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iPhone 5 vs HTC One, Technical Specs Battle

HTC One was officially announced yesterday and everybody is now talking about the new flagship smartphone of the Taiwan-based company. Even though it was announced in September 2012, Apple’s iPhone 5 is still one of the most popular smartphones currently on the market, therefore we’ve thought it’s time to put them head to head in an iPhone 5 vs HTC One specs battle.

The iPhone 5 is the the sixth generation Apple smartphone, being the company’s first phone with a 4.0-inch display. iPhone 5 it’s also the thinnest iOS-powered smartphone and the first to come with 4G LTE support.

On the other hand the HTC One is the successor of the One X, the later one being the world’s first smartphone equipped with a quad-core processor making use of Nvidia’s Tegra 3 platform. The HTC One will be an important smartphone for the company, as the Asian are putting all their hopes into the new flagship. HTC didn’t have the best couple of years, but as far as things stand One seems to be the smartphone to take them out of trouble.

Even though the iPhone 5 was launched in 2012, the HTC One will have to beat it and other high-end smartphones like Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 2, Sony Xperia Z, or Nexus 4 in order to become a popular smartphone. Anyway the real challenge for the HTC One will be the launch of the iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S4, two smartphones which will most likely dominated the segment in 2013.

Returning to the iPhone 5 vs HTC One battle, there will be eight battles each awarded with one point. After we go through all the rounds of the HTC One vs iPhone 5 fight we will draw a line see which terminal accumulated more points. We will judge the winner of the iPhone 5 vs HTC One battle based on their performance when it comes to Dimensions, Design, Display, Connectivity, Memory, Camera, Processor, and Operating System.

Now let’s get down to business and begin the battle between two of the most appreciated smartphones in the world.


A lot of customers are purchasing their smartphones based on their dimensions, and the slim and light smartphones tend to become popular choices, that’s why the first round of the iPhone 5 vs HTC One will be about the dimensions.

In the red corner there’s the iPhone 5 that measures 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm and weighs in only 120 grams. Even though at the event where the new smartphone was officially introduced Apple’s Johnny Ive said that the iPhone 5 is the thinnest smartphone it the world, the latest Apple creation is just the thinnest iPhone in the world, being 2.2 mm thinner than the iPhone 4S.

In the blue corner, the HTC One is 137.4 mm tall, 68.2 mm wide and 9.3 mm thin. The new HTC flagship is 13.6 mm taller and 9.6 mm wider than the iPhone 5, but we mustn’t forget that the Android-powered smartphone has to accommodate a larger display and a larger battery, the latter one pushing its profile 1.7 mm higher than the iPhone 5’s.

The HTC One is also heavier than the iPhone 5, weighing 143 grams (23 grams more than the iPhone 5), so if you purchase your smartphone judging exclusively on dimensions and weight, then the Apple smartphone is the one you need. This round of the iPhone 5 vs HTC One goes to the iOS-powered terminal.


You will notice the fresh air of the HTC One the first time you look at it, as its design has suffered a couple of major changes. The most important one is that the traditional Android-specific buttons treble was replaced with two capacitive buttons for back and home.

Another big change is that two stereo speakers were fitted in the new HTC One. HTC wants to provide one of the best audio experiences on the market, with high-quality audio, and the speakers now produce 93 db, compared to iPhone 5’s 66 db, but that’s a different story. I wonder whether or not you will cover the speakers when you hold the HTC One in landscape mode.

HTC One departs from the rather conventional design language of the HTC One X, also adopting new using mechanics for the capacitive buttons. On the other hand, HTC One is not using a physical button under the display like the SGS3 does, but it comes with a capacitive Home button that has different functions depending how you press it.

Both the iPhone 5 and the HTC One come with a unibody case made of aluminium making them worthy members of the premium smartphones tribe. Moreover the HTC One comes with a curved back, for “better grip.”

On the other hand, the iPhone 5 is more compact, thinner and lighter than the HTC One, being it’s main advantage over the Taiwan-based flagship. Even though it has a bigger display than its predecessor, the screen now measuring 4 inches, you can still use the iPhone 5 with a single and and cover most of the display surface with your thumb.

Because it comes with a 4.7-inch display, you will find the urge to use two hands when you control the HTC One. The good news is that all the important buttons of the HTC One have been positioned intelligently so they can be accessed with just one hand, so if you have small hands you will not find it very comfortable to handle the Android-powered terminal.

