With 2012 projected to be the year of quad-core, for mobile device processors at least, I thought it would be best to recap on and do a comparison of what we are likely to see in the upcoming months. While HTC has been the first of the more recognized brands to announce their quad-core product, other less internationally recognized brands such as ZTE and Meizu have also stepped up their game and announced their quad-core phone counterparts in an attempt to grab a slice of the very lucrative smartphone market cake. So without further ado, here is a direct comparison (or face-off) of the quad-core smartphones that will have people talking, in areas where it really matters.
As a final note, this information is comprised entirely on phones that have been announced, so while the Samsung Galaxy SIII may very well have a quad-core processor with outstanding specs, up to this point there has been nothing but speculation surrounding the subject, and so I will not be covering it.
- LG Optimus 4X HD: 8.99 millimetres thick, 130 grams, 4.7 inch display, other statistics not yet confirmed
- HTC One X: 8.9 millimetres thick, 134.36 millimetres long, 69.9 millimetres wide, 130 grams, 4.7 inch display
- ZTE Era: 7.8 millimetres thick, 4.3 inch display, other statistics not yet confirmed
- Meizu MX Quad-core: 10.3 millimetres thick, 121.3 millimetres long, 63.3 millimetres wide, 139 grams, 4 inch display
Winner: Based on the available statistics, it is apparent that the winner in this case depends on what one is looking for in a phone. The HTC One X is a clear winner if you are looking for a big phone with a wide screen, while the ZTE Era looks like the choice for people looking for a more compact, iPhone-like mobile.
HTC One X vs. Meizu MX Quad-core vs. LG Optimus 4X HD vs. ZTE Era: Camera
The four phones all have both back-facing and front-facing cameras, with the back-facing cameras shooting 8 megapixels with full 1080p video recording. The front-facing cameras in the LG Optimus 4X HD and the HTC One X shoot 1.3 megapixels, with the One X’s back-facing camera also being capable of shooting 720p video. The front-facing camera in the Era and the MX Quad-core are a lower standard VGA shot. An additional selling point of the HTC One X is the ability to record videos and take images simultaneously.
Winner: HTC One X, because of its ability to shoot 720p video with its front-facing camera and simultaneous video and image capture.
HTC One X vs. Meizu MX Quad-core vs. LG Optimus 4X HD vs. ZTE Era: Memory and Storage
Each phone has a different combination of internal storage coupled with microSD storage to give a relatively similar storage space: the HTC One X has 32GB of internal storage that is non-expandable; the LG Optimus 4X HD has 16GB of internal storage that can be expanded to 32GB; the ZTE has the lowest amount of internal storage at 8GB, which can however be bumped to 32GB using a microSD slot; but the Meizu MX Quad-core has the highest possible storage size with options of either 32 or 64 GB of internal storage. All four smartphones has 1GB of RAM.
Winner: Meizu MX Quad-core, because although it doesn’t have a microSD slot for expandable storage, it makes up for it with a more than generous 64GBs of internal storage.
HTC One X vs. Meizu MX Quad-core vs. LG Optimus 4X HD vs. ZTE Era: Operating System
All the handsets feature Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, with the main differences being the phones’ added skins. The HTC features a revamp of the iconic HTC Sense overlay, called Sense 4.0. Meizu has also revamped their unique skin, called the Flyme OS for the MX Quad-core, and so has LG.
Winner: Results not clear enough yet- tie.
For those dying to explore the power of quad-core processing NOW, you’re in luck: in everywhere except for North America, the HTC One X has already been released (anyways, North America’s HTC One X doesn’t feature a quad-core processor in the first place). The Meizu MX Quad-core and the LG Optimus 4X HD are both slated for a Q2 2012 release, with the ZTE Era expected to come out in the second half of the year.
Winner: HTC One X, if you’re all for getting your new phone ASAP.
While it’s still early days, you can see that it’s going to be very hard to separate these four phones holistically; each phone has its pros and cons, as well as its own unique selling point, and only time will tell whether these phones will come out being the greatest of 2012’s smartphone lineup.