Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Motorola DROID Fighter – Omega Superphone Smackdown

by: Mike AndriciApril 11, 2012

With HTC having already launched their new flagship Android smartphone, the HTC One X, the Android rumor mills’ attention seems to be currently focusing on the upcoming flagships from the two other main Android smartphone manufacturers: Samsung and Motorola. While during the previous weeks we have extensively covered the rumors and leaks regarding the Samsung Galaxy S3, Motorola’s upcoming smartphone, rumored to be branded as ‘the DROID Fighter’, is somewhat of a recent addition to the pre-launch interest list of Android fans worldwide.

Please note that while none of the rumored Samsung Galaxy S3 specs are set in stone, the image we currently have on the S3 was painted by a hefty number of reports and supposed leaks. Contrastingly, there are few reports on the DROID Fighter, although that did not stop some enthusiasts from spreading rumors left and right. We have no way of telling if the rumored specs for both the Galaxy S3 and the DROID Fighter will come true, but if they are to be believed, it looks like the Motorola DROID Fighter will be the toughest competitor to the next hardware iteration in the Samsung’s immensely popular Galaxy S series.

Note: Before you guys rush to the comment section and start blaming me for comparing two smartphones that aren’t even official yet, please note that this article only aims to compare the rumored specs, and should not serve as a buying guide. This is for all of you other there that are waiting for the next best thing. 

Round 1: Display

As indicated by a leaked image of the DROID Fighter (catch it above: the DROID Fighter is in the left while the DROID RAZR is on the right), it is believed that the upcoming Motorola flagship will feature a 4.6 inch display. As there is no sight of any capacitive buttons, it’s likely that a small portion (0.3 inches) of the display real estate will be used up by the standard Android 4.0 ICS on-screen buttons.

What’s interesting is that Motorola have decided to make the entire device 0.3 inches bigger than the DROID RAZR, although the real screen size will remain the same in most situations (I said most situations because the on-screen buttons roll down in some situations), deciding to place a big Verizon logo where the capacitive buttons used to rest. There is no reason why Motorola won’t decide to go with a SAMOLED display in the DROID Fighter (as they’ve also done so – with success – with the DROID RAZR). A bump in the resolution is also expected, so a 720p resolution is what most specialists bet their money on.

One of the earliest leaks of the DROID RAZR MAXX, which now features the largest battery of any smartphone on the market

In the blue corner, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is expected to arrive with a new generation of Samsung’s Super AMOLED displays, one capable of providing a better pixel density (as mentioned by the Digitimes report here). Overall, we should be expecting a 4.6 SAMOLED HD Plus display at a native 1280 by 720 pixel resolution.

As the displays are likely to be both manufactured by Samsung, have the same rumored size and the same rumored resolution, there isn’t much in this. If rumors turn out to be true, don’t expect any major differences between these displays.

Winner: Draw

Round 2: CPU, GPU & RAM

As many of you probably already know, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is rumored to feature the Samsung-built Exynos 4412 SoC, translating into a quad-core ARM Cortex A9-based CPU running at 1.5-1.8 GHz and an ARM Mali-T604 GPU.

In the red corner, given Motorola’s previous SoC choices, it won’t be a surprise if Motorola decides to place a Texas Instruments OMAP4470 SoC inside the DROID Fighter. While the OMAP4470 won’t feature a quad-core CPU, the 1.8 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex A9-based processor should be fast enough for most Android users. On the upside, the OMAP4470 SoC features a PowerVR SGX544 GPU (built by Imagination Technologies), so it should balance its performance in the graphics sector compared to other SoCs. Another viable alternative for Motorola (given the recently signed Motorola – Intel agreement) is the Medfield CPU, although I wouldn’t bet on it showing up inside the DROID Fighter.

Both the Galaxy S3 as well as the DROID Fighter are rumored to feature 2GB of RAM, double the amount inside today’s top-end smartphones. While Android 4.0 ICS has demonstrated great operation on devices with as low as 768MB of RAM, anything but 2GB would be a serious shame for either device.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S3 (quad-core baby!)

