HTC One vs. Samsung Galaxy S3

News Stephen Tenerowicz 18:54, Feb 19 2013

We compare two of the sexiest smartphones on the market, the Galaxy S3 and the all-new HTC One

With HTC One finally unveiled, some critics are no doubt already proclaiming it to be the Android smartphone to beat in 2013. All this without a single review at all out there for consumption.

While there’s no escaping the fact that the HTC One is obviously pretty amazing, we wanted to see if it is really the best and decided to compare it with the Galaxy S3. Is the design better? Does the camera snap better photos?

Read on below for the full comparison!


The design of the Galaxy S3 and the HTC One couldn't be any different, but let's start with the HTC One first. The One is super thin and extremely light. It is really all display in a single uni-body and not much bezel. It's silverish-grey and very slick. The HTC One really looks quite nice.

The Galaxy S3 meanwhile, features a light, plastic frame. It has a considerable amount of bezel and feels extremely nice in the hand. The S3 looks more cartoonish than the One and much much cheaper

Winner - the HTC One. The One looks more mature than the S3 and aluminum is always sexy. Honestly, I have to hand it to HTC here, the One's design really rocks.


HTC's One runs on a dual-core Snapdragon 600 processor. This is a huge deal because it means HTC has beaten Samsung on bringing A15s to market. The device also makes excellent use of the PowerVR GPU, which delivers solid gaming performance at reasonable temperatures, and the device has 2 GB of RAM.

The HTC One comes in three flavors: 16GB, 32GB and 64GB and offers no support for removable memory.

The Samsung Galaxy S3, on the other hand, is powered by the Exynos 4212 quad-core CPU, clocked to 1.4GHz. Its Mali-400MP GPU offers superb gaming performance and the device rocks 2GB RAM. It's without a doubt a beat.

Like the HTC One, the Galaxy S3 also features 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB of storage, but the device sports a micro SD slot, which supports cards up to 64GB capacity.

Winner – HTC One, hands down! The next-gen Snapdragon CPU gives the One a slight edge over the S3.


The HTC One features a 4.7-inch 1080p display which operates at a pixel density of 440PPI. That's quite a bit more than the 306PPI found on the Galaxy S3.

From what we can tell, the new screen looks great and blows away all competitor's displays, save that found on the upcoming Nokia Lumia 920.

Winner – HTC One


The HTC One sports an all-new, better ultra-megapixel shooter which includes a 3,264 x 2,448 backside-illuminated sensor. There’s also 2-axis optical image stabilization, an f/2.0 aperture lens, and a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera, that has HTC’s favorite 88-degree wide angle lens for more accommodating group shots.

Samsung’s Galaxy S3, meanwhile, offers an 8-megapixel primary camera, but its secondary is a 1.9-megapixel beast that is capable of 720P video capture!

The primary camera offers simultaneous HD video and image recording, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization and geo-tagging and also captures video at 1080P.

Output from the primary camera is generally very good, but not as good as the sample photos I'm seeing from the HTC One. Sorry, Samsung!

Winner – HTC One...again

And the overall winner is..

The HTC One

The devices are, in most areas, evenly matched, but the HTC One seems to have just more polish so far. Again, this is just from what I can tell thus far. No review has been done yet.

While the One might be better, the choice between the two devices is largely subjective. They both offer an excellent experience, so don't discount the Galaxy S3 just yet.

As soon as we review the One and its software we'll make sure to update this post. It will be interesting to see how Sense 5 stacks up against TouchWiz 5.0

Based on raw specs/features, what phone will you be buying?


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