The Samsung Galaxy S3 has been one of the best-selling Android handsets of this year. However the tables may soon turn if the recently announced HTC J Butterfly which is believed to be coming to the US as the HTC DROID DNA has anything to do about it.
So why is the HTC J Butterfly such a threat to the Samsung Galaxy S3? Its hardware may have the answer. Let’s take a look.
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs HTC J Butterfly
The Samsung Galaxy S3 is run by a quad core Exynos 1.4GHz processor along with 1 GB of RAM. The HTC J Butterfly comes with the Snapdragon S4 processor from Qualcomm at 1.5GHz and it has 2GB of RAM. As you might expect both devices give speeds that are fast and they have performance that is superb. They are equally matched, so there is not much to choose from between them. The HTC does come with a higher clock speed and it has more RAM though so it can be declared the winner. Bear in mind that the S3 in the US comes with 2GB of RAM, however it is running a dual core processor.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a Super AMOLED display of 4.8 inches that has a pixel density of 1280 x 720; the HTC J Butterfly comes with a 5 inch display of Super LCD, with 1920 x 1080p full HD resolution. It also has 440 ppi in comparison to the 306ppi of the Butterfly. In addition to having a bigger screen and higher ppi, the HTC J Butterfly Super LCD display provides more realistic colors and higher brightness levels, making it better for outdoor viewing. The S3 fails in this regard but can product deeper blacks and more vibrant colors, the latter of which may be a little hyper-real for some. Winner: HTC J Butterfly.
When it comes to measurements the HTC J Butterfly is 5.62 x 2.79 x 0.35 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 5.38 x 2.78 x 0.34 inches. This means that the HTC is wider, along with being taller and thicker than the S3. The S3 is the lighter of the two devices too as it weighs in at 4.6 ounce, compare with the 4.93 ounce of the Butterfly. Therefore the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the clear winner here.
Memory wise the Samsung Galaxy S3 comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions and supports up to 64GB via SD card. The HTC J Butterfly lacks in this department as it has just 16GB and SD card support for up to 32GB. Therefore the S3 comes out on top in this category too.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 has an 8 megapixel camera, with LED flash and autofocus, and it has a 1.9 megapixel camera on the front of the handset. The HTC J Butterfly has an 8 megapixel camera too but boasts a 2.1MP camera on the front, which is enhanced. Both handsets have the option of taking video at 1080p. As the HTC Butterfly comes with a slightly better camera up front, it is the winner here.
The HTC J Butterfly comes with Jelly Bean and the Samsung Galaxy S3 is waiting for the update as it’s on ICS. For the moment the HTC device is the winner, however the S3 is slowly being updated around the world, including here on Sprint which just started with the 4.1 bump.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a battery of 2100mAh, which gives up to 650 minutes of talk time and will last 750 hours on stand by. The HTC J Butterfly offers a 2020mAh battery, however talk and stand by times are unknown at this time. Samsung should come out on top as they offer the bigger battery and has a smaller display to power. The display is generally what consumes the most battery on any device. Winner: S3
Both devices have all the standard connectivity choices, including NFC, Bluetooth, GPS and Wi-Fi.
You can get the Samsung Galaxy S3 in marble white or pebble blue and new colours are coming out. These include red, brown, grey and black versions. The downside is that not all colours will be available on all carriers. The HTC J Butterfly comes in red, black or white. The S3 has a somewhat plastic look about it and has been criticized for it. The HTC J Butterfly shares the striking looks of the One X models and hence wins in the design category.
Overall the HTC J Butterfly has gathered more points in this comparison, which puts it ahead of the Samsung Galaxy S3, on paper at least. If rumors serve true and it will be coming in November as the Verizon HTC DROID DNA then we suggest hanging back just for a little bit before making your decision.