Best Dual Core Android Phones from US Carriers

August 6, 2011
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Some time soon, you might find the single core processing power of your smartphone won’t be enough to support all the mobile features you want to try out. Luckily, there are Android phones with dual core parallel processing that are already on the market, and there’s many more scheduled for release in the market soon.

Upgrading can always be a challenge, so to help you make a more informed decision, here’s a brief presentation of these current and upcoming super Android phones that the carriers are or will be offering.

Verizon: Droid Bionic

Droid Bionic is Motorola’s yet to be released Android phone. Verizon subscribers have been anticipating this model’s arrival since it was announced back in January of 2011. The long wait might just soon be over as Motorola, via its official Twitter account, confirmed Droid Bionic’s roll out before the end of the summer.

A lot of buzz has been surrounding the Droid Bionic after conflicting reports about its specifications and a handful of leaked photos of the device surfaced. A look into Motorola’s official site, particularly its Motorola Developer Network section (MOTODEV), didn’t yield much information though.

But some sites such were able to take a screenshot of the specs via Motorola’s MOTODEV section prior to the list being taken down. Here’s a summary of the smartphone’s important features:

  • Equipped with the Android OS version 2.3.4.
  • An ample and crisp 4.3-inch qHD touchscreen display with 540 x 960 pixel resolution.
  • Processor is the powerful 1Ghz Tegra 2 Dual Core.
  • 8 megapixel rear- plus front-facing camera capable of capturing 1080p videos.
  • Has webtop capabilities and is the first of Verizon’s offered smartphones to run on the provider’s 4G LTE network.

Verizon: Samsung 19100 Galaxy S II

The Samsung Galaxy S II has been in the consumer market since April of this year. And it stands out among the many smartphone models for a number of reasons:

  •  Firmware – The Galaxy S II runs on the Android version 2.3 Gingerbread Operating System. It’s equipped with a snappy 1.2 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex A9 processor, 16GB or 32GB of storage, and 1GB of RAM.
  • Display – This Android-enabled smartphone boasts a 4.3 inches SUPER AMOLED Plus touchscreen of 480 x 800-pixel resolution. This relatively smaller pixel resolution isn’t really that noticeable as colors still appear vividly.
  • Camera – This smartphone’s camera sensors are perhaps one of the best in the market right now. The device is equipped with both a front- and rear-facing camera so even challenging distant and close-up shots are handled pretty well. Pixelation isn’t much of an issue and prints, even of images which have been cropped from bigger shots, are sure to appear quite sharp. Plus it’s capable of capturing videos at 1080p too.

Sprint: Motorola Photon 4G

The Photon is another 4G Android-enabled smartphone model that’s yet to be released by Motorola this summer. It’s equipped with the Android Version 2.3.3 Operating System, the 1GHz Tegra 2 Dual-Core processor, 16GB of storage, and 1GB of RAM. Its rich 540 x 960 pixel resolution and 4.3 inches capacitive touchscreen capable of rendering 16 million colors are worth noting as well. Plus, it’s built in with an 8-megapixel camera that’s video-enabled too.

Folks who were lucky to have tested the pre-production Motorola Photon unit note the superb responsiveness of the touchscreen and the software. Its overall construction is geared towards easy carrying and handling, though some have commented that its back covering lacks traction because it’s a bit too smooth.

Sprint: HTC EVO 3D

Sprint is looking to have a good offering of dual core devices as of late, and the HTC EVO 3D is no exception. It features killer specs, and has a qHD 4.3 inch glasses-less 3D display. While the performance of this particular device is as good as it gets, many users are reporting issues with regards to battery life. As is the case with all powerful devices, the user must employ some conservation to make it last for a whole day. Check out the specs below.

  • 4.3-inch qHD 960 x 540-pixel Autostereoscopic 3D display
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB of ROM
  • 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm 8660 Snapdragon CPU
  • dual rear 5-megapixel cameras with dedicated camera button
  • HDMI 1.4
  • Wireless streaming via DLNA
  • 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 1730mAh battery

AT&T: Motorola Atrix 4G

This 4th Generation smartphone called Atrix is another of Motorola’s top-tier smartphone models. It’s built-in with a 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9, and runs the Android Version 2.2 Froyo Operating System. It’s also equipped with 16GB of storage.

Sure, it sports a smaller capacitive touchscreen of only 4 inches but its resolution is quite ample at 540 x 960 pixels. And its 5 megapixel camera that’s also capable of capturing videos at 720p should well make up for the smallish screen. The camera functionalities can be conveniently configured too so tailoring its settings to match your every shooting exploits’ requirements shouldn’t be a problem.

AT&T: LG Thrill 4G

LG Optimus 3D (a.k.a. AT&T Thrill 3D)

Slated for release this August, the LG Thrill is another 4th Generation Android Froyo Version 2.2-enabled smartphone. It features a 1GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor, 1 GB of RAM, and 16GB of built-in memory. It has a 5-megapixel camera with a 720p video resolution capacity. Just like Motorola Atrix, LG Thrill has a 4-inch capacitive touchscreen capable of handling 540 x 960 pixels too.

T-Mobile: LG G2X

Released April of this year, the G2X is a Froyo Version 2.2-enabled Android though it can be easily upgraded to Version 2.3. But though it’s equipped with 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor, it has less memory and RAM at 8GB and 512 MB, respectively.

With a 4-inch capacitive touchscreen, its pixel capacity is slightly lower at 480 x 800. But a powerful camera feature of 8 megapixel plus video capture of 1080p should well make up for this drawback. Plus its ergonomic design and matte finish on the body makes it more slip-resistant.

T-Mobile: HTC Sensation 4G

Released just this June, the HTC Sensation is an Android Version 2.3 Gingerbread-run smartphone. It boasts 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of storage, and 768 MB of random access memory. Its 4.3 inches of qHD capacitive touchscreen is capable of displaying 540 x 960 pixels and over 16 million colors as well.

Its 8-megapixel camera’s a delight to use too. Plus nifty settings such as instant capture, touch-focus, face detection, and image stabilization have been enabled as well. And at 1080p motion resolution capture doubled with stereo sound recording capacity, you’ll never again have to miss any video-worthy moments.

These are the 7 new dual core Android phones that are poised to take the mobile market by storm. Match your needs with the features but don’t forget to consider the service packages from the carriers as well. Time to take your pick. Which one stands above the rest? Is it worth switching carriers for?

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