Saturday, December 15, 2012

The 2013 Droid Wars have begun

Even before 2012 ends the next generation of Androids are already hitting the shelves. With Samsung having dominated the Android world since Q4 2011 and Samsung Galaxy S III wiping out its competitors, other Android manufacturers only have one choice. Push the envelope, and push there faster. HTC One X, the companies 2012 flagship has already been replaced by another HTC flagship phone in Japan and the US. The HTC Bufferfly J designed for the Japan market, with a revised model being released as the Droid DNA in the US,  has set the standard for what the next generation Android flagship will be like. HTC has already announced the international version of the HTC Butterfly J/Droid DNA, the HTC Butterfly.

HTC Butterfly

The HTC Butterfly sets that bar with the following features:
  • 5-inch 1080p (1080 x 1920 display, 441 ppi)
  • Second generation quadcore chipset
  • Faster graphics
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • Return of expandable storage
  • LTE
Little know Oppo, has released it own Oppo Find 5, which actually, has higher specifications that the HTC Butterfly (13 MP camera v. 8 MP camera; 2500 mAh battery v. 2020 mAh battery).

Oppo Find 5

Than we have the Sony Xperia Yuga which is rumored to be coming with a 5-inch display, a Samsung Exynos 5 chipset (quad core ARM Cortex A-15) and monster 16 MP camera and a 3000 mAh battery,  

Sony Xperia Yuga?

Myth 1 - The phones will be too large

The HTC Butterfly is actually 0.1 mm narrower than the Samsung Galaxy S III, and weighs just 7 grams more. The new large screens wont make the less handy than todays 4.7 to 4.8-inch Android monster phones.

Myth 2 - Battery life will be horrible

The battery life tests on the Droid DNA indicate that the next generation 1080p Droids wont be as power hungry as one may think.

Talk time 
Galaxy Note II - 16 hours 57 minutes
Google Nexus 4 - 14 hours 17 minutes
HTC Droid DNA - 11 hours 07 minutes Galaxy S III (JB) -  10 hours 15 minutes
iPhone 5 - 8 hours 42 minutes 
Web browsing 
iPhone 5 - 9 hours 56 minutes
Galaxy Note II - 8 hours 48 minutes
HTC Droid DNA - 6 hours 40 minutes Galaxy S III (JB) -  6 hours 27 minutes
Google Nexus 4 - 4 hours 34 minutes 
Video playback 
Galaxy Note II - 11 hours 27 minutes
iPhone 5 - 10 hours 12 minutes
Galaxy S III (JB) -  9 hours 27 minutes
HTC Droid DNA - 7 hours 40 minutesGoogle Nexus 4 - 4 hours 55 minutes 

I don't think it will be too long before we start hearing about a reworked LG Optimus G with a 1080p display and the Samsung Galaxy S IV.

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