Although the Samsung Galaxy S3 has seen some amazing sales this summer (reportedly the highest number of pre-orders ever for an Android phone), the HTC One X is still making some decent numbers in terms of sales. Why though is the One X still selling well despite the gargantuan marketing and hype behind the S3? The specs have the answer.
HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy S3
Both devices were the first to have a quad-core processor for their respective makes (HTC and Samsung), both with 1GB RAM and both were also preloaded with the most up to date OS (Android 4.0). The One X has 1.5GHz whereas the S3 has a 1.4GHz. Despite the One X being a little better here, the benchmark tests did show that the S3 is a more powerful device as the architecture on the processor is more up-to-date. However most consumers do not know this and bigger is always presumed to be better.
With regards to display, the two are nearly the same. They equally have Gorilla Glass screens, and the Samsung Galaxy S3 boasts its 4.8inch Super AMOLED 306ppi 720 x 1280p display, and the One X has a 4.7 inch Super IPS capacitive touchscreen. From testing, the One X was found a little crisper when looking at it in outdoors, and the S3 has a Pentile screen which has negative connotations due to past criticism – all this indicates consumers should theoretically prefer the One X screen more.
The HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S3 both have an 8MP rear-facing camera, the One X with an LED flash, autofocus, 1080 pixel video and a front-facing 1.3MP camera with 720 pixel res videos. The S3 has 3264 x 2448p, geo-tagging, image stabilisation, smile detection and autofocus, with a 1.9MP front-facing camera front video calls. One would have expected consumers to choose the One X if cameras are their thing, as HTC really pushed the camera as a selling point because it has a custom image processing chip that has been said to be better even than Apple’s iPhone 4S, whilst Samsung have not spent much time marketing the improved features on the S3 so many don’t realise it has changed at all since its predecessor, the S2’s 8MP camera hardware.
Availability of the HTC One X is much better than the Samsung Galaxy S3 globally, as you can get it even in the US whereas the S3 is having some problems getting to stores and is also incredibly pricy with some carriers (T-Mobile has it for $279 on contract). Many also believe that the HTC One X is more aesthetically pleasing as some think the S3 looks a little on the cheap side, even though they are both made of forms of plastic.
So while the Samsung Galaxy S3 seems to be stealing most of the limelight here in the blogosphere, in retail stores globally the HTC One X is getting the attention it deserves from buyers.