Mar 22 AT 1:04 PM Taylor Wimberly 31 Comments

Android Hot Topics: Droid Fighter, HTC One X release dates, Samsung Galaxy S III


We post several hundred Android related stories every month, but the reality is that only a few of them generate the majority of the buzz. It is easy to pick out the trends each week to see what things people are searching for and which stories are getting the most engagement, so I figured we would start recapping the hottest topics every Thursday. This week we focus on the three most popular upcoming phones.

Motorola Droid Fighter

This week the Droid Fighter saw a jump in search traffic when the first image of the device leaked out. We already knew it was coming to Verizon around April 12, but now we can confirm it will be made by Motorola. Rumored specs of the device include a 4.6 inch HD display and a 3300 mAh battery.

Some found it odd that Verizon would release another Motorola Droid phone so soon after the Droid RAZR MAXX, but we don’t know when it will actually show up in stores. The April date could be some internal testing or training, and we might not see it until May.

Hopefully Motorola will take the opportunity to use the new dual-core 1.8 GHz OMAP4470 that features the faster PowerVR SGX544 GPU. NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 are getting all the hype recently, but this latest OMAP chip should be competitive across the board and could have the fastest graphics performance.

Motorola and Intel also announced a multi-year, multi-device partnership, so there’s a long shot that the Droid Fighter could feature an Intel Atom processor. We already saw a leak of a concept device, but no further details have been provided since.

HTC One X release dates

This week we learned that Sprint and HTC are holding a special press event in NYC on April 4th. They didn’t say which device they would announce, but everyone thinks it will be their version of the One X, codenamde HTC Jet. Sprint’s rumored target launch date is still June.

AT&T already confirmed they would carry the HTC One X, but they have released no information on pricing or release date. We might have to wait until CTIA in May for more information.

T-Mobile is also still rumored to get the HTC One X as the T-Mobile G4X, but we don’t know when they will announce it. The last we heard, the device was 75% done with internal testing.

Looking overseas, it appears the HTC One X is scheduled to launch in early April in several countries. Our friend Todd Haselton of TechnoBuffalo posted a leaked document which shows O2 will launch the device on April 5th. HTC France is also hosting a party on April 5th, so we should learn more specifics about the launch in the coming weeks.

Check out our tag HTC One X for all other coverage.

Samsung Galaxy S III

Another day. Another leak. This time Daniel P. of PhoneArena posted a leaked picture of the Samsung GT-I9300. Rumors have suggested that the GT-I9300 might become the Galaxy S III, but we don’t know for sure. We have also seen the model numbers GT-I9500 and GT-I9800 appear online, which could end up as the Galaxy S III.

The latest leak this week once again suggested that Samsung could announce the successor to the Galaxy S II sometime in April. This information comes from a Samsung executive in China, and we know how these details always get lost in translation. We still think that late Q2, like June, is a more likely timetable for the official availability.

See our Samsung Galaxy S III tag for the latest stories on this device.

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  • redraider133

    I think it is crazy the pace moto is producing phones. I think they may really start to lose customers as they release a new phone every other month it seems and people may not know what or how long their phone will be supported or how soon another will come out and replace it.

    • Nate B.

      I agree. There is no real difference in most of their phones. One happens to have a bigger battery. One comes in another color. One has this or that. One flagship that can last a year based off it’s specs is all that is needed. Leaves room for actual updates and to raise the bar for the next cycle.

      • Chris W

        I don’t see the problem with releasing variants on a phone for people to choose from – do you want the longer battery life or the slim profile? I think what has people irked is that they didn’t get released at once, so early adopters didn’t know they would have a choice of the razr variations. If Razr and Razr Maxx had come out on the same day, I’d bet people wouldn’t have as much beef. Too bad they didn’t though.

        For me, the incremental bump is a good thing – one of the reasons I’d actually been holding off on the razr maxx is the screen – original model was too pixelly to see web text without zooming, which is a requirement of mine.

        • redraider133

          But you have to look at it like this.. Bionic than like 2 months later razr, then a month later razr maxx, then another few months later this phone. If they would have came out all at once yes I think people wouldn’t be mad but people most likely wouldn’t buy the razr if given the choice between this and the razr. This is one area that htc is really starting to win in( at least for this year so far) is not releasing a new phone every month and having a true “flagship phone line”

          • Jay

            You repeated what he JUST said about the phones coming out at different times…and then said “but you have to look at it like this…” lol.

    • aranea

      They already lost me first by taking forever to bring GB to Atrix and then by completely forgetting about this phone and not bringing ICS.

    • thekaz

      .. not to mention that I hate Motoblur.

      • CTown

        Or whatever it’s called these days.

        (Just happy to be part of the Moto-bashing!)

  • Nate B.

    Lmao @ the newly leaked photo of the Samsung phone. I think we all know that can’t be the SGS III. It’s horrible looking and looks nothing like a successor.

