Specs compared: iPhone 5s vs. Galaxy S4 vs. HTC One

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Nic Healey can usually be found on a couch muttering about aspect ratios and 7.1 channel sound - which is helpful given that he's the home entertainment guy at CNET.

Apple has done something that, if not unexpected, is certainly against type: it has released two different models of the iPhone.

The iPhone 5s.
(Credit: Josh Lowensohn/CNET)

This means that for the first time, Apple is in the position of having a flagship phone that isn't just the most recent version of iPhone.

The iPhone 5s is clearly the top dog in the handset duet revealed in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, with its powerful A7-processor and fingerprint reader, but how does it stack up to the flagship offerings from rivals Samsung and HTC?

We'll have a comparison of costs on plan when the local carriers reveal their pricing. At the moment, we've listed the outright purchase RRPs at launch.

Apple iPhone 5s Samsung Galaxy S4 HTC One
Display 4-inch Retina display; 1136x640 pixels; 326ppi 5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED; 1920x1,080 pixels; 441ppi 4.7-inch LCD; 1920x1,080 pixels; 468ppi
Dimensions 123.8x58.6x7.6mm; 112g 136.6x69.8x7.9mm; 130g 137.4x68.2x9.3mm; 143g
Operating system iOS 7 Android 4.2 Android 4.2
4G Yes Yes Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz and 5GHz) 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz and 5GHz) 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz and 5GHz)
NFC No Yes Yes
Bluetooth v4.0 v4.0 v4.0
IR Blaster No Yes Yes
Rear camera and recording 8 megapixel with 1.5µ pixels; 1080p Full HD video 13 megapixel; 1080p Full HD video 4 UltraPixel; 1080p Full HD video
Front-facing camera 1.2 megapixel; 720p HD video 2 megapixel; 1080p Full HD video 2.1 megapixel; 1080p Full HD video
Processor Proprietary A7 with M7 motion processor 1.9GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 (Australian version) 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600
Capacity 16GB, 32GB, 64GB 16GB only in Australia 32GB and 64GB
Expandable memory No Expandable up to 64GB No
Battery life Embedded; usage time online up to 10 hours on 4G LTE; standby time up to 10 days 2600mAh removable; usage time up to 17 hours; standby time up to 12 days 2300mAh embedded; usage time up to 11 hours; standby time up to 11 days
Carriers Telstra, Optus, Vodafone Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, Virgin Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, Virgin
RRP at launch AU$869 for 16GB; AU$999 for 32GB; AU$1129 for 64GB AU$899 AU$768
Colours Grey, white, gold Black, white, more colours coming Black, white

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ozdracula posted a comment   

Over a grand for a f***ing phone! Anyone who buys that is a total knob-jockey.


SalahA posted a comment   

what about the RAM


DeaksD posted a comment   

Funny how CNet always seems to always compare the iPhone's with models released earlier then the iPhone y not compare the phones that are released round the same time and round the same range 5s should b marked against Sony Xperia and note 3 and s4 and HTC one with 5c as that's at least fair I find CNet a lil too Apple favoured


Dunners posted a reply   

The Note 3 is a little to niche to be compared to an iPhone.

They are completely different devices for completely different people


gregory.opera posted a reply   

You're not the only one - I was also wondering why the Sony Xperia Z was missing... Though if C|Net wanted to truly paint an accurate picture, they'd compare the iPhone 5S to the Sony Xperia Z1, which as also just been announced.


PhilipA posted a comment   

The new iPhone offers less bang for your buck then ever.


Pining posted a comment   

Looking at the stats, the iphone seems to be starting behind the 8 ball. The only thing I could see that was higher than the Android phones was the price!

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