Can the HTC Vigor slow down the Samsung onslaught?

So just over a week ago I asked you, dear reader, if you think the Motorola DROID Bionic can stand a fighting chance against HTC’s high-end Android-powered smartphone, the Vigor. Now, this question was completely set in a theoretical world, considering that neither one of the devices are available for purchase quite yet, and while the DROID Bionic is obviously a real device that should be launching any week now, there’s still a lot of official information missing on the device. With that fight out of the way, let’s move onto a new pair of phones, shall we? Well, one main difference. I’m going to keep the HTC Vigor around for one more battle, but the new contender will be the Samsung Galaxy S II. But, how do they stack up, and when the latest and greatest from Samsung finally lands in the US, will HTC be able to stave off the impending onslaught?

First and foremost, let’s go ahead and give some of the limelight to the returning fighter, the HTC Vigor. As was aforementioned, the Vigor isn’t quite an official device yet, but with all of the latest rumors and leaks, it’s beginning to become the real deal to many consumers. There’s been one specific leak most recently that seems to reveal the most about the device, and if anyone’s interested in picking up a high-end Android device, the Vigor should already be on your radar. Why? Because the device reportedly packs a 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1280×720 (720p HD), with a dual-core 1.5GHz processor under the hood, making everything tick. Around the back there’s an 8MP camera that will undoubtedly be able to record video in HD, and on the front there’s a 2MP shooter. The handset will feature 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of built-in storage. It’s said to be running Android 2.3.4 right out of the box, and feature HTC’s latest version of Sense UI, Sense 3.5. And finally, but definitely not last, is the addition of Beats audio in the device.

And then the competitor, Samsung’s Galaxy S II. It’s obviously one of the most popular Android devices on the planet, which makes sense considering its the successor to one of the world’s most popular Android devices, the Galaxy S. And Samsung went all-out in putting features into the second generation Galaxy S, making sure that it won’t be obsolete anytime soon. (Or will it?) The Galaxy S II features a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display with a resolution of 480×800. Underneath the hood there’s a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, along with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of built-in memory. Around the back of the device you’ll find an 8MP shooter that’s able to record video at 1080p HD quality, at 30fps. And on the front there’s a 2MP camera. The Android version out of the box is Android 2.3.3. Samsung is also including its own proprietary software, TouchWiz 4.0.

As far as specifications go, neither device is anywhere near a low-key device, so it would surprise me if the marketing for either device is quiet. I imagine that both HTC and Samsung, along with Verizon (for this specific case) will want to promote the device as best as they can, just to make sure that everyone knows they’ve got the best handset available on the market. But, name brand and overall statistics may come down to be the deciding factor for these handsets. There’s no doubt that Samsung’s got a popular handset on their hands, but HTC’s name is practically synonymous with Android by now. Additionally, when we put the Samsung Galaxy S II and HTC Vigor side-by-side, based on just specifications, many people will point out that the Vigor seems to stand just a head above. But, when looking at the devices in person, the Galaxy S II’s Super AMOLED Plus display may be able to beat out even the Vigor’s 720p HD display.

I can see this fight coming down to personal preference more than anything else, especially if the Vigor and Galaxy S II launch near the same time. However, with Samsung prepping an event for the end of this month to reportedly announced the US-based launch dates for the Galaxy S II, it looks like Samsung may be able to jump ahead, and therefore into the pockets of people here in the United States long before the HTC Vigor even comes an official device. That may hurt Vigor sales, simply due to the contracts people will be signing to get their hands on the Galaxy S II for its subsidized pricing. Then again, if HTC can start dropping more hints regarding the Vigor’s existence and its rumored stand-out specs, then some folks may be holding off to get their hands on it, instead of going with what may be available sooner.

But where do you stand on this battle? Does the Galaxy S II win? Or will HTC’s Vigor be able to impede the inexorable wave from Samsung? Let me know in the comments.