Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Huawei Ascend D Quad | Speed, Performance and Features Reviewed | Full Specs Compared
It is indeed a pleasure to see new vendors coming in to the market. This is because of two reasons. Having more vendors in a certain market means we’ll have more diverse product set. Further it would also suggest that we would have more choice on what to have. The second and the most important benefit would be the apparent competition between these vendors. Due to this, market is never going to stagnate. This one or the other would come up with cool new concepts in order to gain the competitive advantage over others. Samsung has been the leader in smartphone arena throughout the world, and it was only natural for us to expect Samsung to come up with the next big thing, but several other vendors beat Samsung like HTC, LG and also vendors like ZTE and Huawei.
Today we will be comparing the next big smartphone from Samsung, Galaxy S3 and Huawei Ascend D Quad. As I mentioned earlier, Huawei beat Samsung to the Quad Core arena. When they released Ascend D Quad, Huawei claimed it would be the fastest smartphone in the world, but that was very short-lived with the introduction of other similar Quad Core giants from HTC and LG. Now Ascend would have to out maneuver Galaxy S3 as well in order to sustain in the market. The much anticipated successor of the Galaxy family has added innovation to the table, gaining a significant edge over other competitive products. We will talk about these features and the smartphone individually and compare them against one another to identify the difference between them.
Samsung Galaxy S3 (Galaxy S III)
After a long wait, initial impressions of Galaxy S3 haven’t disappointed us at all. The much anticipated smartphone comes in two color combinations, Pebble Blue and Marble White. The cover is made with a glossy plastic that Samsung called as Hyperglaze, and I have to tell you, it feels so good in your hands. It retains a striking similarity to Galaxy Nexus rather than Galaxy S II having curvier edges and no hump at the back. It is 136.6 x 70.6mm in dimensions and has a thickness of 8.6mm with a weight of 133g. As you can see, Samsung has managed to produce this monster of a smartphone with a very reasonable size and weight. It comes with a 4.8 inches Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen that features a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels at a pixel density of 306ppi. There’s apparently, no surprise here, but Samsung has incorporated PenTile matrix instead of using RGB matrix for their touchscreen. The image reproduction quality of the screen is beyond expectation, and the reflex of the screen is also rather low.
The power of any smartphone lies in its processor and Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with a 32nm 1.4GHz Quad Core Cortex A9 processor on top of Samsung Exynos chipset as predicted. It also accompanies this with 1GB of RAM and Android OS v4.0.4 IceCreamSandwich. Needless to say, this is a very solid combination of specs. The initial benchmarks of this device suggest that it’s going to top the market in every aspect possible. A significant performance boost in the Graphics Processing Unit is also ensured by the Mali 400MP GPU.
Galaxy S3 comes with 16 / 32 and 64GB storage variations with the option of using a microSD card to expand the storage up to 64GB. This versatility has landed Samsung Galaxy S3 with a huge advantage because that was one of the prominent disadvantages in Galaxy Nexus. As predicted, the network connectivity is reinforced with 4G LTE connectivity that varies regionally. Galaxy S3 also has Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n for continuous connectivity and the built in DLNA ensure that you can share your multimedia contents in your big screen easily. Galaxy S3 can also act as a Wi-Fi hotspot enabling you to share the monster 4G connection with your less fortunate friends.
The camera seems to be the same available in Galaxy S II, which is 8MP camera with autofocus and LED flash. Samsung has incorporated simultaneous HD video and image recording to this beast along with geo tagging, touch focus, face detection and image & video stabilization. The video recording is at 1080p @ 30 frames per second while having the ability to video conference using the front facing camera of 1.9MP. Besides these conventional features, there are a whole lot of usability features that we can eagerly await.
Samsung is boasting a direct competitor of iOS Siri, the popular Personal Assistant that accepts voice commands named S Voice. The model exhibited didn’t have a sound model of this new addition, but Samsung guaranteed that it would be there when the smartphone is released. The strength of S Voice is the ability to recognize languages other than English, like Italian, German, French and Korean.
