As both the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One are out in the market, it goes without saying that these two high-enders will be battling it out in the smartphone market, though odds currently favor Samsung at this point. But how would the One compare to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3? The Galaxy Note 3 will likely be debuting at IFA 2013 in Germany this September, and getting released in October, and once it does, the One will likely be its top competitor from another company – that is, unless HTC releases a Butterfly sequel around that time. (The Butterfly is known stateside as the Droid DNA.) So what can we expect from the Note 3 and how would the phone stack up against its Taiwanese competition?
In terms of design, HTC will still have the winner; the One is an all-aluminum phone with ZeroGap design technology, while Samsung will likely stick with glossy, (arguably) cheap-looking plastic for its late-2013 co-flagship. But the HTC One’s design isn’t exactly perfect, as its non-removable back plate means that device owners have no choice but to stick with the same battery, or purchase an extended battery, although that latter option can be a bit costly. But for those looking for a larger screen will probably ignore the plastic design and opt for the Galaxy Note 3, which is rumored to feature a 5.99-inch or 6-inch display, albeit probably without flexible display technology onboard.
In terms of specifications, both phones should be even-Steven, except for the Galaxy Note 3’s huge edge in display size, regardless of which display size Samsung goes with. The Note 3 may likely feature an eight-core Exynos processor, which will give it another big advantage over the One and its quad-core Snapdragon 600, but everything else may see both phones on even footing – a 13-megapixel rear camera, 2 GB RAM and Android 4.2 for the Note 3, an Ultrapixel camera, 2 GB RAM and (hopefully) an Android 4.2 update for the HTC One available as of the Note 3’s release date. Pricing, however, may favor HTC, as the Galaxy Note 3 could possibly sell for $299.99 and up on a two-year contract, or $100 costlier than the One on AT&T and Sprint.
All in all, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 looks to have the overall edge over the HTC One, assuming most, if not all rumored specifications are accurate.