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Compare Latest HTC Desire V Vs Galexy S Duos

Compare Latest

HTC Desire V Vs Galexy S Duos

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RATINGS REVIEWS & PRICE

HTC Desire V

HTC Desire V

HTC Desire V

Screen Size: 4.0 inches (~233 ppi pixel density)

Speed: 1 GHz

Internal Memory: 4GB, 512MB RAM

OS: Android 4.04 ICS

Average User Rating 7.5

 15,999 onwards

Samsung Galaxy S Duos (GT-S7562)

Samsung Galaxy S Duos (GT-S7562)

Samsung Galaxy S Duos (GT-S7562)

Screen Size: 4.0 inches

Speed: 1 GHz

Internal Memory: 4GB, 768MB RAM

OS: Android 4.0.4 ICS

Average User Rating 8.7

 16,199 onwards

Display
Form Factor Bar Bar
Screen Type Capacitive touchscreen TFT capacitive touchscreen
Screen Size 4.0 inches (~233 ppi pixel density) 4.0 inches
Screen Resolution 480 x 800 480 x 800
Number of Colours 16M 16M
Processor
Processor Cortex-A5 Cortex-A5
Speed 1 GHz 1 GHz
Memory
Internal Memory 4GB, 512MB RAM 4GB, 768MB RAM
Extendable Memory microSD, up to 32 GB microSD, up to 32 GB
Camera Features
Sensor Resolution 5 MP, 2592×1944 pixels 5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels
Features Geo-tagging
Video resolution / frame rate 640 x 480 / 30fps
Video Recording
Front facing camera 0.3 MP
General Features
OS Android Android
Version 4.0 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
FM Radio
Bluetooth Features Yes, v3.0 with A2DP Yes, v3.0 with A2DP
Dual Sim Support
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email SMS, MMS, E-mail
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support Yes, with A-GPS support
USB Connector
Available Colours Black, White White
Carrier Networks
2G GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G HSDPA 900 / 2100 HSDPA 900 / 2100
Speed HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
Data
GPRS
EGPRS or EDGE
WiFi Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Body
Dimensions 118.5 x 62.3 x 9.3 mm 121.5 x 63.1 x 10.5 mm
Weight (grams) 114 grams 120
Sound
Media Player Music formats: aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 9)
– Video formats: 3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 9), .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3)
Music formats: MP3, eAAC+, WMA, WAV
– Video formats: MP4, H.263, H.264, WMV
Alert Tone Vibration, MP3, WAV Vibration, MP3, WAV
Speakerphone
Audio connector 3.5 mm 3.5 mm
Battery
Type Li-Ion Li-Ion
Capacity (mAh) 1650 mAh 1500
Miscellaneous Features
Built in Applications Google Search
– Maps
– Gmail
– YouTube
– Calendar
– Google Talk
After Sales Service
Warranty Period 1 Year 1 Year

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HTC’s Latest Desire X With 4″ Screen & Android 4.0 ICS

HTC’s Latest Desire X With 4″ Screen & Android 4.0 ICS For Rs 20,000 features a 5 mp camera and 1 GHz dual-core CPU.

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Desire X

After being unveiled at IFA 2012 in Germany, HTC’s Desire X has finally landed in India. The handset looks a lot like a mashup of the flagship One X and Desire C’s design. Moving on to its features, the Desire X runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) with company’s iconic Sense 4.0a UI on top of it. The phone’s 4″ Super LCD display has 480×800 resolution. The gadget is powered by a 1 GHz dual-core CPU, and sports a 5 mp rear camera. Here’s the list of its detailed specs:

  • Quad-band GSM (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); dual-band 3G (900, 2100 MHz).
  • 4″ Super LCD display with pixel dimensions of 480×800.
  • 1 GHz dual-core CPU, 768 MB of RAM.
  • 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus, LED flash, and BSI sensor (for better low-light captures); F2.0 aperture and 28 mm lens; WVGA (480p) video recording.
  • Camera Features: VideoPic (Shoot video and capture pictures at the same time), Continuous shooting (capture 2.5 shots per second), Smart Flash (Five levels of flash automatically set by distance to subject).
  • 4 GB internal storage, microSD card slot (upto 32 GB).
  • Wi-Fi, DLNA compatible, Bluetooth 4.0, micro-USB 2.0, Assisted GPS, 3.5 mm audio jack.
  • Android 4.0 (ICS) with Sense 4.0a UI and Beats Audio integration.
  • Audio Formats: Playback – AAC, AMR, OGG, M4A, MID, MP3, WAV, WMA9; Recording – AMR.
  • Video Formats: Playback – 3GP, 3G2, MP4, WMV9, AVI; Recording – MP4.
  • Gyroscope, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor.
  • 4.7″ (l) x 2.5″ (w) x 0.4″ (9.3 mm) (d); 114 grammes.
  • 1650 mAh battery; Talk Time: Up to 10 hours for 3G and 20 hours for GSM; Standby Time: Up to 833 hours for 3G and 750 hours for GSM.
  • Available Colours: White, Blue.
  • Package Contents: Charger, Headset, User guide.

