HTC’s One and Sony’s Xperia Z are two of the most high profile high end Android smartphones in the market today.  These are among the most notable smartphones to break the 1080p smartphone display barrier and bring forth revolutionary features to mobile devices including high graphics power and amazingly great camera sensors.  These two smartphones have huge screens, run on the most popular mobile operating system today Android and have quality, non-plastic body build.  All these are what make it difficult to choose which is better than the other.  We have looked at both devices and have a summary of comparison of the features and specs of the two superphones.


Design and Build

The HTC One is made of an Aluminum body with a plastic side trim and a Gorilla Glass 2 on the front side while the Xperia Z has glass on the front and back.  The One is therefore lighter at 143g compared to Xperia Z’s 146g.  In design, the Xperia Z has sharper ‘angular’ corners while the One has more regular comfortable curves.  The HTC feels more impressive on the hands with its ‘cool’ aluminum feeling whereas the Xperia Z’s feel is hampered by the glass which is more likely to slip and attract lots of fingerprints.  Most people will agree that the One has a more attractive appearance in design than the Xperia Z.  The big difference in screen size has also caused the difference in the phone size, with the One measuring 5.41 x 2.69 inches (137.4 x 68.2 mm) while the Z slightly larger at 5.47 x 2.80 inches (139 x 71 mm).  The HTC One is however thicker at 9.3 mm while the Xperia Z is just 7.9 mm.  However, the Xperia Z is built to be water and dust resistant and you can even use it under water.


Both the HTC One and Sony Xperia Z have Full HD but the HTC’s screen is smaller at 4.7 inches while the Xperia’s is 5 inches.  The One’s screen is Super LCD3 capacitive with a display density of ~ 469 ppi while the Xperia’s is a TFT with ~441 ppi density.  When it comes to performance, the HTC One’s screen is more superior in contrast, image clarity, color reproduction and viewing angles.  Sony’s screen is however better at conserving battery power.


The HTC One beats Sony’s Xperia Z hands down when it comes to performance.  It has a better processor, a newer Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 1.7 GHz quad-core chip while the Xperia Z came with the earlier Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core 1.5 GHz SoC.  Both phones have 2 GB RAM and their processors have the Adreno 320 GPU.Bla bla bla bla


The Sony Xperia Z lacks in storage as it comes with only 16 GB internal memory.  The HTC One on the other hand comes in 32 and 64 GB variants for the user to choose.  The Xperia Z however has a microSD card slot to allow for memory expansion by up to 64 GB.


HTC introduced a new camera with the One – an ‘ultrapixel’ camera of 4 megapixels and it has proven to be truly amazing.  The Xperia Z on the other has a more traditional 13 megapixels camera sensor which proves to be better than the One’s.  Both phones have primary cameras that can record videos and take images at 1080p full HD.  However, Xperia Z’s camera can take images up to 4128×3096 pixels while the One’s can take images up to 2688 x 1520 pixels.


Interestingly, although the HTC One has a smaller screen, meaning that its power consumption should be less than that of Xperia Z, both phones have the same battery – a Li-Po 2,300 mAh battery pack that promises up to 550 hours on 2G standby.  The HTC One’s battery will last just slightly longer than Xperia Z’s under similar usage circumstances.