Samsung Galaxy SIII And HTC One X: A Detailed And Thorough Comparison

8/2/2012 3:43:32 PM

Recently, there have been some waverers between SIII or One X – 2 quad-core mobile phones from Samsung and HTC. Therefore, we will make a detailed and thorough comparison so that everybody can get the strengths and weaknesses of each product and choose for individual demand.

Let’s refer to this comparison table


Galaxy SIII



White, Blue

Black, Grey Black


Android 4

Touch Wiz Interface

Android 4

Sens 4 Interface


Samsung Exynos 4

Quad-core 1.4 GHz

Tegra 3

Quad-core 1.5 GHz


1 GB

1 GB

Storage capacity

16/32/64 GB

Expandable storage card

32 GB

No expandable storage card


136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm

134.6 x 69.9 x 8.9 mm





4.8 inches

4.7 inches


1,280 x 720 pixel, 306 ppi

1,280 x 720 pixel, 316 (321) ppi

Display Technique

HD Super Amoled

Super LCD 2

Front camera

1.9 Mp

1.3 Mp

Back camera

8 Mp

8 Mp

Video record




2100 mAh

1800 mAh

Accelerant Sensor




Samsung Galaxy SIII

Description: Samsung Galaxy SIII

Samsung Galaxy SIII

At first sight, you will see nothing special in design, even some consider it ugly. Unlike SII, the paths are cylindrical grinded, making it unattractive and a little bit feminine. Samsung remains a conservative in choosing plastic to make the back cover. The advantage is that the phone is light and the back cover is flexible but the stature of a super-product cannot be shown.

Despite of being made of plastic, the phone still delivers a solid feeling. While block design is becoming trendy, but Samsung choose the removable back cover and battery, still. This enables you to use the backup battery or removable charge; or when you do not have enough time to wait for the full battery.

The phone’s edge is nicely-designed, like BlackBerry Bold 99xx. It is said that the edge is made of chromium so whether it is easy to be scratchy is unknown yet.

HTC One X    

Description: HTC One X


Traditionally, HTC uses the cylindrical-grinded design for the 4 corners in its first quad-core phone. Unlike the former version, however, One X has the block body, and this means that you cannot separate the battery and SIM card is put in from the outside. Like iPhone, there is a SIM stick used as an accessory. This design brings firm feeling of holding in palms. Despite the 4.7 inch screen, but it is not too big to hold, because the paths stay very next to screen. We did compare with Motorola Rarz 4.3 inch. One X is just a little bigger. This phone created a sense of luxury, especially the white one. Once using, if you like the appearance, this HTC may be your choice.

It would have been perfect, if the camera is not so convex. This does not make the phone ugly, but unprotected camera will be degrading soon. The glass is scratchy easily because of regular interacting with solid surfaces. We have not found out any effective solution to protect the camera. The protecting sticker may reduce the images’ quality. And a case affects the natural beauty of the phone.

HTC uses 3 sensor key while SIII uses the physical Home key. The physical Home key is preferable because of good response.

Interface and OS

Samsung Galaxy SIII

With Android 4.0.4 and TouchWiz interface, all the movements in SIII are smooth, without any latency. SIII has many nice moving effects and the water surface in Lock screen is very favorable.

Toggles bar of SIII has more options; when you scroll it down, it will move a little bit then stop.

S Voice works quite efficiently with quick and accurate response. It is not comparable that S voice and Siri – which is better, but I am satisfied with S Voice because it can perform some tasks that Siri can such as checking location, opening apps, etc.


Traditionally, One X has the whole Sens 4 interface. This is my favorite interface in Android series, beautiful and advantageous.

Configuration and performance

Galaxy uses the quad-core Exynos 4 chip. This is a strong and high-performed chip in the current market. HTC uses quad-core Tegra 3 chip of NVIDIA. They have similar configuration, using the same 4-core Cortex A9. However, Exynos 4 is produced based on 32nm node in comparison with 40nm of Tegra 3 so the Exynos chip will save more energy.

Through many technology sites, the graphics chip Mali-400MP of SIII is said to be better than ULP GeForce of One X.

HTC One X starts up more quickly than SIII because of FastBoot.

SIII is equipped with a removable MicroSD slot so it is expandable. One X with the block design does not have the expandable storage, causing irritation to users somehow.

Display, and display technology

Galaxy SIII is equipped with Super Amoles screen (4.8 inch, 1280 x 720 resolution) and One X has Super IPS screen which has greater pixel-density, better colors, vari-angle and wonderful image quality.  However, the LED which is set beneath the screen will cause a little green-stained phenomenon when it is in the dark.

Description: Samsung Galaxy SIII

Samsung Galaxy SIII

When SIII is official unveiled, many have a question of why it uses the Super Amoled screen with the Pen Title technology instead of Super Amoled Plus. Samsung officially answered: the Super Amoled Plus is not durable, and the quality will degrade time after time. The advantage of Super Amoled is the good contrast, especially the black. Instead of using background LED like Super IPS, this screen can use light points which supports better display under lack-of-light condition.

Many said that HTC One X screen was yellow-stained and SIII had black spots. But we checked it clearly, 2 were both very good. It is supposed that some phones have errors so you should check it clearly before purchasing.

Description: HTC One X



HTC One X is equipped with high-speed AF camera using image processor chip (0.2 s) and ImageSense Technique. Users can take photos successively then choose the best. In addition, nothing is much special. The taken photo has unclear contrast, pale colors, purple-stained when taken outside and dazzling in hard light.

Samsung was uncompromising when equipping SIII with a very good camera. With 8 Mp resolution, the image quality is appreciated. Despite slower speed of AF and taking, the contrast and color of the images are satisfactory. Under the adequate light condition, camera delivers effulgent colors.

GS3 has better video with 1080p. With the same displaying of details, GS3 brings better full images with better brightness and smoother (29 frs) while One X is limited at 24fps, breaking the video.

HTC invests a lot in audio playing. With Beats Audio Technology and provided Beast earphone, this satisfies music-listeners a lot.

In spite of being unprofessional, the accompanied earphone SIII still has good quality as a whole with good bass.

It is difficult to tell which is better in movie watching. Meanwhile SIII screen has better contrast and color, the HTC One X’s is livelier.

Battery life

The battery capacity of SIII is 2100 mAh and One X is 1800 mAh. We feel that SIII’s battery is much better, maybe because of using Exynos 4 chip and Super Amoled Screen.

Galaxy SIII is strong enough to be in use in one day, with 3G and Facebook checking.

HTC is a little bit worse. You have to decide which apps in use to remain one-day battery.

One X becomes very hot, especially the screen and camera area when in use too much. It even becomes so hot that can heat your face when you answer a call.

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