Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z

samsung_galaxy_s_4_htc_one_sony_xperia_zSamsung has officially announced Galaxy S 4 earlier today and as expected it comes with some pretty impressive features. But, are these feature more than enough for the phone to compete with HTC’s One and Sony Xperia Z smartphones. We will try and find out in this post.


Similar to Samsung Galaxy S III, software customisations still remain a major positive for the company in Galaxy S 4. Raw specs are great, but how do you make your phone more usable (or even more gimmicky), Samsung has perfected that art.

Samsung has included over 20 new features or apps in S 4 that were not present of previous Samsung smartphones. Some of these are not that useful, but most of them do add value and this is one of the reasons, why Samsung is still going to sell more units than its competitors.

HTC is also not very far behind in the software department, it also brought several new interesting apps and features as a part of Sense 5.0 in HTC One.  Most of these are good like Blinkfeed, but still these are just a few and for the sheer number of features, Samsung wins in the software department.

Sony is far-far behind in terms of software customisations in Xperia Z. They only offer a few media apps like Walkman on the phone. If they would have given just stock Android that would have been better, but a little of nothing is no good.

Design/ Looks

Samsung has played safe with Galaxy S 4 and kept the Galaxy S III like design in Galaxy S 4 with a few tweaks here and there. The company still relies heavily on plastic, thus the phone does not look as premium compared to its competitors. We have no issues with the Galaxy S 4 design as such, but it is not really innovative.

There is no doubt that HTC One has one of best smartphone designs that we have seen in the recent times. Its aluminium unibody construction is just perfect and it wins hands down in this department.

Sony has also shown its design prowess with Xperia Z, it might not be as great as HTC One, but it is still better than Galaxy S 4. With tempered glass and anti-shatter film on the front and back, Xperia Z is a looker.

Raw horse-power

This is one area where high-end phones have reached a level, where every high-end Android phone has more than enough power for practical use. So, unless you really want to show-off that you have an 8-core processor in your phone, we don’t really think that anyone of the HTC One, Galaxy S 4 or Xperia Z users will have any performance issues with their phones.

Just for information:

Samsung Galaxy S 4: 1.6GHz Samsung Exynos 5 Octa 8-core processor with PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU/ or 1.9GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor with Adreno 320 GPU.

HTC One: 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor with Adreno 320 GPU

Sony Xperia Z:  1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro (update: Snapdragon 600 ) quad-core processor with Adreno 320 GPU

Samsung still holds some advantage here because of the use of ARM’s big-little technology in its processor; it is expected to be more power-efficient than others. We will know more when we actually use it.


For your imaging needs, Samsung has kept it simple and went for the usual megapixel count and decent optics. The Galaxy S 4 comes with a 13MP rear camera and 2MP front camera, both with BSI and full HD recording support.  The initial camera performance previews of S 4 look good and company seems to have gotten it right.

HTC wanted to change the smartphone market with its Ultrapixel technology and if initial reviews are any indication, the company has failed. The 4MP rear camera with ultrapixel sensor and 2.1MP front camera do not overthrow anyone, it is just you average camera with good low-light performance.

Sony is known for its camera sensors and the ones used in company’s Xperia Z don’t let anyone down. The Japanese manufacturer has included a 13MP rear camera and 2.2MP front camera; both have been dubbed as good performers in the initial reviews.


It is the year of 1080p displays and every flagship this year is coming with one. No one seems to be extra-special in terms of display among Galaxy S 4, HTC One and Sony Xperia Z, although HTC One does have more PPI because of the smaller display, but it does not really make that much of a difference.

For more features and specs comparison, check out the table below:[table id=64 /]

Overall, it looks like Samsung has been able to provide a good Galaxy S III successor, but the factors like final pricing are going to matter a lot. HTC One is going to be a great competitor; however Sony Xperia Z slightly lags behind.

What do you guys think about these three phones and will Galaxy S 4 be as big a success as Galaxy S III? Let us know in the comments.


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