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Samsung Galaxy S3 vs HTC One X comparison review

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Manufacturer: Samsung

Samsung has finally revealed the Galaxy S III, the highly-anticipated successor to the popular Galaxy S II. We put it up against the HTC One X, exploring the differences.

Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy S III, its awaited flagship smartphone. The firm is resting its hopes on the phone describing it as the ‘best in class smartphone in the world’. See also: Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Apple iPhone 4S comparison review.

One of its biggest Android rivals is HTC’s One X so we’ve put this review together to compare the two side-by-side.

We haven’t had the Galaxy S3 in our lab for full testing so we won’t be revealing a winner for each section. You can also check out the individual reviews of the two high-end smartphones.

See also: Samsung Galaxy S3 review

HTC One X review

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs HTC One X: Dimensions

The two handsets are extremely similar in terms of their size and weight. The One X is marginally smaller at 70 x 134 compared to 71 x 137. The couple of millimetres difference is neither here nor there.

Samsung’s Galaxy S3 is thinner than the One X but slightly heavier. It measures in at 8.6mm and 133g while the HTC One X is 8.9mm and 130g. The figures are so similar the two phones can be considered the same size and weight. See also: Group test: what's the best Android phone?

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs HTC One X: Screen

The screen is another area where the pair are very similar. The Galaxy S3 has a Super AMOLED 4.8-inch display while the HTC One X has a minutely smaller Super IPS 4.7-inch one.

Both screens use a 720 x 1280 resolution with intense ‘Retina’ quality pixel densities. The HTC One X has a pixel density of 312ppi. The Galaxy S3 has slightly lower pixel density of 306ppi because of the larger screen size.

The small difference in indistinguishable to the human eye and both screens are very high quality.

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs HTC One X

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs HTC One X: Processor

The processor is an important element to a smartphone. The HTC One X uses an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core 1.5GHz chip. Samsung uses its own Exynos 4 Quad 1.4GHz chip for the Galaxy S3 which is unsurprisingly quad-core.

On paper, the One X’s is more powerful but this doesn’t automatically mean the performance is superior. Look out for more details when we’ve done a full review of Samsung’s flagship phone.

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs HTC One X: Storage

The Galaxy S III comes in three storage options, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. The phone also offers expansion possible via a microSD card slot. In comparison the HTC One X is quite restrictive when it comes to storage with only a 32GB model and no microSD card slot.

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs HTC One X: Cameras

On paper the two rear cameras are tied for specification. They are both rated at 8Mp with the ability to record video in full HD 1080p quality. The Galaxy S3 does have a higher resolution front facing camera, though at 1.9Mp compared to the HTC’s 1.3Mp shooter.

Samsung Galaxy S3

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs HTC One X: Connectivity

Both smartphones have the same list of connectivity features like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, near-field communications (NFC) and digital living network alliance (DLNA). One thing to note is that Samsung will be launching a 4G version of the Galaxy S3 later in the year, which the One X doesn’t offer.

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs HTC One X: Software

Once again, software is a category where the Galaxy S3 and One X are alike. Both run Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich although slightly different versions. The Galaxy S III runs version 4.0.4 while the One X has 4.0.3.

The main difference in the area is the user interface overlay because neither uses vanilla Android. Samsung uses its TouchWiz interface and HTC has its Sense overlay.

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs HTC One X: Battery

As mentioned, we haven’t had the Galaxy S3 in for testing but we do know the specifications. Samsung hints at good battery life for its flagship phone with a 2100mAh battery. HTC has equipped the One X with a less powerful 1800mAh battery.

Galaxy S3: video review

Samsung Galaxy S3 Expert Verdict »
Samsung Galaxy S3 16GB Scores 8.9 out of 10 based on 6397 reviews
Android OS: ICS
HSPA+ 21Mbps / HSUPA 5.76Mbps
8MP AF with LED Flash
4.8 Super AMOLED MIPI (C-Type)
A-GPS / BT v4.0 USB v2.0 / Wi-FI (802.11 b/g/n/a) OTG
Recording definition: 1080p / Playback at 1080p resolution
Sensors: Acceleration, Electromagnetic, Gyro, RGB, Proximity, Barometer
-1.5GHz Quad Core CPU
Simplanner/Video Hub/Chat ON

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