Round 3: Battery


Rumors claim that the Motorola Droid Fighter (at least one version of it) will feature the same 3300mAh battery as the DROID RAZR MAXX. In this context, lasting an entire day on a single charge should not be a problem for the DROID Fighter, while not the same can be said about the Samsung Galaxy S3, which is expected to arrive with a standard <2000 mAh battery. It cannot be stressed enough how important it is for other manufacturers to step up, take Motorola’s example and include bigger batteries in their smartphones. What’s the use of having a smartphone powerhouse in your pocket if the battery is drained after just a mere 12 – or worse yet – 8 hours? The least we can hope is that the S3 battery will be replaceable, meaning you can stick another battery in when the first one is dead. But that’s only a compromise solution, as I’m sure you’ll agree.

Winner: Motorola DROID Fighter


So there you have it – the current rumored specs for these upcoming flagship devices from Samsung and Motorola make for a very interesting superphone battle. Ultimately, the S3 will surely sell more units due to huge inertia of the Galaxy S series, but the smart decision should be made based upon the design and build quality of the two smartphones.

Motorola have excelled in the design of the last few smartphones, and fans won’t settle for anything less with the Droid Fighter. In addition, given the amazing build quality of the previous Motorola DROIDs, we expect the Droid Fighter to be built like a tank. Don’t expect a big cannon on top, but a splashproof case built out of Kevlar will surely match our expectations.

So what’s it going to be? Endurance or raw speed? Droid Fighter or Galaxy S3? Let us know below!

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  • Jubba Fett

    i voted droid FIGHTER cus it sounds kool, ok?

  • galaxy s3 FTW ~

  • Brock

    i think the winner regarding the display is the S3, because it has SAMOLED which doesnt consume power when it shows a black screen. with a black theme you can get a lot of more endurance with it… and imho the colors are better…
    but thats mho

    • Asuriyan

      The RAZR has a Samsung SAMOLED panel. The ‘Fighter’ is expected to have one as well. Early reports are indicating it might be a close cousin of the screen from the Galaxy Nexus.

  • Cole Raney

    As long as the droid phones are Verizon exclusive I will never have one. That alone makes it much more likely for me to get the galaxy S3. However, I would choose it anyway because samsung processor tend to work well and Samsung still has the best performing phone in the market right now.

    • Bob

      Your right..Processors in motorola phones smoke and fry on start up. Best performing? Says who? In what way? In dying in 8 hours?

  • Jojo Angelov2

    Is it just me or are most Motorola phones ugly? I personally prefer the Samsung phone’s look over the Motorola phone’s look. Then again, I may be biased as I have never owned a Motorola as they never appealed to me.

    • But they are built like absolute tanks, which is a good thing for many people. That being said, I’m inclined to agree with you.

    • Bob

      I like manly phones because I’m a man and I don’t have a vagina. I don’t require my phone to be pretty, cute and bedazzled.

      • So your masculinity depends on your phone choice?

        Good to know.

        • Alex

          No, your phone choice depends on your specified genitalia.

          • 1234

            The New Motorola Droid Penis

          • Alex

            As a man, having a phone specifically called a Droid Penis would not be the masculine choice…

            Especially if it vibrates.

    • CelticBrewer

      It’s a phone. It’s a computer. If you’re looking for a flashy toy that you crave people to notice, then go get an iPhone.

    • Gameristhename

      S3 will win

  • Asuriyan

    The DROID HD was a pre-release name for the RAZR. That “early leak” is the wrong phone.

  • cheetose4

    The Droid fighter will probably have better battery life with the considerably larger battery but the GS3 chips could be more energy efficient allowing it to have similar or better battery life. For me, it’s just not enough to attach huge battery to improve battery life (cough Ipad 3). I don’t want to wait all day to charge my phone.

  • Fakespamaccount91

    Samsung all the way, unlocked bootloader allows third-party dev support, Moto’s just going to abandon the fighter within 4 months and prevent third party devs from improving it.

  • Jassari96

    Wait for mwc 2013 to annouce galaxy s3 as 2012 best smartphone

  • cnerd

    Upgrade coming up with verizon. Don’t think I will be able to hold out for the HTC one. Looking at the fighter

  • wastry

    No reason to buy the Droid Fighter, when the Droid Fighter Maxx is gonna come out 2 mo afterwards

    • CelticBrewer

      with a 5200mAh battery? :-) sweet!

