The HTC One price tag on MobiCity is marked $759 for the 4G LTE device. “Black and Silver stocks are due to arrive from the week of April 15 (delayed from the original date provided by HTC due to component supply issues),” reads the online store announcement.
HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 will be arriving in Australia beginning the week of April 15. Reviews for both devices come aplenty on the web. But phone shoppers are confused as to what's best for them. The One will be the first to arrive, and it will have more than a week of market head start.
Mobicity announced it is expecting the S4 on April 26. But being the first to arrive does not guarantee being the first on sales. Perhaps we could take a look at the specs of both super smart Android phones to see which handset is more attractive.
HTC One reviews sounded more positive than initial impressions on the Samsung Galaxy S4. For one, the case of "high expectations" is involved. HTC surprised gadget watchers with a sleek aluminum body housing some robust system specs. There is an instant one point for the One for its classy, sophisticated chassis. The Galaxy S4 had virtually nothing new on the outside and with very little to boast of on the inside. The battle continues through each handset's special features.
The HTC One features a 4.7-in screen, with a Full HD resolution of 1920×1080 pixels (468 pixels per inch). Samsung Galaxy S4 has a slightly bigger display (5-inch) but it sports the same screen resolution. In terms of pixel density, the S4 is a tad lower at 441 ppi. If you have a super keen eye for pixels, the HTC one gets one point for ppi. (Note: Only because One's screen is smaller.)
The S4 wins against the One in brainpower flexibility. It can shift from 1.8GHz quad-core processor for 3D gaming and HD video viewing, to 1.2GHz quad-core processor for a lighter, less demanding use. Both phones have 2GB of RAM, but only the S4 allows storage expansion. This does not turn off those who are not fan of extra storage space to begin with. But mobile gamers are more likely to favour the S4 for its promising power.
The HTC One is boasting of the new Blinkfeed feature on its Android skin. It works like Flipboard, but its user-centered instead of a generic feed. Other One perks include the low-light-effective UltraPixel camera and the Zoe app, which revolutionizes the photo-video gallery. The One gets a third point for this set of features.
The Galaxy S4 also has some power features like the Air View, Dual Camera, and Smart Scroll to name a few. The trouble with these "new" features is that most users are not likely to enjoy them as they would Blinkfeed. The UltraPixel (if it's really as good as HTC says it is) easily beats Dual Camera once low light conditions are concerned. The Air View is old news for Galaxy Note 2 users, and it does not significantly change the mobile experience of those who have no issues in touching their screens.
The 4G variant of Samsung Galaxy S4 (i9505 4G LTE 16GB) costs $829 in Australia. In contrast, the HTC One 4G LTE (32GB) price tag is now marked $759. For phone shoppers who would like to stick to a certain budget, the One makes a very practical choice.
"(Samsung Galaxy S4) stocks are expected on April 26th and demand will be high, so place your pre-order now to reserve your allocation," reads the Mobicity website. The same site announces HTC One release date on "the week of April 15."
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