Comparison - Samsung Galaxy S3 vs HTC One X
Written by Wahyudi
Translated by Loh Ving Sung
16 May 2012 – We are pitting two of the latest Android devices in the market right now Samsung’s Galaxy S3 against HTC’s One X.
Both devices are running on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), and share a similar 8-megapixel imager which is capable of recording a video while taking still shots at the same time. The imagers are capable of 1080p recording as well. Both devices share a medley of connectivity options such as HSPA, Near Field Communication (NFC), Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, and WiFi Direct. The touchscreens on both smartphones are protected by damage resistant Corning Gorilla Glass. Both touchscreens have the same 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.
But that is where the similarities end, the S3 has a 4.8-inch touchscreen versus the 4.7-inch on the HTC One X. Naturally this gives the Galaxy S3 a slightly larger and taller chassis, but the One X has the slightly thicker chassis (8.9mm vs 8.6mm).
While they are both quad-core devices, they have different clock speeds - the S3 has a 1.4GHz Exynos processor while the One X has a 1.5GHz Nvidia Tegra 3. There are two internal memory options on the S3 - 16GB and 32GB with a microSD slot capable of supporting up to 64GB. While the One X relies solely on internal memory options, of which it has 32GB.
Despite being powered by the same Android platform, it is their customised skins that are different. Samsung has touted that its UX interface is able to ‘understand’ its users. For example, your SIII will give you a little vibrating nudge when you pick up the phone to tell you there is a missed call or incoming SMS while you are away. As for the HTC One X, it comes with the HTC Sense 4.0. HTC says it will be a simpler and lighter user interface when compared to the older Sense UIs.
They have different front-facing cameras the S3 has a 1.9-megapixel camera while the HTC X has a 1.3-megapixel camera.
As for their pricing, the HTC One X is set at S$898 while the 16GB Samsung Galaxy S3 is rumoured to be priced around 550 Euros (estimated S$887), which means you have to fork out an extra S$11 for the One X.
Flagships are always a difficult choice for us. Both devices are quite similar where they count - large touchscreens, Ice Cream Sandwich and good processing power. The UX will help the S3 edge out other Android powered devices. But if you cannot ignore the aesthetics of your phone, it is the HTC One X’s design that manages to stand out against the S3’s chassis.
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Samsung Galaxy S III
HSPA + WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 4.8-inch touchscreen candybar, 8-megapixel camera, 16/32GB Memory + microSD (Up to 64GB), Android OS 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), WiFi Direct + WiFi Hotspot + NFC
The Samsung Galaxy S III is the successor of the Galaxy S II that runs on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) with Samsung nature-inspired TouchWiz UI. It has a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display with 720 x 1280 resolution pixels, 1.4GHz Exynos quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM.
There is an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash that is capable of recording 1080p full HD video at 30fps and take photos simultaneously. It is also a quad-band device and supports HSPA+ (21Mbps), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, energy efficient Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, GPS and GLONASS.
HTC One X
HSPA + WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 4.7-inch touchscreen candybar, 8-megapixel camera, 32GB internal memory, Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), WiFi Direct + WiFi Hotspot + NFC
The One X has a 4.7-inch Super LCD 2 display with 1280 x 720 resolution pixels. It carries a polycarbonate unibody that is stain and scratch resistance. The stain could be easily removed by simply wiping it with a cloth. Measuring only 8.9mm at its thinnest point and weighing 130g, the HTC One X is a sleek and lightweight phone.
Powering the phone is a 1.5GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor bundled together with 1GB of RAM. It is running on Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) with HTC Sense 4 user interface.
In addition, it has an 8-megapixel camera with 28mm f/2.0 lens and LED flash. HTC touted that the camera is able start up within 0.7 seconds and shot-to-shot could be done within 0.2 seconds. There is a backside illumination sensor that could enhance low light shots. For the audiophile, the One X is integrated with Beats Audio sound enhancer.
The device also supports NFC other than the essential connectivity options including HSDPA 21Mbps, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS. Storage-wise, it has a 32GB internal storage.The One X is available in Polar White and Glamour Grey. It is retailed at S$898. Alternatively, the One X is also available via SingTel, StarHub and M1.
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