With the HTC One X and now HTC EVO 4G LTE specs officially confirmed, it is surprising that Samsung has been so silent about its own upcoming flagship phone, the Samsung Galaxy S3.
Expected to go head to head with the iPhone 5 and HTC One / EVO 4G LTE, its not going to be a walk in the park for the Korean giant. Given that the Samsung Galaxy S2 was crowned best smartphone of the year back at MWC 2012, if the rumors of its successor’s specs read true, we could see Sammy retain that title.
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs iPhone 5 & HTC One X / EVO 4G LTE
Now if you’re late to the party, let us first recap the specs. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is rumored to feature a 1.8GHz quad-core Exynos processor with 2GB RAM, 4.65-inch Super AMOLED III 720p display, 8-megapixel rear camera, LTE, 32GB internal storage and a front-facing camera. Now the screen size, camera, LTE radios and internal storage all seem to line up with what the HTC EVO 4G LTE / One X has to offer, as well as what the iPhone 5 is expected to bring. The key difference here is of course the 1.8GHz quad-core Exynos processor with a whopping 2GB RAM at its disposal. Given that the Tegra 3 quad-core chipset wasn’t compatible with LTE radios, we saw HTC swap its quad-core processors in the international version of the HTC One X with a dual-core Snapdragon S4 for the US variants (AT&T HTC One X and Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE). Similarly, while the New iPad ‘3’ boasts quad graphics processing, it packs a dual-core processor in order to be compatible with the LTE antenna. So it is more than likely that the same will be seen with the iPhone 5.
Samsung Galaxy S3 to rival flagships: ‘Up Yours’ (cores that is)
While still unconfirmed at this point, if the quad-core Exynos chip in the Samsung Galaxy S3 (which is built in-house by the way) is compatible with LTE, we could see the Samsung Galaxy S3 as the first quad-core LTE smartphone in the US. Now we are aware that quad-core processors don’t automatically apply that they are better than dual-core processors, but it is difficult to change consumer mentality when it comes to ‘more isn’t always better’.
Are you planning to wait and see what the Samsung Galaxy S3 US variants have to offer or are you taking the plunge with the HTC EVO 4G LTE? Sound off in the comments below.