The HTC Velocity 4G is the first 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) smartphone for Germany and was announced in February. The market release was set for May. The device is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S3 processor and runs on the Android OS, with an eight megapixel camera and 1GB of RAM.
There are now only days remaining for the market release of Samsun's long-awaited next-gen Galaxy S3. An earlier IBTimes UK report suggested the South Koreans had already received nine million pre-orders for the phone.
Check out how the two Android smartphones stack up against each other
The HTC Velocity 4G features a 4.5in Super LCD capacitive touchscreen. The display features HTC Sense User Interface (UI) v3.5. The resolution of the display is 540x960 pixels with a pixel density of 245 pixels per inch (ppi). The Galaxy S3 features a 4.8in Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with protection provided by Corning Gorilla Glass 2. The phone features the TouchWiz UI v4.0. The resolution of the display is 720x1280 pixels with a pixel density of 306 ppi.
The Velocity 4G measures 128.8x67x11.3mm and weighs 163.8g, whereas the S3 measures 136.6x70.6x8.6mm and weighs 133g.
The Velocity 4G runs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) but this can be upgraded to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). The S3, meanwhile, comes pre-loaded with Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich).
The Velocity 4G runs Qualcomm's MSM8260 Snapdragon chip with a dual-core 1.5GHz Scorpion processing unit. The Galaxy S3 is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos 4 processor. Both smartphones house 1GB of RAM.
The Velocity 4G sports an eight megapixel camera with auto-focus, dual-LED flash, geo-tagging, image stabilisation, face detection and instant capture technology. The camera can capture video at 1080p and the handset also has a front-facing camera of 1.3 megapixels, which can record video at 720p.
The Galaxy S3, like the Velocity 4G, packs a main camera of eight megapixels with auto-focus, LED flash, simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch-focus, face and smile detection and image stabilisation. The camera can record video at 1080p and 30 frames per second (fps). The handset has a secondary camera - 1.9 megapixels - which can record video in 720p at 30 fps.
The Velocity 4G offers Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP and 4G connectivity. The Galaxy S3 offers Wi-Fi b/g/n, Wi-Fi HT40, Near Field Communication (NFC) and Bluetooth v4.0. It supports data speed up to HSDPA 21Mbps and HSUPA 5.76 Mbps and the phone can also connect to 4G networks, where available.
The Velocity 4G offers 16GB of onboard storage space. The S3, meanwhile, has two immediate variants - 16/32GB; a 64GB is expected soon. Both smartphone support microSD card expansion options.
The Velocity 4G is powered by a Li-ion 1620 battery whereas the Galaxy S3 will be powered by a Li-ion 2100mAh battery.