Article by: Kevin Go, Posted on Feb 21, 2013, THURSDAY, 3:45 P.M.
Can the HTC One (M7) survive the upcoming Samsung phone?
It’s pretty obvious that HTC went all out with its newly announced flagship smartphone, the aptly named ‘One’ which boasts a lot “firsts” in the ludicrous smartphone market.
From HTC’s so-called ‘Boom Sound’ inbuilt stereo speaker system to the first ever 4.7 inch display with a full high-definition resolution, how did the Taiwanese folks stuff all those tech goodies inside the phone’s 0.37 inch thick hybrid aluminum/polycarbonate frame? We wouldn’t be surprised if other smartphone manufacturers have already headed back to the drawing board — oh, by the way, this made us wonder, what will the Samsung Galaxy S4 bring to the table?
For starters, the rumored 1080p Super AMOLED Plus display is definitely not out of the question and the quad-core Exynos 5 chip or the Exynos 5 Octa can be Sammy’s SoC (system-on-a-chip) of choice given its ability in the semiconductor front, those two components alone can already make for a killer Android smartphone not to mention, may even beat the HTC One’s Snapdragon 600 chip. but it’s not all about the hardware, Samsung smartphones are in dire need of upgrade when it comes to the quality of construction as its choice of materials are currently paltry at best so that’s something the Korean juggernaut should consider looking into.
Giving up a couple of millimeters for the sake of longer battery life is definitely worth it, we’re pretty sure that a lot of users will agree with us on this. What’s good in a smartphone that boasts bleeding-edge technology if it can hardly stay away from the wall socket? Samsung should set the bar higher and equip the Galaxy S4 with a 3,100 mAh battery or better, they did it with the Galaxy Note 2, we can’t see why they can’t do it on the S4.
Motorola’s Razr Maxx series are still the reigning kings of the smartphone runtime game, HTC’s devices are known to flop in this department but the One now packs a non-removable 2,300 mAh battery which will purportedly last users a full day without compromises. To be quite honest, a 2,300 mAh battery is no longer impressive by today’s standards and considering that it has to power a handful of bells and whistles, the words ‘non-removable’ certainly doesn’t inspire us with confidence.
Smartphones are getting more and more powerful at the expense of shorter battery life, new battery technologies are not yet ready for prime time and the only solution to this is pretty obvious.
As for the camera, HTC has taken a 180-degree turn in hopes of busting the megapixel myth, the HTC One UltraPixel sensor may tick you off but it’s not all about numbers, the rule ‘quality over quantity’ applies in this scenario. The HTC One’s sensor is slightly smaller than competitors but with a resolution that’s 50 to 68 per cent less which equates to pixels that are over 300 per cent larger, this means each pixel can detect more light resulting to images with less noise, better color saturation and significant boost in low-light picture-taking abilities.
We wonder how Samsung will beat HTC’s new imaging solution.
It’s still unknown what new tricks will come with the Galaxy S4, Samsung came up with brilliant solutions to ‘first world problems’ such as Smart Stay and Smart Rotation, we’re pretty its upcoming flagship will wow us again soon, an updated TouchWiz UI is not impossible.
The Korean smartphone juggernaut is rumored to take the wraps off its Galaxy S4 smartphone on the 16th of March which is just a few short weeks away, we’ll keep you posted if anything new pop out so stay tuned.
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