Sony Xperia Z Ultra vs HTC One

Vs Paul Briden 22:07, 2 Jul 2013

How does the HTC One stack up against Sony's Xperia Z Ultra?

The HTC One received plenty of praise when it launched, primarily because of its eye-catching metallic unibody design. But it’s not just a one-trick handset as the phone also sports plenty of power from a Qualcomm 600 processor, a customised interface, good battery life and audio technology, a super-sharp touch display and a set of quirky camera tech to boot.

The Sony Xperia Z Ultra is the company’s first foray into the phablet space and it has certainly made an entrance with a bang. The phone packs Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 800 chip and some extremely advanced display technology on a massive 6.44-inch panel complete with some nifty stylus capabilities.

HTC One: Key specs and features

The HTC One immediately impresses at first glance with its carefully-shaped metallic bodywork. The outer shell neatly wraps around from the convex rear panel to hug either end of the handset’s fascia with a shiny silver or anodised black strip, each sporting rounded corners and sharp-looking punched speaker grilles.

In the hand everything feels very solid and robust with no flexing or squeaking anywhere to be found.

There’s not a great deal more to say about the exterior design as HTC has clearly prioritised elegance through simplicity – it is a highly minimalist design and this works very well indeed.

The display is no less spectacular. At 4.7-inches it is a much more conventional and manageable size than the current crop of 5-inch plus Titans roving the smartphone market. But it still packs that ‘must have’ Full HD 1080p resolution (1920x1080 pixels), resulting in an excellent pixel density of 469 pixels-per-inch (ppi) and providing crystal clear clarity.

The technology used is Super LCD3 which provides fantastic brightness, vivid colours and pretty good contrast – you would be hard pushed to find a better display in terms of overall picture quality on the current market.

Another winning feature for the HTC One is the onboard hardware. The handset is loaded with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz with an Adreno 320 graphics processing unit (GPU) and 2GB of RAM.

While that might be clocked 200MHz slower than the same chip inside Samsung’s Galaxy S4, benchmarks show it actually performs faster.

Benchmarks aside, you’ll find silky smooth operation when swiping between Android’s homescreens, multitasking between apps or running the latest and most graphically intensive games.

On the connectivity front there are plenty of options, including 4G LTE and HSPA+ 3G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi (Hotspot and Direct), DLNA, micro USB and NFC. There’s also GPS, MHL for hooking up to an HD TV and an infrared port which lets you control your TV set from the phone.

The HTC One has 32GB of onboard storage, which should be plenty for most users, although there’s no microSD slot for expanding this further. The battery pack is non-removable and rated at 2,300mAh.


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