The handset is priced at Rs 20,000, and is available through popular electronics shops across India. I wonder why HTC has gone with 768 MB of RAM, when 1 GB has become a norm at this price point. That being said, the Taiwanese manufacturer isn’t known for its powerful hardware. As we all know, its expertise lies in build quality and UI. Going by its pricing, the Desire X will compete well with Sony’s Xperia P. However, let’s not forget that the latter has a slight upper hand due to its front-facing camera.

HTC Desire X : Specifications:

General 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100
HSDPA 850 / 2100
SIM Mini-SIM
Announced 2012, August
Status Available. Released 2012, October
Body Dimensions 118.5 x 62.3 x 9.3 mm (4.67 x 2.45 x 0.37 in)
Weight 114 g (4.02 oz)
– Touch-sensitive controls
Display Type Super LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 480 x 800 pixels, 4.0 inches (~233 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
– HTC Sense UI v4.0
Sound Alert types Vibration, MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
– Beats Audio sound enhancement
Memory Card slot microSD, up to 32 GB
Internal 4 GB, 768 MB RAM
Data GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
Speed HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v4.0 with A2DP
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
Camera Primary 5 MP, 2592х1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Features Geo-tagging
Video Yes, 480p@30fps
Secondary No
Features OS Android OS, v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8225 Snapdragon
CPU Dual-core 1 GHz
GPU Adreno 203
Sensors Accelerometer, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email
Browser HTML5
Radio TBD
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Colors White/Black
– SNS integration
– Dropbox (25 GB storage)
– MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player
– MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV player
– Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk
– Organizer
– Document viewer
– Photo viewer/editor
– Voice memo/dial
– Predictive text input
Battery Standard battery, Li-Ion 1650 mAh
Stand-by Up to 833 h (2G) / Up to 750 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 20 h (2G) / Up to 10 h (3G)
Misc Price group Rs. 20,000/-

 

Reviews:

HTC Desire X design:

In an attempt to snaffle the legions of ex-HTC Desire users with a more budget model, HTC has announced the Desire X.

The phone itself is unremarkable when it comes to specs, with a dual-core 1GHz Snapdragon S4 processor powering a Super LCD screen that measures a now-average 4-inches.

This has also been raised up and laminated to help cut down on the glare when looking at the screen and improve clarity, which seems to have worked given the impressive display on offer.

HTC Desire X review

It’s more ‘smartphone’ than the ‘superphone’ One series, according to Graham Wheeler, director of product commercialisation for HTC, but still manages to pull in design language from a number of models in the company’s history.

The shell feels very similar to the polycarbonate of the HTC One X, but instead of a unibody chassis we’re treated to a removable back cover that hides slots for a normal-sized SIM and a microSD card too.

In the hand the HTC Desire X is much more palm friendly, fitting snugly between the digits and offering a more unique central power/lock button. This initially seems like a weird place to put such a key point, but within seconds we realised it fitted in with the design very well.

HTC Desire X review

The rest of phone also offers relatively little to talk about – there’s a microUSB slot and a headphone jack at the top, along with the Android Ice Cream Sandwich-friendly three soft keys at the bottom of the device.

HTC Desire X review

The camera is the most striking part of the HTC Desire X though – not through its specs (only 5MP on offer here) but the design direction. It evokes the Evo 3D language from a year ago, but fits more slickly into the architecture of the device.

HTC Desire X review

It’s definitely the most unique feature of the phone, thanks to the blue band (on the white version of the Desire X, although an all-black option is also available) and will likely play a strong part in the marketing of the device.

There’s also a range of covers to choose from, in the same way as the One X was able to be ‘styled’ to your own preference, although these added a fair bit of heft to the slim device.

HTC Desire X review

 

Sense UI & Verdict :

The software onboard the HTC Desire X is Android Ice Cream Sandwich, coming in at 4.0.4 (although a Jelly Bean update isn not confirmed as yet). This is running underneath HTC’s famous Sense UI, which is thankfully pushed all the way up to Sense 4.0.

