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HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S4 – hardware and technical comparison

HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S4 – hardware and technical comparison


As we have already evaluated the design and display proprieties of these devices we can go further now with HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S4  technical specifications.

Software extras

Samsung Galaxy S4 runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system, and uses TouchwizUI.
HTC One is an Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean mobile using HTC Sense 5.0 UI.
HTC Sense 5.0 UI is much more simple and straight forward but S4 still has a later version of Androids Jelly Bean OS. On the HTC One we have the new BlinkFeed interface, which takes center stage in the new UI. It is a kind of Flipboard interface that displays all the news and updates you want to follow from your social networks and more. If you want to keep it simple and not use BlinkFeed, you can also have a typical Android UI with icons and widgets.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is all a user can dream regarding settings, fine-tunes and toggles spotted all over the place and definitely has the proper hardware to support all that. One the other hand BlinkFeed is very simple, familiar and intuitive, so any unskilled user will not fell lost, but there are more enthusiastic, passionate users who prefer exotic software features of Galaxy S4’s Touch Wiz.


Samsung Galaxy S4 is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core 1.9GHz processor and HTC One features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core 1.7GHz processor.
The S4 processor would be either a Samsung Exynos 5, or a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, depending on the region. Apparently in the US, S4 will feature a 1.9GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and other markets will get a 1.6Ghz Exynos 5 octa-core processor. The Samsung Galaxy S4 has a bit faster
processor than the HTC One and some says the battery is more efficient than the
HTC One (because of its processor).

What about the camera – pictures and video?

Samsung Galaxy S4 is featuring a 13MP rear camera with autofocus, LED flash and HD 1080p video, 2MP front-facing camera.
HTC One is shooting with a 4 Ultrapixel camera with autofocus, LED Flash and HD 1080p video, 2.1MP front-facing camera.

Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One have a different approach on photography technics. The One comes with a special sensor having big pixels and dedicated chip for image processing. Galaxy S4 is devoted to the traditional smartphone’s photo technics with high-resolution camera and advanced software processing.

How is HTC One’s 4 Ultra Pixels camera facing the 13 megapixels shooter of Samsung Galaxy S 4? HTC has already spoken about the benefits of the One’s camera in noisy environments and is now explaining how powerful the Ultrapixel is, despite of its 4 Ultrapixel.

It seems the 4 Ultrapixel sensor measures one-third of an inch, having the same size as the sensors we find in other phones such as the 8-megapixel Iphone and Nokia Lumnia 920. HTC claims that fewer megapixels on the same-size sensor means that each individual pixel is actually larger, letting in more light and producing better photos in low-light conditions. The 4 Ultrapixel sensor of HTC One offers enough megapixels to please the most mobile photographers and brings a plus for the low-light photos. Also HTC Zoe features found in HTC Sense 5.0 UI, allows users to shoot video and photos at the same time. HTC Zoe is also great for making a cool collection of shots with Zoe and Highlights, making the editing process very easy after the shot. It’s also faster than the S4 when taking pictures, especially when is set in a special mode and the OIS (optical image stabilizer) is really awesome to have.

Comparing to that, the Galaxy S4 also comes with an attractive feature called Dual Camera, which lets users take photos using both cameras at the same time.
Despite all that HTC One’s camera is not really close to the level of the Samsung Galaxy S4 13MP shooter and 4 Ultrapixels can rather compete with 2010 flagships. Samsung Galaxy S4 is clearly better in daylight, producing sharper photos and better colors and the resolution is permitting you to crop your photos however you like.


Both the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One shoot 1080p videos at 30fps and the difference in video images quality between the two handsets is surprisingly smaller than in still photos. We even can say that HTC One is the winner of this round due to the much wider field of view and OI. Galaxy S4 is also capable of shooting great videos but you have to focus on having steady hands and assure to have enough space to take videos a step back distance. To be mentioned that Galaxy S4 has a slight advantage in shooting low-light videos.

Battery life and memory capacity

Samsung Galaxy S4 is empowered by a 2,600mAh battery while the HTC One is equipped with 2,300mAh battery. Theoretically the Samsung Galaxy S4 should have better battery life but it’s likely probable that S4 is pretty power hungry with so many hardware and software features.

Tests are showing that considering a basic usage of a smartphone, Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One are nearly on the same level, Samsung Galaxy S4’s battery lasting just 15 minutes longer which is an insignificant difference to feel in real life usage.
The endurance ratings suggest Samsung Galaxy S4 is the winner here, as the two smartphones differ mainly in their stand-by efficiency but given the fact that these smartphones’ users will be definitely active ones, in real-life, performance will be much closer.

Samsung Galaxy S4 is featuring 16/32/64GB of internal storage, up to 64GB by microSD card expansion while HTC One has 32GB/64GB of internal storage. Samsung Galaxy S4 should be the chosen one here, as it offers more storage options and up to 64GB of expandable storage via microSD. However HTC One 32GB model costs the same as the 16GB Samsung Galaxy S4, so users can get more internal storage in the same money with HTC. Although mostly we don’t find HTC having introduced microSd cards in its products, surprisingly the latest HTC One destined to China is equipped with microSD card slot and removable back cover. Still we dont’t have acces to the battery.


HTC One over Samsung Galaxy S:

– Design, incredible aluminum unibody;
– Optical Image Stabilization and image sensor with 2µm pixel size;
– HTC Zoe and BlinkFeed;
– Front stereo speakers, Beats Audio, FM Radio

Samsung Galaxy S4 over HTC One

– Smaller, thinner, lighter; larger screen which works with gloves and air gestures
– Higher resolution camera, 13MP vs. 4MP
– Newer Android version 4.2.2 Jelly Bean; Multi-window multitasking; exclusive software features;
– Higher clock speed chipset; user-replaceable battery of higher capacity; expandable storage;
– Additional sensors (barometer, thermometer, hygroscope);

HTC One is a premium device that feels premium and will probably end up making the most of us fall in love with it. Aluminum unibody is also a fashion accent suitable for any occasion and we bet that HTC One’s music and social networking features like Beats Audio, BlinkFeed, OIS and Zoe, will charm the young generation.

From another point of view Samsung Galaxy S4 shows that it’s the essence that matters as it won more of the key battles. The most important is to do how you fell because anyway you can’t get wrong with any of these two devices.

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