HTC One vs GALAXY S 4: launch time in the USA

April 24, 2013
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The Samsung GALAXY S 4 and the new HTC One are both what can only be described as flagship Android smartphones at the top of their game, but they are both quite different. Now that the HTC One is readily available, and Samsung's S4 is hitting the streets all over the place we decided another quick vs comparison post and video was in order. Which smartphone is right for you? It's all about size!

These two smartphone have some pretty similar specs in terms of raw hardware, but deep down they are completely different in all aspects. We have the same Qualcomm quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor and 2GB of RAM, 16/32/64GB storage options, impressive cameras, and of course full HD 1080p displays. Do you want more of the same, or something new? Is a 5-inch screen too big, or just right? That's for you to decide, but we'll help you out.

To get started and so you know everything humanly possible about both smartphones. You'll want to see our reviews. We'll start by directing you to our brand new and thorough GALAXY S 4 Review, then check out the HTC One Review, as well as the AT&T One Review. Then the video below will give you a quick glance at a hardware comparison.

So which device is right for you? That's for you to decide sadly. All we can do is give you the facts, showcase the features, and you'll have to decide if you want an all aluminum device with stunning sound and a new design direction, or the tried and true Galaxy S 4 from Samsung. Here's the stats, by the numbers!

Samsung GALAXY S 4
Display: 5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED 1920x1080 resolution at 441 PPI
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.9 GHz Quad-Core Processor / Samsung Exynos 1.6 GHz Octa-Core Processor – depending on market
Cameras: 13 megapixel rear and 2 MP front
Dimensions: 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm, 130g
Storage: 16/32/64 GB internal storage, 64GB capable microSD slot
Battery: 2600 mAh (removable)

HTC One
Display: 4.7-inch Full HD Super LCD3 1920x1080 resolution at 469 PPI
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 series 1.7 GHz Quad-Core Processor
Cameras: 4MP UltraPixel rear, 2.1 wide-angle front
Dimensions: 137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3mm, 143g
Storage: 32/64 GB internal storage (no micro-SD)
Battery: 2300 mAh (non-removable)

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A few things worth mentioning are the fact the HTC One runs Android 4.1, while Samsung is already on the absolute latest Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean from Google. Samsung's been pretty good on their updates lately too. HTC, not so much. While the GALAXY S 4 is surely an impressive smartphone all around, the HTC One just feels like it takes more steps towards the future of smartphones. However, both will be rock solid for years to come, and make any user plenty happy. Which will you be buying?

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  • Christopher Robert

    Waiting for the Note 3. If Samsung follows the same upgrade path as the S4 with the Note3 and can fit a 6 inch screen into the same shell size as the current Note2 thats all i need to hear.

    • http://www.androidcommunity.com Cory Gunther

      @google-43cd520ac2cef63da5718b4ad1fd7b86:disqus rumors have it coming in at 5.9-inches.. and yea it will probably be in a similarly sized shell as the original Note II

  • Nick

    I went for both, one buisiness one personal. Always seem to pick up my HTC before the S4 though. Maybe it just feels more expensive, much more responsive touch also. HTC Won this round for me.

  • RC

    I picked the Sony Xperia Z

  • fireball

    i have pre-ordered S4 but personally i love HTC design than samsung..
    still the problem is in external storage slot.. would buy HTC if they have an external slot :(

    • http://www.facebook.com/michaelgonzalez2012 Michael Gonzalez

      The external storage is a double edged sword. You CANNOT install apps on external storage, only media. Thus a GS4 will never all you to install more than 16 GB worth of apps. The sad part is about 7GB’s of that is used for their own software leaving you with only 9GB actual installation space.

      By contrast ALL 32 GB of your HTC One is used for application storage.

      The ONLY way to use an external MicroSD card for app storage is to setup special partitions which are a pain in the ass… There are explanations on how to do that in the XDA Forums…

      http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2140971

  • I Want It ALL!!!

    Someone please make a smartphone with the S4 specs, the HTC One materials, feel and stereo, and the Sony Xperia Z’s water/dust resistance… That’ll be awesome.

    • http://www.facebook.com/silva.nabil Nabil Silva

      unless u willing to double of wat ur paying now, keep dreaming pal

  • Geek

    C’mon phone people! It’s the year 2013 already. Where are the lazer screens that can project images an inch of the device? I want a small device with a huge display… I’m sure I saw something in that documentary called Star Trek.

  • hsjsjdjdjd

    I recommend oppo find 5 for those people who want s4 and the z.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michaelgonzalez2012 Michael Gonzalez

    When did what’s on the outside of a computer matter so much? Do any of you build your own PCs? Just because your case doesn’t have a logo on it has NOTHING to do with quality or performance of the hardware inside it. Or did you people not learn the “don’t judge a book by its cover” lesson ?

  • Dan Poster

    Definitely S4