Samsung, HTC, LG and Sony already announced their flagships for this year and the way we see it, there is going to be a tough competition coming in the mobile world. In this post, we will try to point out some strength of the Galaxy S4, One, Optimus G Pro and Xperia ZL and compare them to each other. We believe these phones are built to compete each other, at least, this year.
Starting with Galaxy S4, we believe that Samsung’s flagship will become the benchmark of what high-end devices should be. The international version of the device will sport Exynos 5 Octa 5410 chipset with two sets of quad-core processors: quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A15 and quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7. The A15 processor handles high-performance processes while the other one does the housekeeping and is often in use.
Both the HTC One and the LG Optimus G Pro use Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064T chipset that packs a quad-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz. It has an integrated Adreno 320 graphics processor.
It’s not clear yet whether the Sony Xperia ZL will use Qualcomm MDM9215M or the same APQ8064. But it has already been revealed that it will come packed with a quad-core processor.
As far processing power is concerned the Samsung Galaxy S4 may seem have an edge over its competitors. However, when you think of it, they’re actually just the same considering not all 8 cores will function simultaneously, only four at a time.
Samsung never fell short as far as memories are concerned. The Galaxy S4 has 2 GB of RAM with three internal storage variants; 16, 32, and 64 GB. it also has a microSD card slot that supports up to 64GB of external storage.
LG built its flagship with considerably huge internal memory of up to 32GB. It also has a microSD card slot for an addition 64GB external storage if users would want to spend extra dollars.
HTC’s entry is the only contender without a microSD card slot, however, the company made up for internal memory. The One has two variants; 32GB and 64GB.
For this year, we must expect that high-end devices will get a maximum of 2GB RAM.
The S4 packs a considerably huge battery with 2600 mAh but we believe it is just enough for all its features, powerful processor, GPU, and Super AMOLED display.
The device that may excel in this category is the LG Optimus G Pro with its monster 3140mAh battery. Considering it uses one of the most energy-efficient displays, LCD, this phone could go all day long before requiring a recharge.
HTC’s and Sony’s devices have 2300 and 2370mAh, respectively.
The Galaxy S4 will be operating on an Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with an updated version of the TouchWiz UI. so users won’ t have to wait for a roll software rollout shortly after the release. The good thing about having an updated device upon release is that every function, service and whatnot, is tailored with the hardware.
The LG Optimus G Pro, on the other hand, will be packing version 4.1.2 and so are HTC One and Sony Xperia ZL.
The ZL and the S4 both have a 5-inch display, the One is smaller at 4.7 inches while the G Pro has the biggest, 5.5 inches. There is one thing that’s common to all of them, the resolution; they all have 1080 x 1920 pixels Full HD display. As far as pixel density is concerned, HTC’s device has and edge due to having 469ppi.
When display technology is the basis, only the S4 and G Pro will face off; the former has Super AMOLED while the latter uses IPS LCD. Samsung devices that use its own technology are generally brighter and more colorful because of the AMOLED screen. Mobile phones that use IPS LCD displays, on the other hand, are always energy-efficient with displays that look so natural. It’s actually up to the user which one is more attractive.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is still expected to excel and stand out among others in the high-end market partially because of the success of its antecedent. In the Android arena, there’s nothing that could be the South Korean magnate. For this year, there’s no other device that could shake the S4 but Apple’s iPhone 5S. However, the Cupertino-based tech giant should give its device more impressive specs and features.
The HTC One, LG Optimus G Pro and Sony Xperia ZL actually give the S4 contrast in the market that would soon be flooded with high-end devices.
You can find more information about these devices here.