The Internet has been flooded with the news of possible specs and release dates of Samsung's best bet, the Galaxy S3. The company, however, is still tight-lipped about all the details. But smartphone fanatics have imagined all possible features for the phones, some that could be likely, but most of the speculations are fabricated and might never see the light of the day, at least in the next generation Galaxy S smartphone.
However, while the Korean electronics giant is all set to give tough competition to all the existing smartphones in the market, the Taiwan-based HTC has already fished out the best weapon from its arsenal.
The company unveiled its premium Android-based One series at the Mobile World Congress in February. The series consists of three phones, the HTC One X, HTC One S and HTC One V. While all the phones come with an appealing design and promise great performance, the HTC One X stands out among the other flagship HTC phones.
It is believed that the One X will hit markets very soon. The phone will feature a polycarbonate unibody shell with a 4.7-inch Gorilla Glass 720p screen, a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor and a 12-core NVIDIA graphics processor. It will also be available in a 4G LTE model.
Smartphone lovers are now tired of waiting for the Samsung Galaxy S3. And this might be the right time for HTC to launch its best soldier to reign in the Android smartphone market kingdom and enjoy the rule till the arrival of the fabled Galaxy S3.
Check out features of both smartphones and let us know what you feel about them. Can they stack against each other or will Samsung phone again turn the market in its favor?
Do not forget to read the S3 features with a pinch of salt as they are still rumored and might not come in the device.
Display: If rumors are to be believed, the Samsung device will sport a 4.6-inch Super AMOLED Plus full HD screen with 1,280×720-pixel resolution. Don't be surprised if you receive a bigger screen than the Galaxy Nexus. Various rumors have suggested that the S3 might come with an edge-to-edge display and much larger chassis. According to a BGR report, Samsung might launch S3 as its first phone with a 3D screen and the phone will sport a peculiar S-shaped bend in the 4.6-inch screen. The S3 can also receive a revamped light and scratch-resistant ceramic encasing.
While all the super-exciting S3 display features are mostly vague and rumored, HTC has announced that the display of the 4.7-inch One X will sport a super LCD 2 multi-touch screen with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels and 312 ppi pixel density.
Processor: The phone is expected to feature Samsung's quad-core ARM A9-based Exynos 4212 chipset, clocked at a powerful 1.8GHz with 2GB RAM. According to another claim made by BGR, a more modest 1.5GHz quad-core has been indicated in the S3.
Meanwhile, Samsung is also heard to give hefty speed boosts on graphics and pack in some battery-friendly power-saving features with its latest device.
According to reports from PCMag, the global version of HTC One X will be a quad-core phone with Nvidia's Tegra 3 SoC with 4-PLUS-1 processor running at 1.5GHz, while AT&T's LTE version uses a Qualcomm S4 instead. However, both versions of the HTC One X devices will come with 1GB RAM.
Operating System: There's nothing left for anticipation as Samsung will certainly pack Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS with its device. And the S3 is also expected to receive the latest TouchWiz UI version 5.0.
Another claim made by Reddit, citing the source as a Samsung employee, informs that the latest Samsung phone will possibly have two optional launchers, ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich) with TouchWiz overlay and vanilla ICS.
HTC One X, on the other hand, will come with Android 4.0 and Sense 4.0 UI. Reviewers say the combination of ICS and Sense 4.0 blends perfectly and looks magnificent on the One X's non-pentile Super LCD 2 display.
Memory: Although no information about the Galaxy S3 has floated in the market, it's expected to come with 32/64 GB internal storage. Also, the phone will have an external microSD card slot to extend the memory by at least 32 GB.
HTC One X, when compared, will come with 32GB of internal storage and this HTC phone lacks expandable memory slot. But HTC and Dropbox offer 25GB of online storage free for two years.
Camera: Rumors are rife that the S3 is likely to pack a 12-megapixel rear camera. The camera will also have a 2 megapixel front-facing shooter for video chats.
Earlier in October, Samsung's imaging development teams announced that the company is heavily into providing a 16 megapixel mobile sensor.
The HTC One X, however, sports an 8-megapixel camera with five levels of LED flash, automatic focus and recording and playback support for 1080p HD video and has a 1.3-megapixel camera in the front for video calling. The primary camera also features BSI sensor (for better low-light captures), simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, face and smile detection.
4G LTE and NFC: S3 will have integrated 4G LTE support and Near Field Communication feature. While the HTC One X will have HSDPA 21 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps and support 4G LTE.
Battery: Galaxy S3 is predicted to come with a 2250 mAh battery. While the HTC phone comes with 1800 mAh standard Li-Po battery.
Other features: S3 is expected to come with revolutionary wireless charging, 3D Lenticular image technology, waterproof casings.
The HTC phone, on the other hand, boasts of the revolutionary Beats Audio feature alongside the accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, TV-out (via MHL A/V link), SNS integration, MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player, MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV player, Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Document viewer/editor, Voice memo/dial/commands and Predictive text input.