With Samsung, Apple and Motorola delaying the launch of any high-end smartphone, and with Samsung battling out their dispute with Apple, HTC sneaked through with many smartphones from the beginning of this year.
Until the third quarter of 2011, HTC made sure that it had accounted for most of the market share with the launch of their range of high-end smartphones which included HTC Inspire 4G, HTC EVO Shift 4G, HTC Thunderbolt, HTC Sensation and HTC EVO 3D.
With Samsung Galaxy S2 versions going to be launched with different carriers and Apple iPhone 5 on the way, HTC doesn’t want to be left behind in the fourth quarter as well. Now the latest reports show that HTC Ruby aka HTC Amaze 4G is heading straight to T-Mobile where the Samsung Galaxy S2 version known as Samsung Hercules is expected to make its presence felt as well.
Both HTC Ruby and Samsung Hercules feature monster specifications that dwarf the iPhone 5 in every aspect. Presently Samsung is the biggest rival for Apple around the world. With Samsung Galaxy S2 out-running iPhone 4 in sales around the world, newer versions of Samsung Galaxy S2 like Epic Touch 4G and AT&T version known as Samsung Attain along with T-Mobile’s improvised Samsung Hercules can be very stiff competitors for iPhone 5. With HTC Ruby joining in the race, iPhone 5 has to really overcome all of these Android smartphones to stay ahead in the market.
The latest information shows that Samsung Hercules may have passed through FCC filings known by the model number T989. The FCC filing shows that the device will also come with Near Field Communications, or NFC support.
Meanwhile HTC Ruby is expected to be a high-end version of HTC Sensation 4G with beefier specifications. The latest news on HTC Ruby points that the smartphone was caught in Thailand sporting a black outfit and lacking any mobile network logos. However, HTC Sense UI was missing in the latest leaked photo shot but rumor has it that the smartphone will come with HTC Sense UI 3.5.
Here is a look at how both HTC Ruby and Samsung Hercules fare against iPhone 5.
HTC Ruby will sport a 4.3-inch display and Samsung Hercules will come with 4.5-inch display verses iPhone 5’s most probable 3.7 or 4-inch screen. In fact, iPhone 5 Retina display has to deal with qHD display support found in Ruby and Super AMOLED Plus found in Hercules.
The input features expected to be found in HTC Ruby are multi-touch input method, accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate, proximity sensor for auto turn-off, Gyro sensor and HTC Sense v3.5 UI. However, Samsung Galaxy S2 for T-Mobile will have Gorilla Glass display, TouchWiz UI v4.0, multi-touch input method, accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate, touch-sensitive controls, proximity sensor for auto turn-off and Gyroscope sensor. iPhone 5 input features are not yet confirmed but will most probably have the input features found in iPhone 4 like scratch-resistant oleophobic surface, multi-touch input method, accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate, three-axis gyro sensor and proximity sensor for auto turn-off.
Hercules and Ruby will feature 1 GB RAM and 16 GB storage, however, there is 32 GB version for the Samsung phone. The iPhone 5 is expected to come with higher internal storage capacity at different versions ranging from 16 GB to 64 GB but may not exceed 1 GB RAM capacity.
A leak via Droid Sans revealed that the new HTC Ruby Android device will have DC-HSPA+ speeds, which means full speed 42 Mbps. Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy S2 T-Mobile version is already destined to come with HSDPA 42 Mbps speed. On the other hand, according to a research note from Hudson Square analyst Todd Rethemeir, the iPhone 5 due this fall will support HSPA+ technology, a development that will allow the device to offer faster data speeds on GSM networks such as AT&T.
HTC smartphone is expected to feature Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot along with Bluetooth version 3.0 with A2DP and microUSB version 2.0. And Hercules differs with added Wi-Fi Direct and microUSB (MHL) version 2.0. Moreover, the iPhone 5 should have improved from Bluetooth version 2.1 found in the iPhone 4 with A2DP to a higher standard.
Samsung Hercules will come with 8-megapixel 3264x2448 pixels camera supporting LED flash and 1080p video capture whereas HTC Ruby and iPhone 5 will have an 8-megpixel camera and is expected to have dual-LED flash support offering 1080p HD video capture capabilities. It is also rumored that Ruby will have physical camera shutter button.
HTC Ruby will most probably come with dual-core 1.5GHz processor. It may feature Qualcomm processor as recently Qualcomm Snapdragon roadmap leaks revealed that the next generation Snapdragon chips has been codenamed Krait, the dual-core will run in speeds ranging from 1.5GHz to 1.7GHz and come with the latest Adreno 225 GPU beginning in Q4 2011. But according to geektech, there are possibilities of it featuring Intel processor too.
Meanwhile, Samsung Hercules will be powered by dual-core 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 Mali-400MP GPU Exynos chipset processor and iPhone 5 will feature iPad 2’s 1 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU Apple A5 chipset processor.
HTC Ruby and Hercules will come with Android 2.3 while iPhone 5 will be powered by iOS 5.
Presently HTC Sensation features 1520 mAh and HTC EVO 3D comes with Li-Ion 1730 mAh battery, hence the possibility of HTC Ruby featuring a higher capacity battery is likely. But Samsung Hercules for T-Mobile has Li-Ion 1800 mAh battery while iPhone 5 with its thinness is not expected to surpass that of Hercules.
A previous rumor suggested the Hercules might be priced at $300 with a contract, but there's no word of the pricing for either smartphones. And both Samsung and HTC smartphones are expected to hit US on 26 Oct. 26, looming close to the expected iPhone 5 arrival time.