Top 5 competitors for the Samsung Galaxy S4

Top 10s Chethan Rao 06:59, 29 Apr 2013

We take a look at the competition standing against the hottest smartphone in town, the Galaxy S4

The hot new Samsung Galaxy S4 is all set to storm the markets with the launch taking place this past Friday. However, the smartphone is not the only flagship around and there are plenty of other handsets out there to give the Galaxy S4 a run for its money. Today we look at five such smartphones in the market which stand in direct competition to the Galaxy S4, for better or for worse.

The Sony Xperia Z

Well, Sony's attractive flagship has been hanging around in the market for quite some time now and while it’s not as fancy as the octa-core Galaxy S4, it packs plenty of eye catching features. To begin with, the smartphone features an all glass design which is far more superior compared to the Galaxy S4, and is also water/dust resistant with IP57 certification to back it up. Also, the Xperia Z is a good 5,000 Rupees cheaper compared to the Galaxy S4. This makes the Xperia Z one of the toughest competitors for the Galaxy S4. However, the Xperia Z doesn’t pack the hardware or the software credentials that the Samsung flagship proudly brags of. So it's a neck and neck battle, especially considering the price of the two smartphones.

The HTC One

This smartphone from HTC is yet to enter Indian markets, but certainly promises to be a scorcher of a device. Hot from its announcement last month, the HTC One packs an all new design and is sure to win a bunch of design awards this year. Apart from that, the hardware is decent too with a 4.7-inch 1080p display panel and a quad core Snapdragon 600 chipset. However, the highlight of the smartphone is the 4MP 'Ultrapixel' camera, which is believed to be on par with most high end mobile camera sensors. And while the jury is still out on the camera, it's the overall usability of the smartphone that has won fans all over. So will the HTC One provide some competition to the Galaxy S4 here in India? Only time will tell.

The HTC Butterfly

This one silently made its way to the stores without a lot of fuss or hype back in January and has been available in stores since then, but we haven't quite seen the smartphone making a whole lot of noise. And that is because it is priced too steep at Rs. 45,000+, which could go down now after the Galaxy S4 announcement. This one features a very similar 1080p display as on the Galaxy S4 (minus the Super AMOLED goodness but with superior sunlight visibility). With a price reduction, the HTC Butterfly should be a decent competitor especially since it packs a superior design.

The LG Nexus 4

The Nexus 4, though not available in India, is always going to be touted against the newest of the newest droids for the simple reason that it's a pure Android phone. It may not boast of the bells and whistles associated with a Samsung Galaxy S4 or a Sony Xperia Z, but it is a smartphone for all seasons as some like to call it. The latest updates and a decent hardware make it a must have smartphone for every Android lover. But the new gen hardware and the additional software tweaks gives the OEM smartphones a slight advantage over the relatively plain Nexus 4. Users can import the Nexus 4 via online retailers or get the imported versions from tons of e-commerce sites here in India (for a relatively higher price).

The Apple iPhone 5

The iPhone 5 cannot be left out of any list for the simple reason that it is Apple's premier smartphone, and every iPhone bears that status until its successor is launched. However, things aren't quite the same and it has changed substantially since the past few years. And it has only gotten worse with the launch of the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One. Priced about Rs. 4,000 higher than the Galaxy S4, the iPhone 5 is certainly not going easy on the customers' wallets. But it goes without saying that it does hold some weight in this highly competitive market.

So these are our top five smartphones which will take on the Galaxy S4 this year. There are going to be newer flagships announced during the latter part of the year, but for now, these make the cut. 

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