HTC Evo 3D vs iPhone 5 (rumours)

Vs Paul Briden 18:35, 29 Jun 2011

We're looking ahead this time to see what snippets of news say about the iPhone 5 and how it stacks up against the HTC Evo 3D

A speculative comparison this time round as we grind the rumour mill on the iPhone 5.

Form:

One of the areas where the rumours seem to fly thickest and fastest is the visual design side of things with plenty of images of various iPhone mock-ups, prototypes and so on oozing their way onto the web.

The most obvious thing here is that, despite some speculation that Apple would move in a ‘totally new’ direction this time round, the new device looks very much like an iPhone. Strange that.

Seriously though, the changes are probably going to be more subtle in nature but nonetheless significant.

For example, there’s some indication Apple’s innovative, though sometimes fragile, glass back panel will be replaced with a new revamp of the old style aluminium body.

There’s also plenty of whispers about the iPhone getting a bit larger to accommodate a 4-inch screen.

Apple has been adamant it will keep the much-loved Home Button on the iPhone 5 despite the continued development of gesture commands for navigation, including one for the home screen.

Various images have shown both large, square and frankly ugly home buttons and rather more elegant and circular variations in keeping with the established design, we’d hope Apple aren’t going to try to fix what isn’t broken here.

HTC EVO 3D - 126 x 65 x 12.1 mm, 170g

The Evo 3D has some particularly striking and dynamic design elements, but the overall shape and form is very much in keeping with the contemporary styles established by Apple and carried on expertly by other manufacturers, such as HTC.

It’s a rectangular slab, and while the plethora of handsets on the market following this design might at times be tiresome, when it’s executed well it really does stand out and show why the basic idea has caught on and led to such extensive imitation.

With the Evo 3D the proportions are nice and the lines are clean and simple with slightly rounded corners – it fits in well with HTC’s minimalist style.

However, as a contrast to that style there’s a bit of showy behaviour on the rear of the phone.

The back panel has a flashy carbon fibre style band up the middle with a small HTC logo in chrome, while the dual-camera lenses for the phone’s stereoscopic 3D capture sits in a stylish black and red ‘port’. All this lends the handset a mean appearance like a Japanese Tuner car.

Processor and Memory:

It’s looking as though the iPhone 5 could be the first dual core iPhone, perhaps running a dual core model of the Apple A5 processor, likely ARM based and clocked at over 1GHz, more or less along the lines of what we’ve seen in the iPad 2 with an integrated dual core GPU.

If this is the case it would make the iPhone 5 one very speedy phone handset indeed and would prove the company can keep up with rivals Samsung, Motorola, LG and HTC, amongst others.

Apple is usually pretty good when it comes to storage space and RAM, based on previous launches there’s the distinct possibility of multiple variants with different capacities.

If the processor is dual core then more than 1GB of RAM seems plausible. It will be very interesting to see if, along with switching to dual core, the company decides to revolutionise a bit further and finally add Micro SD card support to the iPhone 5.

Card support isn’t a problem on the Evo 3D which supports Micro SD up to 32GB, it’s also running 1GB of RAM which is great, not so great though is only 1GB of internal storage space and we have a feeling the iPhone 5 will easily be able to dwarf the Evo’s offering.

On the processor side of things the Evo 3D performs brilliantly with a 1.2GHz Qualcomm dual-core processor on the MSM8660 chipset and running an Adreno 220 graphics processing unit (GPU).

It’s no surprise that HTC’s first stereoscopic, glasses-less 3D phone would pack such a powerful punch and we think it’s quite likely it will keep up with the iPhone 5 on release.

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