The iPhone 5 seems more robust and wins some points because of the glass and aluminium used on the back case (even though it will be easier to scratch it). Let’s face it the iPhone 5 is one of the best looking smartphones ever, so this round of the iPhone 5 vs HTC One battle goes to the Apple terminal, too, making the score 2 – 0.


To me and to many of the smartphone lovers out there the display is one of the most important aspects when I choose my smartphone.

The smartphones with big displays are becoming more and more popular, and Apple figured it out, launching its first smartphone with a screen greater than 3.5 inches. The iPhone 5 comes with a 4-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD display with a resolution of 640 x 1136 pixels. Do the math and you will figure out that the pixel density is of about 326 ppi.

The latest smartphones released on the market and the rumors talking about the unreleased ones are indicating that the high-end segment of the Android smartphone market will be dominated by 5-inch displays with full HD resolution, which is apparently becoming the standard.

HTC already has a 5-inch full HD smartphone in its portfolio, the Droid DNA, so HTC One brings a full HD 4.7-inch display with a pixel density of 469 ppi, which would be great for those who want a 4.5+ inch display but think that 5 inches are too much.

Both the iPhone 5 and the HTC One come with Corning Gorilla Glass protection, but the HTC One is the winner when it comes web browsing, watching videos or gaming, courtesy of its generous display. This round goes to the Taiwanese flagship. +1 HTC One.


The 4G is a major selling point in the smartphone business, especially in US where the 4G LTE coverage is more widespread than in other areas of the globe. All the phone makers know that, so Apple and HTC couldn’t have missed the occasion to launch LTE-friendly smartphones.

While the iPhone 5 is Apple’s first 4G smartphone, HTC has more such smartphones in its portfolio.

Besides the 4G connectivity, the iPhone 5 also comes with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, 3.5 mm audio jack, and Apple’s proprietary Lightning dock connector.

The connectivity features of the HTC One are similar to those of the iPhone 5: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, 3.5 mm, but the Taiwanese company also added some other interesting features.

HTC One also boasts the more-popular microUSB 2.0 standard so if you are running out of battery any microUSB cable would suffice, NFC (you all know the cool things that can be done with the NFC tags), an infrared port that can turn the HTC One into a remote control for your TV, DLNA, and WiFiac which comes with greater speeds.

Because the HTC One comes with connectivity features like NFC and WiFiac, this round of the iPhone 5 vs HTC One battle goes to the Android-powered smartphone.


The iPhone 5 vs HTC One battle continues with the fight of the memory. As the application stores are starting to host more content, the users want more storage on the samartphones to be able to store music, photos, videos and apps, thus this aspect is getting very important nowadays.

The iPhone 5 comes with three storage options: 16, 32, or 64 GB of storage, while the HTC One offers only two internal storage options: 32 GB and 64 GB, which should be enough even for the most demanding users. Neither of them comes with microSD card support.

In terms of RAM, the iPhone 5 packs 1 GB of RAM, while the HTC One brings 2 GB of RAM.

Because the iOS doesn’t come with true multitasking, the difference of 1 GB of RAM will not be felt, therefore this round of the iPhone 5 vs HTC One showdown ends as tie, keeping the score unchanged: 2 – 2.


The next round in the iPhone 5 vs HTC One battle is about the camera units mounted on the back of the two smartphones.

The iPhone 5 comes with an iSight camera with an 8 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash. The camera unit also brings a BSI sensor that provides great results in low light conditions. It has Simultaneous HD video and image recording support, touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection, panorama, HDR, and 1080p video recording support at 30 fps with video stabilization.

After Nokia introduced the 808 PureView with its 41 megapixel sensor, many have though that there’s more room for innovation in the smartphone camera business.

But it was yesterday when HTC introduced the One model with a new technology called “UltraPixel,” which uses a 4 megapixel sensor but with a size of about 1/3 inch. The camera mounted on the back of the HTC One has optical image stabilization and a dedicated HTC Image Chip, also being able to record videos at 1080p @ 30 fps with HDR, stereo sound recording, and video stabilization.

HTC claims that UltraPixel was the right choice to provide the best image quality. Even though the sensor has just 4 megapixels, it has the same size as an 8 megapixel sensor, like the ones used for iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy S3. As result, each pixel of the sensor is bigger and it should provide better performance in low light conditions.

HTC One’s camera is completed by two proprietary functions: HTC Zoe and HTC Zoe Share.

HTC Zoe allows you to record a 3 seconds full HD video (30fps) with a 16:9 jpeg photo of 2,688 x 1,520 pixels. The result is displayed as an animated preview of the photo in the gallery.

