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HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S3, Specs Battle

HTC One is the latest smartphone released by the Taiwan-based company, officially announced less than a month ago. The new flagship terminal is dubbed one of the most powerful Android handsets on the market and it ignited the interest of the public with its hardware platform and a lot of buzz was created around the camera unit fitted on the back of the smartphone.

On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the best-selling Android smartphone on the market, and even though it was released almost a year ago, it’s still one of the most desired smartphone in the world. Of course, all the media has currently directed its attention towards the successor of the popular smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S4.

Even though we are talking about two smartphones belonging to different generations, we though we should put them face to face in a HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S3 technical specifications battle.

The Galaxy S3 vs HTC One battle will be very interesting to watch, as the most popular Android device ever will have to face one of the smartphones that is expected to be a strong competitor in the smartphone segment.

We will put the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S3 head to head and the winner of the battle will be judged based on seven different criteria: Dimensions, Connectivity, Display, Memory, Camera, Processor, and Operating System. One point will be awarded for each round, and the winner will be the smartphone that scored the most points at the end of the HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S3 battle.

So let’s cut the chit-chat and begin the HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S3 specs showdown.


Many of the customers are purchasing taking into consideration the dimension aspects when it comes to purchasing a new smartphone. That’s why the the dimensions round of the HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S3 battle will be important.

Since the modern smartphones are currently boasting 4.5+ inch displays the new terminals are currently very similar in terms of size, but, even so the phone manufacturers are attempting to make them as thin as possible.

The HTC One measures 137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm and it weighs 143 grams, pretty decent for a terminal that has to accommodate a 4.7-inch display.

On the other hand, even the Samsung Galaxy S3 is not the thinnest smartphone on the market it has a profile of 8.6 mm, considerably thinner than the HTC One. Galaxy S3 is 136.6 mm tall and 70.6 mm wide, weighing 10 grams less than the HTC flagship.

Because the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the thinner and the lighter of the two, the point allocated for the dimensions round of the HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S3 battle goes to the flagship smartphone of the South Korea-based company.


The 4G LTE support is a major selling point for the smartphone market, and all the manufacturers are fitting the new technology inside their terminals.

The 4G support was so important for Samsung that the Asian company has ditched the quad-core Exynos chipset over its connectivity issues with the LTE networks in North America. Therefore, the US and Canada variants of the Galaxy S3 come with a dual-core Snapdragon S4 SoC with an integrated 4G chip. It also comes with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC chip and microUSB 2.0.

The connectivity features of the HTC One include NFC support, Bluetooth 4.0, 4G LTE support, microUSB 2.0. It also comes with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot.

The HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S3 are pretty similar in terms of connectivity, but the Taiwanese smartphone is superior for its WiFi ac support (which provides greater speeds), which is enough to bring the point to the smartphone. +1 HTC One.


To me, the display is one of the most important components of a smartphone, because that’s the element you are looking at each time you unlock the device, and that’s why the user should love his smartphone’s display.

Since we are dealing with two smartphones that were launched almost one year apart, you will be seeing a lot of differences in the HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S3 display battle.

Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with a 4.8-inch display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels; that’s a pixel density of 306 ppi. The screen is manufactured using HD Super AMOLED technology and it’s protected against scratches by a Corning Gorilla Glass 2 layer.

It seems that in 2013 the full HD 5-inch displays will be the standard in the Android high-end smartphone segment. The HTC One comes pretty close to this standard as it packs a 4.7-inch Super LCD3 display, with 1,080 x 1,920 pixels resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 2 protection. Because it is one the smallest full HD display fitted on a smartphone, it also has the highest pixel density: 469 ppi (compared to 441 on Xperia Z or HTC Droid DNA).

To me, the clear winner of the display battle is the HTC One. Not only because its display comes with full HD resolution, but because it packs Super LCD3 technology. Even I personally love the “real black” of the Super AMOLED displays, I have to admit that the viewing angles are bad, and the performance under direct sunlight is less than decent. Another point goes to the HTC flagship.


With a lot of content available in Google Play Store internal storage of the smartphones is pretty important nowadays. Even though there are a lot of storage in the cloud solutions out there, keeping your files in the cloud might hurt your data traffic if on a mobile connection.

The HTC One comes with 32 or 64 GB of internal storage and 2 GB of RAM, but the unibody construction of the smartphone doesn’t allow microSD card extension.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 has only 1 GB of RAM, 16/32/64 GB of internal storage, and support for microSD cards. Anyway, there are certain Galaxy S3 variants that come with 2 GB of RAM (the North American, Japanese and South Korean models).

