BY | August 4, 2013

This is not made in US, but it is being projected to be one. Motorola Moto X vs HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S4: Camera, OS, processor comparison

The comparison is going to be very natural between top smartphones when a new handset arrives and challenges the existing top rankers. This has always been happening in the tech world and this will continue to be done whenever a new handset with great buzz arrives in the market.

And the fact that Motorola’s Moto X has arrived in the market with lots of anticipating, long wait and great advertisement campaign, it is no amazing that the handset is being staked up against all the top handsets available in the market, be it Apple’s iPhone 5, Samsung’s galaxy S4, HTC’s One handset, Sony’s Xperia Z besides all the top handsets available in the market. The buzz about the new handset from Google’s affiliate Motorola is so high that it seems that it is a must have handset for all the gizmo mavens. Another factor that Google and Motorola have been trying to exploit is the fact that both the companies are trying to project it as the first US made handset. But to be true there is very little American in this handset.

There is no doubt that Motorola and Google have tried to make it feature rich. In some regards, the Moto X is really an innovative phone. First of all, it is the first Motorola handset that is assembled in the USA. Also, it has a pretty design, better anti-scratch protection and a novel 10MP rear camera and more. Even though, going through its innards, the Moto X is not a big shot at the Galaxy S4 and HTC One. So here we are going to make a comparison between the Moto X Vs Galaxy S4 Vs HTC One.

When it comes to display quality of the handset, it doesn’t really challenges the top two handsets. A quality screen is a thing of high importance today. The Moto X is up with only a 720p display that is sized at 4.7 inches, the same as the HTC One’s. But, where it stands uncompetitive to the One and Galaxy S4 Mini is in its screen resolution, because of both of its rivals have advanced 1080p displays. The Galaxy S4 has a 5-inch Super AMOLED screen, while Moto X has an AMOLED and HTC One has a Super LCD3 screen. In pixel density, the One is offering an outstanding 469-ppi, while a bit larger Galaxy S4 has 441-ppi. It is when the Moto X, sporting a 720p display, offers just 312-ppi.

But in term of power the handset it is really power-packed. Even being Motorola’s premium smartphone for the year, the new Moto X has only a dual core processor. Clocking at 1.7GHz, the Krait processor has slotted in an MSM8960Pro Snapdragon chipset that gets further vigor from 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 320 graphics. Built-in memory of the device goes at 16GB or 32GB as per the model you pick. In the meantime, both Galaxy S4 and HTC One get processing power from quad core processors. One by one, let us have a look into their specs. The Samsung handset is equipped with an Exynos 5 Octa 5410-based quad-core 1.6GHz Cortex-A15 or quad core 1.2GHz Cortex-A7 CPU. A PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU and 2GB of RAM give further strength for the device. The HTC One has a 1.7GHz Krait 300 processor that touts a Snapdragon 600 chipset. The device works with 2GB RAM and an Adreno 320 graphical card. It is available for grabs in three memory versions that include 32GB and 64GB options, whereas the S4 has arrived in stores with 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models.

Well, when the S4 has microSD slot, both the HTC One and Moto X miss it out, so memory expansion is not possible at all. You can only use the out-of-the-box internal memory, while the Galaxy S4’s microSD slot will support memory cards up to 64GB.

When it comes to camera, the Moto X comes with a good camera indeed. But if you think that it can beat the two rivals, you are mistaken. All the devices mount attractive rear cameras. Let us start with the new Moto X, which features a new 10MP rear camera. The Galaxy S4, at the same time, sports a heavy 13MP rear camera, while the HTC One has an innovative 4MP UltraPixel camera. Interestingly, all cameras can record video at the much-coveted 1080p. Each device has its own camera apps and particular features.

There is no doubt that it beats them all in terms of operating system. HTC One is the only handset that landed in stores with the old Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The Galaxy S4 has Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, while the Moto X is also run on the v4.2 in spite of the new Android 4.3’s recent release. All the devices may immediately get updated to the Android 4.3.


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