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Samsung Galaxy S3 vs HTC One X

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  1. I've posted this elsewhere but I think it is most relevant here at AndroidForums. This information is from various sources, but mainly from GSM. So don't flame me if it doesn't fit your opinions because I'm not being biased in any sort of way.

    Samsung Galaxy S3 v HTC One X

    Samsung Galaxy S3


    • Super AMOLED HD Screen is excellent (superior blacks, higher contrast ratios and viewing angles)
    • Higher display contrast and better sunlight legibility
    • More storage options - Samsung Galaxy S3 offers 16/32/64GB + 64GB microSD which brings it to a maximum of 128GB compared to the HTC One X's non-expandable 32GB
    • Higher quality camera sensor and lens compared to HTC One X
    • Fastest web browser speed in the market. Evidence: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-00VpL_oIWJs/T6NalRAQnzI/AAAAAAAAHzQ/CVLZAXdu0gI/s1600/t3.jpg
    • 4G/LTE version has 2GB RAM which is better than the 1GB RAM of the 4G/LTE HTC One X
    • Comes with a cool and useful barometer
    • Faster and better GPU
    • Louder and better audio player compared to HTC One X
    • Updated to Android 4.1 Jellybean faster (August/September 2012)
    • S Voice natural language commands and dictation
    • S Beam for easy and fast file transfers
    • User-accessible 2100mAh battery over non-removable 1800mAh battery
    • 1.9MP front-facing camera with Smart Stay

    • Design is seen as too conservative by some
    • More expensive than HTC One X
    • Whites have a very slight blue tint to them

    HTC One X

    • Beats audio
    • Already on the market
    • Cheaper
    • Design looks great
    • Very good screen (LCD 2) which is excellent (higher max brightness and more accurate whites)
    • Quad core with 1GB RAM is faster than most phones on the market
    • f2.0 aperture means the HTC One X's camera is better in dark conditions
    • Sense UI looks great

    • Camera quality is quite low compared to the SGS3
    • Only comes in 32GB storage version and has no microSD... so the maximum storage is 32GB
    • 4G/LTE version does not come with 2GB RAM
    • Sense is not optimized so the UI is significantly laggier
    • Video capture is not at 30FPS, and there is evidence that it is 20FPS which is very bad
    • Blacks aren't as strong as on the SGS3 but this is almost a non-issue

    Similarities between the two phones
    • The build quality of both phones are about the same as they both use polycarbonate (there is evidence from The Verge, GSM and Engadget). The only difference is that the Samsung Galaxy S3 has a metallic trim on the sides. The white version of the SGS3 has a glossy marble-like finish, whereas the pebble blue version has a metallic finish. The HTC One X's battery is not replaceable so you can't replace it with a more powerful battery.
    • Both phones are actually the fastest phones on the market
    • Both phones are superior to other competitors in terms of browser speeds.

    Features depending on user-preference
    • 4.8" screen of the Samsung Galaxy S3 vs the 4.7" screen of the HTC One X
    • Sense vs TouchWiz. Sense looks great, whereas TouchWiz is a bit boring. However TouchWiz is more responsive and quicker
    • Super AMOLED HD vs SLCD 2. The Samsung Galaxy S3's Super AMOLED HD has higher contrast ratios, better blacks and viewing angles. Super AMOLED HD also has better outdoor visibility according to GSM. The HTC One X's SLCD 2 screen, however, has higher max brightness and more accurate whites.

    The Samsung Galaxy S3 beats the HTC One X in the CPU and GPU benchmarks. The new Exynos 4 processor of the Samsung Galaxy S3 is stronger than the Tegra 3 of the HTC One X.

    There are 2 versions for each smartphone. Both come in an International version and a 4G/LTE version.

    Samsung Galaxy S3
    International Version
    CPU: Exynos 4 quad core processor
    RAM: 1GB RAM
    GPU: ARM Mali-400

    US or 4G/LTE Version
    CPU: Snapdragon S4 "Krait"
    RAM: 2GB RAM
    GPU: Qualcomm Adreno 225

    HTC One X
    International Version
    CPU: Tegra 3 quad core processor
    RAM: 1GB RAM
    GPU: ULP Geforce

    US or 4G/LTE Version
    CPU: Snapdragon S4 "Krait"
    RAM: 1GB RAM
    GPU: Qualcomm Adreno 225

    Which CPU and GPU is better and why?

    In terms of processing power, the Exynos 4th generation quad core processor of the Samsung Galaxy S3 is much better than the Tegra 3 quad core processor of the HTC One X. The ARM Mali-400 GPU on the Samsung Galaxy S3 is also superior compared to the ULP Geforce of the HTC One X.

    However if we're comparing the US or 4G/LTE versions, then this gap closes significantly. Some US providers will have 2GB RAM versions of the Samsung Galaxy S3 4G/LTE so the SGS3 may win in this case. However it's still an extremely close battle and any difference will most likely be from the levels of optimization of the software engines.

    Browser speed test (BrowserMark)
    Source: Samsung Galaxy S3 (GT-i9300) BrowserMark HTML5 Benchmark Test - GSM Insider : Gadgets news from the insider

    What this basically says is that the Samsung Galaxy S3 has the fastest web browsing speeds on the market. This could be due to the SGS3's superior software engine and better signal transmission hardware. The HTC One X is not far behind though and is much better than the HTC Sensation and Sony Xperia S.

    3G/4G LTE Signal transmission tests:

    BrowserMark - web browser speed tests

    CPU/GPU tests:

    GLBenchmark 2.1 (Egypt)



    Camera Quality
    Source: GSM
    Video Quality
    Source: GSM
    Battery Life

    The Samsung Galaxy S3 has the superior battery life out of the two. Refer to these links from GSM:

    Source: GSM


    The Samsung Galaxy S3 has the better battery life and the difference is stunning for video playback.

