This year we have already seen a number of next generation smartphones from several different manufacturers, which share one particular feature in common, one that looks set to become increasingly common. This feature is the quad-core processor which provides new levels of smartphone performance which have previously not been seen before.
In this article I will look at the key features of some of these new super phones to see how they measure up against one another.
HTC One X
HTC's newest flagship smartphone is certainly the most advanced phone from the manufacturer to date. Along with its powerful 1.5GHz quad-core chip, it also has HTC's most advanced 8 megapixel camera so far which comes with loads of innovative features in both still and video modes. The HTC Sense UI runs over the top of the newest version of Android (Ice Cream Sandwich), providing an intuitive and highly customizable interface. Despite there being no SD slot, this handset is specially suited to music lovers with 32GB of on board storage and integrated Beats Audio, while the 7 inch IPS LCD2 screen displays content in high definition.
LG Optimus 4X HD
This was actually the first smartphone to boast a quad-core processor, and at 1.5GHz it is definitely capable of top performance. The LG Optimus 4X HD ticks all the boxes and offers some similar features to the HTC One X. An advanced LCD IPS-HD screen (also 4.7 inches) provides high definition display, and the Android ICS platform also offers plenty of customizable features and downloadable apps from Google Play. In order to store your files there is a lower level of storage at 16GB, although it does not have a micro SD slot which can accommodate a memory card of up to 32 GB. A similar camera is also included, although it does lack a few of the features of the HTC handset.
Samsung Galaxy S3
The Samsung Galaxy S3 is the long awaited follow up device to the extremely popular Galaxy S2, and its popularity looks set to be matched with the new version. This is arguably the most advanced smartphone available, not just from Samsung, but on paper it also outdoes the competition in most areas. Along with an advanced 8 megapixel camera, 1.4 GHz quad-core processor and 4.8 inch HD S-AMOLED screen, there are many innovations not found on rival Android devices. The most notable is S-Voice. This is similar to the Siri feature on the Apple iPhone 4S, and allows users to carry out a variety of tasks simply by talking to the phone. Also, there are new wireless sharing methods included like S-Beam, while the upgraded TouchWiz UI and storage variants from 16BG to 64GB leave no doubts about this phone's credentials.
The HTC One X and the LG Optimus 4X are some of the best smartphones out there, with features matched by very few rivals, and both are great choices. However, it has to be said that if you want the most cutting edge smartphone available, the Samsung Galaxy S3 would be my top recommendation.