Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One: Flagships Face Off

Samsung launched the successor to its Galaxy S3 smartphone, the Galaxy S4, on March 14. The burning question is whether the Samsung smartphone can surpass the milestones set by the device's predecessors and be yet another feather in the Korean company's cap.

HTC took the wraps off its HTC One flagship earlier in February 2013. The upcoming smartphone is touted as the next big thing and will give stiff competition to the likes of Samsung, Sony and Apple.

Here's how the Galaxy S4 and HTC One flagship phones measure up against each other.

Processor

The Galaxy S4 will house the much-touted 1.6GHz Exynos octa-core CPU (international versions) or a 1.9GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 (U.S. version). The HTC One also packs in a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor; however, this is clocked at 1.7GHz making the Samsung offering more powerful.

Display

The HTC One sports a 4.7-inch Super LCD 3 display with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution. The Galaxy S4 has a slightly bigger 4.99-inch Super AMOLED display with the same pixels resolution.

However, the Galaxy S4 has a pixel density of 441 pixels per inch (ppi), which is bettered by the HTC One's higher density of 468 ppi.

Dimensions

The HTC One measures 5.41 x 2.69 x 0.37 inches, whereas the Galaxy S4 is 5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 inches, making the Samsung offering shorter, wider and thicker than the HTC smartphone.

However, at 5.04 ounces, the HTC One is much heavier than the Galaxy S4, which weighs 4.59 ounces.

Memory

The Galaxy S4 comes with 16/32/64GB on-board storage, as well as the option to expand up to 64GB via a microSD card. The HTC One, on the other hand, has 32/64GB of memort and  no option to expand the memory further.

Memory-wise, the Galaxy S4 and HTC One offer the same 2GB of RAM.

Camera

The HTC One packs in a 4-megapixel (2 UltraPixels) rear-facing snapper and a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera. On the other hand, the Galaxy S4 features an 13-megapixel primary snapper.

The HTC One has a better 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera when compared to the 2-megapixel front-facing camera of the Galaxy S4.

Battery

A removable 2600 mAh battery will power the Galaxy S4, whereas a non-removable 2300mAh battery will fuel the HTC One. Additionally, the Galaxy S4 will also support wireless charging.

Operating System

The Galaxy S4 will come pre-loaded with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, whereas the HTC One will have Android 4.1.2 out of the box.

Availability And Colors

The HTC One, announced in February 2013, has met with unwarranted delays in release, owing to supply issues. The smartphone is expected to hit U.S. carriers in March. On the other hand, the Galaxy S4 is expected to hit the global market in April.

The Galaxy S4 will retail in two color options: White Frost and Black Mist. The HTC One will be available in three color variants - black, silver and red.

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