There are a lot of gestures that can land you in different applications, as well. For instance, if you tap and hold the screen while you rotate the phone, you can go directly in to the camera mode. Galaxy S3 will also call whoever the contact you were browsing when you raise the handset to your ear, which is a good usability aspect. Samsung Smart Stay is designed to identify whether you’re using the phone and switch the screen off if you’re not. It uses the front camera with facial detection in order to achieve this task. Similarly, Smart Alert feature will make your smartphone vibrate when you pick it up if you have any missed calls of other notifications. Finally, Pop Up Play is a feature that would best explain the performance boost S III has. Now you can work with any application you like and have a video playing on top of that application on its own window. The window size can be adjusted while the feature worked flawlessly with the tests we ran.
A smartphone of this caliber needs a lot of juice, and that is provided by the 2100mAh battery resting at the back of this handset. It also has a barometer and a TV out while you have to be careful about the SIM because Galaxy S3 only supports the use of micro SIM cards.
Huawei Ascend D Quad
Huawei has actually introduced one of their best smartphones at the MWC this time. Ascend Quad D is certainly an Ace in their lot. It has 4.5 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen that features a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels at a pixel density of 330ppi. The display panel is simply awesome and having that resolution while keeping the pixel density intact is great. At this rate, the image and text reproduction would be unbelievably crisp and clear.
Ascend D Quad is powered by 1.2GHz quad core processor on top of Huawei K3V2 chipset with 1GB of RAM. The governing body in this case is Android OS v4.0 ICS. With the given specs of the Huawei chipset, we can clearly state that it would work better than any dual core smartphone in the market.
Ascend D Quad comes with 8GB of internal storage with the option to be expanded using a microSD card up to 32GB. The connectivity is defined using the normal HSDPA that spans up to 21Mbps, and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n ensure that you can stay connected even using a Wi-Fi network. D Quad can also act as a Wi-Fi hotspot, to share your internet connection as well as stream your rich media content wirelessly to your Smart TV.
The built in 8MP camera has autofocus and LED flash along with geo tagging. It can also capture 1080p HD videos @ 30 frames per second and the 1.3MP front camera would be ideal for video conferencing. Huawei Ascend D Quad comes in Metallic Black and Ceramic White flavors with slightly curved edges and a thickness of 8.9mm.
Huawei also stresses upon the fact that they have integrated Dolby mobile 3.0 plus sound enhancement, which is good news for all the music fans out there. It has a 1800mAh battery and is supposed to work well for 1-2 days with normal usage as per Huawei, but we say it’ll work around 6-7 hours straight from one charge in the scale of our tests.
A Brief Comparison between Samsung Galaxy S3 (Galaxy S III) and Huawei Ascend D Quad
• Samsung Galaxy S3 is powered by 32nm 1.4GHz Cortex A9 quad core processor on top of Samsung Exynos 4212 Quad chipset with Mali 400MP GPU while Huawei Ascend D Quad is powered by 1.2GHz Quad Core processor on top of Huawei K3V2 chipset.
• Samsung Galaxy S3 has 4.8 inches Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen featuring a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels at a pixel density of 306ppi while Huawei Ascend D Quad has 4.5 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen featuring a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels at a pixel density of 330ppi.
• Samsung Galaxy S3 has 8MP camera that can capture 1080p videos and images simultaneously while Huawei Ascend D Quad has 8MP camera that can capture 1080p HD videos.
• Samsung Galaxy S3 has 4G LTE connectivity while Huawei Ascend D Quad has to suffice with HSDPA connectivity.
• Samsung Galaxy S3 has 2100mAh battery while Huawei Ascend D Quad has 1800mAh battery.
There are pros and cons in every product. In the smartphone business, we have to consider another factor opposed to pros and cons which is the preference. Since smartphones carries a sense of impression, consumers have various preferences on what to buy. These two smartphones we were talking about today comes to the same fact at some point. Before that, let me point out some key difference between them. Samsung Galaxy S3 and Huawei Ascend D Quad both have Quad core processors, but we are more familiar with the performance of the Samsung Exynos chipset than the Huawei K3V2 chipset. So as such time where the benchmarks are available, we have to go with the Samsung Exynos chipset just because it has been around sometime and is a matured product. Besides that, Samsung has incorporated 4G LTE connectivity to Galaxy S3 which certainly is lacking in Huawei Ascend D Quad. If these two factors aren’t about to affect your buying decision, there’s an equal probability of these smartphones been yours depending on your preference.