Samsung's flagship smartphone is just a few hours away from its highly anticipated launch, with the scheduled release of the device expected to be at 7pm (GMT) in London on Thursday, 3 May. Without a doubt, it is one of the most sought after smartphones in recent history and the stage is well set for a three-way battle of the biggies alongside the Nokia Lumia 900 and the HTC Titan 2.
The hype and buzz surrounding the Galaxy S3 and Nokia Lumia 900 make for an exciting battle ahead, with HTC's Titan 2 also joining the party. While the Lumia 900 is touted to be the fortune turner for Nokia (the Finnish giant has smartly launched its flagship smartphone at an aggressive price with all the marketing tricks up its sleeve), HTC's Titan 2 could be the X-factor in this massive battle of the titans.
The Titan 2 on the other hand will be riding on the success and reputation of predecessors like the Desire, the Wildfire, the Wildfire S and the Sensation. HTC is already a well established player in the Android realm; however Titan 2, like its counterpart the Lumia 900, will be running a lesser known mobile OS - Windows Phone 7.5 Mango.
Head to head both the Lumia 900 and the Titan 2 have a few traits in common, including their grand unveiling at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this year. Incidentally both Windows Phone handsets hit AT&T stores on the same day, which is great news if you are a Windows Phone fan with an appetite for the latest hardware.
Here is a quick look at what the three flagship smartphones have to offer:
Display: The Lumia 900 sports an elegant 4.3-inch ClearBlack AMOLED display with 800x480 pixel resolution at 217ppi (pixels per inch). On the other hand, the Titan 2 flaunts a 4.7-inch S-LCD capacitive touchscreen display with the same resolution at 199ppi, while the Galaxy S3 is expected to have a 4.6-inch display with 720x1280 pixel resolution at 319ppi.
Processor and Memory: The S3 will feature a Quad-core 1.4GHz processor based on the Exynos 4212 chipset with Mali-400MP GPU and 1GB of RAM onboard. In contrast, the Lumia 900 is powered by a 1.4GHz Scorpion processor based on the Qualcomm APQ8055 Snapdragon chipset and Adreno 205 GPU. The Titan 2 is powered by a single-core Scorpion processor, based on the Qualcomm S2 Snapdragon chipset, clocked at 1.5GHz. Both the Lumia 900 and the Titan 2 ship with 512MB RAM.
Operating System: The Titan 2 and the Nokia Lumia port Microsoft's latest mobile OS - Windows Phone 7.5 Mango. The latter includes Twitter and LinkedIn Integration, as well as Zune SmartDJ mix support and more. The S3 is likely to port the much awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).
Camera: The Lumia 900 comes with an eight megapixel rear-facing camera with Carl Zeiss optics, touch focus and dual-LED flash. It offers 720p video recording and a single megapixel VGA front-facing camera. In addition, the Tango Video Calls software is pre-installed - this allows video calls over Wi-Fi.
The S3 is also expected to feature an eight megapixel rear camera, with auto-focus and LED Flash, besides adding touch focus, geo-tagging, face and smile detection and image stabilisation features to the mix. On the other hand, the Titan 2 flaunts a massive 16 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash. The Titan 2 sports a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chatting, something that is also expected of the S3.
Storage: Neither the Titan 2 nor the Lumia 900 will feature support for external microSD cards. However, both the smartphones ship with 16GB of internal storage.
In comparison, the S3 is likely to port an additional microSD slot upgradeable up to 32GB of storage, besides shipping with 16GB of internal storage.
Battery: The S3 is expected to ship with a powerful Li-Ion 2050mAh battery, while the Titan 2 and the Lumia 900 will ship with 1730mAh and 1830mAh Li-Ion batteries respectively.
Overall, the Galaxy S3, boasting the power of a quad-core 1.4GHz processor, simply blows away its rivals with raw processing power and performance. Samsung's next-gen smartphone would be an ideal choice for multitasking and gaming, which is a pre-requisite for power users.
On the other hand, the Lumia 900 and Titan 2 could be the best budget alternatives for those who want a decent smartphone with a rich feature set and not inconsiderable processing power, without having to pay a bomb.