Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa-core) vs. HTC One – Heavyweight fight!

by Jerry D on March 15, 2013

Let’s analyse the merits of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One… Does the 5.0-inch screen on the Galaxy S4, outperform the One’s 4.7-inch display? Can the One snap great photos and record HD video? Find answers to these questions in the side-by-side comparison that follows.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. HTC One: 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.

Samsung Galaxy S4 VS HTC One
Display 5.0-inch Super AMOLED 4.7-inch Super LCD3
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
(440.6 PPI)
1080 x 1920 pixels
(468.723 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.6GHz eight core Exynos 5 Octa 5410 1.7GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600
Software Android 4.2.2 Android 4.1.2
Storage 16, 32 or 64GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB 32 or 64GB internal, no expansion slot
Rear
camera
13.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, face/smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, Dual Shot, Panorama and Drama Shot modes, simultaneous video/image recording and 1080p video capture 4.0 Megapixels with Ultrapixel image sensor, autofocus, LED flash, simultaneous HD video/image recording, face detection, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 2.0MP Yes, 2.1MP
4G LTE LTE
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 802.11a/ac/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP/EDR 4.0 with A2DP
Size 69.8 x 136.6 x 7.9mm 68.2 x 137.4 x 9.3mm
Weight 130g 143g
Talktime TBC TBC
Standby TBC TBC
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, DLNA, S-Voice, Smart Stay eye tracking, S Voice Drive, S Health, accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, temperature & humidity sensor, gesture recognition and a TV-out GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, TV-out, stereo speakers, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot functionality and Beats Audio

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. HTC One 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 Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. HTC One fight plays out…

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. HTC One – Connectivity

Let’s consider the wireless options first. The Galaxy S4 boasts NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP/EDR. As for 4G, you get that too. In comparison, the One features NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/ac/b/g/n Wi-Fi And Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP. It also supports 4G.
— It’s a tie, a point to each phone (1-1)

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. HTC One – Size/Weight

Let’s talk about pocketability. The Galaxy S4 and the One measure 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm and 137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3mm respectively. Overall the One is the bigger phone. In terms of weight, the Samsung Galaxy S4 weighs 130g, while the One is 143g. The Galaxy S4 hits the front. The One is already playing catch-up.
— The Galaxy S4 wins (2-1)

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Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. HTC One – Camera/Video

The Galaxy S4 comes packing a built-in 13.0 Megapixel camera with advanced features such as: autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, face/smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, Dual Shot, Panorama and Drama Shot modes, simultaneous video/image recording and 1080p video capture. For video calling, you’ll find a second 2.0MP camera on the front.

In this battle, the One has a lot going for it. It has a new Ultrapixel image sensor, autofocus, LED flash, simultaneous HD video/image recording, face detection, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording. The spec sheet might only say 4.0 Megapixels, but it’s much better than that. A second 2.1MP camera on the front can be used for video calling.
— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (3-2)

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. HTC One – Display

As for screen size, the Samsung Galaxy S4 features a 5.0-inch (1080 x 1920) touch-sensitive Super AMOLED display. The resulting pixel density of this handset is a stellar 440.6 pixels per inch.

XXXX pointy arrow The Samsung Galaxy S4 features a 5.0-inch Super AMOLED display with a quoted resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 440.6.

The One’s touch-sensitive Super LCD3 display is a little less roomy, measuring 4.7 inches. The screen resolution matches that of the Galaxy S4 – 1080 x 1920 pixels. Do the math again and, with 2073600 overall pixels, the pixels per inch (PPI) rating of this screen is a striking 468.723.
— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (4-3)

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. HTC One – Processor

As far as the performance of the two phones is concerned, the One uses a quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU, rated at 1.7GHz. It makes the phone go ‘whoosh’. The Galaxy S4′s engine is a brand-spanking new, ground-breaking 1.6GHz eight core Exynos 5 Octa 5410 processor. It should make the S4 go ‘WHOOOOOOSH!’
— The Galaxy S4 wins (5-3)

Half-time: Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. HTC One

With five rounds gone, the Galaxy S4 is out in front by 5-3. A lead of 2. Can the One turn this battle of the super smartphones around? It might be a close one…

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. HTC One – Software

Neither phone wins this Android 4.2.2 vs. Android 4.1.2 battle. So…
— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (6-4)

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. HTC One – Applications

It’s Google Play vs. Google Play and there’s no winner here. Which means… With three rounds left, the Galaxy S4 has stayed out in front. A victory for the One now looks unlikely.
— The two phones share the points (7-5)

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. HTC One – Storage

Now it’s storage vs storage. You can pick up the Samsung Galaxy S4 in 16, 32 or 64GB flavours. The One, meanwhile, comes in 32 or 64GB versions. Both the Galaxy S4 and the One are equally matched. The Galaxy S4 also includes a microSD card slot to ramp up the memory to 128GB. Unlike its rival, the One is missing an expansion slot and so the max storage options remain 32 or 64GB.
— The Galaxy S4 wins (8-5)

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. HTC One – Battery Life

We can’t score this round until we have full talk and standby time information for both phones.
— Tie. The Galaxy S4 and the One share the points (9-6)

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. HTC One – Extras

Finally, the Galaxy S4 also includes a dizzying array of extras: GPS/A-GPS, NFC, DLNA, S-Voice, Smart Stay eye tracking, S Voice Drive, S Health, accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, temperature & humidity sensor, gesture recognition and a TV-out. In comparison, the One is packed with GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, TV-out, stereo speakers, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot functionality and Beats Audio.
— The Galaxy S4 wins (10-6)

BPF Verdict: The Samsung Galaxy S4 wins! (10-6)

The Samsung Galaxy S4 wins this match-up. It beats the HTC One, taking 4 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 6 and losing 0. Here’s a summary of where this fight was won and lost:

The best connectivity: Comparable
The best size/weight: Yes
The best camera/video: Comparable
The best display: Comparable
The best processor: Yes
The best software: Comparable
The most applications: Comparable
The most storage: Yes
The best extras: Yes

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