HTC One vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 – Feature fight!

by Jerry D on February 19, 2013

If you rank the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S3 against each other, which one wins? Does the 4.7-inch screen on the One, best the Galaxy S3’s display? Is its quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor really that good? Can the 8.0MP camera on the Galaxy S3 deliver better results? These burning questions (and more besides) are answered in the table below.

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HTC One vs. Samsung Galaxy S3: stat-fight

Here’s how the two phones compare. If you you want more information on any of the technologies that you see mentioned, click on a highlighted term to find out more about it. Or view our FAQs.

HTC One VS Samsung Galaxy S3
Display 4.7-inch Super LCD3 4.8-inch Super AMOLED
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
(468.723 PPI)
720 x 1280 pixels
(306.042 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.7GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 1.4GHz quad core Exynos 4412
Software Android 4.1.2 Android 4.0.4
Storage 32 or 64GB internal, no expansion slot 16, 32 or 64 internal, microSD cards up to 64GB
Rear
camera
4.0 Megapixels with Ultrapixel image sensor, autofocus, LED flash, simultaneous HD video/image recording, face detection, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording 8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, image stabilization and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 2.1MP Yes, 1.9MP
4G LTE LTE
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/ac/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP 4.0 with A2DP and EDR
Size 68.2 x 137.4 x 9.3mm 70.6 x 136.6 x 8.6mm
Weight 143g 133g
Talktime TBC 12.0 hours
Standby TBC 790 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, TV-out, stereo speakers, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot functionality and Beats Audio GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, barometer, stereo FM radio with RDS, S-Voice, TV-out and Smart Stay eye-tracking

HTC One vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 analysis

You’ve seen the specs for the two phones above. But that doesn’t immediately tell you which one is technically superior. Here’s how this HTC One vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 fight plays out…

HTC One vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 – Connectivity

The core connectivity options on the One include NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/ac/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP. 4G is also supported. The Galaxy S3 has NFC, 3G/HSDPA, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP and EDR and 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi in its own connectivity package. More importantly, it supports 4G too.
— It’s a tie, a point to each phone (1-1)

HTC One vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 – Size/Weight

Let’s put the two phones side-by-side… The One has dimensions of 137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3mm; the Galaxy S3 is 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6mm. The One is the bulkier handset of the two. The One is slightly tubbier than the Galaxy S3, weighing in at 143g. The Galaxy S3 is 10g lighter at 133g. The Galaxy S3 gets its nose in front going into round #3.
— The Galaxy S3 wins (1-2)

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HTC One vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 – Camera/Video

First, let’s examine the One, which packs a 4.0 Megapixel camera with extras that include: a new Ultrapixel image sensor, autofocus, LED flash, simultaneous HD video/image recording, face detection, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording. There’s also a 2.1MP front camera for video chats and slightly blurrier self-portraits.

The Galaxy S3 KOs the One with an improved 8.0 Megapixel lens (3264 x 2448 max resolution), plus features such as: autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, image stabilization and 1080p video recording. An extra camera on the front is designed for video calling. The resolution is a creditable 1.9MP.
— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (2-3)

HTC One vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 – Display

Display size is key and the One features a roomy 4.7-inch (1080 x 1920) touch-sensitive Super LCD3 screen. This full HD panel has 2073600 pixels overall, which works out at a lofty 468.723 pixels per inch.

XXXX pointy arrow The HTC One features a 4.7-inch Super LCD3 display with a quoted resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 468.723.

The Galaxy S3′s touch-sensitive Super AMOLED display is slightly bigger, measuring 4.8 inches. But in this battle, it suffers from a lower HD screen resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. Compared to its rival, the pixels per inch (PPI) rating of this screen is 306.042.
— The One wins (3-3)

HTC One vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 – Processor

In terms of performance, inside the One there’s a quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chip, rated at 1.7GHz. The Galaxy S3 boasts a 1.4GHz quad core Exynos 4412 processor.
— The One wins (4-3)

Half-time: HTC One vs. Samsung Galaxy S3

Halfway through this fight, the One has opened up a slight 1-point lead. But there are some big rounds coming up, including software and battery life. Can the Galaxy S3 pull it back?

HTC One vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 – Software

— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (5-4)

HTC One vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 – Applications

— It’s a tie, the two phones share the points (6-5)

HTC One vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 – Storage

Time to compare storage. You can get the One in 32 or 64GB models. Not to be outdone, the Galaxy S3 also offers different storage capacities, namely 16, 32 or 64GB. They both come with the same amount of internal memory built-in. There’s no expansion slot on the One, so its storage can’t be extended. Whereas the storage capacity on Samsung’s phone can be expanded by up to 32GB via the built-in microSD slot.
— The Galaxy S3 wins (6-6)

HTC One vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 – Battery Life

We can’t score this round until we have full talk and standby time information for both phones.
— Tie. The One and the Galaxy S3 share the points (7-7)

HTC One vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 – Extras

— It’s a tie, one point each (8-8)

BPF verdict: It’s a tie! (8-8)

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