HTC is rolling out one smartphone after the other and is slowly picking up when it comes to market share. To back it up, HTC has climbed up the ladder with record sales in the month of June. The second quarter revenue was NT$124.4 billion ($4.3 billion) according to Bloomberg.
As Samsung, Apple and Motorola are delaying to bring out their smartphones in the market, HTC has capitalized the situation and met the company’s 11 million-unit target. The overall number is driven by U.S. market and the growth rate in Asia is particularly high.
After the success of HTC Sensation and HTC EVO 3D, the company is planning to roll out their next handsets in the form of T-Mobile’s myTouch Slide 4G and HTC Holiday. But HTC Holiday heading to AT&T has all the specifications to give very stiff competition to Samsung Galaxy S2 and Motorola Droid Bionic, the two superphones expected to reign supreme.
Here is a comparison of HTC Holiday, Samsung Galaxy S2 and Motorola Droid Bionic:
The size of HTC Holiday is yet to be clarified but it may not be much different from Samsung Infuse 4G’s 132 x 71 x 9 mm as Infuse features 4-inch display but should be weighing heavier than Infuse 4G. The initial specification of Motorola Droid Bionic shows 125.9 x 66.9 x 13.3 mm dimension for the 4.3-inch display it had and weighs around 158 g. But as the phone is said to be upgraded to 4.5-inch display, the dimension and weight is expected to vary. The Samsung Galaxy S2 has a dimension of 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5 mm and weighs 116 g.
HTC Holiday comes with 4.5-inch qHD 540 x 960 pixels display touchscreen display compared to Motorola Droid Bionic’s upgraded 4.5-inch qHD TFT capacitive touchscreen with 540 x 960 pixel resolution. The Samsung Galaxy S2 features a 4.3-inch 480 x 800 pixels Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touchscreen.
All the three smartphones have common input features like accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate, multi-touch input method and proximity sensor for auto turn-off. HTC Holiday will come with HTC Sense latest version and Galaxy S2 has other features like Gorilla Glass display, TouchWiz UI v4.0 and Gyroscope sensor. Droid Bionic is expected to include the latest version of Motorola’s custom user interface, mostly to accommodate the unlocked bootloader option. The user interface is expected to be similar to Motorola Photon 4G.
HTC Holiday has 1 GB RAM but the internal storage details are yet to come out but it can be very similar to HTC Sensation. However, Galaxy S2 has 1 GB RAM and comes with 16GB/32GB storage depending on the model. And Motorola Droid Bionic will feature 16 GB internal storage and 2 GB ROM but RAM is expected to be upgraded from 512 MB to 1 GB.
The HTC’ smarpthone heading to AT&T along with Samsung Galaxy Attain version will have HSDPA 21 Mbps and HSUPA 5.76 Mbps support. Motorola’s smartphone will have Rev. A up to 3.1 Mbps LTE support. Moreover, the HTC Holiday is expected to make a cameo on the AT&T carrier's upcoming LTE network. But what makes this especially intriguing is AT&T's 4G LTE network which may be able to churn out blistering ‘real-world’ speeds of up to 28.87 Mbps for downloads and 10.4 Mbps for uploads.
According to an AT&T press release, “The next network evolution will arrive this summer with the addition of LTE in five markets – Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Atlanta and San Antonio. We plan to add another 10 or more markets in the second half of the year, and cover 70 million Americans with LTE by year-end. We also have plans to add 20 4G devices to our robust device portfolio this year, with some of those being LTE capable. We’re positioning to deliver a great mobile broadband experience in the near term with HSPA+ and a growing LTE footprint.”
The Holiday smartphone from HTC has Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot similar to Droid Bionic. But Holiday will come with Bluetooth version 4.0 with A2DP, EDR and has microUSB version 2.0 whereas Droid Bionic upgrade may see a higher version of Bluetooth from the initial version of 2.1.
Meanwhile, Samsun Galaxy S2 comes with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth version 3.0+HS and MHL USB support.
Currently, only few specs of HTC Holiday are out -- it has a 8-megapixel 3264x2448 pixels camera along with 1.3-megapxiel secondary camera. The Motorola phone has an 8-megapixel 3264x2448 pixels camera with autofocus, dual-LED flash, geo-tagging, face detection and image stabilization. Samsung's Galaxy S2 has similar megapixel camera but comes with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection. The initial spec of Bionic was a video capture at 720 at 30 fps but the upgrade is expected to be 1080p while Galaxy S2 captures video at 1080 at 30 fps. However, Galaxy S2 has 2-megapxiel camera compared to Droid Bionic’s VGA camera.
As HTC Holiday is expected to arrive during the holiday season, it may sport Android OS version Ice Cream Sandwich along with Motorola Droid Bionic but Samsung Galaxy S2 will feature the Android OS version 2.3 (Gingerbread).
The processor found in HTC Holiday is 1.2 GHz dual-core processor Broadcom BCM4330 chipset while Samsung Galaxy S2 comes with dual-core 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor Mali-400MP GPU Exynos chipset. The processor supposedly announced in Bionic was 1GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 ULP GeForce GPU Tegra 2 chipset processor but rumored upgrade is expected to be TI OMAP4 1.2 GHz processor.
The battery details of HTC Holiday are yet to be revealed but one can expect a huge battery for the huge smartphone. Galaxy S2 features a Li-Ion 1650 mAh battery but Motorola Droid Bionic betters it with a Li-Po 1930 mAh battery.
Other common features:
The other common features in both the smartphones include 3.5 mm jack, loudspeaker, SMS threaded view, MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, HTML browser, games, Java via third party application, digital compass, A-GPS support , SNS integration , Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk, voice-memo-dial-commands and predictive text input.
Other features found in Bionic are HDMI port and active noise cancellation with dedicated mic. Galaxy S2 extra features include stereo FM radio with RDS, optional NFC support and TV-out via MHL A/V link. The additional features of HTC Holiday have not yet been revealed.
Now the official figures from Samsung in 2011 show that the Samsung Galaxy S2 has done exceptionally well. The Samsung Galaxy S2 has not yet reached US shores, but has already broken Samsung’s own record as it sold over three million units in 55 days since its launch, making it approximately 50,000 phones a day. And most of these smartphones were bought in the European market. Samsung is Asia’s biggest technology company and the world’s No. 2 handset maker with a target of 60 million units of smartphone sales this year. Meanwhile Galaxy S2 smartphone is expected to arrive on Verizon network as Function in July and Sprint may have it in September as Within. Even AT&T will have its hands on “Attain” version of it.
Also Android Central reported about possible Motorola Droid Bionic device with a new FCC filing showcasing a cellular communications device with EVDO, LTE, 700MHz radios, Bluetooth, 802.11b/g/n WiFi and an inductive charging battery cover. Apparently, Motorola promised a “summer” release, so this new FCC update is most probably an accurate piece of good news. If the FCC filing is the Droid Bionic, which it appears to be, then it suggests that the device will be officially announced around August 7 when the confidentiality agreement for photos of the handset and its user manual ends.
Pictured below is the FCC filing of most probable Motorola Droid Bionic.
Hopefully three of these phones specifications look very promising against Apple iPhone 5 rumored specifications like A5 1.2 GHz processor, RAM, possibly 1GB, 8-megapixel with 1080p video playback, 3.7- to 4-inch curved glass screen, 4G connectivity and iOS 5.