Ahead of the launch of the much-anticipated Samsung Galaxy S3 on 30 May, V3 takes a look at which rival device might be able to stop the S3 claiming the crown as 2012's top smartphone, breaking down what we expect from the mobile heavy hitters.
5) The LG Optimus 4X HD
While many would write off the device just because it sports an LG logo, as noted in our Mobile World Congress (MWC) hands on, the LG Optimus 4X HD is an arresting device.
The phone packs a powerful Nvidia 1.5GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor backed up by 1GB of RAM.
Visually the device houses a massive 4.7in 1280x720 touchscreen, that boasts IPS technology - meaning it should provide excellent viewing angles and perform better in sunlit conditions.
Having had our hands on the device when it was unveiled, we were really impressed with its screen, with it remaining clear and crisp even in the LG MWC stand's dim, low light conditions.
The device will be powered by Google's latest 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Android version and will feature 16GB of internal storage.The unit will also sport an 8MP rear-facing camera backed up by a 1.3MP front-facing unit and be powered by a sizeable 2150mAh battery.
Confirmed for release in the UK in June at a semi-affordable £480 SIM-free price, the LG Optimus 4X HD will be £20 cheaper than the Galaxy S3 and could potentially offer a valid alternative to Samsung's latest flagship handset.
4) The HTC One X
HTC was the first to market when it came to quad-core processors in a smartphone, releasing its One X handset in April.
As noted in our full written review, the One X is a beautiful device, packing a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, backed up by 1GB of RAM.
We were particularly impressed by the device's 8MP rear-facing camera and 4.7in 1280x720 touchscreen. In our time with the device the Super LCD screen remained pleasing to the eye, with its 312ppi resolution ensuring the display remained crisp and vibrant even in the most unflattering lighting conditions.
The One X's camera is equally impressive, in our mind being one of the finest currently on the market. In terms of dimensions, the One X is fairly similar to the S3 measuring in at 134x70x8.9mm and weighing 130g. The S3 by comparison measures in at 137x71x8.6mm and weighs 133g.
Retailing for the same £500 sim-free as the Galaxy S3 and targeting the same plus-sized market, the One X may have already taken a chunk of Samsung's potential market. This trend could potentially continue if the S3 launches with a similar game-breaking flaw like the Galaxy Nexus's volume drop bug.
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