Apple iPhone 5S vs HTC One: Spec comparison

Apple's iPhone 5S has some stiff competition with the HTC One, HTC's current flagship smartphone. The Android-based phone is larger but still very thin, and has consistently stood out as one of the two best Android phones currently available (the other being the Samsung Galaxy S4).

There's no question that the iPhone 5S is a smaller, slimmer phone, measuring just 7.6mm thick compared to the HTC One's 9.3mm profile. It's also significantly shorter, thinner, and lighter, too, weighing about three-quarters as much as the HTC One at 112 grams to 143 grams. Whether the iPhone 5S' smaller aluminium and glass body and 4in screen feels more comfortable than the HTC One's all-metal body and 4.7in screen will be a matter of personal taste.

The Retina display was once Apple's pride and joy for mobile devices, but it has lost its appeal on smartphones and small screens. The iPhone 5S' 4in Retina display has a 1,136 x 640 resolution for 326 pixels per inch.

The HTC One's 4.7in screen, on the other hand, has full 1080p resolution (1,920 x 1,080) for a pixel density of 468ppi. The HTC One's screen isn't just bigger, it's sharper, but the iPhone 5S boasts the higher resolution rear-facing camera at 8-megapixels compared to 4-megapixels. Both phones have 1080p front-facing cameras.

For sheer processing power, it will be hard to compare the iPhone 5S to anything until we test it. The phone uses Apple's new 64-bit A7 chip, which on paper could potentially outshine the HTC One's quad-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, which has a 32-bit core.

The jump to 64-bit certainly makes the iPhone 5S seem more powerful on paper, but “bit wars” don't mean anything compared to actual performance, especially when they're two completely separate platforms. We'll only really know how the handset performs when we get the iPhone 5S in for a full review, which will be soon.

One last important factor, of course, is the price – with the iPhone 5S costing you the usual £549 for a brand new Apple flagship phone. The HTC One’s price has been trending downwards, and you can now pick up the 16GB model for a much more wallet-friendly £380.

For more on the new iPhones, check out our hands-on with the iPhone 5S, and the iPhone 5C. We’ve got a spec comparison of the iPhone 5S pitted against that other Android champion, the Samsung Galaxy S4, and you might also want to have a gander at our Apple iPhone 5S vs iPhone 5 spec comparison.

HTC One

Apple iPhone 5S

Display

Screen size

4.7in

4in

Resolution

1,920 x 1,080 pixels

1,136 x 640 pixels

Pixel density

468 PPI

326 PPI

Type

TFT LCD

IPS LCD

Processor and battery

Family

Snapdragon 600

Apple A7

CPU

Krait 300

TBC

Cores

Quad-core

TBC

Clock speed

1.7GHz

TBC

Battery

2,300mAh

TBC

Claimed 3G talk time

Up to 18 hours

Up to 10 hours

Storage and memory

RAM

2GB

TBC

Internal storage

32GB / 64GB

16GB / 32GB / 64GB

microSD

No

No

Camera

Rear

4-megapixel

8-megapixel

Video

1080p @ 30fps

1080p @ 30fps

Front

2.1-megapixel

1.2-megapixel

Wireless

Standard

4G LTE

4G LTE

Wi-Fi

802.11 a / b / g / n

802.11 a / b / g / n

NFC

Yes

No

Bluetooth

v4.0

v4.0

Integrated wireless charging

No

No

Dimensions

Size

137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3mm

123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6mm

Weight

143g

112g

Operating System

Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean

iOS 7

Price (SIM-free unless otherwise stated)

£380 via Handtec (16GB)

£549 (16GB) / £629 (32GB) / £709 (64GB)

Availability

Available

20 September