HTC One Versus Samsung Galaxy S3: Smartphone Face-Off



The Taiwan-based company, HTC, recently released a new smartphone: the HTC One. This new flagship is now one of the best Android devices in the market and a lot of people are interested in buying it. Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is still the best-selling Android smartphone on the market, even if it’s about a year old now. Despite still being the most desired smartphone, the S3 is now starting to make way for its new sibling, the Galaxy S4.

For now, let’s see which between HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S3 is the winner.


Many people put into consideration the dimension of the phone before buying one. The HTC One measures 137.4 by 68.2 by 9.3 mm and weighs 143 grams. That’s pretty decent for a 4.7-inch display. The Samsung Galaxy S3 may not be the thinnest smartphone on the market, but it is thinner than the HTC One. Its dimension is 136.6 by 70.6 mm. Between the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S3, the Korean phone wins the dimension battle.


Currently, the major selling factor for any smartphone in the market today is the 4G LTE support. The Galaxy S3 has 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. Meanwhile, the HTC One has NFC support, Bluetooth, 4.0, 4G LTE support, microUSB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, and Wi-Fi hotspot. The connectivity features on both phones are similar, but the HTC One wins this part because it has the Wi-Fi ac support, which offers greater speeds.


Another important component of a smartphone is the display, because it’s the part you are looking at each time you use the device, so it matters for some users whether the screen is small or big. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a 4.8-inch display with a resolution of 720 by 1280 pixels. That’s about 306 ppi. The screen is made using HD Super AMOLED technology and is protected against scratches by a Corning Gorilla Glass 2 layer.

Meanwhile, the HTC One has a 4.7-inch Super LCD3 display with 1,080 by 1,920 resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 2 protection. It has a pixel density of 469 ppi.

Obviously, the winner here is the HTC One, not only because it has a full HD resolution, but also it offers Super LCD3 technology.


The Samsung Galaxy S3 has an 8MP camera with autofocus, LED flash and simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, and image stabilization. It also offers panorama mode and support for full HD video recording at 30 fps. Its front camera is a 1.9MP camera with HD video recording at 30 fps for video calls.

The HTC One has a 4MP camera with sensor, simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, optical image stabilization, auto focus, and flash. It also has 1080p-at-30fps video recording features, with HDR, stereo sound recording, and video stabilization.

With all that, it’s obvious that HTC One wins this round.


Because of several similarities between the two smartphones, there are only few factors to consider. The Samsung Galaxy S3 won when it came to dimensions, and thanks to its TouchWiz user interface, it also wins in the Operating System category, despite having the same Android operating system (manufacturers add more features even when using the same OS) with the HTC One. However, HTC One still wins over the Galaxy S3, thanks to its connectivity, display, and camera. But then again, it’s all about the user. Who cares about the specs if you yourself, as a user, do not like the phone?

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