Telstra is believed to have delayed the launch of the HTC One XL due to processor shortagesThe new HTC offering is set to go head to head with the new Samsung Galaxy S3 in, what could be, a marketing showdown in Australia
It is now tipped that both the HTC One XL and the Samsung Galaxy S3 will be launched in June with Samsung set to spend millions marketing their new product.
Insiders claim the reason for the delay in the launch of the HTC offering is because the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chip powering the device has been in short supply. The Galaxy S3 is powered by a 1.4GHz Cortex-A9 quad-core CPU, an Exynos 4212 quad chipset and includes a Mali 400MP GPU. In comparison, the One XL is powered by a 1.5GHz Krait dual-core CPU, Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon chipset and Adreno 225 GPU.
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|Samsung Galaxy S3 left HTC One XL, right.|
Both smartphones are fast and rich in new features.
The new Samsung Galaxy S3 has new features like smart stay, smart alert, direct call, social tag and S voice. The HTC One XL features fast browsing, better picture quality and the popular Beats audio.The Beats audio promises a richer and realistic sound experience whether the user is listening to music, playing games or watching videos. Users are allowed to capture photos while shooting HD videos.
The smart stay features on the Galaxy S3 lets the phone stay awake when it senses the user is looking at it. Direct call is an interesting feature – if the user is reading a message and would want to talk to the sender, the Galaxy S3 will dial the number automatically when he/she lifts the phone to his/her ear.
It features Near Field Communication (NFC), which is used to share content by simply tapping compatible devices together.
The Galaxy S3 comes with a Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The 4.8in screen includes Corning Gorilla Glass 2 which is 20 per cent thinner when compared to its predecessor and offers better touch responsiveness. Its software is masked by TouchWiz 4.0 UI, which provides visual improvements and gesture-based functionality.
In contrast, the HTC One XL touts a Super IPS LCD2 capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The 4.7in screen includes Corning Gorilla Glass to defend the screen from everyday wear and tear as well as HTC Sense UI.
Both smartphones feature an eight megapixel rear-facing camera which sports auto-focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, simultaneous HD video and image recording as well as face and smile detection. Users are allowed to record video of 1080p. The Galaxy S3 features a front-facing camera of 1.9 megapixels; the One XL bumps up with 1.3 megapixel secondary camera.
Both phones run on the Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.The Galaxy S3 packs a Li-Ion 2100mAh standard battery. The One XL includes Li-Po 1800mAh standard battery.