Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z: Flagship Face Off

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With the advent of 2013, it seems like smartphone vendors across the world are loving to bring their best offerings to lure the attention of consumers. It can be said so as the major market dominators have started incorporating astonishing specs including 13MP cameras, quad core processors and stunning full HD displays with eye-popping pixel density.

Sony was the first one to sizzle the consumers in 2013 by taking the wraps off its flagship smartphone - Xperia Z boasting such amazing specifications and a wonderful waterproof and dust resistant aesthetics. The Japanese tech giant has also released the handset in India at a price of Rs 38,990.

At the same time, HTC also launched its flagship smartphone at a special event prior to MWC 2013. HTC One, which is awaiting its official release comes with magnificent specs along with a new type of camera called UltraPixel. The handset is on cards for an April release and is speculated to come at a price range of Rs 40,000 to Rs 45,000.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z: Flagship Face Off

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Apart from these two flagship smartphones, it was Galaxy S4 from the house of the South Korean manufacturer, which was talked about a lot. The Galaxy S3 successor has been launched on March 14 and is subjected to widespread criticism by consumers and tech experts. There are several reports going on all over the web regarding the missing features of the new Galaxy smartphone, which is the flagship smartphone of Samsung this year.

Galaxy S4 will reportedly hit the retail stores in India by May at an estimated price tag of Rs 45,000. Analyzing the specifications and the estimated price of Galaxy S4, it can be said that the flagship device will kick off a new quad core battle in the nation with other handsets including Xperia Z and HTC One.

Hence, Gizbot has come up with an interesting spec comparison between Galaxy S4, Xperia Z and One - 1080p display, quad core flagship smartphones to see which one will be a definite winner in the Indian market. Have a look at it below!

Form Factor: Galaxy S4 measures 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm in dimension and 130 grams in weight, which is light in weight as compared to Xperia Z boasting a dimension of 139 x 71 x 7.9 mm and weighing in at 146 grams and One carrying a dimension of 137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm and a weight of around 143 grams.

Xperia Z comes with IP57 water and dust resistant certifications, which makes it an interesting offering as compared to the other two smartphones.

On the display front, Galaxy S4 packs a 4.99 inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and a pixel density of 441 ppi approximately. The mulit-touch display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The Super AMOLED display offers a thinner design and uses less power and reflects less light, thereby improving the outdoor performance.

On the other hand, Xperia Z packs a 5 inch 10 point multi-touch capacitive touchscreen display with 1920 x 1080 pixels and 441 ppi pixel density. Also, the device has a shatter proof and scratch resistant glass protection and is equipped with Sony's Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 technology, which displays superior quality images. The Mobile Bravia Engine 2 display offers excellent viewing experience alongside superior clarity and brightness.

In comparison, HTC One boasts a 4.7 inch Super LCD3 multi-touch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and an eye-popping pixel density of 469. Further, the display is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 2. It is to be noted that the increased pixel density in the smartphone will be combined with the Super LCD 3 display offering faster response times.

Processor: In this segment, Galaxy S4 is power packed with an Exynos 5 Octa 5410 processor, while Xperia Z comes with a 1.5GHz quad core Qualcomm APQ8064 processor and HTC One has a 1.7GHz quad core Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600 processor.

While the Qualcomm chip can increase the power management capabilities, multimedia performance and offer fast graphic processing, the Octa processor in Galaxy S4 has a 1.6GHz quad core Cortex A15 processor and a 1.2GHz quad core Cortex A7 processor that combine to offer maximum performance with up to 70% energy saving.

Operating System: Galaxy S4 scores more here with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system, while Xperia Z and One are based on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS. Hence, Galaxy S4 will have features including Photo Sphere camera, Gesture Typing, Miracast, DayDream, improved notifications, quick settings, support to multiple user accounts, improved Google Now and more.

Camera: On the camera front, Galaxy S4 has a 13MP rear camera with autofocus, LED flash, dual shot, HDR and a 2MP front camera with 1080p video recording capability.

In comparison, Xperia Z houses a 13MP Exmor RS rear camera with HDR, autofocus, LED flash and sweep panorama and a 2.2MP front camera for video calling.

On the other hand, One has a 4MP camera termed as 'UltraPixel' with autofocus, LED flash, optical image stabilization and a 2.1MP front camera for video calling. Further, both the handsets are capable of recording 1080p videos. The UltraPixel camera is similar to the one used in advanced compact cameras. Further, these UltraPixel cameras are claimed to offer better low light performance.

Storage: Galaxy S4 comes in three variants - 16GB/32GB/64GB internal storage, 2GB RAM and a micro SD card slot supporting up to 64GB. At the same time, Xperia Z has 16GB internal storage, 2GB RAM and comes with a micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional storage. On the other hand, HTC One comes with 32GB/64GB internal storage, 2GB RAM and lacks a micro SD card slot for expandable storage support.

Connectivity: Galaxy S4, Xperia Z and HTC One come with fast connectivity speeds and usual features including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and micro USB 2.0. Further, HTC One and Galaxy s4 come with an Infrared sensor.

Battery: Galaxy S4 has a 2,600 mAh battery, while Xperia Z and HTC One come with 2,330 mAh battery.

Other Features: Galaxy S4 is packed some innovative features including Story Album, Group Play, S Translator, Samsung Smart Pause, Samsung Smart Scroll, Air View, Air Gesture, S Voice Drive, Samsung Optical Reader and more.

At the same time, Xperia Z has features such as Exmor RS and HDR camera technologies, Battery Stamina Mode and a plethora of media applications including Walkman, Album and Movies and HTC One with Sense 5 UI comes with features such as BlinkFeed, Zoe, BoomSound and Sense Voice for a enhanced user experience.

Galaxy S4, Xperia Z and HTC One are advanced smartphones that have outstanding features in terms of software and hardware. Apart from this, they also have exciting software features as they are flagship smartphones of the tech titans.

At the end, Gizbot leaves the buying decision to the consumers based on the features and the price of the flagship handsets.

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