Top 5 Android Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro Smartphones January 2013

A couple of weeks ago, Qualcomm outlined their plan for the next generation mobile processors for high end and premium smartphones, starting with the all-powerful Snapdragon 800 processor and the Snapdragon 600.  These mobile processors offer what no other processors ever have – high processing, low heat generation and low power consumption.  They also feature new connectivity features, better performance, location services and tons of other features.  For now though, Snapdragon S4 processors still rock the market scene, with some of the most powerful smartphones running on them.  Here is a list of the top 5 Android smartphones that run on Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor in the market now.


5. Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX HD

The most notable thing about the Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx HD is its battery – a whopping 3,300 mAh cell designed to go days on use or weeks in idle time on a single charge.  But you wouldn’t be paying a hefty price to het the RAZR Maxx and RAZR Maxx HD just for the battery, or the 4.7 inch display screen, you will also be getting a powerful device with a dual core processor capable of running highly graphical games and processing daily tasks within microseconds.  This newest flagship of Google owned Motorola is among the most preferred smartphones today thanks to the tons of features it comes with including the fast 4G speeds (on Verizon), a unique rounded edge shape and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgradable to 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX HD

Core Specs:

Processor: Dual-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Plus

Operating System: Android OS, v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), upgradable to v4.1.1 (Jelly Bean)

Memory: 1 GB RAM, 16 GB onboard memory with microSD card slot

Display: .7 inch Super AMOLED Display 1280 x 720 screen (312 ppi display density)

Cameras: 8 Megapixels rear and 1.3 Megapixels front cameras

Battery: Non-removable 3300 mAh Li-Ion

Build: 5.19 x 2.67 x 0.37 inches (131.9 x 67.9 x 9.3 mm), 5.54 oz (157 g)


4. LG Optimus G

LG is giving Samsung, currently the global leader in the smartphone industry, a run for its money – not only in South Korea but also in the US and around the world.  Their release of the LG Optimus G high end smartphone was received with much anticipation, although deliveries in a number of markets were fumbled – a mistake that may have cost a company a few hundred thousand in sales.  The Optimus G, the company’s flagship smartphone (aside from Nexus 4) is an impressive smartphone notable of mention when listing the best smartphone sin the market in 2013.  The device launched on different carriers in the US hence reaching more users than most other smartphones.

LG Optimus G

Core Specs

Processor: 1.5 GHz Krait Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro with Adreno 320 GPU

Operating System: Android OS, v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) upgrade rolling out now

Memory: 2 GB RAM, 32 GB onboard memory, no memory card slot

Display: 4.7 Inch 768 x 1280 pixels (~318 ppi pixel density)

Cameras: 13 Megapixels (8 in some markets) rear, 1.3 Megapixels front cameras

Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 2100 mAh

Build: 5.19 x 2.71 x 0.33 inches (131.9 x 68.9 x 8.5 mm), 5.11 oz (145 g)

3. HTC Droid DNA

The rumors of HTC’s new flagship smartphone started surfacing when the company was in a very bad financial position, it was unimaginable that HTC could be able to make a comeback – especially with a device that would be better than the then bestselling HTC device the One X+.  But the Taiwanese company did it, becoming the first to introduce a 5 inch device with full HD screen that wasn’t a tablet or a phablet.  Other companies such as Samsung, Acer and others have taken this route and it seems 5 inchers will be the standard for high end smartphones this year.  The 1080p Full HD smartphone is however exclusive to Verizon.  As the talk of HTC M7, expected to shake the smartphone market, spreads, we hope the company will do as Samsung with the SIII and LG with Optimus G did and make the phone available on different carriers.


Core Specs

Processor: Quad-core 1.5GHz Krait Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU

Operating System: Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean), upgrade to v4.2 (Jelly Bean) available

Memory: 2 GB RAM, 16 GB onboard memory, no memory card slot

Display: 5.0 inch SLCD3 1080 x 1920 pixels (~440ppi density)

Cameras: 8 Megapixels rear, 2.1 megapixels front

Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 2020 mAh battery

Build: 5.55 x 2.78 x 0.38 inches (141 x 70.5 x 9.7 mm), 4.97 oz (141.7 g)


2. Samsung Galaxy S III

Since it was released in May last year, Samsung Galaxy SIII has won accolades as the best smartphone ever manufactured and has topped the list of the most powerful, the most admored and the most reliable smartphone in the market.  It comes in two variants though when it comes to processing power – the US version comes with a dual core processor while the international version has a quad-core S4 Pro processor.  Some of the top reasons that make this a phone of choice are the tons of features and sensors it comes with, good battery, large storage and sales almost hitting 50 million.

Samsung Galaxy S III

Core Specs

Processor: Dual-core 1.5Ghz Snapdragon S4 o, Quad-core 1.4Ghz Exynos or Snapdragon S4 in some markets

Operating System: Android OS, v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), upgradeable to 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)

Memory: 2 GB RAM, 16, 32 or 64GB onboard storage with microSD card slot

Display: 4.8 Inch at 1280×720 Super AMOLED HD Display (306ppi)

Cameras: 8 Megapixels rear, 1.9 Megapixels front cameras

Battery: 2100 mAh

Build: 5.38 x 2.78 x 0.34 inches (136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm), 4.69 oz (133 g)


1. Google Nexus 4

On top of the list of the finest Android smartphones in the market this January is the Google Nexus 4 – manufactured by LG.  This phone, despite missing some crucial features such as 4G and fumbled sales and shipping all over the world, remains the people’s favorite today.  Since it was released in November 2012, sales could have been better had the phone been available in the market – even on Play Store.  If you will be lucky to get one to buy, here are some core specs you should expect to have.

Google Nexus 4

Core specs

Processor: Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with Adreno 320 GPU

Operating System: Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v4.2.1 (Jelly Bean)

Memory: 2 GB RAM, choice of 8 and 16 GB onboard memory, No memory card slot

Display: 4.7 inch 1280 x 768 pixels True HD Screen (320 ppi)

Cameras: 8 Megapixels rear, 1.3 Megapixels front cameras

Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 2100 mAh battery

Build: 5.27 x 2.70 x 0.36 inches (133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm), 4.90 oz (139 g)


Honorable mentions

Two other smartphone that almost made it to the list are Sony’s Xperia TL James Bond smartphone with a dual core 1.5Ghz Snapdragon S4 Plus, a 4.55 inch screen with 1280×720 resolution and 323 ppi, 1 GB RAM and a 13 megapixels rear camera.  HTC Evo 4G LTE is the runner up, boasting of a dual-core 1.5Ghz Snapdragon S4 processor, a 4.7 inch 1280×720 312ppi density screen, 1 GB RAM and a 2,000 mAh battery.