Although Samsung has not revealed any ‘official information’ about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S3, a lot of rumors and leaks have surfaced over the past month or so, painting quite a clear image of Samsung’s next flagship superphone. Given the current state of the Android smartphone market, many of those that plan to buy a high-end Android smartphone over the next months will ultimately have a very tough choice to make: buy the Samsung Galaxy S3 or the HTC One X.
While armchair experts will be eager to point out that there is no point in comparing the two smartphones since the Galaxy S3 has not been officially unveiled yet, I’m willing to bet a six pack with each one of you guys that the rumored specs we currently have for the S3 will not be far off. Even more, with the One X hitting a number of markets (Europe, Australia, India) in the following week, many might want to know if they’ve got anything to hold out for.
This article is meant to help you better understand the possible differences between the Galaxy S3 and the HTC One X, highlighting the advantages and disadvantages showcased by each of these smartphone. So let’s get to it!
Processor & GPU
Note: This is the only section of this article that requires a differentiation between the international version and the AT&T version of the HTC One X, since the two versions are built on different SoCs. The remaining specs will be the same in both versions.
The international version of the HTC One X will sport the Nvidia Tegra 3 SoC, meaning that, at a CPU level, you’ll get a quad-core ARM A9-based processor clocked at 1.5GHz, accompanied by a fifth companion core designed to help run tasks that don’t require full speed. The GPU inside the Tegra 3 is an improved version of the GeForce ULP GPU featured in the Tegra 2.
The US, AT&T-bound version of the HTC One X swaps the Nvidia Tegra 3 SoC with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4. Although the S4 only features a dual-core processor, since its cores are based on a newer, faster architecture (the ARM Cortex A15), the S4 CPU generally scored better than the one inside the Tegra 3 in preliminary benchmarks. The Adreno 225 GPU is a slightly improved version of the Adreno 220 you could find inside the Snapdragon S3. Same as with the CPU discussion, preliminary benchmarks show that the Adreno 225 is faster than the GeForce ULP GPU inside the Tegra 3. Here are a couple of benchmark results that support this claim:
While rumors and leaks reported different clock speeds for the CPU inside the Galaxy S3, it is certain that the SGS3 will use a quad-core ARM A9-based Exynos 4212 chip designed by Samsung themselves. Notably, one of those leaks claims that the Exynos 4212 will be clocked at a staggering 1.8GHz. If this turns out to be true, the Galaxy S3 will probably feature the fastest CPU of all smartphones period. Unfortunately, there is no mention of the GPU, but even if Samsung sticks to a slightly improved version of the ARM Mali-400 MP4 GPU (the one featured in the S2, Galaxy Note and a number of other Sammy devices), expect the S3 to be at least on par with both versions of the HTC One X.
RAM and Storage
The International HTC One X will feature 32GB of storage space, the same amount rumored to be available for the S3. While the One X doesn’t feature an SD card expansion slot (something expected to be available on the S3), the 25GB of free cloud storage offered by the HTC-DropBox partnership more than makes up for the slight inconvenience.
When it comes to the amount of RAM available, rumor has it that the S3 will be equipped with 2GB of RAM, double the amount inside the One X.
The HTC One X features a 4.7 inch Super LCD 2 display running at a native 720p resolution. While the display is definitely nothing to shrug at, it is still not a worthy competitor for Samsung’s current crop of Super AMOLED HD displays.
Unfortunately for HTC fans, there are few who can contest the fact that Samsung is the manufacturer of arguably the best smartphone displays (on a side note, Samsung is also the company that manufactures the retina displays for Apple’s new iPad) in the world. All previous Samsung flagship smartphones have featured displays that were considered to be simply the best at the time of their launch. Expect Samsung to do the same with the S3.
The most recent (and credible) rumor points out that Samsung will use a 4.6 inch SAMOLED HD Plus display running at a 1280 by 720 pixel resolution on the S3. If this rumor turns out to be correct, it means that the S3 display will feature a regular RGB matrix, and not the much-disputed Pentile arrangement. Expect vivid colors, contrast ratios and image crispness that surpass everything else currently available on the market.
OS and Extra
Both the HTC One X and the Samsung Galaxy S3 will run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest version of Android available.
When it comes to the cameras, the S3 is expected to be equipped with a 12MP camera, but this is the section the HTC One X is likely to dominate thanks to the new image processing technology HTC have announced for all smartphones in the One series. In addition, the HTC One X also features Beats Audio integration, meaning it will surely offer top-end MP3 playback quality.
The international version of the HTC One X will be released in the first week of April. Unfortunately, there is still no word on an exact release date for the US version. Rumors claim that the Samsung Galaxy S3 will be unveiled on May 22 at a media event in London, and is expected to reach the consumer market in June.
There’s no doubt in our minds that HTC has created something truly magical with the HTC One X. If you simply can’t wait for the best and the brightest, it is certainly an awesome and arguably, wise choice. But, if you like to place your bets after all the cards are on the table, then you would be intelligent to hold out for just a little while longer. All the pressure is on Samsung now, as HTC has created a device that has awesome audio, fantastic build quality, a very impressive media capturing abilities. If they are able to beat HTC in all of those areas, then they will have accomplished something truly amazing. So, what’s it going to be? Which superphone gets your vote? Samsung Galaxy S3, or the HTC One X? Let us know in comments below! If you are looking to compare more Android phones checkout our Android phone comparison tool.