Subsequently, you can share the photo using HTC Zoe Share that will also generate a link, available for 30 days, which can be sent to your friends.

Now all we have to do is wait and see if the new technology introduced by HTC will provide the best results in real life tests.

The secondary camera of the HTC One is a 2.1 megapixel unit with 88 degree angle and full HD video recording capabilities. The iPhone 5 packs a 2.1 megapixel front-facing camera with HD video recording support.

The UltraPixel technology brings an important point for the HTC One, being the first time in the iPhone 5 vs HTC One battle when the Taiwanese flagship takes the lead.


The processor is often one of the hardware components that makes the difference between good phones and great phones.

Apple is the last company in the smartphone segment that didn’t make the jump to quad-core configurations yet, and fitted a dual-core A6 chipset inside its iPhone 5. With two cores borrowing elements from the ARM’s proprietary Cortex A15 architecture, Apple A6 promises twice the performance of the Apple A5 SoC and twice more graphics processing power courtesy of the triple-core PowerVR SGX 543MP3 GPU, while reducing the dimensions of the silicon pill with 22%.

The HTC One boasts the Snapdragon 600 chipset introduced by Qualcomm earlier this year at CES 2013. The Snapdragon 600 is based on four Krait cores clocked at 1.7 GHz and Qualcom stated that the new processor is 40% more powerful than the popular Snapdragon S4 Pro solution, which was the most powerful processor on the market until now. The Snapdragon 600 platform also includes an Andrno 320 GPU.

The Apple A6 would have lost a battle against the Snapdragon S4 Pro, not to mention the Snapdragon 600. The quad-core configuration and the power delivered by the Krait cores bring another point to the HTC One.

Operating System

The operating system battle is not anymore a battle between iPhone 5 and HTC One, but a more fierce fight between iOS and Android. Apple’s operating system has its fans, but so does Google’s and the lovers of the two operating system will always try to point out which one is the best. I will also try to tell you which of the two smartphones come with the better software in the rows below.

The iPhone 5 is Apple’s first smartphone to come pre-loaded with iOS 6, which has ditched Google Maps for Apple’s proprietary mapping solution (which was a disaster making the Cupertino-based company issue an official press document to apologize to the fans), Facebook integration and a couple of new, but less important features.

Come on Apple, you can do better than this. Let’s face the truth, the iOS interface looks old and dull, as it haven’t received any important revisions since it saw the light of day in 2007. The operating system powering the iPhone 5 shows its age and some of the customers might get bored with it and look in the neighbour’s yard.

One runs Android 4.1 out of the box, and even though the HTC flagship is not running the latest Android iteration, it comes pre-loaded with HTC Sense 5 UI.

Besides Google Now, expandable notifications and other Android 4.1 Jelly Bean-specific features, Sense 5 brings HTC closer to the smartphones belonging the Nexus family. The new user interface has simpler, more straight-forward, less annoying, but visible and easy to recognize graphical elements.

Many smartphone enthusiasts appreciated HTC for Sense UI and the new changes brought by the Taiwan-based company will make some of them like it even more, while others will probably start to hate it. Fortunately, for the later ones, the Android is designed to be customizable and there are a lot of options out there that will bring a new user interface for them.

But by far the most interesting feature of the new Sense is BlinkFeed, HTC’s way to bring a flux of info on the homescreen: news, photos, and social networking updates, which are refreshed constantly. The BlinkFeed is a reminiscent of Flipboard and the company has teamed-up with the likes of Facebook, Twitter, Flicker and LinkedIn and lots of magazines and newspapers to provide content for its users in a single app.

The new HTC Sense and the highly-customizable Android 4.1 Jelly Bean helped the Asian smartphone with this round of the iPhone 5 vs HTC One battle.


The iPhone 5 vs HTC One battle has come to an end and it’s time to see which of the two smartphones is the winner.

Because both the iPhone 5 and HTC One come with similar internal storage options, the Memory round ended as tie, but the Apple smartphone had the upper hand when it came to Dimensions and Design, because it’s thinner, lighter and it has a more elegant and classier design than the HTC One. Two pints for the iPhone 5.

The 4.7-inch full HD display, the WiFiac and NFC support, the UltraPixel camera, the quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, and HTC Senese 5, brought 5 precious points for HTC One when it came to Display, Connectivity, Camera, Processor, and Operating System.

The iPhone 5 vs HTC One battle has been won by the Android-powered terminal 5 to 2. Have I misjudged certain aspects of the fight? The battle should have ended otherwise? Please let us know in the comments section below.