  • electrical9876

    The Samsung Galaxy S3 because of its quad-core processor. I hope Samsung also uses the Exynos 4412 SoC on the Samsung Galaxy Note sequel.

  • Vancouverbluz

    this is pissing me off, its supposed to release tomarrow, but there is no info on it whatsoever! I love my droid X, but 2 years is almost up and i am ready for a change dammit!

    • CelticBrewer

      I hear ya. I was out drinking with a verizon rep last night and she had no clue about the fighter. No info. Nothing. At least you have a droid X- I’m still rocking the original droid.

    • Paquinr89

      Same exact thing going for me except my 2 years was up last week. My droid x was good at one point but its just going down the shitter in a hurry. I want the fighter to be out now so I can upgrade

    • sgtguthrie

      The leak that showed today’s date was never showing this as a release date. It was an internal class on the fighter. Yes, this Site butchered that story and said it was a release date. I guess that’s a better headline… Lol!

      Try AndroidPolice or Droid life. They both reported the FACTS, not assumptions ;-)

    • David Caplan

      im in the same exact boat

  • DroidMe

    Stop this crap comparison SGS 3 vs blabla.
    There are no official release for SGS3 and impossible to compare based on rumours.


    I wonder if the Droid Fighter is a completely new line up of Android phones yet to come out other then the DROID. Line up. I wouldn’t be suprised if we see the DROID Bionic Fighter or RAZR Fighter god that would be
    ridiculous lol. But I hope this is a different breed of an DROID phone whether then another glorified RAZR. But never know this could be the DROID X making a come back DROID X3? Maybe are the New DROID X 4G LTE?
    BTW what ever happened to that Motorola Dinara that was rumored a while back????

  • i already have galaxy s2 one..very nice smartphone even compared to iphone, plan to get one galaxy s3..hope this coming soon galaxy s3 will be more powerful..

  • trevor vlahakis

    galaxy works for me

  • Sam

    I think 2GB of RAM and a 1.8 gHZ quad core processors are too much for smartphones that require very little to run smoothly.

    • Sam

      They should focus more on the battery life and ease of use, and design especially, these are the three reasons why people mainly pick iPhone

  • Mamoon Noorestani

    I hope the Motorola Droid Fighter comes with a 4.6 inch 1280×720 HD Super AMOLED Advanced display just like the Motorola Droid Razr and the Razr Maxx came with a 4.3 inch 540×960 qHD Super AMOLED Advanced display.

  • Dave

    Samsung Sucks big time.
    Only performance doesn’t matter. The difference betwwen a Samsung and any other phone can be felt once you hold them, and I am talking about high end samsung phone compared with a mediocre Sony, HTC or Motorola’s phone.
    Plus bigger battery, always wins for me.
    Go Moto.

  • CelticBrewer

    This should be updated with the new supposed details of the SGS3. Weak 2050 battery, 1Gig of RAM, 1.4GHz quad core, only 8MP camera. Fighter (or Razr HD) just took a big lead in my book. SGS3 just has a pretty screen- which I don’t care about.

  • Charlie Mathews

    I’m slightly confused which phone is which in that picture of two motorola phones with screen packaging left on. Could anyone help me out? (:

  • Cellphone Fiend

    Plain and simple, Samsung uses cheap materials. Cheap creaking, squeaking, plastic. You may say its a premium plastic or whatever but it’s all plastic to me. With Motorola you can feel the quality of Motorola phones as they incorporate aluminum parts, accents, and buttons in the build. Although Motorola is not as quality built as the iPhone, its not cheap plastic. I’m not paying $300 on some plastic. Sammy better step it up.

  • brandnew234

    I would choose the Droid Fighter as my next phone, since the chipset inside both phones is about the same, only four things matter; screen, software, battery, and build quality. I like the clean look of ICS on the Droid RAZR much more than Samsungs TouchWiz skin. The removable battery I can live without if I have 1200mAh extra juice, and a slightly higher ppi would be nice (since they are both AMOLED). Lets face it, plastic vs Kevlar? I take the Fighter over the S III any day. But don’t get me wrong, I still LOVE the Galaxy S III. It’s just not the device for me

  • Is it out..i mean the classic bond phone’motorola fighter”…whats d price it affordable or expensive????