HTC One release date is set for March 15 just in time to dampen the Galaxy S4 fire after its reveal at the Unpacked event on March 14 in New York City, but will the specs the HTC brings be enough to combat a powerful competitor like the flagship Samsung smartphone?
Let's take a look at the proposed specs on each and decide.
Okay so looking at HTC One versus Galaxy S4, HTC I have to say is looking good, and may be just enough to tempt a few.
The HTC One is coming equipped with a 4.7-inch Super LCD3 capacitive touchscreen, with a resolution of 1080x1920 pixels with a pixel density of 469ppi. This is pretty impressive as it is the highest pixel density of any smartphone on the market today. Add to that the killer camera in tow and for those who value the finer things in life this is definitely an Android smartphone to consider.
On the other hand however, if bigger equals better then the Galaxy S4 may be what you are looking for as it will offer, virtually the same specs in terms of displays with a full HD Super AMOLED display, 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution also protected by Corning Gorilla Glass. The Galaxy S4 however, upon release will edge out the HTC One in screen size sporting a 5-inch display and it may be flexible.
The takeaway here is these phones are virtual equals with the only advantage of the Galaxy S4 being the slightly larger screen size.
Okay so looking at a comparison of the camera specs on the Galaxy S4 versus the HTC One, HTC one is going to take it. Though the Samsung Galaxy S4 is rumored to come with a 13 MP camera 2-3 MP Second Camera with LED flash the HTC One has a 4-pixel camera, but it is 4 ULTRA pixels. Basically with Ultra Pixels the phone is capable of gathering more light for great low lighting photos. So if you are a photography buff, you probably want to lean in the direction of the HTC One's specs over the Galaxy S4
So hardware-if there is anything we've heard about this tech season, it's the killer hardware specs the Galaxy S4 will be sporting. Though both smartphones will feature 2GB of RAM the S4's killer spec is the new Exynos 5 chipset -- an octal-core chipset consisting of two quad-core processors, which from all we've heard will make it the most powerful smartphone on the market.
Still the HTC One is no wimp in the processor department. Coming equipped with a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor and a 1.7 GHz quad-core processor, which the system will switch between depending upon the load, this is definitely enough power to satisfy.
Now coming to storage, both phones are again pretty closely matched but the Galaxy S4 has a slight advantage in its storage specs with a variety of options for users. The HTC One has in-built storage options of 32 and 64 GB but no micro SD card support. Meanwhile the Galaxy S4 has built-in storage options of 16, 32 and 64 GB and a micro SD card slot of for up to 64 GB. Again HTC One offers plenty to be happy about but if you are a person who likes to store a lot of media, Galaxy S4 may be your better bet.
Now on this point here we likely will see an equal playing field. HTC One is set to ship with the latest Android operating system--4.1.2 and will be upgradable to the 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The Galaxy S4 will likely offer the same options. Since the Galaxy S4 will come out later there is a slim and I do mean VERY slim chance the specs could include the next iteration of Android-Key Lime, but again this is ore of a wish than likely a reality. Traditionally the Nexus is the first phone to get the latest operating systems so this seems unlikely the Galaxy S4 will edge out HTC One in this area.
O.K. I'm a person who is all about design so in this spec, I deem the HTC One a winner. Coming with a beautiful aluminum chassis, there is something so stylish and classy about it, it makes you want to get your hands on that phone right away. Nothing wrong of course with the Galaxy S4's durable and practical casing but at the end of the day, it is plastic and it's been one point numerous Galaxy smartphone owners have hoped would change.
Okay this is the one area that I believe will be the make or break for most people, and unfortunately, we just don't have enough information available to be able to truly compare. We've been told the Samsung Galaxy S4 will likely have a 2300 to 2500 mAh battery and the HTC One a non-removable Li-Po 2300 mAh battery. If these specs are true the Galaxy S4 will hold the advantage. In the past the HTC One's battery has always fallen beneath that of the flagship Samsung smartphone, and of this is the case again I can see a lot of people opting for the S4 over the HTC One, though truly, it is a very worthy competitor.
I guess when it comes down to it, most consumers will make their decisions after both phones have launched and all release date specs are known.