Difference between HTC First and Samsung Galaxy S3

Key difference: HTC First is the first phone that will be released running on the Facebook Home user interface. The phone will be powered by a Qualcomm MSM8930 Snapdragon 400 1.4 GHz Dual-core Krait and a 1 GB of RAM. The Galaxy S3 is a slate-format multi-touch smartphone that was launched in May 2012. It has a polycarbonate plastic chassis and is available in a variety of different colors. The S3 sports a 4.8 HD Super AMOLED screen with corning gorilla glass 2. It is offered with Android v4.0.4.

In today’s world, social networking is more important that air of water. Some people might be able to get through without food, but not without checking their Facebook accounts at least a few times during the day. Facebook realizing the important part it plays in people’s social lives and recognizing the need for Facebook integration on mobile phones, has collaborated with HTC for new Facebook phone: the HTC First.

HTC First is the first phone that will be released running on the Facebook Home user interface. This isn’t the first time that HTC and Facebook have collaborated. HTC has previously launched the ChaCha, Status, and Salsa, all of which had special Facebook integration, beyond the normal app. However, the HTC First will be the first to actually have a user interface (UI) based on Facebook.

The Facebook Home UI will consist of Cover Feed which will use the home screen and lock screen to show content posted by friends on Facebook, as well as notifications from other apps. It also has an overlay over any and all apps, which allow users the ability to message others via Facebook or SMS, without leaving the app. The lock icon on the lock screen will show the profile picture of the user.

The HTC First also offers the users the ability to turn off the Facebook Home UI, in case they choose to. When Facebook Home is disabled, the phone will revert to stock Android, in this case Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The phone will also be the first smartphone to include Instagram, recently-acquired by Facebook, as a pre-loaded app.

The phone will be powered by a Qualcomm MSM8930 Snapdragon 400 1.4 GHz Dual-core Krait and a 1 GB of RAM. The phone will come with as in-built memory of 16 GB and no external memory. The phone also has an embedded Li-Po 2000 mAh battery.

The phone has a 4.3 inch Super LCD capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. The primary camera on the phone is a 5 MP with BSI sensor and a 1.6 MP front-facing secondary camera, also with BSI sensor.

Samsung Group is a South Korean chaebol, the largest in South Korea. A chaebol is basically a conglomerate. Samsung Electronics has become one of the key competitors in the smartphone market due to innovative technologies. The group has launched popular phones such as Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note II.

The Galaxy S3 is a slate-format multi-touch smartphone that was launched in May 2012. It is the successor of Galaxy S2 and Galaxy S but abandons the rectangular design of the predecessors and opts for more rounded corners making it resemble the Galaxy Nexus. The S3 sports a 4.8 HD Super AMOLED screen with corning gorilla glass 2. It is offered with Android v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and can be upgraded to 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean). The Galaxy S III has a polycarbonate plastic chassis and is available in a variety of different colors. The S3 supports a 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9 Quad-core processor, Mali-400MP GPU and 1 GB RAM. The S3 is available with 16 or 32 GB internal storage capacity, which can be expanded up to an additional 64 GB.

The phone boasts an 8 megapixel Auto Focus camera with flash, zero shutter lag and BSI. It also supports a 1.9 megapixel secondary camera that is capable of recording HD videos @30fps. When the phone was initially launched in May, the phone was considered to have been backed with innovative features and the TouchWiz "Nature UX" GUI was considered to be advanced. The GUI also included the “Water Lux” effect which can produce water ripples on contact. The phone also offered S Voice in response to Apple’s Siri, which enabled users to verbally control 20 functions on the phone. It was effectively considered as a iPhone killer. It also received additional publicity because of the ongoing patent infringement lawsuits against Apple.

The information for the detailed table about the two phones has been taken from the HTC website, theverge.com, Samsung website and GSMArena.com.

