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HTC Source | February 23, 2018

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HTC One versus Samsung Galaxy S III – spec showdown

HTC One versus Samsung Galaxy S III – spec showdown

We’re already seen how the HTC One versus the Apple iPhone 5 spec showdown played out, so let’s see how HTC’s new flagship phone fares against the most popular Android phone on the planet – the Samsung Galaxy S III. Back in 2012, the HTC One X and the Samsung Galaxy S III were pretty well matched when it came to internal specifications, but he chart below show just how fast the mobile industry has evolved in just one year.

Yes, we know that it’s a bit unfair to match the new HTC One up against the Samsung Galaxy S III since Samsung’s smartphone hit retail stores 6-8 months ago, but consumers will be making the comparison between these two devices when the HTC One shows up in stores in late March.

We think that specs speak for themselves, but we’re love to hear your thoughts on the HTC One versus Samsung Galaxy S III spec comparison.

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
Samsung Galaxy S III (USA)
Android 4.1
1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm S4 Plus
4.8-inch 1280x720 Super AMOLED, 306ppi
16/32 GB
(microSD slot)
8MP, F2.6, LED flash, 1080p video capture
1.9MP, 720p video capture
2100 mAh
136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm
133 grams
S Voice, Smart Stay

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. ranger67

    Without a microsd slot, the HTC ONE is a non-starter. I’ll wait for a superior phone with microsd or other removable media.

    • SimonH


      How can you do a battery pull when a device crashes?
      How can you swap it and carry on when one dies and you’re a heavy user without access to power?

      As for the sd slot, how hard is it to include one?
      What market research says people want to be limited to 32gb instead of 32gb+ the biggest card available? Potentially you can have a 160gb S3.

      • Volume and power button press combination solves the battery pull issue.

        When it comes to memory cards, not including them changes the way the phone can be designed. While a memory card is small the mechanism to insert it in is not.

        Market research shows that at least 30% of smartphone buyers (iPhone users) don’t care about expandable storage. Even Google has done away with the option on its Nexus 4.

        • line

          +1 Nick. I have a Nexus 4 with 16 gb and with the use of Dropbox its way more than enough. I’ve pre ordered the One. plus those 4 UP pics will take less space… Design > Incredible huge battery + micosd. You can;t buy style unfortunately so try telling that to the geeks. Plus what i learned is people will always moan…Look at S3 ugly design + good marketing and its a best seller. When it first came out the masses were crying about the HUGE disapoitment. I can bet my sox that at least 70% of people who bought an S3 did not took into consideration the removable battery or micro sd. It’s enough to go into shops and see how sales people jump on people selling them porkies just because the commission is bigger from Samsung.

          • SimonH

            You mean stores get them cheaper? Samsung won’t pay networks commission to push phones over others.

            Certainly here in the UK they buy a bulk order and will undoubtedly get discounts but networks and stores pay per sale regardless of model sold.

            So manufacturers such as Samsung don’t need to offer discounts as spec and marketing will fuel demand.

            The HTC desire and sensation were out of stock in a similar fashion to the nexus 4 months after launch in the UK. The One struggled to sell, and many networks had dumped within 3 months.

            Very few offer it, and where they do the contracts are so cheap for them to offload phones no one wants.

            The original one was given a frosty reception here. Tech radar and Gizmodo especially critical.

            Even the new one hasn’t sparked a wow factor from their journalists

  2. Ben

    Ranger, your reflexion about the lack of removable battery and the micro SD slot is your opinion… Most of users don’t mind about this

    • SimonH

      This is the apple effect at work. People ditching ios for android won’t know any better.

      • yes and no. There was research done last year which showed that most Android users never bothered to upgrade the 4 or 8 GB microSD cards which were pre-installed with their devices.

  3. SimonH

    Given the larger dimensions of the one, surely there is room for an sd slot?

    Even the s4 specs hint at retaining removable battery and an sd slot.

    If it wasn’t for samsung poor software update history, I’d have an S over a One.

    • Andres

      Okay if it’s so simple then you professionally design a phone carrying the features like the htc one and still hold space on the PCB for a micro sd reader. If it’s any constellation but the phone comes with 64 gb storage option after the os and bloat apps you should have 62 or 63 gigs left to yourself. Plus there are wireless hard drives and cloud storage and accessories for connecting sd cards through the sync port. So stop complaining.

      • SimonH

        Ok, another angle is given how cheap memory chips are, why not have bigger options?

  4. Fuducky

    It’s true. Everybody uses their phone in a different way. I had a friend who was worried about getting a phone without a sd slot until I checked the storage on her current phone and found she had used 2gb on her 32 gb sd card. The sd card slot hysteria seems to have taken over much of the android community which is fine but realize there is no need to convince everyone they need 160 gb of storage… unless you’re selling sd cards of course.

  5. DonIsGood

    The S III doesn’t rate against HTC One X so I wouldn’t bother comparing it with HTC One. The only reason why S III sells more (than One X) is because of one thing – Sammy’s marketing budget. Ditto for iphoney.

  6. Tarcisio Medeiros

    I think 64 GB + 25Gb Dropbox a good space. With Samsung S3, even with SD Slot you can only have 64 Gb. And well, as I purchased HTC One X and conected with my university, I have 50Gb on Dropbox, so…

    • SimonH

      That’s odd, as guy at work has a 64gb card in their 16gb S3 pretty much full of music and movies

      • line

        Simon, common if you have 80gb full on your phone, i would say somebody is lacking a social life and needs to go out more.

        • SimonH

          We can work away a lot and be on the road driving 300 miles a day, so it’s not about needing a social life.

          • Flav

            Buddy @SimonH, i was a truck driver that drove 700 miles a day and guess what i never needed that much music. It’s all about what you need and what you don’t. Your guy at work probably has music from 1950’s in there that he hasn’t deleted. I would like for you to take a survey and see how many people out of 100 have 64GB of music on there phones, when you have so many music services for free now. I think 64GB + DropBox+GoogleDrive+SkyDrive+any other cloud storage service it’s plenty. f you need 200GB on your phone buy a laptop for crying out loud, that’s what they are designed for. So this removable battery and external SD Card is a bunch of bull**** coming from samsung that is trying to sell a cheap phone at high price. You just go ahead and jump on the Samsung bandwagon and have a plastic phone; I will go ahead and have a beatifully designed phone like the One.
            Bye for now……..

  7. Steven Hyde

    A fixed battery seems like a bad idea. My HTC EVO 3D has gone through two batteries, which has been shown to be the weak link in my phone. Once the battery fails on this new device, without user ability to remove and replace, seems this may become an issue if/when the battery becomes a problem. I would much rather have the ability to replace the battery myself instead of taking it into a store, potentially have them send it off, be without the device for few days (if store is not authorized repair center).

    • robo

      the next problem is that some cases battery can swell. It is not so statistic rare in 2 years old devices (sic!) Tell me how to observe this in closed housing before it pops like popcorn? Ive had this issue in one nokia and 2,5 year old htc legend and there was not easy to remove baterry coz there isnt classic rear panel. And one more sentence about argument that non removals have more capacity. Its false when to compare specs sensation/sensation(beats) and one/one+. Hardwere chenges were very minor, however evo3d battery suits well to sensation.