For those untrained in the Sense evolution, when it first debuted it was a revelation for Android, bringing a whole new skin that offered a raft of new functionality that wasn’t available from Google’s vanilla option.

However, over time it became slightly more bloated and power-intensive, focusing too much on the functionality to the detriment of performance and battery life.

HTC Desire X review

With the One Series of smart/superphones, HTC has dialled things down, and it’s great to see that simplicity on the Desire X too.

It’s not the full version of Sense, more a tweaked version that takes away things like the re-designed multi-tasking window. Where before we saw large thumbnails cascading across the screen that could be removed by swiping upwards, we now see the standard Google list layout, although this is no less functional.

There’s the same rash of HTC toys throughout the phone – from the Music Hub, which brings together the likes of SoundHound, 7Digital and the Music Player (enhanced by Beats Audio) to the camera.

HTC Desire X review

It’s not the same ‘amazing experience’ as touted by HTC for the One Series, but still features a lot of the impressive features seen on that range. For instance, there’s the same pre-shot effects that can make the photo look more ‘alternative’, and the burst mode (engaged by holding down the shutter key) and still works as well as on other phones.

The processor, a 1GHz dual core offering, might not sound like much in today’s world, but given we’re talking about a company that made the HTC Desire a slick phone on a single core, and the fact it’s rocking a Qualcomm S4 chip, we can see why this is a lag free experience under the finger.

HTC Desire X review

Websites load with the expected aplomb, opening and closing apps is a slick enough experience and the messaging system is adequate enough, although the days where we looked at the HTC keyboard as the best in the business are sadly gone as this one still brought out a little lag, and the accuracy isn’t as gifted as it once was.

It’s worth noting that this is a pre-production model though, so we’ll reserve judgement until our full HTC Desire X review.

Other niceties include 25GB of onboard storage with Dropbox, which HTC says helps make up for the fact there’s only 4GB included on the phone, and precision-drilled speaker grills for that added sense of craftsmanship.

HTC Desire X review

Early verdict

Let’s get onto the important thing: price. This phone is set to sit above the Desire C, but below the HTC One V, in the range of products from the Taiwanese manufacturer.

And while we predictably couldn’t get HTC to confirm it, the Desire X could come in for just £15-£20 a month on contract, or £180-£200 on pay as you go deals. This would be a real howitzer of a handset to throw at that segment, as while the HTC name doesn’t command the same level of fervour among smartphone users, those wanting to stick with the Desire name will love the idea of halving their bills.

 

GOOD

  • Low price
  • Vivid screen
  • Compact design

BAD

  • Average specs
  • Lower RAM
  • Cut down HTC Sense

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How it Works? Systems on a Chip (SoC)

Systems on a Chip (SoC):

 

When buying smartphones and tablets, we often talk about their processing power, and make a big fuss of their speed, and whether they can offer single-, dual-, or multiple-core capabilities. And while we do focus on the processor most of the time, you’ll have to know that things aren’t as simple as that. Instead of just simple processors, we have Systems on a Chip (SoC) inside these devices that offer more complex functionality.

What is a System on a Chip?

Since smartphones and tablets are basically smaller computers, they require pretty much the same components we see in desktops and laptops in order to offer us all the amazing things they can do (apps, music and video playing, 3D gaming support, advanced wireless features, etc).

But smartphones and tablets do not offer the same amount of internal space as desktops and laptops for the various components needed such as the logic board, the processor, the RAM, the graphics card, and others. That means these internal parts need to be as small as possible, so that device manufacturers can use the remaining space to fit the device with a long-lasting battery life.

Thanks to the wonders of miniaturization, SoC manufacturers, like Qualcomm, Nvidia or Texas Instruments, can place some of those components on a single chip, the System on a Chip that powers your beloved smartphone.

What’s inside of a SoC?

