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Samsung Galaxy S3 Vs. HTC J Butterfly: Android Smartphones’ Showdown


By Charles Nomura | 25 October 2012

The Samsung Galaxy S3 was once unquestionably the best-specced smartphone on the market, and that was only a few months ago, when the handset was announced and released in May. Since that time, there have been more than a few smartphones that came out with better specifications, such as the HTC J Butterfly.

“J Butterfly” is actually the device’s name in Japan, where it will be launched exclusively; it will likely be known stateside as the HTC Deluxe, or DLX. But since the Japanese name has more recall for most tech fans worldwide, we shall use that name in this showdown of flagship smartphones – Samsung’s Galaxy S3 versus the aforementioned J Butterfly.

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HTC’s potential new flagship has a whole lot of advantages over the Galaxy S3. The J Butterfly has a slightly faster and newer processor than the international Galaxy S3 – it will ship with a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Pro quad-core processor.

It has a larger screen with much better resolution – 5.0 inches and 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. The Galaxy S3 also has a HD screen, but its 4.8-inch display only has a resolution of 1,280 x 720. Also, the J Butterfly will be shipping with the newer version of Android, 4.1 Jelly Bean.

This is hardly Samsung’s fault, though, as the Galaxy S3 was released a few months before Jelly Bean came out. Both devices have 8-megapixel primary cameras at the back.

The J Butterfly’s only weakness, if any, is the fact that it’s heavier and thicker than the Galaxy S3, albeit by not that much. But in this situation, the newer device is the better one on paper, though it remains to be seen whether the J Butterfly/Deluxe will be the best-selling smartphone HTC sorely needs.

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