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HTC Source | January 18, 2018

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HTC One versus Nexus 4 – spec showdown

HTC One versus Nexus 4 – spec showdown

By now, it’s pretty obvious that the HTC One is poised to be one of the best phones of 2013. In our HTC One vs Apple iPhone 5 and HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S III spec comparisons, HTC’s new flagship Android phones was the clear winner; but we’re sure that many of you are wondering how the device compares when stacked up against Google official Android phone – the Nexus 4.

Like the Samsung Galaxy S III and Apple iPhone 5, the Nexus 4 was released last year and was built with several inferior components. That being said, Google’s Nexus 4 does have a competitive advantage over the HTC One – stock Android and a quick turnaround time for all the latest Android updates. To many, a pure Android software experience outweighs and many of the hardware advances found on the HTC One. While HTC has proven that it has a very solid track record when it comes to updating its phone to new versions of Android, those updates often come 3-6 months after Google pushes then to its Nexus devices.

Take a look at the HTC One versus Nexus 4 spec comparison chart below. Do you feel the HTC One hardware give is an advantage over the Nexus 4 and its stock Android experience?

Operating System
Camera (main)
Camera (front)
Special Features
Android 4.1.2
1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600
4.7-inch 1920x1080 SLCD3 with Gorilla Glass 2
32/64GB (no microSD slot)
4 MP Ultrapixel camera, F2.0, 28mm lens, LED flash, 1080p HDR video capture, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
2.1 MP, 88-degree wide angle lens with HDR capability
2300 mAh (non-removable)
137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm
143 grams
Ultrapixels technology, Image Stabilization, front-facing stereo speakers and HTC Zoe, IR blaster
Nexus 4
Android 4.2
1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro
4.7 inches 768 x 1280 pixels IPS Plus, 318 ppi
8/16 GB (no microSD slot)
8 MP, LED flash, photo sphere, 1080p video capture
1.3 MP, 720p video capture
2100 mAh battery (non-removable)
133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm
139 grams
Stock Android, Photo Sphere

About Nick Gray

Tech enthusiast, Android user and founder of the first HTC blog – Nick Gray has been blogging about HTC phones before most people knew what a smartphone even was. Over the years Nick has owned and tested dozens HTC devices and is constantly flashing new ROMs to his Android phones.


  1. Mark S

    I have always had an HTC devices (G1, G2) but that Buzzfeed has got to go.

    • ngrneer

      Yeah I don’t particularly care for it either. It would be a nice option to just disable it. Other than that I think I like most things about this phone. I won’t be upgrading to this one however. I have a One X so I will probably get this phones successor.

      • Nikm

        i’m waiting on the verizon version
        i hope it turns out to be the droid DNA 2
        same specs as the One but with the DNA design and a 5 inch screen

    • Flav

      @MarkS,@ngrneer… You do realize you can remove the “buzzfeed” as you call it and just have standard Sense 5. Come on… Stop trying to find something wrong with the phone and buy one already. We all know you want one!!!!

  2. swayde620

    what’s the difference between the S4 pro and the 600 processor?

    • The Snapdragon 600 uses a quad core Krait 300 (as opposed to 200 in the S4 Pro) which brings a 15 percent increase in IPC as well as higher clocks (from 1.5 to 1.7 GHz), for about 20–30 percent higher overall CPU performance.

      • swayde620


  3. Atis Papai

    Don’t forget to put the infrared sensor to the HTC spec. as well!

  4. Eric

    How come people always complain that HTC has no removable battery and microSD slot but they don’t with Nexus 4? Is it because HTC One is priced higher?

    • It’s hard to say. I think some people are a bit biased towards Google’s Nexus devices even though there are quite a few limitations to them.

      • Fuducky

        I think that’s exactly right. It’s amazing how little people complain about the lack of SD slot and removable battery on the Nexus 4. I had to reread the specs just to confirm as noone seemed to dock them for it. When you speak of the same thing on an HTC phone though, it suddenly becomes a major flaw. It seems that Android’s more vocal fans have a grudge against HTC. I think this segment of the Android population has hurt HTC, not because they are the majority, but because they influence the larger but less Android/smartphone savvy population.
        Again, it’s that marketing/branding issue that HTC has to tackle.

        • Snapdragon

          Very true. A good chunk of those fans are either stock enthusiasts or also Samsung’s. I’ve also seen it where many people bash HTC for releasing” too many ” phones but when Samsung does it it’s fine. I guess people see it as a “flaw” because they think they can get more “features” for the same amount or less.

  5. musso

    what’s with all the hate toward buzzfeed? i think its an awesome feature. though i like WP8’s concept of tiles, the buzzfeed is more vibrant, real and fresh.

    • Not really sure. People do not have to use it if they don’t want to and then there’s always the option to install a different launcher.

      I’d imagine people would react differently if Google unveiled the feature in a nexus device and used Google Reader to pull content sources.

  6. Philip

    Yes of course. Which one cost alot alot more?

  7. jmart922

    Hardware is only half the race, Nexus 4 for me. Your phone is only relevant to the market as long as its being supported. But hopefully since HTC made it public that this is their “only one” device deal this year, that could help them stay on top of updating this beauty better than previous devices.