Now that we know what a SoC is, let’s take a quick look at the components that can be found inside it. Mind you, not all the following parts are built in all the different SoCs that we’re going to show you later on, but in order to better understand how a SoC works, you should have a general picture of what goes inside it:

  • CPU – the central processing unit, whether it’s single- or multiple-core, this is what makes everything possible on your smartphone. Most processors found inside the SoCs that we’re going to look at will be based on ARM technology, but more on that later
  • Memory – just like in a computer, memory is required to perform the various tasks smartphone and tablets are capable of, and therefore SoCs come with various memory architectures on board
  • GPU – the graphic processing unit is also an important component on the SoC, and it’s responsible for handling those complex 3D games on the smartphone or tablets. As you can expect, there are various GPU architectures available out there, and we’re going to further detail them in what follows
  • Northbridge – this is a component that handles communications between the CPU and other components of the SoC including the southbridge
  • Southbrige – a second chipset usually found on computers that handles various I/O functions. In some cases the southbridge can be found on the SoC
  • Cellular radios – some SoCs also come with certain modems on board that are needed by mobile operators. Such is the case with the Snapdragon S4 from Qualcomm, which has an embedded LTE modem on board responsible for 4G LTE connectivity
  • Other radios – some SoCs may also have other components responsible for other types of connectivity, including Wi-Fi, GPS/GLONASS or Bluetooth. Again, the S4 is a good example in this regard.
  • Other circuitry

ARM vs x86 CPU Architecture

Throughout this article you will see us mention the ARM technology more than once, since the SoCs used by current Android smartphones and tablets are built using this ARM architecture. So what is ARM exactly? MaximumPC shares some details regarding the early days of ARM:

In the beginning, the ARM architecture was specifically developed for use in a PC—the Acorn Archimedes to be precise. In 1987, the Archimedes hit the market, powered by the ARM2 processor with up to 4MB of RAM and a 20MB hard drive. With only 30,000 transistors (less than half of the Motorola 68000’s 68,000), the ARM2 was one of the simplest 32-bit processors of its time. This lower transistor count, paired with the efficient reduced instruction set computer (RISC) architecture, allowed ARM2 to outperform Intel’s 80286 while consuming less electricity.

What’s important to remember is that ARM is still the preferred choice by SoC manufacturers, as the architecture ensures high performance at low power, which is what customers are unconsciously interested in.

The Intel 8086 CPU launched in 1978 was a 16-bit microprocessor that was followed by several successors whose names also ended in “86.” Thus, the x86 term was coined. Today the x86 architecture also includes 32-bit CPUs, which can be found in various computers that you may be using on a daily basis. The disadvantage of x86 architecture in mobile SoC is that they’re not as power efficient as ARM-based CPU. Only Intel currently develops an x86-based SoC for mobile devices, the Atom Medfield platform.

GPU architectures

The SoCs that we’re going to describe below use various GPU technologies coming from various companies. You’ll see GeForce, Adreno, ARM Mali, or PowerVR get mentioned a few times so here’s what these names mean:

  • GeForce – produced by NVIDIA, these are the ultra low power graphics cards found on Tegra 3 SoC
  • Adreno – produced by Qualcomm, the Adreno GPUs are part of the Snapdragon SoC made by the same company. Some Adreno GPUs can also be used on future Microsoft Windows 8 devices.
  • ARM Mali – as you may have guessed, Mali GPUs are designed by ARM and they’re currently used on various SoC designs including Exynos and NovaThor
  • PowerVR – PowerVR is a leading GPU designers, whose GPUs are found on various SoCs including Medfield, NovaThor (future designs), OMAP, and even Apple Ax.

SoC varieties

There are various SoCs out there, from different manufacturers that equip Android devices, from smartphones to tablets, but they’re not completely similar. Let’s take a look at some of the most important ones for you.

NVIDIA Tegra 3

Also known as Kal-El, the NVIDIA Tegra 3 series is one of the SoC sub-families of the Tegra family and it’s currently employed by various Android devices, including, but not limited to, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Pad, HTC One X (international version), the Asus Transformer Pad 300, the LG Optimus 4X HD and others. The rumored Google Nexus tablet will also reportedly come with a Tegra 3 SoC on board.

 

Tegra 3 comes with a quad-core CPU, but what’s interesting about it is that it actually has five cores. The design is meant to optimize power consumption in various device activity states and extend battery life. Each core is a Cortex A9 ARM chip, but the fifth one, which is made of a special low power silicon process, is limited to an optimal speed of 500MHz. This is because it will handle only certain tasks, and only in certain situations. The companion core will be used by the device when in standby mode or when dealing with certain tasks that don’t require faster processing. When the device is switched on (or better said in use), the other cores come to life and users can enjoy a great smartphone and tablet experience, with great graphics and processing speed.

In addition to the CPU, the Tegra 3 SoC also contains the graphics processing unit (GPU), northbrige, southbridge, and memory controller. The SoC supports video output up to 2560 x 1600 resolution and 1080p H.264/MPEG-4 AVC video codec (recording and playing high quality videos).

