Smartphone flagship snapshot – April 2013

Smartphone flagship snapshot – April 2013Try saying “Smartphone flagship snapshot” three times fast. It’s quite possibly the best game I’ve played all year (no offense, Little Inferno et al).

I have to give credit to unofficialmobotpollguy for this feature. After asking Which smartphone flagship would you choose? yesterday I got to wondering, and figured it might be interesting to take a snapshot of the current flagships, sort of like a smartphone time capsule or something.

It’ll all become clear as the months roll on, and ultimately I’ll be hailed as some sort of messiah. Or perhaps – more realistically – an idiot.

In any case, let’s take a look at how the current smartphone flagships stack up:

Smartphone flagship snapshot – April 2013Apple iPhone 5

Apple says: "Loving it is easy. That's why so many people do."

Launched: September 2012

Succeeds: Apple iPhone 4S

Standout feature: Its 4in display

Notorious for: Apple Maps

Specs: 4in display (640 x 1136), dual-core 1.2GHz A6 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, 1.2MP front-facing, and a 1,440mAh battery.

Smartphone flagship snapshot – April 2013Samsung Galaxy S4

AKA: Life Companion

Launched: March 2013

Succeeds: Samsung Galaxy S3

Standout feature: Its many, many features

Notorious for: The outrageous launch event, featuring tap-dancing child Jeremy Maxwell

Specs: 5in 1080p display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 or Exynos 5 Octa processor (see here), 2GB of RAM, 13MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing, and a 2,600mAh battery.

Smartphone flagship snapshot – April 2013HTC One

Launched: February 2013

Succeeds: HTC One X

Standout feature: Its aluminium body

Notorious for: Various delays, and rocking the marketing nightmare HTC describes as a 4MP rear camera

Specs: 4.7in 1080p display, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, 4MP UltraPixel camera, 2.1MP front-facing, and a 2,300mAh battery.

Smartphone flagship snapshot – April 2013Sony Xperia Z

Launched: January 2013

Succeeds: Sony Xperia T

Standout feature: Waterproofing

Notorious for: Making people actually consider a Sony flagship over a Samsung or HTC

Specs: 5in 1080p display, quad-core Qualcomm processor clocked at 1.5GHz, 2GB of RAM, 13MP rear camera, 2.2MP front-facing, and a 2,330mAh battery.

Smartphone flagship snapshot – April 2013BlackBerry Z10

Launched: January 2013

Succeeds: Er, the BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900?

Standout feature: It’s the first smartphone to run BlackBerry 10

Notorious for: Being the first BlackBerry smartphone to launch in something like 18 months, and carrying a slightly unrealistic price tag

Specs: 4.2in display (768 x 1280), dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor clocked at 1.5GHz, 2GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing, and an 1,800mAh battery.

Smartphone flagship snapshot – April 2013Nokia Lumia 920

Launched: September 2012

Succeeds: Nokia Lumia 900

Standout feature: The camera stuff

Notorious for: Faking a Nokia Lumia 920 image stabilisation demo and subsequently committing to an ethics review

Specs: 4.5in display (768 x 1280), dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor clocked at 1.5GHz, 1GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, 1.3MP front-facing, and a 2,000mAh battery.

Smartphone flagship snapshot – April 2013LG Optimus G Pro

Launched: January 2013 (and every second week thereafter)

Succeeds: LG Optimus G

Standout feature: The spec sheet, including a massive 1080p display

Notorious for: Launching around 800 times across the globe but not actually being available in the UK

Specs: 5.5in 1080p display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, 13MP rear camera, 2.1MP front-facing, 3,140mAh battery

Read more about: Apple iPhone 5HTC OneSamsung Galaxy S4BlackBerry Z10Nokia Lumia 920Sony Xperia Z

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8 comments

krogothnx  Apr. 26, 2013 at 14:57

I'm sorry, but putting that somethings' standout feature is 'all the features' just doesn't even make sense. And its been done twice here. Hell, the second time, you even then specify an ACTUAL standout feature. What gives?

lcurdie / MOD  Apr. 26, 2013 at 15:11

Apology accepted, krogotron ;)

Okay, okay, maybe software features is a more accurate way of putting it. Specifically: Dual Camera, Dual Video Call, S Translator, Smart Scroll, Smart Pause, S Voice Drive, Air Gesture, Group Play...

krogothnx  Apr. 26, 2013 at 15:17

Yeah, thats fair enough. And makes more sense to anyone who doesn't know what actually makes it different from other phones.

The Ghostbuster  Apr. 26, 2013 at 15:31

I guess LG Nexus 4 is no longer classified as Flagship anyone .... Sad Times.

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 26, 2013 at 15:58

I guess LG Nexus 4 is no longer classified as Flagship anyone .... Sad Times.
True, it isn't.

Tbh, it was only ever a relatively good phone with a stupidly powerful processor and a very reasonable price tag.

Dougal1709  Apr. 26, 2013 at 16:00

Maybe I'm being picky but how can the standout feature of the iPhone 5 be the screen when it appears that every other phone in the list has a better screen.

lcurdie / MOD  Apr. 26, 2013 at 16:36

Maybe I'm being picky but how can the standout feature of the iPhone 5 be the screen when it appears that every other phone in the list has a better screen.

Well, rival flagships aside, it's the main selling point of the iPhone 5 over the other iPhones. Though maybe that's like praising a 3MP phone because its predecessor was 2MP ;)

For a more complex answer, listen to Doc Soneira. He looks waaaaaaaay beyond plain old size and resolution.

Stelph  Apr. 27, 2013 at 06:18

Maybe I'm being picky but how can the standout feature of the iPhone 5 be the screen when it appears that every other phone in the list has a better screen.

Its funny you say that as personally I would say the iPhones screen is its,stand out feature because all the other smartphone flagship phones screens are too big! Annoyingly it is only apple who now caters for people who don't want a phablet sized phone but want to have a flagship level specced device

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