Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. HTC Droid DNA with Jelly Bean

By Alan Ng - Nov 11, 2012

It is that time of year again when we are just days away from a new Droid smartphone announcement. The elusive Droid DNA is going to be unveiled at an official event very soon and before that happens, we have a brief comparison for you to take a look at, which compares how the Droid DNA specs lines up against the might of the Samsung Galaxy S3 – one of the best Android handsets available right now.

With exception to perhaps the Galaxy Note 2, the Galaxy S3 is probably the best Android phone available at the moment. Samsung are in the midst of bringing the Jelly Bean update to all carrier versions at the moment, although it has to be said that there is still no sign of Jelly Bean appearing on the Verizon Galaxy S3.

The Droid DNA on the other hand is rumored to ship with Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean right out of the box, so that is one problem solved for most of you already if you are starting to grow tired with the Jelly Bean waiting game with your current handset. As we told you in a previous article, the Droid DNA is scheduled for an announcement on November 13. If the device specifications line up with a similar model in Japan that launched recently, fans could be in for a treat indeed and the Galaxy S3 on Verizon could be dropped in an instant.

[The J Butterfly, the Japanese version of the Droid DNA]

There is a growing sense of feeling at the moment of the bigger display, the better amongst consumers. While the Galaxy S3 features a lovely 4.8-inch AMOLED screen, we’re hearing that HTC is going to outdo Samsung with a 5-inch 1080p based display for the Droid DNA.

This could be a familiar story with other areas of the device as well, in the camera department for example, as the Droid DNA is rumored to be shipping with a whopping 12MP rear sensor, backed up by a 2MP front camera – easily eclipsing the cameras fitted on the Galaxy S3 which are an 8MP rear and 1.9MP front respectively.

The Droid DNA is going to be rocking the latest Snapdragon processor as well, with a rumored 1.5Ghz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip taking on the Exynos 4412 quad-core chip fitted inside the Galaxy S3. The Droid DNA may even eclipse the Galaxy S3 in the RAM department as well, with a rumored 1.5GB of RAM compared to the 1GB that is seen inside the Galaxy S3 – it is worth pointing out that the HTC J Butterfly, the Japanese variant of the DNA has 2GB of RAM, so we’ll have to wait and see if it matches up on November 13.

As we look down the other specifics between the two devices, we definitely feel that the Droid DNA has more than enough features to be a worthy contender to the Galaxy S3’s throne. Jelly Bean out of the box is a massive bonus of course, while music lovers will still be glad to hear that the Beats Audio features remain exclusive to HTC handsets and will be featured on the Droid DNA.

We have just a few days until the big announcement, but are you already thinking that the DNA is going to be something special? We said a few days ago that the Droid DNA is looking like the HTC Incredible on steroids. Are you now starting to believe this as well?

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  • Skipwner

    The phone actually has a 8mp rear camera, not a 12mp. That would just be overkill.

  • Jimme Dean

    I owned the HTC Thunderbolt which was a complete junk phone. I loved the actual phone but it had terrible battery and i had 5 replacements while under warranty. Verizon was nice enough to give me a HTC rezound to see if i can have better luck and although i still love the phone (and sense UI) i needed to beg Verizon for another replacement because i am now out of warranty and the phones microphone was terrible. I am staying away from htc no matter what once my Rezound goes. I like the phone but something always breaks on them. If samsung doesnt have good quality then i am jumping ship to iOS because regardless of your feelings with apple, they are known for having quality hardware (even if its not the speediest).

    • trob6969

      I bought my rezound when it first came out and it still functions flawlessly.

  • Jack

    Never again any HTC product for me.
    They’re all cheaply made that break down quickly.
    Not to mention ugly and unclassy in the looks department.
    There’s a reason HTC is failing.

  • Sounds like a HTC fan review

    • ONE

      Are you not able to read any of the specification and deduce that Droid is better phone.
      People have been brain washed by Apple and samsung.
      they make you think the piece of crap they sell is gold.

      • done

        Are you one of those idiots that think specs are the only thing? It’s how the specs and the whole package come together.

        The speed and RAM difference is negligible,and every knowledgeable person knows camera MP means squat.

        What does matter is the quality of the hardware and software and HTC is crap on both. I’ve met so many people and read accounts about how poor quality HTC products are.

        HTC looks ok when you first buy them, but you begin to see how cheap it is 2-3 months later when everything breaks down.

        • trob6969

          You say HTC’s hardware and software are crap?! You must be trppin’ for real!

      • Sean Erickson

        Samsung is the leader in Smartphones. Sorry. This phone will compete, but will it beat it. All will have to see if it can even come close to what Samsung’s sales were. The unremovable battery and no micro-sd support is a total downfall. Nobody even know how fast the phone is or what other features it packs in.

  • texusmade

    Funny get your facts right before writing reviews gs3 has 2gb of ram not 1 that’s the lte

    • ONE

      Funny how you dont know that SGS3 is dual core and has 2GB ram in the LTE version
      The rest of the world gets 1.5 quad core with 1GB Ram

    • True. I have a GS3 an it has 2GB of ram with a 1.5 duel core snap dragon.
      GS4 will have a quad core processor spitting out a whopping 1.7 GHz and a 16mp rear camera.
      This phone will be faster then your home computer.

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