    Other tests and comparisons

    Bootup speed test


    Video capture test


    19FPS lag on the HTC One X


    Design and user interfaces comparisons


    Internaut, dan330, Doit2it and 2 others like this.
  2. Doit2it

    Doit2it Well-Known Member Contributor

    Thanks for the vid sample postings, I hadn't seen those. I agree with the YouTube comments about the mic being tinny, but I can live with that for image clarity sake. You can hit pause and read plates in all three lanes. Removable, larger battery, check! SD card, check! SGS3 is definitely better.

    Plus the HTC One X is on AT&T. That's why I never bought an iPhone. Thank the Gods of Tech Android came to Verizon before the iPhone or I may have become an Apple fanboy. :eek:

    Just waiting for the SGSIII to hit the US market so I can throw my money across the counter at the Verizon store!
  3. Android26

    Android26 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for all the information man! I'll definitely link people to this OP whenever I can. As for my personal taste, I'm definitely leaning towards Samsung.
  4. remjenkins

    remjenkins New Member

    I have just picked up the one x and I have 30 days to keep or return. I know the GS3 is coming. So come on forum, help me out. Give me some pro's and con's of the one x and the gs3. If anyone has had any time with both let me know. I really like the idea of more battery life, but not if its a matter of minutes. HELP
  5. BigCiX

    BigCiX Well-Known Member

    If the One X had an SD slot and removable battery I'd go for it hands down. Samsung on the other hands sucks on updating (not to mention so does at&t) plus their phones are all plastic. Its a toss up for me. I might just hand on to my Thrill until the next Nexus comes around.
  6. gibbs1984

    gibbs1984 Well-Known Member

    Con: TouchWiz.

    End of.
  7. I've managed to take a look at a few videos of the Samsung Galaxy S3 and I must say that the phone looks stunning and got excellent feedback for the build quality. This time Samsung has used a luxurious glossy finish. The Samsung Galaxy S3's Super AMOLED screen also has better outdoor visibility and this has been confirmed from many sources.

    I still love the HTC One X's screen though.
  8. chanchan05

    chanchan05 The Doctor Guide

    I think you guys in the US can't base your decision on getting the SGS3 from these reviews. For one reason, your versions might not get the Exynos chips on the international SGS3 due to LTE incompatibility. You'll have to wait for proper reviews for US versions.
  9. The 4G LTE version is coming out very soon.

    The 4G LTE Samsung Galaxy S3 will have 2GB RAM compared to the 4G LTE HTC One X's 1GB RAM.

    I'm not sure how much of a difference 2GB RAM will make but I think it will give the Samsung Galaxy S3 the extra edge in benchmarking tests including web browser speed tests.
  10. chanchan05

    chanchan05 The Doctor Guide

    Its not just RAM. One of the SGS3 versions for the US will use a dual core S4 chipset, according to reports, not a quad core Exynos, so it may be slower.
  11. Hadron

    Hadron Well-Known Member Contributor

    Or faster for some tasks - it's "only" two cores, but also a newer architecture. Remember that the dual core HTC One S is faster than the quad core One X in many tests.
  12. dan330

    dan330 Well-Known Member

    thanks for all the info!
    samsung always trumps others.. in spec and wow factor...

    but htc (for me) has been better in daily over all usage..
  13. blisterpeanuts

    blisterpeanuts Active Member

    Both phones exceed my requirements, but the S3 has expandable storage and removable battery and that tips the scales. When HTC comes out with a model that incorporates these "features" then I'll take another look.
  14. dan330

    dan330 Well-Known Member


    Sprint just released... their version of htc One X... EVO LTE (aka: LTevo).
    expandable sd-card .. and bigger BUILT-in Battery (2000mah).

    and unlimited data on a cheap plan.
    but coverage in your area is important!! so do your research.
  15. Yeah expandable storage really makes a big difference for most people. A lot of people take photos, record videos, store movies, songs, text files, etc. This takes a lot of space in smartphones. Plus you have the OS which takes up around 5 to 10 GB of space, so the microSD card is very important these days.
  16. Spacecasespiff

    Spacecasespiff Active Member

  17. That video makes it clear that the Samsung Galaxy S3 has the superior camera.

    HTC One X's camera has purple tinting issues.
  18. Covart

    Covart Well-Known Member

    Overclocked to make up for the missing cores. Extra gig of RAM will also aid in multi-tasking and web browsing. I'll take 4g/LTE and 2gb of RAM for the win Alex.
  19. You're wrong.

    The Snapdragon dual core S4 processor has a newer A15-like architecture which makes it about the same in performance compared to the Exynos 4 quad core processor. The quad core Exynos 4 uses an advanced A9 architecture which is better than the Tegra 3 of the HTC One X but not as efficient as the dual core S4.

    So it's not the number of cores or the clock speed that matters. The architecture is more important.

    In terms of overall performance and from the benchmarking tests I've seen:

    Exynos 4 = Snapdragon S4 which are better than Tegra 3
  20. chanchan05

    chanchan05 The Doctor Guide

    I had no knowledge that the S4 was using A15 though. LOL.
  21. mallee67

    mallee67 Member

  22. Spacecasespiff

    Spacecasespiff Active Member

    My pics don't have a purple tint to them. They look great.
  23. scooterinmn

    scooterinmn Well-Known Member

    Got my S3 on preorder today! I can't wait until the 21st!!
  24. brinky

    brinky Well-Known Member

    ^This. It is the reason I went with the HOX instead of the S3. Even thought I think the S3 is a better phone with the SD card and removable battery.

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