Qualcomm Snapdragon S4

Qualcomm is another important name when it comes to Android smartphones and tablets (but not only) as the American company is responsible for various families of SoCs used in various generations of smartphones and tablets. Since Snapdragon S4 is the Qualcomm SoC used by some of the most recent devices out there, we’re going to focus on it, but you’ll have to know that the S4 was preceded by other SoC generations.

Snapdragon S4 has a processor that’s similar to the ARM Cortex-A15 CPU, but built according to Qualcomm’s own design. In addition to the CPU, the Snapdragon S4 offers HD video recording and playing support and integrated Adreno GPU capabilities. But one of the most interesting things about the S4 is that it also packs a modem with radio capabilities required by smartphones and tablets with cellular circuitry.

Specifically, the S4 packs a 4G LTE modem, which explains why various companies launched their high-end devices with quad-core capabilities in international markets (using various SoC solutions other than the S4), but when it came to the U.S. launch, they replaced them with the S4 to offer 4G LTE support, even though it only packs dual-core processing powers. The S4 also handles Wi-Fi, GPS/GLONASS, and Bluetooth on most devices.

There are various Snapdragon S4 SoC versions, built on both 40nm and 28nm technology (lower is better as it’s more power efficient) and they are used in some Android devices you may have already heard of, including the HTC One S, Asus Transformer Pad Infinity, North-American HTC One X, HTC EVO 4G LTE, Sony Xperia S, North American Samsung Galaxy S3, and others.

Samsung Exynos 4 Quad

As you’d expect, Samsung has its own SoC platform, the Exynos family. Of those SoCs, we’re going to focus on its latest addition, the Exynos 4 Quad, that’s found on the international version of its 2012 flagship smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S3.

Exynos SoCs are also based on ARM architecture, just like Tegra 3 and Snapdragon S4. The Exynos 4 Quad is built with 32nm High-K Metal Gate (HKMG) process that’s ready to offer “twice better CPU performance” but 20% lower power consumption than the previous model, which was used in the Galaxy S II. Exynos 4 Quad packs a 1.4GHZ Quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU and the ARM Mali-400 MP4 quad-core GPU. The processor supports 3D gaming, fast multitasking and HD video recording and playback. The Exynos 4 Quad is used in the Galaxy S3 (international version) and in the Meizu MX Quad.

Previous Exynos generations can be found in the Galaxy S2, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Tab 7.7, Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, Galaxy S, Droid Charge, Exibit 4G, Infuse 4G, but also in non-Samsung devices such as the Meizu MX and Meizu M9.

Intel Medfield

While you’re likely to find various Intel processors in all sorts of desktops, laptops and notebooks, the company has not really made a play for the mobile business until earlier this year. Intel announced at CES 2012 that it plans to attack the smartphone and tablet mobile business with its own SoC platform, codenamed Medfield, which should be found inside various mobile devices in the future.

So far, we have three such devices announced, the Orange San Diego (Santa Clara) theLenovo K800, and the Lava Xolo X900. Intel announced a partnership with Motorola (owned by Google) and we’re certainly curious to see the first Googlerola devices to come with Intel circuitry on board.

Medfield SoCs are built with 32nm HKMG technology, just like the Exynos Quad 4 Core but it’s not based on ARM architecture. Instead, Intel is relying on its own x86 technology to make these SoCs. Medfield SoCs can offer OEMs a 1.6-2GHz single-core processor and PowerVR’s SGX540 GPU.

Texas Instruments OMAP 4

While they’re not as popular as Qualcomm or NVIDIA SoCs, the OMAP family from Texas Instruments should definitely be taken very seriously. In case OMAP sounds familiar, that’s because we’ve seen such SoCs equip various Android devices in the past, including the original Motorola Droid that spawned the Android revolution, the Barnes & Noble Nook Color and Nook Simple, the Motorola Bravo, the Motorola Defy, the LG Optimus Black, the Motorola Droid 2, the Samsung Galaxy S LCD, but also non-Android devices like the Palm Pre and Pre 2 or the Nokia N9.

The latest TI OMAP SoCs family is the fourth-generation OMAPs, or OMAP 4, which relies on a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 45nm-based architecture. There are various OMAP4 SoCs, but all of them will offer PowerVR graphics. The OMAP 4 4470 model stands out because, in addition to the dual-core CPU, it has two companion Cortex-M3 cores that are supposed to take over smaller tasks to increase power efficiency, just like the fifth core found on the Tegra 3. The 4470 model also comes with 1080p full HD video recording and playback support.

