Samsung Galaxy S3 Versus HTC One X: Smartphone Shootout

By Vamien McKalin | May 10, 2012 07:02 PM EDT

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Comparing the Samsung Galaxy S3 with the Apple iPhone 4S is not really a fair deal, however it is necessary since the iPhone 4S is king of the cul-de-sac. Obviously the Galaxy S3 will wipe the floor with the iPhone 4S, but can do the same with the HTC One X, a smartphone similar in specs and scope? Let's find out.

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Screen Size

Both the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the HTC One X brought to the table gigantic displays, which makes us wonder how long before the standard size for a phone display is somewhere around 6-inches are more.

The phone with the biggest screen here is the Galaxy S3, this beauty of a device packs a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD display, which makes the phone a giant for small hands to hold. The Super AMOLED HD technology here makes for deeper blacks and better contrast along with better viewing in direct sunlight. The pixel resolution here is 1280x720, with a 306ppi pixel density, so words and images on screen should just pop up and look just as good as that of a computer monitor.

HTC on the other hand, chose to go with Super IPS LCD2 instead of AMOLED for the One X's huge 4.7-inch display. Though it is not AMOLED, blacks are still deep and the contrast is so good many might mistake it for Super AMOLED. The pixel resolution is the same as the Galaxy S3 at 1280x720; the only difference is the 312ppi pixel density and the addition of Corning Gorilla Glass.


With great power comes great responsibility. OK, that line is totally irrelevant to the power of the processors in these devices, moving on.

Lying caged inside the Samsung Galaxy S3 is s super-fast quad core 1.4GHz Samsung Exynos processor. This is a speed demon, because of its 32-nanometer tech nature; the chip is two times faster than Samsung's dual core chipset found in the Galaxy S II.

The HTC One X also features a quad core processor; this is a NVIDIA Tegra 3 chipset running at 1.5GHz. However, there's a second variant of the HTC One X, this one has a 1.5GHz dual core chip and is only available in the US for now. The reason behind this is because quad core chips do not yet support LTE, which is a shame. The US version of the Galaxy S3 may feature a dual core chip since it will have LTE. We are awaiting something official from Samsung about this.


Both devices are packed with an 8-megapixel camera, the only difference is the Galaxy S3 1.9-megapixel front facing camera compared to the One X 1.3-megapixel front facing cam. Similarities are strong on the camera software front, but the HTC One X lacks Smart Stay technology found in the Samsung Galaxy S3.




Operating System and Software

Another similarity between both device is the OS. Both use Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). However, the Galaxy S3 is rocking TouchWiz as its interface on top of Android, while the HTC One X kicks it back with HTC Sense 4.0 UI.

However, Galaxy S3 steals a lead as it packs cool features like Smart Stay, S Voice and S Beam.


You can't have big phones like these with LTE chipsets and not have a big battery to keep things rocking for the whole day. The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes out on top here with a massive 2100mAH battery, while the HTC One X sits behind with decent 1800mAH battery, which should be good enough for general use.

Who won?

Overall, Samsung came out on top but just by the hairline. Both the Galaxy S3 and HTC One X are powerful devices so to choose the winner, it's going to be a difficult. However, when it comes to software offerings, the Samsung beast stands out from the crowd.

(reported by Vamien McKalin, edited by Dave Clark)

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