The extra GB of RAM of the HTC One and the microSD card support of the Galaxy S3 are somewhat cancelling each other in the Memory battle, therefore this round will end as tie.


Our HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S3 battle continues with the camera round. The smartphone makers are constantly trying to improve the camera sensors of their terminals, and HTC and Samsung make no exception.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with an 8 megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash and simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization. It also brings panorama shooting mode and support for full HD video recording at 30 fps. The secondary camera is a 1.9 megapixel unit with HD video recording at 30 fps ideal for video calls.

The Taiwan-based company created a lot of buzz around the UltraPixel camera of the HTC One. Claiming that the size of the pixels is more important that the number of pixels, HTC implemented a 4 megapixel camera 1/3” sensor size, simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, OIS (optical image stabilization), and, of course, autofocus and LED flash. The camera also has 1080p@30fps video recording capabilities, with HDR, stereo sound recording, and video stabilization.

The real life tests have shown that the UltraPixel camera of the HTC One is indeed amazing, outmatching rivals like iPhone 5, or Galaxy S3. The front-facing 2.1 megapixel camera records full HD videos at 30 fps with HDR.

This round of the HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S3 battle goes to the flagship smartphone of the Taiwan-based company, increasing One’s lead 3-1.


There’s a real battle on the mobile processor market, with Qualcomm, Samsung, and Nvidia leading the pack. Each company has its own implementation of ARM’s technology and the OEMs are free to use the solution that best serves their needs.

Samsung Galaxy S3 boasts company’s proprietary Exynos 4 Quad chipset based on four Cortex A9 cores clocked at 1.4 GHz and a Mali 400MP GPU. At the time of the Galaxy S3 launch the Exynos 4 Quad was the most powerful processing solution on the market, but, in the meantime, it was outscored by Qualcomm’s 2012 Snapdragon S4 Pro, fitted on smartphones belonging to the same generation as the Korean flagship.

Because the Exynos 4 Quad had some compatibility issues with the North American LTE networks, the Galaxy S3 variants that landed in US and Canada came with dual-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 processors and 2 GB of RAM.

The HTC One is underpinned by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset, a unit that was officially introduced by the American semiconductor company at CES 2013. The Snapdragon 600 uses a quad-core configuration with Krait 300 cores at 1.7 GHz and Adreno 320 GPU.

Because the HTC One comes with the obviously more-powerful Snapdragon 600, the Taiwanese flagship smartphone wins another precious point.

Operating System

Well, this will be a tough one. Both the Galaxy S3 and the HTC one are running on Google’s mobile operating system, but each company has its own user interface implementation.

Even though the Samsung Galaxy S3 runs Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update has been rolled out globally. Even though I’m not the biggest fan of TouchWiz, I have to admit that Samsung did a great job with its proprietary UI. The user interface of the Galaxy S3 received a lot of positive reviews mostly because of the features implemented by the South Korea-based company: Direct Call (allows the user to call an on-screen contact by simply lifting the device up to the ear), Smart Stay (tracks eye movement and doesn’t dim display if one is looking at it), Pop-up-play (play windowed videos on top of other apps) , Multi View (simultaneously run two apps on the same screen), Smart Alert (if there’s a pending notification, the phone will vibrate when picked up from the table our out of the pocket), and others such goodies.

Along with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, HTC One brings the new Sense 5, which allegedly brings the user experience closer to Android Vanilla. Anyway, the most interesting software feature of HTC One is BlinkFeed. The Taiwan-based company partnered with several publications and the BlinkFeed will bring the latest news and social network updates right on your homescreen in a way similar to Flipboard.

Even though Sense 5 looks clean and the BlinkFeed feature seems pretty useful, the point for the best user interface goes to Samsung Galaxy S3 for the motion control features that received a lot of appreciation from the tech publications.


The HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S3 battle came to an end, and it’s time for us to draw a line and see which smartphone is the winner.

Because of the similarities of the two smartphones in terms of Memory that round was tied, but the Samsung Galaxy S3 won when it came to Dimensions and Operating System, courtesy of its slim construction and TouchWiz UI.

The WiFi ac support, the full HD display, the UltraPixel camera, and the quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor brought precious points for the HTC One when it came to Connectivity, Display, Camera, and Processor.

That’s all folks, we have a winner. The HTC One outscored Samsung Galaxy S3 4-2 in the specs battle. Is the result fair enough, or I was terribly wrong? Please let me know in the comments section below.