Omio has been sent an image of the UK Samsung Galaxy S4, compared to the UK HTC One – showing a better signal strength in the S4.
This comes from a trusted source, who notes that the Galaxy S4 is the final hardware – but not the final firmware.
That doesn’t indicate things can improve, only that we are laying our cards out on the table.
Both of the devices are running on the same network, where it is clear the HTC One only has two bars of signal and the Galaxy S4, three bars.
However, the HTC One still has three bars to fill, to get a perfect signal – where the Samsung Galaxy S4 only has one bar, to go.
This highlights even more the S4 can obtain a stronger signal, although measuring the dBm would have been better, but we don’t have access to those numbers.
The two devices are running from the same Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600 chipset, with the S4 clocked at 1.9GHz and the One, 1.7GHz.
The head of HTC for UK and Ireland has informed us the company had put over 130,00 hours of R&D in the One’s case design – just to get the antennas working, inside an aluminium case.
The latter could be the reason for the signal’s shortcomings, the materials used.
We have now updated this article with a much larger picture, highlighting the differences more.