Samsung Galaxy S3 vs HTC One X


07.05.2012

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs HTC One X

On May 3rd the South Korea-based company officially unveiled their new flagship, namely Samsung Galaxy S3, and is a serious competitor for Smartphone of The Year 2012 award. Galaxy S3′s fiercest rival on the market is coming from Taiwan and it was showcased in February at Mobile World Congress 2012: HTC One X. Let’s compare the technical specifications of the two quad-core devices.

Display

2012 seems to be the year of 4.5+-inch smartphones, especially when it comes to high-end models, as both Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X pack huge displays: 4.8-inch for Samsung’s smartphone and 4.7-inch for the HTC terminal.

Galaxy S3 features a HD Super AMOLED display with 720p resolution (720 x 1280 pixels) protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 2. One X’s display has identical resolution, 720p, Gorilla coating, but it uses a different technology, Super IPS LCD 2.

Chipset

Both the Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X are embracing quad-core processors, offering a boost of power and better battery life. Galaxy S3 integrates a Exynos 4212 processor clocked at 1.4 GHz developed in-house, while One X uses Nvidia’s 1.5 GHz Tegra 3 CPU.

Even though in theory four cores should come with significant performance improvements, the advantages are not so obvious for the user, at least for now. The problem is the lack of applications developed for quad-core chipsets.

Besides the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system and some applications from TegraZone, most of the games and apps available in Google Play have been created for single and dual-core and it will have to pass some time until the extra processing power will be felt accordingly.

Design

The new Samsung Galaxy S3, anticipated by millions of enthusiasts around the world, and it enjoyed a favorable welcome, even though there were voices that criticized the product’s design. The Korean device measures 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm and weighs in 133 grams. The plastic case has a special finishing called “Hyperglaze” inspired by smoothness of a rock river. On the other hand, HTC One X is 3 mm thicker, sized 134.4 x 69.9 x 8.9 mm, but it’s 3 grams lighter – 130 g. The unibody case of the Taiwanese device is made of polycarbonate.

Camera

Samsung Galaxy S3 arrives with a super-fast camera, with an 8 megapixel sensor which promises zero shutter lag, a burst mode that automatically snaps 20 pictures and 1080p video recording. The front-facing 1.9 megapixel camera is capable of recording HD videos. In terms of photo/video features S3 also packs LED flash, touch focus, smile detection as well as the possibility of taking stills while recording a video.

HTC One X sports an 8 megapixel camera with full HD 1080p video recording support and a secondary, user-facing 1.3 megapixel camera that records 720p videos. The Taiwanese flagship also packs a BSI sensor, image capture while recording videos, face detection, autofocus and LED flash.

Storage, Battery

Samsung Galaxy S3 will become available for purchase in late May in a 32 GB version, followed by a 64 GB model. The users will be able to extend the storage via microSD cards of up to 64 GB. The smartphone also comes with 50 GB of Dropbox storage.

HTC One X doesn’t support microSD cards, but it has 32 GB of internal flash storage plus 25 GB of free Dropbox storage.

Samsung have fitted a 2,100 mAh battery inside their smartphone, while the HTC model features a 1,800 mAh power unit.

Both Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X come pre-loaded with Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but the user interface and the specific functions are not the same.

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