5 Things the Galaxy S4 Needs to Beat the HTC One

| March 7, 2013 | 11 Replies


Samsung is a big and important company in the mobile space right now, but their devices are not without criticism, nor are they the be-all and end-all of smartphones. Depending on what it brings to the table, people may or may not prefer it over the HTC One, or other devices. So what are the things the Galaxy S4 needs to beat HTC One, and make people hold off from buying a HTC One?

Faster Hardware

This is an easy one to spot, and it’s an easy one for Samsung to use against HTC, considering they are launching the device later than HTC, and their negotiation power in getting parts. So far Samsung has tried to have the fastest phone on the market, and they haven’t disappointed in this area, yet. I expect their chip, whether an overclocked S600 or an Exynos 5 Octa, to beat HTC One’s chip.

Better Screen

We already know that the resolution of the Galaxy S4 is going to be 1080p, just like HTC One, although with slightly fewer pixels per inch, but the perceptible difference between 440 PPI and 480 PPI shouldn’t really exist, or most people won’t notice it. What will make the difference here is the quality of the panel itself.

Samsung is rumored to drop the Super AMOLED panel from Galaxy S4, which would be a first in the life of Galaxy S flagship. But I think that’s a good thing for them. It will be easier and cheaper to manufacture a 1080p 5″ panel. And let’s not forget Samsung is one of the best display makers out there. What will really make the difference is having a very high contrast IPS/PLS panel (say 2000:1 or so) and 100% color accuracy.

Better Camera


I think in the coming years having the better camera will be more important than having the better processor. We should see a resurgence of the camera competition that we saw in the early 2000′s before the iPhone appeared. One of the ways to have a better camera by leaps and bounds will be to stop competing with the same size sensor as everyone else and keep increasing megapixel count.

The two best ways to compete in camera performance in the future will be to either use pixel binning/oversampling or increase the size of the pixels. Both ways will need as large sensors as possible to do that properly. HTC One has barely scratched the surface with the HTC One camera, because they only lowered the MP count, but kept the sensor size the same. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like the Galaxy S4 camera will do any of these.

I also think all smartphone  cameras should come with Optical Image Stabilization, and it’s possible Galaxy S4 won’t have it, which would be quite a disappointment, as I think OIS is a very needed feature for smartphone cameras to save us from shaky pictures and videos.

Better design and build quality


These two go hand in hand. A good polished design can also improve how good the device feels in hand. HTC One got a lot right here, with great design and solid aluminum casing. Can the Galaxy S4 top this? Probably not, and again an unfortunate thing. I will not accept Samsung’s excuse that plastic helps them cut costs and it’s easier to use. I’m not debating if that is true or not. I’m sure it is. I’m just debating it from the point of view of why would that be a factor in a $700 device? Because it shouldn’t be. If I’m going to pay $700 for a device, I kind of expect to have it built from a material that cost them more than $10.

New Innovative Features

This is always needed to differentiate  yourself from the competition. Unfortunately, most companies don’t do this enough, and they usually just think about how to copy other companies’ features, instead of thinking about what new features they can introduce to wow their customers. But when they do think about this, a lot of the time they just end up adding useless gimmicks, that add to the cost of the device, but don’t really improve it.

If Samsung can get a lot of these right, then the Galaxy S4 will be a no-brainer. If not, then the choice will be harder, at least if people compare the 2 devices rationally, and don’t just buy them because a lot of their friends have it.

Category: Android News

About Lucian Armasu ()

Lucian is passionate about writing about different technologies, talking about their potential, and predicting tech trends. Visit his technology news website at TechDomino.com.
  • Richard Yarrell

    Sammy wins in all categories buy build quality. We Samsung customers can except that.

  • Pingback: AllPhoneNews 5 Things the Galaxy S4 Needs to Beat the HTC One | AllPhoneNews

  • Michael Scudero

    I’d rather have a plastic phone that has a removable battery and expandable storage rather than an aluminum phone that doesn’t, and quite honestly from my own experience plastic phones seem to take fall damage better than metal as in the plastic has some give.

  • Stan

    Samsung software is most intuitive to use. A lots of convenient features which I used it very often like swipe to call/sms, direct call, smart stay when I use Google navigation, smart rotate, I can even call in my sms box easily.

    • DeepSagar

      What samsung software are you talking about?? Both have the same OS, the only difference is the UI and Sense is much more intuitive than crappy Touchwiz. I don’t think you ever used an HTC device otherwise you won’t be telling such a thing. Sense is the best UI out there-period.

      • Stan

        DeepSagar, the Touchwiz UI has more shortcut compare to Sense. My brother is using HTC One X. Like swipe left or right to call in sms, in phonebook.
        While you reading a sms, u may just bring the phone closer to your ear the phone auto make call for you.
        For as long as you are still reading an ebooj at the phone, the screen will not turn off.
        At camera, u may just call out shoot, cheers, the phone will snap a picture for you.

  • Raymond Hawkins

    What about super good speakers? That’s what attracts me to the new HTC One.

  • Marlon Milligan

    I’m getting the HTC One. I have a Samsung galaxy note 2 and it’s fantastic but I love what HTC has put on the table. Its a damn sexy phone & htc is number one two years in a row for android updates.

  • http://twitter.com/danmcsw danmcsw

    What the Galaxy S4 needs to do to beat the HTC One:

    In light of the Uberpixel camera module supply problem, I’d say all it needs to do is turn up.which seems to be something most of the Ones won’t be doing.

  • craig0r

    How about just calling it a “Samsung Galaxy?” I’m really quite sure that’s all they need to do at this point.

  • Christopher Evert

    What’s that? The Galaxy S4 will allow me to pop in a charged battery and get back in action?
    Can’t do that with an HTC One.
    That’s a dealbreaker no matter how good an HTC One might be.