Here are some Android devices that pack TI OMAP 4 SoCs: Motorola Atrix 2, Motorola Droid 3, Motorola Droid Bionic, Motorola Droid RAZR, Motorola Xyboard, some Samsung Galaxy S2 models, Amazon Kindle Fire, Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, LG Optimus 3D and LG Optimus Max. But an OMAP 4 SoC can also be found on the BlackBerry PlayBook for example.

ST-Ericsson NovaThor

The NovaThor SoC platform developed by ST-Ericsson is not that known in the mobile business, although we already have certain devices that rely on this SoC including the Sony Xperia P, Sony Xperia U, Sony Xperia Sola, Samsung Galaxy Ace 2, Samsung Galaxy Beam and the HTC Sensation for China. The NovaThor SoCs used so far come with 1GHz or 1.2GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processors, single core ARM Mali 400 GPUs, and wireless support (GSM/EDGE/HSPA/HSPA+, depending on the model used.) Current NovaThor SoCs are built on 45nm process technology, although ST-Ericsson plans to launch more power-efficient models that will come with 32nm/28 semiconductor technology and that will feature faster CPU speeds, Power VR graphics and even LTE support.

Other SoCs

We couldn’t talk about Systems on a Chip without mentioning what the competition is using. Apple has its proprietary line of AX chips (A4, A5 and A5X), which have been used on all of its iOS devices starting with the original iPad. The flagship Apple SoC is the A5X, which currently equips the new iPad, but Apple is rumored to be working on a new model, the A6, that’s going to be found on board of future iOS devices.

Which one is best for me?

The obvious question you may have is, which of the SoCs above is best for me? .

In case you’re buying one of the last-gen Android tablets and smartphones available out there, which will surely pack one of the SoCs mentioned above, then you’re likely to get a similar performance across the board. Sure, every SoC manufacturer will defend its own brand with words like “power efficiency,” “high performance,” “3D graphics,” “full HD video,” but all these competing platforms will offer overall enjoyable user experiences with few differences between them. The fact remains that you shouldn’t buy a new device after looking only at SoC capabilities, but you should consider more factors like display technology, wireless connectivity, camera performance, and storage, in order to make a more informed purchase.

One such example is the American Galaxy S3 which packs a dual-core processor, part of the Snapdragon S4 SoC, instead of the quad-core processor that’s found on the Exynos 4 Quad SoC. This is because the American Galaxy S3 is supposed to offer LTE support, and it’s the S4 SoC that happens to have an LTE modem included, not the Exynos 4 Quad. So while some Galaxy S3 buyers will complain about not getting the full quad-core power promised by the international Galaxy S3 version, they still get that precious LTE support, in a (hopefully) power-efficient manner.

In case you want to buy a new/second-hand older Android device, then you should pay attention to its SoC and its capabilities, and check out performance comparisons (benchmark tests) to see how your chosen device fares against other devices.

And let’s not forget that all companies mentioned above are already working on next-gen SoCs, and we can’t wait to see what next year’s smartphones and tablets will be able to do thanks to new internal components and improved operating systems.

HTC reveals the Desire HD & Desire Z in Europe


HTC today have launched two more phones in its already heavily populated Android stable. The HTC Desire HD is basically an EVO 4G in its GSM form. Many may already know, the EVO 4G is a WiMAX enabled handset sold by American carrier Sprint. The Desire HD gets the Evo 4G’s delicious hardware like the huge 4.3-inch LCD display, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 8 mega-pixel camera with 720p video recording. One could also call the Desire HD as the  Android cousin of the HTC HD2 (which was powered by Windows Mobile 6.5)


The second phone is the Desire Z; also known as the T-mobile G2 in the US. It’s 800 MHz Qualcomm MSM7230 processor and generous 512MB RAM should keep the underlying Android 2.2 OS smooth in operation. User input on a  3.7-inch 800 x 480 pixel capacitive screen is complimented by a sliding QWERTY keyboard. You also have a 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with flash and support for 720p video recording.

Both have got HSPA+ that supports a really fast theoretical 14.4Mbps download speed and the regular Wi-fi 802.11n too.
They also come pre-loaded with HTC’s Sense UI along with a dedicated HTCSense.com website. You can log into that site for remotely backing up all your data, trigger your phone to ring loudly and even track its real-time location on a map. In an extreme scenario, you can even remotely lock or wipe your phone from that website, if the phone should land into wrong hands.

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