Samsung Galaxy S3 vs HTC One X, Who is the king of the smartphones?

HTC One X  vs Samsung Galaxy S3, who is the current king of the smartphones and is there a clear answer?
HTC One X vs Galaxy SIII

HTC’s decision to switch from Windows Mobile operating system (don’t confuse it with Windows Phone OS) to Andorid phones was probably the best decision the company have ever made. Less than a year after it switched to Android the company starter its exponential growth which was led by HTC Desire. In 2011 its growth stopped because HTC was pushing too many half-baked devices to market and to make matters worse Samsung released the Galaxy S2 and HTC was unable to compete.

This year HTC have changed its approach and we have seen only few devices so far and all of them are amazing. For those who are not aware I am talking about One V, One S and One X. I am using HTC One X for quite some time and today I want to compare it against its main rival the Samsung Galaxy S3.

Bellow you can see the Galaxy S3 and HTC One X specs:


Galaxy S3 vs HTC One X: Design

HTC one x vs Galaxy s3Galaxy s3 vs HTC One X

One X sports a fancy unibody polycarbonate plastic material that gives the device a solid fell and look. It feels smooth yet grips in your hand very well. While it features a massive 4.7-inch display, the HTC One X is only 0.36 inch thin but it is thicker than the Galaxy S3 (0.34 inch). While holding both phones you can notice the difference only if you really want to.

The Galaxy S3 has removable battery and a microSD card slot but it also has a cheap-feeling construction at least comparing to the HTC One X which has a premium feel. This is still questionable and it’s up to you which one best suits your taste. I still like the Galaxy S3 more than its predecessor but the One X beats both of them.

Design award: HTC One X

Galaxy S3 vs HTC One X: Display

In comparison the Galaxy S3 has 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display boasting 1280 by 720-pixel resolution but the One X sports a 4.7-inch Super LCD with the same HD resolution.

HTC One X and Galaxy S3 under a microscope. The HTC One looks better but only under the microscope.

The Galaxy S3 display has better blacks and contrast as well as great color saturation but the HTC One X display is sharper and brighter. The Galaxy S3 display is better for viewing images and videos but the HTC One X display is better for reading and web browsing.

Both displays look fantastic and there is no clear winner here. Personally I like HTC One X display because I am doing a lot of reading and web browsing on a phone but if you like to watch videos on YouTube then the Galaxy S3 will be a better bet.

Display award: Drawn

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs HTC One X: Features and software

Both smartphones runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich but with TouchWiz UI v4.0 for the Galaxy S3 and HTC Sense UI for the HTC One X. The One X interface looks more fresh and clean than the one you can find in the Galaxy S3. While HTC have spent time designing UI, Samsung have pushed Android platform forward by introducing technologies such as S Beam (fast file transfer between devices), S Voice (voice assistant just like Siri for iPhone), Smart Stay, Direct Call and others.

Both phones come with free Dropbox storage, the HTC One X with 25GB but the Galaxy S3 with 50GB of free storage.

While I like the HTC UI, the winner here is the Galaxy S3 due to its innovative technologies and S Beam (NFC) which works fantastic.

Software and features award: Samsung Galaxy S3

HTC One X vs Galaxy S3: Performance

The Galaxy S3 (international version) has 1.4GHz in-house built Exynos 4212 Quad-core in comparison to the dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor for the HTC One X. Let’s make the benchmarks to speak for themselves:

Samsung Galaxy S III HTC One X
Quadrant (v2)



Linpack single-thread (MFLOPS)



Linpack multi-thread (MFLOPS)



NenaMark2 (fps)



NenaMark1 (fps)






 Galaxy s3 vs htc one x performanceGalaxy s3 vs htc one x performance

Turns out that both phones are very similar by performance but Samsung comes out as a winner here.

Performance award: Samsung Galaxy S3

Galaxy S3 vs HTC One X: Battery life

The Galaxy S3 has larger Li-Ion 2100 mAh battery in comparison to Li-Po 1800 mAh battery found in the HTC One X.

I haven’t tested battery life for both phones but guys from GSMArena have done it already and bellow you can see results.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Battery life

One X Battery life

While the Galaxy S3 has quad-core processor, better performance and slightly larger display it still manages to beat its main rival in the battery test.

This massive difference in video playback test comes from the Super AMOLED display technology which is more power efficient when viewing blacks but loses at viewing whites in which LCD technology is better.

Battery life award: Samsung Galaxy S3


Both are amazing phones and there is not clear winner here. Personally I chose the HTC One X because I like its design and its performance is more than enough for my needs. I still would like to have a battery life of the Galaxy S3 but cheap plastic feel holds be back.

In conclusion, if you are looking for the most powerful smartphone in the market that packs latest technologies then the Galaxy S3 is a right smartphone for you. If you prefer design over performance and do like to read and browse web then the HTC One X is right choice for you.

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4 Responses to Samsung Galaxy S3 vs HTC One X, Who is the king of the smartphones?

  1. Milano June 22, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

    I’m sorry for this comare
    S3 is very better but…
    Bye Bye ubuntulife

  2. Molan James July 1, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

    The s3 wins hands-down. Not only does it have a swappable battery and SD
    slot, but it has functions that NO other smartphone has. And to me its
    the best looking smartphone. It looks more sleek and elegant than the
    one x.

  3. Ibrahim December 29, 2012 at 10:18 am #

    htc is the best

    • James December 29, 2012 at 10:56 am #

      Depends from person to person. I like Samsung better because of better ecosystem. I like that I can use it with my SmartTV better than I can with any other Android phone.

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