Samsung Galaxy S2 vs HTC Holiday: 4G LTE May Decide Winner

We’ve posted numerous articles now about the Samsung Galaxy S2 (S II) smartphone and we haven’t hidden our enthusiasm for this impressive handset. We’ve also posted some leaked details about the HTC Holiday and we have to say on what we’ve seen and heard so far, this could be a Galaxy S2 contender. However if we compare the Galaxy S2 vs. the HTC Holiday, it may just be 4G LTE capability that decides which one will come out on top.

Previously we spoke about names for the Galaxy S2 in the U.S. market and only yesterday our Maddy Rowe posted an article comparing the specs of the Galaxy S2 with the HTC Holiday, Sensation and also the G2x. In this we concentrated on the dual-core processor aspect of these handsets but in today’s post we want to concentrate on whether 4G LTE would be a deciding factor between the Galaxy S2 and the HTC Holiday. Neither of these two smartphones has been released yet in the U.S. but are keenly awaited.

As a very brief reminder the Galaxy S2 has a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, 8-megapixel rear camera, and runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. In our recent feature on the HTC Holiday we told how leaked specs so far include a 4.5-inch qHD display, an 8-megapixel camera, 1.2GHz dual-core processor and will run on Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, so there’s very little to choose between these two regarding specs. We also published an article earlier today telling how the HTC Holiday is heading to AT&T and how there’s a lot of talk of this handset being for the soon-to-launch AT&T 4G LTE network. We thought this was very likely, along with others, although nothing has been confirmed about this yet. However it would be somewhat strange for a handset with such highly impressive specs to come out now without 4G compatibility.

As far as the Samsung Galaxy S2 is concerned it’s a very mixed picture about whether this will in fact be 4G compatible when it’s eventually released for the U.S. market. We’ve read varying reports that seem to differ in opinion about this, and comments to our previous posts from readers on the Galaxy S2 have provoked response from some who are certain it is 4G capable and others who say it definitely is not, so it’s something that’s confusing many of us. In our recent review roundup on the Galaxy S2 none of the reviews we looked at mentioned 4G capabilities, of course maybe this is just because nobody actually knows yet and nothing has been confirmed.

We published an article a while ago telling how the Galaxy S2 had been passed by the FCC for the AT&T 3G network. However we then came across this article by Jonathan S. Geller of respected tech website BGR that definitely reveals that the device used in their hands-on experience supported 4G on AT&T. Another article over on Pop Herald though, also questions whether the Galaxy S2 will be a 4G LTE device, pointing out that Verizon Wireless did not include the Galaxy S2 in the LTE lineup it announced last quarter. It also points out that technical specs for the Galaxy S2 so far list it as being HSPA+ enabled but there’s no mention of LTE compatibility. Other reports we’ve looked at seem to be very divided in opinion over whether the Galaxy S2 will be a 4G LTE handset.

Frankly we would be disappointed if either of these smartphones arrives lacking support for 4G LTE networks. With other 4G LTE handsets arriving in more numbers, it won’t be too long before people won’t even consider buying a phone that doesn’t support 4G LTE. If anyone has definitive news on whether the Galaxy S2 will be 4G LTE capable then please do share us your source so we can pass the information on. Is 4G LTE support important enough to you to make the difference over which of these handsets you might choose? We think it’s something that could impact a lot of people’s decisions but why not let us know what you think with your comments.

  • Robin

    I've seen conflicting specs listed as well for the Samsung Galaxy S2 phone. I suspect it will not have an LTE radio, because it's hard to believe it could have one, being as thin as it is. I think this is simply the next generation of the Galaxy S phone with the next generation of Samsung's TouchWiz interface.

    I am hoping that it does NOT have LTE. I don't think LTE service will come to my neighborhood for some time yet, and that's true for million's of Verizon customers. Also I'd rather have a phone that is thinner, gets better battery life, and costs $100 less than an LTE phone.

    Samsung has a real winner with their new Galaxy S2. I don't think the lack of LTE will hurt sales at all, as there are plenty of LTE capable phones to choose from with more coming out almost every month. But for the next year or two, I think there is still plenty of room left in the 3G customer market for stunning phones with the latest high-performance features..

    • Daniel

      I have been checking every night to see when the release date will be for the Galaxy S2. If I find out it doesn't support 4G LTE then I will start looking for another phone. I know it will be a while before LTE is available where I live but in the surrounding cities I know it will be available. So please be LTE!!! I would choose this phone over any even the I5 phone but if I5 had LTE and the Galaxy didnt' then I would be getting an Apple.

  • goer

    well lets see here. LTE is known to drain batteries thanks to the HTC Thunderbolt and 4G HSPA isn't even known to be in all areas now either. So Galaxy II wins it vs. the first-gen LTE phone.

  • Kermit

    Galaxy S2 is the phone I've been awaiting for months, to the point of even using Virgin Mobile prepaid while I wait. But if it doesn't have 4G support, then I can't be bothered. Makes no sense to have a top of the line smartphone with bottom of the barrel internet speeds.