The dawn of 2013 had some exciting new launches from the cellphone giants: HTC, Samsung and Sony. Lets take a quick glimpse at what they have to offer.


Although all the three of them have a very similar screen size, when it comes to design, they are words apart. HTC has come up with this amazing aluminium unibody, whereas Sony has gone all glass. Samsung, is playing it safe by sticking  to the polycarbonate plastic body like the previous Galaxy devices. Some may find it 'cheap', some may find it premium.


The S4 and Xperia Z come with a 5 inch 1080p resolution display, but the One has a smaller 4.7 inch display with the same resolution. The One and Z offer LCD displays, but the S4 has its Samsung special 'SUPER AMOLED' display. The Xperia Z comes with a mediocre TFT LCD whereas the One comes with a rather better technology: Super LCD3. In terms of contrast and brightness, the AMOLED display wins.


The HTC, Sony and Samsung are all packed with 2GB of RAM. The S4 is powered by an Octa Core processor ie a 1.6 GHz Quad core processor and a 1.2 GHz Quad core processor, whereas Xperia Z and HTC One are powered by quad core processors clocked at 1.5Ghz and 1.7Ghz respectively. Here are some benchmark tests we ran.


All three of them have brilliant cameras. The Xperia and S4 come with a 13MP sensor, but the HTC comes with a 4MP sensor. This may sound weird at first, but HTC has come up with a whole new technology called UltraPixel. In this, the size of the pixel is larger and the size of the sensor is 1/3rd that of any other regular 8 or 13MP snapper. Because of this, the camera can capture 300% more light. All three of them record video at 1080p resolution. The S4 has a 2 MP front camera, the HTC has a 2.1 MP front camera and the Xperia has a 2.2 MP camera. Not much of a difference though.

            Battery life

The HTC One comes with a 2300 mAh non removable battery and the Xperia Z comes with a 2330 mAh non removable battery. But the S4 comes with a 2600 mAh removable battery. That is one more plus point for the S4. The S4 also has an option of wireless charging, but a separate accessory is required which does not come with the box. Another thing that worries us is that with such powerful battery and 8 cores, will the S4 have heating issues??


The S4 comes in 16/32/64 GB variants and the Xperia Z comes only in a 16 GB version. Both these phones have microSD slots, so expandable memory isn't a problem. The HTC comes in 32/64 variants but unfortunately, no expandable memory.

This year's smartphones have brought new technologies, upgraded the old technologies and set a new standard in the world of mobile phones. Will the leading giant Samsung and it's 'Life companion' win over the market or will the 'SENSE'ible HTC take it home or will the 'best of Sony in a smartphone' actually be the best in the market?


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