HTC and Samsung will both be releasing quad-core smartphones over the next few months. It's going to be interesting to see which will be the better smartphone and which smartphone will be more affordable to South African consumers.
HTC seems to have its nose in front in terms of release dates for the HTC One X, with HTC confirming to Do Gaming that the phone will be here in April, while industry speculation suggests the Samsung Galaxy S 3 will be out locally some six to eight weeks later.
The HTC One X
Here are the confirmed One X specs.
1.5 Ghz Tegra 3 processor
1GB of RAM
4.7 inch screen
8MP camera with 1.3MP facing camera
There are some conflicting reports on what the S3 might look like, but a Boy Genius report has the following:
1.5GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos processor
4.8-inch “full HD” 1080p resolution with 16:9 aspect ratio display
A 2-megapixel front-facing camera and an 8-megapixel rear camera
Not much in it is there? Apart from a front camera difference and LTE.
Neither are train smashes for the HTC locally. LTE has only been trialled locally and the front camera is not a serious difference.
The Samsung Galaxy S 3
It therefore comes down to cost and experience. Well on past experience I would have to say HTC Sense wins hands down. I own both HTC and Samsung Android phones and Sense is the better experience.
However, I got the Samsung Galaxy S 2 because the price point was fantastic and MTN did not stock the HTC Sensation.
Having heard what the One X can do, I’m leaning toward it being the smartphone I would prefer. But let’s see what Samsung comes up with. They are rumoured to be launching the device globally some time later this year.