Difference between Moto X and HTC One

Key difference: In May 2013, Motorola - a Google Company announced the launch of its flagship phone, the Moto X. The phone was officially available on August 23, 2013. The HTC One is the flagship phone of the HTC Corporation. It was launched in March 2013.

In May 2013, Motorola, now a Google Company announced the launch of its flagship phone, the Moto X. The phone was officially available on August 23, 2013. Motorola marketed the phone as the first Motorola smartphone to be created and assembled in the United States.

Additionally, the phone is highly modifiable. While, the front panel of the phone is available in black or white, the back panel is customization in up to 18 colors. However, this option is only available in the United States and exclusively to AT&T customers. The option may be expanded to other customers after November 2013, but that remains to be seen. Currently, other customers only have the option of woven black and woven white.

Moreover, the device has been touted as having Contextual awareness, which includes features such as saying "OK Google Now" to activate Google Now hands-free; activating the camera with flicks of one's wrist, known as 'quick capture'; the clock is displayed automatically when the phone is picked up or taken out of the pocket; the screen regularly turns on for few seconds and shows the time and recent notifications; notifications appear when a finger is placed on the screen and removing the finger returns the phone to the lock screen.

In terms of hardware, the phone features a 4.7 inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Moto X is powered by the Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System which consists of a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro System-on-chip, a single-core Natural Language Processor and a single-core Contextual Awareness Processor. The Snapdragon SoC itself consists of a dual-core Krait 300 CPU at 1.7Ghz and a quad-core Adreno 320 GPU at 400 MHz.

The HTC Corporation announced the launch of its flagship phone, the HTC One in February 2012. HTC One is the successor of the HTC One X and is expected to be superior to its predecessor in terms of hardware design and software design. It also includes a unique camera implementation.

HTC One features a 4.7 inch Super LCD3, with Full HD1080p, 468 PPI and Corning Gorilla Glass 2. The HTC one comes with Android v4.1.2 Jelly Bean that is upgradable to v4.2.2. The case is an all-aluminum frame with an antenna built into its backing. It includes a 1.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, Adreno 320 GPU and 2 GB DDR2. The phone is available with non-expandable, 32 or 64GB internal capacity.

The main feature of the phone was the new pixilation system that is opted for in the primary camera of the phone, which provides each pixel size of 2.0 µm and sensor size of 1/3'. The One also includes a new camera app known as ‘Zoe’, which records a short video alongside every photo taken and allows the resulting photos and videos to be automatically combined and synchronized with music to produce a multimedia presentation known as a Zoe.

Comparison between Moto X and HTC One:

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


Moto X


Launch Date

August 23, 2013

March 2013


Motorola Mobility, a Google company

HTC Corporation


129.3 mm (5.09 in) x 65.3 mm (2.57 in) x 10.4 mm (0.41 in)

137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3mm


4.7 inches AMOLED capacitive touchscreen

4.7 inch Super LCD3


720 x 1280 pixels, 16M colors (~312 ppi pixel density)

1080p, 468 PPI (Full HD)


Corning Gorilla Glass

Corning Gorilla Glass 2


130 g (4.59 oz)


2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

CDMA 800 / 1900

HSPA/WCDMA: Europe/Asia: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz

3G Network

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

CDMA2000 1xEV-DO

HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100


850/900/1800/1900 MHz

4G Network

LTE 700 / 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100

LTE 700 MHz Class 13

LTE 1900



Android Jelly Bean UI

HTC Sense 5

CPU speed

Dual-core 1.7 GHz Krait

Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600, quad-core, 1.7GHz


Adreno 320

Adreno 320


Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)

Android OS, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)


Qualcomm MSM8960Pro Snapdragon

Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600


2 GB


SIM Size



Internal Memory

16/32 GB

32/64 GB

Expandable Memory




Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, temperature

Gyro sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor.


GPRS, EDGE,, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0

Compliant with Bluetooth 4.0, Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX™ enabled, Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n, DLNA, micro-USB 2.0.





HSDPA, 42.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL / EV-DO Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps

HSPA+; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL


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

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot


Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, LE, EDR

Compliant with Bluetooth 4.0, Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX enabled


microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB Host

micro-USB 2.0.

Primary Camera

10 MP, autofocus, LED flash

4 megapixel 2688 x 1520 pixels, autofocus, LED flash BSI sensor, Pixel size 2.0 µm, Sensor size 1/3', Dedicated HTC ImageChip™ 2 F2.0 aperture and 28 mm lens

Secondary Camera

2 MP,1080p

2.1 MP, 1080p@30fps, HDR


1080p@30fps, stereo sound rec., HDR

1080p@30fps, HDR, stereo sound rec., video stabilization

Camera Features

  • 1.4 µm pixel size
  • geo-tagging
  • touch focus
  • face detection
  • panorama
  • HDR
  • Continuous shooting and VideoPic
  • Slow motion video recording with variable speed playback
  • HTC Zoe with HTC Zoe Highlights and HTC Zoe Share
  • Retouch with Object Removal
  • Group Retouch
  • Sequence Shot

Sound Enhancement

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

HTC BoomSound, Dual frontal stereo speakers with built-in amplifiers, Beats Audio, HDR Microphone and Sense Voice.

Audio supported formats

MP3/AAC+/WAV/WMA player

Playback: .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 9)

Recording: .amr

Video supported formats

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

Playback: .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 9), .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3)

Recording: .mp4

Battery Capacity

Li-Ion 2200 mAh battery

2300 mAh


Up to 576 h

Up to 500 hours for 3G


Up to 13 h

Up to 18 hours for 3G

Available Colors

Black, White (front panel), 18 color options (back panel – AT&T exclusive) – Woven Black, Woven White (other markets)

Gray, White


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

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



HTML, Adobe Flash



Stereo FM radio with RDS


with A-GPS support and GLONASS

A-GPS support


via Java MIDP emulator

Java MIDP emulator

Additional Features

  • Google Drive (50 GB storage)
  • SNS integration
  • TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail
  • YouTube, Google Talk, Picasa
  • Organizer
  • Photo viewer/editor
  • Document viewer
  • Voice memo/dial
  • Predictive text input
  • Beats Audio
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • Dropbox (25 GB storage)
  • TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
  • SNS integration
  • Google Search
  • Maps
  • Gmail,
  • YouTube
  • Calendar
  • Google Talk
  • Document viewer/editor
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input.

Image Courtesy: motorola.com, anandtech.com

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