Difference between HTC First and Sony Xperia L

Key difference: HTC First is the first phone that will be released running on the Facebook Home user interface. The phone will be powered by a Qualcomm MSM8930 Snapdragon 400 1.4 GHz Dual-core Krait and a 1 GB of RAM. The Sony Xperia L is a mid-range smartphone. It features a 4.3-inch screen with a resolution of 854x480px and a scratch-resistant cover glass. It runs on Android 4.1 with a Dual-Core 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8230 chipset and 1 GB of RAM.

In today’s world, social networking is more important that air of water. Some people might be able to get through without food, but not without checking their Facebook accounts at least a few times during the day. Facebook realizing the important part it plays in people’s social lives and recognizing the need for Facebook integration on mobile phones, has collaborated with HTC for new Facebook phone: the HTC First.

HTC First is the first phone that will be released running on the Facebook Home user interface. This isn’t the first time that HTC and Facebook have collaborated. HTC has previously launched the ChaCha, Status, and Salsa, all of which had special Facebook integration, beyond the normal app. However, the HTC First will be the first to actually have a user interface (UI) based on Facebook.

The Facebook Home UI will consist of Cover Feed which will use the home screen and lock screen to show content posted by friends on Facebook, as well as notifications from other apps. It also has an overlay over any and all apps, which allow users the ability to message others via Facebook or SMS, without leaving the app. The lock icon on the lock screen will show the profile picture of the user.

The HTC First also offers the users the ability to turn off the Facebook Home UI, in case they choose to. When Facebook Home is disabled, the phone will revert to stock Android, in this case Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The phone will also be the first smartphone to include Instagram, recently-acquired by Facebook, as a pre-loaded app.

The phone will be powered by a Qualcomm MSM8930 Snapdragon 400 1.4 GHz Dual-core Krait and a 1 GB of RAM. The phone will come with as in-built memory of 16 GB and no external memory. The phone also has an embedded Li-Po 2000 mAh battery.

The phone has a 4.3 inch Super LCD capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. The primary camera on the phone is a 5 MP with BSI sensor and a 1.6 MP front-facing secondary camera, also with BSI sensor.

The Sony Xperia L is a mid-range smartphone launched by Sony. It features a 4.3-inch screen with a resolution of 854x480px and a scratch-resistant cover glass. It runs on Android 4.1 with a Dual-Core 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8230 chipset and 1 GB of RAM. It also has all the bells and whistles, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G HSPA connectivity, as well as NFC support. The NFC is integrated with a one-touch connection to external displays in order to allow for big screen playback of videos or photos. The phone does not however have LTE capability.

Still, its saving grace has to be its 8 MP camera, which uses Sony's latest mobile Exmor RS sensor and offers a built-in HDR mode for both stills and video. The Exmor RS sensor is supposed to improved clarity and color reproduction, while the HDR mode will allow for better pictures in various different kinds of lights.

The phone is powered by a 1900mAh battery and has a battery STAMINA Mode for optimizing power consumption. The phone is available in three colors: white, black and red. It also has an LED light on the bottom of the phone that can be customized to blink different colors to indicate an incoming phone call, a missed call or text message. The light can also be programmed to blink in correspondence with the rhythm of the song played on the built in Sony Walkman music player.

The phone also comes with pre-installed Sony apps called Walkman, Album, and Movies. These are part of a pre-loaded software suite that allows for consuming and sharing a vast library of multimedia content.

The information for the detailed table about the two phones has been taken from the HTC website, the Sony Mobile website, theverge.com and GSMArena.com.

