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Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One specs comparison

We put the two Android rivals head to head
Wed Mar 27 2013, 14:23

KOREAN PHONE MAKER Samsung might have a well publicised rivalry with Apple, but it's not the iPhone it has to look out for following the release of its Galaxy S4 next month. Instead, HTC's One is likely to be the handset's fiercest competition on the market, with both phones looking to grab the attention of the Android crowd.

With both phones set to hit the market within weeks of each other - Friday 29 March is slated for the HTC One, and Friday 26 April for the Samsung S4 - and sporting near identical price plans at mobile networks, we compare the handsets' specifications to help you decide which one is worth spending your cash to acquire.

For all the Samsung Galaxy S4 price, release date and where to buy details, see The INQUIRER's full guide.

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One

Measurements and weight
Samsung Galaxy S4: 136.6x69.8x7.9mm, 133g
HTC One: 137x68x9.3mm, 143g

It might feature a 5in screen compared to the HTC One's 4.7in display, but the Galaxy S4 wins in the thinness stakes, measuring just 7.9mm thick compared to the One's 9.3mm girth.

It's lighter too at 133g, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. The Samsung Galaxy S4 arrives crafted entirely from plastic, while the HTC One features a more luxurious aluminium body that adds just 10g in weight. In our opinion, the HTC One is, in first impressions, the better designed of the two, but for those after a slimline handset, the Galaxy S4 wins this round.

Samsung Galaxy S4: 5in 1080x1920 Super AMOLED touchscreen
HTC One: 4.7in 1080x1920 Super LCD3 touchscreen

This is a tough category, as both the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One have excellent screens. The Samsung Galaxy S4 features a 5in HD 1080p Super AMOLED touchscreen, which on first impressions proved pretty impressive, while the HTC One features a 4.7in HD 1080p Super LCD3 touchscreen that in our HTC One review we dubbed the best smartphone touchscreen yet.

Samsung Galaxy S4 comes in White and Black

The Samsung Galaxy S4 does win for those after a screen with nifty software features, as it comes with a feature called Air Gesture that lets users operate the display without placing a finger on it. However, in our opinion. the HTC One's 4.7in screen is the ideal size, and should prove more palm friendly compared to its Galaxy S4 rival.

Next: Processor, software.


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