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Comparison Review: Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Sony Xperia Z vs HTC One

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GLOBAL – The Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One, and Sony Xperia Z are flagship smartphones with large, full HD displays, powerful processors, and Android Jelly Bean software.

Samsung is currently the world’s top smartphone vendor following the success of its Galaxy S series phones, and the Galaxy S4 has the ingredients to emerge as one of the best-selling smartphones of 2013. Although Sony has been touted for its bold designs, it has reaped modest success in the market despite its rich portfolio of multimedia content and the devices’ ability to integrate with other Sony devices. Positive reception for HTC’s flagship device is a much-needed boost for HTC, which has been seeing year-over-year decline in profits.

HTC One Samsung Galaxy S4 Sony Xperia Z

The Samsung Galaxy S4 features a 5-inch Super OLED screen with 441 ppi resolution, an octa-core or quad-core processor (two variants, depending on the region), a removable 2600 mAh battery, high-resolution cameras capable of picture-in-picture recording, NFC, and 4G connectivity. The Xperia Z can’t be outdone hardware-wise – it has a 5-inch full HD screen, a powerful processor, a 13MP rear camera, NFC and 4G LTE. The HTC One is the smallest of the three, with a 4.7-inch display, but it doesn’t mean it’s the weakest: it touts a 1.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, an ultra-high 468 ppi pixel density and LTE.

Compared to the plastic-looking Galaxy S4, the Xperia Z and HTC One each has a more premium-looking unibody case. Unlike the other two, the Xperia Z is waterproof to three feet for up to 30 minutes and is dust resistant. As for the HTC One, although its camera fails in the resolution department, its 4 megapixels work better because it gathers 300% more light.

HTC One Samsung Galaxy S4 Sony Xperia Z white

As to software, while the Xperia Z also has Android Jelly Bean, the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One have more notable additions to the software. The Galaxy S4 features the TouchWiz interface and has Smart Pause, which stops the video if a user’s eyes drift away, and Smart Scroll, which will move the screen up or down when the user tilts the phone and looks at the screen. The HTC device has a new minimalist Sense 5.0 overlay that features a Flipboard-like BlinkFeed in the home screen.

Besides customer appeal to particular software features and perhaps the different in hardware material, it is pricing that will be the key factor in selling these high-end smartphones, that certainly sit at the top of the price range.

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By , International Correspondent, Cebo (Philippines) office
Published on Mar 25th, 2013 GMT +2

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