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HTC One Vs Sony Xperia Z – Specs & Features Comparison

The technological advancements and the rising expectations of the users has forced the mobile phone companies to come out with new and latest models every now and then which further leads to a big competition and fight among the models. One such clash among the big names is between HTC One and Sony Xperia Z. Both the phone comes packed with impressive list of specifications and making a comparison between the two will surely be a tough task. So let’s compare the phone on the basis of their various features and specs so as to try to find out as to who wins the war.

Design and Build

HTC’s latest flagship phone HTC One measures 137 X 68 X 9.3mm in size with a weight of around 143 grams. The phone has a curved aluminium uni-body design with nice curves in the rear panel that makes it easy to handle.  The front panel of the phone looks clean and decent. Sony Xperia Z on the other hand has a glass build and what makes this phone stand out from its competitor is its waterproof and dust-proof capability. Physically this phone measures 139 X 71 X 7.9 mm in size with weight of 146 grams. HTC One will be available in color options of red, silver and black whereas the phone from Sony will be available in options of white, black and purple.

OS and Power

In terms of OS, both the phones stand at the same position as they run on Android 4.1 OS. HTC is powered by 1.7 GHz of quad core Snapdragon 600 processor and features 2GB of RAM which seems to be better than 1.5 GHz of  quad core S4 Snapdragon processor with 2GB RAM present in the Sony model.  Since there is difference of only few clock speed in both the models, thus we can actually judge them only after seeing their performance. Both the models come along with Adreno 320 Graphics Processing Unit (GPU).

Display

HTC One comes packed with 4.7 inches of display that is capable of supporting 1080 X 1920 pixels resolution along with 468 ppi for bright contents. The phone features the new HTC Sense 5 interface overlay. Sony Xperia Z undoubtedly stands better in terms of screen size with its 5 inches of display supporting 1080 X 1920 pixels with 440 ppi. The Sony model features Sony Mobile Bravia Engine 2 which along with Opti-Contrast technology delivers crisp and bright contents.

Capturing your memorable moments

When it comes to capturing your special moments in form of images, both the models has their own plus points. The latest 4MP  “Ultrapixel” sensor in HTC One seems to be something different and exciting for all the photography enthusiasts. The company claims that these latest sensors are capable of capturing 300% more light as compared to the other conventional camera’s in the Smartphone and can take impressive quality images even in conditions of low light.  Additional camera features of the phone include back-illuminated sensor (BSI) f/2.0 aperture, HDR, LED Flash, optical image stabilization and the Zoe feature to snap three seconds video clips in high resolution.  The camera set up of Sony is quite recognized and appreciated and the Xperia Z comes loaded with 13.1 MP camera that features AF and LED flash so as to capture good quality images.  Additional camera features include Exmor RS CMOS and HDR.  The only set back in the camera of the Sony model is its low light photography. Along with still images, both the phones are capable of recording 1080p videos.

Sony Xperia Z Vs HTC One

Connectivity and Storage

When it comes to connectivity, HTC One and Sony Xperia Z comes packed with almost similar features including WiFi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS , 4G and microUSB.  In terms of storage space, HTC phone will be available in 32GB and 64 GB of options and will lack expandable memory that can be considered as a drawback for some of the users. Sony phone on the other hand features 16GB internal storage with microSD card slot that facilitates external memory expansion by up to 32GB.

Music and Sound

Both the phone comes along with multi-format music player for all the music enthusiasts. The dual frontal “ BoomSound” speakers of HTC One along with built in amplifiers enables the user to enjoy the true stereo sound while playing the games or watching movies. The dual HDR microphones in the phone facilitates accurate recording of the sound. The Sony model features Music Unlimited that provides treat to all the music lovers.

Battery Backup

HTC One is fueled by Li-polymer 2300 mAh of battery but no data regarding its talk time and standby time is available. Sony Xperia Z on the other hand is powered by Li-ion 2330 mAh of battery that is capable of providing standby time of 550 hours in 2G mode, 530 hours in 3G mode and talk time of 11 hours (2G) and 15 Hours (3G). The battery of the phone facilitates music playback for around 40 hours.

Additional Features

HTC One’s new UI features BlinkFeed that enables you to set up your home screen with news and feeds, social network updates and videos to stream live so that you can keep yourself updated with the latest happenings. The Sense TV feature of the HTC model further facilitates the user to control their TV experience through their handset. Sony Xperia Z on the other hand will surely attract the adventurous users as it is a tough phone and IP57 certified which means that it is dust proof and water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes. The PlayMemories Online feature of the Sony phone will enable its user to collect all their videos and photos at one place and then have access to them from any location.

Final Verdict

Both, HTC One and Sony Xperia Z are the Android flagship models from their company that comes packed with impressive design, attractive looks and array of advanced features. Making a choice among the two is really difficult and can be based only the personal preferences.

If you are looking for a strong and sturdy phone that you can even carry on your adventure trip then Sony Xperia Z will prove to be an apt choice. But if you are looking for something new and interesting then the ultrapixel concept of HTC One will surely attract you. So decide upon your preferences and make a choice. One thing that we can assure is that no matter which ever phone you may opt for, you will not be disappointed.


Mike is a software engineer with a love for tinkering with smart phone devices. He spends a lot of time moving pictures to his SD card, because the Android keeps running out of memory. In his spare time, he travels to different parts of the world and takes one of his Android devices with him.

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