; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

You're dumb. People call them sheep because of WHY they buy Apple products. Sheep are the people who buy Apple products not for their specs or software or anything that the device actually has to offer over the competition but simply because it's made by Apple.

71. wendygarett unregistered

Wow, I bring HTC one x and HTC one on the table and say, look I have two phones... and compare to I bring HTC one x and Sony Xperia z on the table... Which one is more sheeple? Again my emphasis, I don't owe any company loyalty, once I bought Xperia z, my third phone won't be a Sony....

73. TerryCrowley

Posts: 194; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

Neither are for sheeps. Sheeps buy products not by their specs or software offerings but simply because of it's brand or status as a fashion symbol/trend. Hence why people call Apple fanboys sheep. Just because you buy three consecutive Samsung devices in a row doesn't mean you're a sheep. It depends WHY you bought that. If you used actual logic and reasoning or blind following, like SHEEP. If a device is clearly better in terms of hardware and software then it wouldn't make you a sheep to buy it over it's competition, regardless if you bought it's predecessor. Maybe the language barrier is why you're so dumb. What language do you need me to speak for you to understand?

89. wendygarett unregistered

Once again I don't loyal to every company, I want choices!!!

86. Rishin17

Posts: 24; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

May be she is a goat ;)

27. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Getting Xperia Z in this October... What planet are you living on seriously?

40. wendygarett unregistered

A planet that full of mermaids :) that's why I need water resistance phone duh...

65. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

I still don't get you, sometimes you are a die-hard Apple fan, some weeks ago a Samsung fan and now you will get a Sony phone? lol

4. istitch

Posts: 181; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

compare the one with ZL, ZL is cheaper yet compact.

5. Lyngdoh

Posts: 319; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

Htc One should be compared with xperia ZL.

7. smallworld

Posts: 523; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Yeah they are more similar.

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