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The 5 Top Quad-Core Android Smartphones August, 2013

As we approach the fall season, the Android smartphone market is heating up as manufacturers race to get the biggest share possible of the ever growing smartphone market globally.  We have witnessed the launch of some of the most powerful devices launched in the mobile telecommunication world this year, starting with HTC’s Droid DNA last year and Sony’s current flagship smartphone, the 5 inch waterproof Xperia Z.  The competition has been massively beneficial to end users who want nothing but the best device with capabilities comparable to yesterday’s PCs.  As we head to the holiday period, we will make you a list of some amazing Android devices in the pipeline worth waiting for, but for now, we need to look at which are the best Android smartphones in the market.

 

5. Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Samsung, it is rumored, is in the final stages of prepping the successor to the Galaxy Note 2, dubbed Galaxy Note 3, and may be showing face in September 4th.  For now though, we must admit that this phablet, released last year, still is one of the most powerful and commendable devices in the market today despite lacking the standard full 1080p screen resolution that define current high end devices.  If you fancy something with a comfortably huge screen and don’t mind if it doesn’t fit your pocket, then this is the perfect device for you.

5. Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Core Specs

Processor: Quad-core 1.6 GHz Exynos 4412 Quad with Mali-400MP Graphics

Display: 5.5 inch 720 x 1280 pixels Super AMOLED (~267 ppi pixel density)

Operating System: Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean (Android 4.3 Planned)

Memory: 2 GB RAM, Choice of 16, 32 and 64GB ROM with MicroSD slot

Cameras: 8 Megapixels rear, 1.9 Megapixels front

Battery: 3100 mAh Li-Ion

 

4. Nexus 4

The recently launched Moto X was rumored to have a lot in common with Nexus 4, but it turns out the hardware capabilities were not even close.  Nexus 4 is an elusive device, known for running out of stock all the time, but that just shows how greatly it was received.  You can get Nexus 4 in Black and White for just $299 without contract, which is a sweet deal considering the specs.

4. LG Nexus 4

Core Specs

Processor: Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait Qualcomm Snapdragon with Adreno 320 Graphics

Display: 4.7 inch 720 x 1280 pixels True HD IPS Plus (~318 ppi pixel density)

Operating System: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (Android 4.3 rolling out but with reported issues)

Memory: 2 GB RAM, Choice of 8 and 16 GB ROM without MicroSD slot

Cameras: 8 Megapixels rear, 1.3 Megapixels front

Battery: 2100 mAh Li-Ion (Non-removable)

 

3. HTC Droid DNA

The HTC Droid DNA is exclusively available on Verizon.  HTC announced the DNA in November last year but I feel that they did not promote it well enough to become a market leader.  This phone sports impressively high end specs and is rumored to get Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and Sense 5 soon.  Besides, with just $50, you could have it on a 2 year contract.

3. HTC Droid DNA

Core Specs

Processor: Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait Qualcomm Snapdragon with Adreno 320 Graphics

Display: 5.0 inch 1080 x 1920 pixels Super LCD3 (~441 ppi pixel density)

Operating System: Android 4.1Jelly Bean (Upgrade to Android 4.2 planned)

Memory: 2 GB RAM, 16 GB ROM without MicroSD slot

Cameras: 8 Megapixels rear, 1.3 Megapixels front

Battery: 2020 mAh Li-Ion (Non-removable)

 

2. HTC One

HTC’s flagship smartphone, most fanatics would argue that the One should be the number 1 on this list, and for a good reason.  The phone has among the finest hardware capabilities including a full HD screen and the new ultrapixel camera it introduced and it is now available in more colors – Glamor Red and soon to come Blue Hue.  It has a smaller 4.7 inch screen compared to its arch-rival Samsung’s Galaxy S4, making it easily fit in the pocket.  If you want to go smaller, a less powerful but still impressive 4.3 inch HTC One Mini is coming soon.  Here are its core hardware features.

2. HTC One

Core Specs

Processor: Quad-core 1.7 GHz Krait Qualcomm Snapdragon with Adreno 320 Graphics

Display: 5.0 inch 1080 x 1920 pixels Super LCD3 (~469 ppi pixel density)

Operating System: Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean (Upgrade to Android 4.2.2 rolling out)

Memory: 2 GB RAM, Choice of 16 and 32 GB ROM, No MicroSD slot

Cameras: 4 Megapixels ultrapixels rear, 2.1 Megapixels front

Battery: 2,300 mAh Li-Ion (Non-removable)

 

1. Samsung Galaxy S4

Taking over the mantle from its predecessor the S3 which dominated the best smartphones charts since its launch in June last year, the S4 sure is another amazing installment from Samsung.  This phone is getting cheaper and better and is packed with a ton of features and sensors to make it the finest portable smartphone.  What’s more, every kind of user can get a version of Galaxy S4 to meet their requirements, though the specs may vary.  The Galaxy S4 variants include the S4 Mini (to come in different colors), dual mode Galaxy S4 Mini and Galaxy S4, Galaxy S4 Active, Galaxy S4 with Advanced LTE, Galaxy S4 Zoom and Galaxy S4 Google Play Version.

1. Samsung Galaxy S4

Core Specs

Processor: Quad-core 1.9 GHz Krait Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 with Adreno 320 Graphics

Display: 5.0 inch 1080 x 1920 pixels Super AMOLED (~441 ppi pixel density)

Operating System: Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean (Upgrade to Android 4.3 rumored)

Memory: 2 GB RAM, Choice of 16, 32 and 64 GB ROM (with MicroSD slot)

Cameras: 13 Megapixels rear, 2 Megapixels front

Battery: 2,600 mAh Li-Ion

We have other Android phone rankings you should check out, phones with the fastest benchmark tests and those with the thinnest bezels.  Do you agree with our opinion on the ranking of these smartphones?  Let us know what you think.