    • Orion78

      Exactly! This looks more like some mid level phone. These leaks are really getting ridiculous.

    • CJ LaFleur

      the scrren looks too small. it was supposed to be around 4.8″ which is all but guarenteed at this point. can’t be right! the real one will look amzing! Samsung will wow us yet again!

    • redraider133

      Agree it looks nothing like the sgs or sgs2.

  • this guy

    i dont buy motorolla garbage so im good

  • Ps3y3Ops

    WTF? Touchwiz ICS with Gingerbread icons on top? Flagship, I think not. Still say the Droid Fighter looks to be what the RAZR should’ve been from the start. Not a fan of the aesthetics of the One X at all.

  • rockosolido

    I’ve been sitting on my upgrade since mid-January, and right now it boils down to when or if the HTC One X will come to Verizon. If not, the easy choice is the SGSIII…that’s if Verizon doesn’t pass on it like they did its predecessor.

    Unless the unthinkable happens and Verizon doesn’t get either phone. Then I’m going on a spree of some sort…

  • AbusedTortoise

    Sprint was allowed a release by HTC to announce the phone one day before the European launch on April 5th, hence the joint announcement by Sprint and HTC on April 4th in NYC

  • sunrise

    “T-Mobile is also still rumored to get the HTC One X as the T-Mobile G4X, but we don’t know when they will announce it. The last we heard, the device was 75% done with internal testing.”

    75% done with internal testing? Hmmm, I wonder if this rumor started by Taylor is going to pan out as true or not.

    • Taylor Wimberly

      I didn’t start it, but I added fuel to the fire. The G4x name came from Evan Blass of PocketNow. David of TmoNews has also reported that he thinks the One X is coming to T-Mobile.

      • redraider133

        I thought the g4x was one of the new lg phones rumored to be coming to t mo?

      • sunrise

        Taylor, not trying to argue, but you did start the rumor, as far as the blog world is concerned. The rumor may come out true or not, but I think you should own it. It was started by you in the blog world, and Phandroid and Tmonews both agree with me and cited Androidandme as starting the rumor.

        You said, “David of TmoNews has also reported that he thinks the One X is coming to T-Mobile.”

        Did David really say that? Let’s see what David reported:

        Originally posted by David Beren at on Feb 28, 2012:

        “So here’s a wild rumor that should be of course, be taken with a grain of salt as the boys from Androidandme are reporting that the HTC One X is headed the Magenta way. According to their sources, the T-Mobile version of the HTC One X will sport a Tegra 3 processor that supports T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network. Let us remind you that we’ve already seen the name “G4x” pop up and now Androidandme reports that this name will now belong to the HTC One X. Earlier reports assumed that the LG Optimus 4X HD would become the G4x, now that doesn’t seem to be the case.

        The boys at Androidandme appear to be supremely confident in the validity of this rumor and since I consider some of those guys good tech press pals, I’m inclined to believe them. As always however, we’re inclined to urge you to take this rumor, as with all rumors, with a grain of salt until we can getting something a little more concrete.

        Fingers crossed for this one to come true.

        David cited Androidandme as the source.

  • spazby

    I hope moto will change its ways after the acquisition by google. They need to get their house in order.

  • Naitsaves

    I hope they release the GS3 around the same time as other places

  • Alex Belko

    I hope it’s not sgs3, looks like 4.3 mid range device

  • dVyper

    Why do the carriers have to mes with the product names…

  • Tmoe

    it dosent make any sense why the europe gets the one x before the US…. we are better and deserve the phone first.

    • nymer

      Is this a joke?

  • Burnd

    Forgive me for being slightly off-topic, however I’d happily welcome more of this “overseas” news. The fact you’re speaking about “overseas” kinda shows and proves articles are written from an American perspective. Also, lots of the current news is American (Sprint, amazon, AT&T). Don’t get me wrong, I find it very interesting, however Android fans don’t only live in the US! (;

  • msh

    Why is it strange that Moto would release a phone so soon after the Maxx?

    They’ve only been doing this since the days of the original Razr. You know when flip phones were popular?

  • Jt227

    I’m inclined to agree with the other posters – if that’s the SGSIII, then there is a problem with Samsung. That device is not wow-capable. My bionic with CM9 ICS is more wow-capable than that piece of garbage.

    The Droid Fighter looks promising, and I hope it’s released with a quad-core processor (but that’s not likely). I can settle with a 1.8 GHz OMAP processor for now and just upgrade later. Rumor has it that this device will be released on April 12th – the leaks with the screenshot have proven to be accurate so far. The LG Lucid 4G was released on the 29th, and the 3 previoius devices on the list were released according to that list as well.

    The HTC One X may become something interesting, and I hope they do bring their quad-core model to Big Red (only after they make it compatible with 4G LTE first), but I’ve never been a fan of HTC devices, mainly because of their Sense UI. Motoblur is more appealing (I’ve actually enjoyed Motoblur’s new form with the Bionic).