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Comparison: HTC One, Samsung GALAXY S4 and Sony Xperia Z Price Plans
By Michael Low & Sidney Wong - 20 Jun 2013,10:30am

Comparison: HTC One, Samsung GALAXY S4 and Sony Xperia Z Price Plans

HTC One, Samsung GALAXY S4 and Sony Xperia Z Price Plans Comparison 

Updated (June 20, 2013): Added HTC One pricing from Maxis.

Updated (May 10, 2013): Added HTC One pricing from Celcom and U Mobile.

After much speculation and media hype, the Samsung GALAXY S4 is finally available in Malaysia. It now joins the ranks of the top tier premium Android smartphones with a full HD screen and LTE support such as the HTC One and the Sony Xperia Z. However, the 4G LTE version of the GALAXY S4 will only be made available at a later date. With each flagship device holding one or more unique features over the others, this will go down in the history books as one of the stiffest competitions ever in the smartphone market. As usual, we have compiled the contract pricing across the board for your easy reference. We first start off comparing the specs of the HTC One, Samsung GALAXY S4 and Sony Xperia Z below:

Phone Specs Comparison



Samsung GALAXY S4

Sony Xperia Z

OS Android 4.1.2 Android 4.2.2 Android 4.1.2
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core 1.7GHz Exynos 5 Octa (quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A15 and quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7) Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core 1.5GHz

32GB built-in memory
(no memory card slot)

16GB built-in memory
(microSD support up to 64GB)


16GB built-in
(microSD support up to 32GB)
Display 4.7-inch Super LCD 3 5-inch Full-HD Super AMOLED 5-inch TFT HD Reality
Resolution 1,920 x 1,080 pixels 1,920 x 1,080 pixels 1,920 x 1,080 pixels
Camera Rear: 4MP UltraPixel
Front: 2.1MP
Rear: 13MP
Front: 2MP
Rear: 13MP
Front: 2MP
Battery 2,300mAh 2,600mAh 2,330mAh
Dimensions 137.4 x 68.2 x 4 - 9.3mm 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm 139 x 71 x 7.9mm
Weight 143g 130g 146g
Recommended Retail Price RM2,299 RM2,199 RM2,199

1. All phones are under a 24-month contract unless stated otherwise. Do note that the contract pricing may change at any time.

2. Other miscellaneous costs such as early re-contract fees, SIM card charges and registration fees are not included in this table.

3. These comparisons are solely based on the contract pricing of the respective phones.


Telco Basic Plans Comparison

Data Plan Celcom DiGi Maxis U Mobile
Name First Data mPro Plus Smart Plan 58 SurfMore 50 U58
Monthly Subscription RM88 RM58 RM50 RM58
Local Outgoing Mins 60 200 12 sen/min / 20/sen/min 100 / 200
Local SMS 60 200 5 sen / 15 sen 5 sen / 12 sen
Local Data Bundle 5GB 2GB 2GB 2GB
Phone Contract Prices
HTC One RM1,548 RM1,829 RM1,749 RM1,688
Samsung GALAXY S4 RM1,388 RM1,759 RM1,749 RM1,588
Sony Xperia Z RM1,388 RM1,789 N/A RM1,688


Telco Mid-Tier Plans Comparison

Data Plan Celcom DiGi Maxis U Mobile
Name First Prime + Mobile Internet mPro Smart Plan 88 TalkMore 48 + 3GB Internet Plan U88
Monthly Subscription RM40 + RM88 RM88 RM48 + RM68 RM88
Local Outgoing Mins 15 sen 300 400 100 / 200
Local SMS 15 sen 300 200 100 / 200
Local Data Bundle 5GB 4GB 3GB 3GB
Phone Contract Prices
HTC One RM1,428 RM1,589 RM1,499 RM1,488
Samsung GALAXY S4 RM1,338 RM1,519 RM1,499 RM1,388
Sony Xperia Z RM1,288 RM1,549 N/A RM1,488


Telco High-Tier Plans Comparison

Data Plan Celcom DiGi Maxis U Mobile
Name First Premier + Mobile Internet mPro Smart Plan 148 TalkMore 78 + 3GB Internet Plan U Premium
Monthly Subscription RM80 + RM88 RM148 RM78 + RM68 RM168
Local Outgoing Mins 12 sen 600 600 800
Local SMS 12 sen 600 500 800
Local Data Bundle 5GB 6GB 3GB 5GB
Phone Contract Prices
HTC One RM1,428 RM1,269 RM1,299 N/A
Samsung Galaxy S4 RM1,388 RM1,199 RM1,249 RM899
Sony Xperia Z RM1,288 RM1,029 N/A RM999


Our Inputs 

There is without a doubt that all three Android smartphones are very strong contenders. Here are our recommendations:

  • If you are looking for a more durable phone or a refreshing phone design, the HTC One and Sony Xperia Z fit the bill. The Xperia Z's strength lies in its IP55 and IP57 ratings, which indicate the highest levels of dust and water resistance. Simple but classy design is yet another understated hallmark of the Xperia Z. On the other hand, the full metal body of the HTC One offers a unique looking rugged build, while its curved back makes it comfortable to grasp.
  • Should you want to consider your next flagship device based on the best user interface, look no further than the HTC One smartphone and its HTC Sense 5 user interface with the HTC BlinkFeed. Simple, elegant and straightforward summarizes the UI. Further to that, it offers an interesting photo and video shooting interface with the HTC Zoe function. On a side note, the HTC One has the best speakers on any smartphone to complement its multimedia experience.
  • If you are looking at an Android smartphone which delivers great all-round performance, we highly recommend the Samsung GALAXY S4. Just look at the sheer number of software features, great battery life, superb imaging performance and smooth operation on the GALAXY S4, and you will know the rationale of our recommendation.
  • Existing GALAXY S III and Note II users would likely have a hard time deciding if upgrading to the GALAXY S4 would be worthwhile, but unfortunately, there's not a whole lot to be gained. All three phones look very similar, while any differences boil down to the internal hardware and software features available. Taking reference from Samsung's track record of software upgrades, it is likely that some (but not all) of the new software features will be available to existing GALAXY S III and Note II devices.

For more information on the different phones, hit the links below to the respective reviews: