This year is truly a year of bringing better, faster, stronger phones to the market. Take the case of the HTC Rezound, for instance. It is one of HTC’s latest releases in the “most powerful” category. There’s another one from Samsung’s camp–a faster and better version of the Galaxy S2, dubbed in South Korea as the Galaxy S2 HD LTE. Though released recently for the South Korean market exclusively, strong rumors about its coming to the United States are circulating in tech circles.
When the Galaxy S2 HD LTE does come to America, will it have enough punch to challenge the HTC Rezound to a face-to-face duel? Let’s see how these two giants fare inside the ring.
Design and Display
The HTC Rezound boasts a 4.3-inch, capacitive S-LCD touchscreen and a pixel resolution of 720×1280. It’s a little heavy at 5.78 ounces, with dimensions of 129 x 65.5 x 13.7 mm. The HTC Rezound is the first HTC device in the United States to integrate Beats audio technology, which can be most apparent in its music player and in the pair of 100-dollar iBeats headphones that are included in the box. If you’re a music enthusiast, this is definitely a treat. The HTC Rezound uses the HTC Sense 3.5 user interface, which makes it the second device in the U.S. to offer it.
The Samsung Galaxy S2 HD LTE, on the other hand, is said to be one of the first few devices in the world to be equipped with HD Super AMOLED. It guarantees not only vibrant colors but eye-popping visuals, as well. It has a 4.7-inch capacitive touch screen display, with the same 720×1280 pixel resolution as the Rezound. It’s slightly slimmer than the HTC Rezound at 9.5 mm of thickness, and slightly lighter at 4.6 oz. It has dimensions of 129.8 x 68.8 x 9.5 mm.
In terms of storage, the HTC Rezound packs 16 GB of internal memory, with 1 GB RAM. It also comes with a 16 GB microSD card in the box and can be expanded up to 32 GB. To sweeten the deal, HTC and Dropbox have struck a deal that offers 5 GB of free cloud storage to users of HTC handsets using HTC Sense 3.5.
The Samsung Galaxy S2 HD may not come with an extra microSD in the box, but it also boasts 16 GB internal storage with a similar 1 GB of RAM. Just like the HTC Rezound, it is also expandable to 32 GB.
Both phones pack two cameras each, at similar specs as well: a rear, 8-megapixel camera and a front-facing, 2-megapixel camera.
Processor and Operating System
Both of these phones carry beasts inside of them. The HTC Rezound and the Samsung Galaxy S2 HD LTE use 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm processors and Adreno 220 GPUs. Both phones run Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
The HTC Rezound’s 1,620-mAh Li-ion battery packs a talk time of 6 hours and 24 minutes, which means you’ll need to charge it at the end of the day. The Samsung Galaxy S2 HD’s 1,850-mAh Li-ion battery, on the other hand, can pack up to 8 hours of power for regular use, which is not bad considering its size and its display.
It’s difficult to really say which one of these devices takes the trophy. The HTC Rezound packs Beats integration, which may appeal to hard-core music enthusiasts. The Samsung Galaxy S2 HD LTE, on the other hand, has HD Super AMOLED, which packs stunning, jaw-dropping visuals. Both phones, however, have rather disappointing battery lives, which seems to be the price to pay for their hardware and their performance.
Although the Galaxy S2 HD is not yet available in the U.S., would you consider buying it instead of the HTC Rezound?