 

HTC First

Samsung S3

Launch Date

April 2013

May 2012

Company

HTC

Samsung Electronics

Size

126 x 65 x 8.9 mm (4.96 x 2.56 x 0.35 in)

136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm

Display

4.3 inches Super LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED

Screen

720 x 1280 pixels, (~342 ppi pixel density)

1280x720 pixels

Protection

-

Corning Gorilla Glass 2

Weight

123.9 g (4.34 oz)

133 g

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

3G Network

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

(HSPA+ 21Mbps): 850/900/1900/2100 MHz

4G Network

LTE 850 / 1900

Depends on market availability.

GUI

Facebook Home UI

TouchWiz "Nature UX"

CPU speed

Dual-core 1.4 GHz Krait

Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9

GPU

Adreno 305

Mali-400MP

OS

Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean)

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

Chipset

Qualcomm MSM8930 Snapdragon 400

Exynos 4412 Quad

RAM

1 GB LPDDR2

1 GB

SIM Size

Micro-SIM

microSIM

Internal Memory

16 GB

16/32/64 GB (The 64GB model has been discontinued)

Expandable Memory

No

microSD up to 64 GB

Sensors

Gyro sensor, Tri-axis Accelerometer,

Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor

Accelerometer, RGB light, Digital compass, Proximity, Gyro, Barometer

Connectivity

3.5 mm stereo audio jack

NFC capable

Compliant with Bluetooth 4.0 BLE

Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a//b/g/n

micro-USB 2.0 (5-pin) port

WiFi a/b/g/n, WiFi HT40, GPS/GLONASS, NFC, Bluetooth® 4.0(LE), microUSB v2.0, USB On-the-go, wireless charging.

Data

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB, NFC

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, NFC and USB.

Speed

HSDPA, HSUPA

HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot

Bluetooth

Yes, v4.0 with A2DP, LE

Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, EDR.

USB

Yes, microUSB v2.0

micro-USB 2.0; USB On-the-go.

Primary Camera

5 MP, 2592x1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash

8 megapixel Auto Focus camera with Flash & Zero Shutter Lag, BSI.

Secondary Camera

1.6 MP BSI front camera (ultrawide angle)

1.9 Mega pixel camera, HD recording @30fps with Zero Shutter Lag, BSI

Video

1080p Full HD video recording

[email protected], zero shutter lag.

Camera Features

  • BSI sensor
  • F2.0 aperture and 28 mm lens
  • Auto focus
  • LED flash
  • Geo-tagging
  • Touch focus
  • Face detection
  • Simultaneous HD video and image recording
  • Geo-tagging
  • Touch focus
  • Face and smile detection
  • Image stabilization
  • Burst shot & Best photo
  • Recording snapshot, HDR.

Sound Enhancement

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, Speaker with built-in amplifier IC (support 2.55V)

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic.

Audio supported formats

.aac, .amr, .mp3, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 9)

Audio Codec: MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, OGG, FLAC, AC-3, apt-X.

Video supported formats

MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player

Video Codec: MPEG4, H.264, H.263, DivX, DivX3.11, VC-1, VP8, WMV7/8, Sorenson Spark Recording & Playback: Full HD (1080p).

Battery Capacity

Embedded rechargeable Li-Po 2000 mAh battery

2100 mAh battery

Stand-by

-

2G: 21 hours 40 minutes

3G: 11 hours 40 minutes

Talk time

-

2G: 590 hours

3G: 790 hours

Available Colors

Black, Black/White, Black/Blue, Black/Red

Pebble blue, Marble white, Amber brown, Garnet red, Sapphire black, Titanium grey, La Fleur

Messaging

SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email

SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS

Browser

HTML5

HTML, Adobe Flash

Radio

-

Stereo FM radio with RDS

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS, Digital compass

A-GPS support and GLONASS

Java

Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

Java MIDP emulator

Additional Features

  • Social Network Device
  •  Dropbox (25 GB storage)
  • SNS integration
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
  • YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk
  • Document viewer
  • Photo viewer/editor
  • Voice memo/dial
  • Predictive text input
  • Voice natural language, commands and dictation
  • Smart Stay eye tracking
  • Dropbox (50 GB storage)
  • TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
  • SNS integration
  • Organizer
  • Image/video editor
  • Document viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input (Swype)

Image Courtesy: htc.com, samsung.com

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