 

HTC First

Sony Xperia L

Launch Date

April 2013

Q2 of 2013

Company

HTC

Sony Corporation

Size

126 x 65 x 8.9 mm (4.96 x 2.56 x 0.35 in)

128.7 x 65 x 9.7 mm

Display

Super LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Screen

720 x 1280 pixels, 4.3 inches (~342 ppi pixel density)

480 x 854 pixels, 4.3 inches (~228 ppi pixel density)

Protection

-

Scratch-resistant glass

Weight

123.9 g (4.34 oz)

137g

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

3G Network

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

HSDPA 900 / 2100

HSDPA 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100

4G Network

LTE 850 / 1900

No

GUI

Facebook Home UI

Sony UI

CPU speed

Dual-core 1.4 GHz Krait

Dual-core 1 GHz Krait

GPU

Adreno 305

Adreno 305

OS

Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean)

Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean)

Chipset

Qualcomm MSM8930 Snapdragon 400

Qualcomm MSM8230 Snapdragon

RAM

1 GB LPDDR2

1 GB

SIM Size

Micro-SIM

microSIM

Internal Memory

16 GB

8 GB (5.8 GB user available)

Expandable Memory

No

Expandable up to 32 GB

Sensors

Gyro sensor, Tri-axis Accelerometer,

Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor

Accelerometer, proximity, compass

Connectivity

3.5 mm stereo audio jack, NFC capable, Compliant with Bluetooth 4.0 BLE, Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a//b/g/n, micro-USB 2.0 (5-pin) port

aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology, DLNA Certified, Media Go, Media Transfer Protocol support, Micro USB support, Native USB tethering, NFC, Screen mirroring, Xperia Link, Wi-Fi and WiFi Hotspot functionality, WebKit web browser with Pan & zoom, Synchronisation via Exchange ActiveSync, Facebook, Google Sync and SyncML

Data

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB, NFC

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB, NFC

Speed

HSDPA, HSUPA

HSPA+

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot

Bluetooth

Yes, v4.0 with A2DP, LE

Yes, v4.0 with A2DP

USB

Yes, microUSB v2.0

Yes, microUSB v2.0

Primary Camera

5 MP, 2592x1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash

8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash

Secondary Camera

1.6 MP BSI front camera (ultrawide angle)

VGA

Video

1080p Full HD video recording

Yes, [email protected], video stabilization, HDR

Camera Features

  • BSI sensor
  • F2.0 aperture and 28 mm lens
  • Auto focus
  • LED flash
  • Geo-tagging
  • touch focus
  • face detection
  • Geo-tagging
  • Touch focus
  • Face and smile detection
  • Image stabilization
  • HDR
  • Sweep panorama
  • Sony Exmor RS for mobile image sensor

Sound Enhancement

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, Speaker with built-in amplifier IC (support 2.55V)

Clear bass, Clear stereo and Clear Phase

Audio supported formats

.aac, .amr, .mp3, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 9)

MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV player

Video supported formats

MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player

MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player

Battery Capacity

Embedded rechargeable Li-Po 2000 mAh battery

Removable Li-Ion 1750 mAh battery

Available Colors

Black, Black/White, Black/Blue, Black/Red

Black, White, Red

Messaging

SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email

SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM

Browser

HTML5

HTML

Radio

-

Stereo FM radio with RDS

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS, Digital compass

Yes, with A-GPS support

Java

Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

Additional Features

  • Social Network Device
  •  Dropbox (25 GB storage)
  • SNS integration
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
  • YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk
  • Document viewer
  • Photo viewer/editor
  • Voice memo/dial
  • Predictive text input
  • SNS integration
  • Document viewer
  • Photo viewer/editor
  • Voice memo/dial
  • Predictive text input
  • PlayStation Certified
  • Sony Entertainment Network (selected markets only)
  • Video streaming
  • Motions gaming
  • 3D games
  • Audio playback, supported formats: MP3, 3GPP, MP4, SMF, WAV, OTA, Ogg vorbis
  • Audio recording, supported formats: 3GPP, MP4, AMR
  • FM Radio with RDS
  • xLoud Experience – audio filter technology from Sony
  • “WALKMAN” application
  • TrackID music recognition
  • Clear bass, Clear stereo and Clear Phase
  • Bluetooth stereo (A2DP)

Image Courtesy: htc.com, sonymobile.com

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