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Guests use a sample phone at the launch of the HTC One smartphone in London February 19, 2013REUTERS/Toby Melville

Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC launched the much-awaited HTC One smartphone in New York City and London last month. 

Its rival Sony unveiled the Xperia Z smartphone at the international Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Both HTC One and Xperia Z being high-end smartphones pack quad-core processors and sport the industry's most impressive camera specs.

But, can HTC One's ultrapixel camera be enough to steer consumers away from Sony's Xperia Z masterpiece? 


HTC One sports a 4.7-inch Super LCD 3 display with an amazing 468 ppi (pixels per inch) pixel density which one of industry's highest screen resolution. Xperia Z too sports an impressive full HD Reality display with 441 ppi resolutions thanks Sony's exclusive Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2.


Both Xperia Z and HTC One pack Qualcomm Snapdragon based quad-core processors, but HTC sports a little faster 1.7GHz speed Snapdragon 600 series processor, while Sony is powered by a 1.5GHz speed Snapdragon S4 pro. The differences between CPU speeds are negligible.


One of the main attraction of HTC One is its main camera; it sports a 2.0-ultrapixel rear camera (equivalent to 4.0-megapixel), but don't get fooled by the number. The company claims that their camera is more futuristic than the conventional high-resolution camera totting smartphones. HTC One's custom build camera features a f/2.0 aperture lens and a breakthrough sensor with UltraPixels that can absorb 300 percent more light than any other smartphone camera sensors.

Sony too has a few tricks in its sleeve; it has an innovative camera technology called Exmor RS Camera Sensor in its 13.0-megapixel main camera.

Mobile Operating System:

In terms of mobile operating system, both smartphones stand even in this department. HTC One and Xperia Z run on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS.

In other aspects such as Graphics Processing Unit, Memory, RAM, network connectivity they both share similar features.

Here is a Breakdown of Comparison Between the HTC One and Sony Xperia Z [Spec Wise]:



Sony Xperia Z


4.7-inch Super LCD 3 with RGB matrix

Display (pixel density: 468 pixel per inches)

5.0-inch Full HD Reality

Display with Mobile

BRAVIA Engine 2

(Pixel density: 441 pixels per inch)


Android v4.1.2 OS (Jelly Bean)

Android v4.1 Jelly Bean OS


Quad-core processor with 1.7GHz CPU speed (Chipset type: Qualcomm Snapdragon 600)

Snapdragon S4 Pro Quad-core processor with 1.5 GHz CPU speed


Adreno 320

Adreno 320

Internal memory



Storage capacity

Available in 16GB & 32GB

16GB ,expandable up to



Rear:2.0-ultrapixel camera with smart LED flash, BSI sensor

Front:2.1 megapixel

Main: 13.1-megapixel

Back side illuminated

Sensor with LED flash

Front: 2.2-megapixel


3G & 4G/LTE in select markets

3G & 4G/LTE in select markets


2,300 megapixel

2,400 mAh


 Expected to be priced

Between ₹40,000 to ₹45,000