HTC One X vs Sony Xperia S
0. phoneArena 03 May 2012, 09:37 posted on
The HTC One X arrived after the Sony Xperia S, so it should be better, right? Moreover, it sports either a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, or a dual-core Snapdragon S4, compared to last year's S3 in the Xperia S. Well, we are not going to tell you right away who wins – we upgraded the phones to their latest firmware versions and charged ahead, so read on for the full picture...
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26. Galaxys2...R (Posts: 46; Member since: 04 Oct 2011)
I have both the xperia s and the one s and i personally overall prefer the one s. i even prefer the one s to the one x not to say i do not like my xperia s because i do and its a great phone but htc are just better at the moment. also based on this new hyabusa phone and the mint 1 coming from sony later this year it turns out the xperia s isnt the flagship phone from sony this year anyway, so possibly it shouldnt be compared to the one x which is htcs high end phone
28. LoonyLynx (Posts: 13; Member since: 03 May 2012)
Daniel, please know that both chips are NOT "made with 40nm wafers". The S3 processor of the Sony Xperia S is based on the 45nm semiconductor technology and the S4 processor in the HTC One X is based on the 28nm Semiconductor technology. The international version of the HTC One X (which I believe is the one you used for the comparison) has the Tegra 3 quad-core which is based on the 40nm structure.
P.S. - Only clock speeds don't matter. How the OS is integrated and meshed in with the hardware is also a major factor that affects the real time performance of a device. And Sony are very good at it.
35. dil2abu (Posts: 169; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)
I agree with u dude..
Still no one can match my Arc S which is the best Single Core Device in market..
39. Daniel.P (Posts: 98; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)
True, fixed, thx. I tend to lug together 40/45nm processors and 28/32nm ones as part of the same generation die size, although they are technically different processes....
42. LoonyLynx (Posts: 13; Member since: 03 May 2012)
Okay, yes of course. I just thought that some of the readers might be interested in the crude details regarding both the processors :) Happy to help :)
P.S. - I love all your reviews and never miss even a single one ! I would say that you are one of the most objective, neutral reviewers on YouTube !
44. TMach (Posts: 349; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
Fact is they are both excellent phones, I have both, but the form factor and what is ticking under the hood means the One x simply cannot be ignored. In fact, given the overall performance of this phone, the SGSIII is not on my list. Will probably opt for the Sony Mint later in the year, especially if it is quad core! Sony has got its handset, the Xperia S to the market pretty much dead on time, so no complaints on that front.
Oh by the way, anyone who states that the One looks like a generic htc phone had better get some glasses!!
48. TheJackal142 (Posts: 6; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)
I prefer the screen and design on the Xperia S than the One X. Although the One X is tempting because of its features. I say they are both excellent.
59. mariosaigon (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 May 2012)
I am a proud owner of the Xperia S, and I can say you don`t need 4 cores to feel the power of a true smartphone. The screen is even more amazing than HTC One X´s and HD is really HD. Camera is georgeous and easy to use. And ICS is coming next month so what else can you ask for?
66. andydroid (Posts: 14; Member since: 01 Jun 2012)
I dont see why some people says the xperia is a midrange phone, seem pretty high end to me :/
68. mobileuser (Posts: 66; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)
The Xperia S is a midrange phone because it is in the mid range price range although their spec is almost at the high end of last year. By comparing to phone in 2012, the standard has now been raised. Look at the HTC one X and the SGS III. This is the standard of the HIgh end phone for year 2012 and the price as well. Therefore, by comparing what Sony has offered with their Xperia S, it is not matching the high standard of High end phoen of year 2012. Therefore, it can only be regarded as a Igh end " Mid range phone" or a mid range phone with high end spec. of last year.
72. b1acktiger (Posts: 205; Member since: 19 May 2012)
Are u kidding me ? Xperia S, Xperia U, Xperia P all looks same. Is this the Uniqueness ? I don't think so.
73. LoonyLynx (Posts: 13; Member since: 03 May 2012)
Are you a F-ing retard !? Yea they look the same ! Bcz they are from the same family ! The Xperia family ! Have you seen any 2 Sony phones from the same range looking exactly the same ?? These phones are for different group of people ! Have you ever seen anything like this before ?? With HTC or Samsung or any other company for that matter ! This IS Uniqueness you moron !
75. mobileuser (Posts: 66; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)
Now, ICS is already out for the Xperia S, I think phonearena should do the comparison again based on this new software.
77. niks_94 (Posts: 7; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)
@daniel p and other techgeeks !
Helppp !!!!!!!! m damn confused... !!! have options of HTC ONE S , Xperia S and Xperia T would likely consider the 1st and 2nd options preferably as T isn't released yet !! ... Plzzz suggest the better phone !!!!!! or should i wait for release of xperia T and please rank all the 3 phones.
req: Best advance phone,good user interface,BEST camera,battery,max features ,4.1 update ,better processor and best GPU
78. Aaron_R96 (Posts: 198; Member since: 22 Jan 2012)
It depends if price is an issue too, the Xperia T will be more expensive than the One S and Xperia S were at launch, but then again it has the best camera, battery, processor, GPU and has the Jelly bean update confirmed. Xperia T will launch in around a week and a bit - so not long
The Xperia S has a very good camera and battery life aswell as a gorgeous (higher pixel density) HD screen and is also likely to get Jelly bean - although that isnt confirmed yet..it is also supported by the AOSP so will definately have Jelly Bean 4.1 builds for it.
The One S has the same processor as the Xperia T but that is about all that it has going for it, in my opinion Sony's user-interface is much more modern and easier to use than HTC's Sense 4.
If you can wait another week or so(and afford it) then my order would be: Xperia T, Xperia S, One S
Or right now, definately the Xperia S.
Hope this helps!
79. Hunt3rj2 (Posts: 396; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)
Aaron is being quite misleading... Xperia S vs One S is very simple, If you want better processor, get the 1.5 GHz One S (NOT THE 1.7 GHz!! It is very slow compared to 1.5 GHz version). If you want a higher resolution LCD display instead of normal resolution SAMOLED display, go with Xperia S.
Also, if you need more 32GB of internal storage, go with Xperia S because One S only has 16.
The One S will probably have better battery life, especially with standby. Many people say that after optimizing the settings for their use, they can go a whole day of use and 6 hrs continuous web browsing!
I just look at XDA forum for Xperia S battery life, it looks VERY bad. Most people report that standby drain is very high with the battery...
80. Aaron_R96 (Posts: 198; Member since: 22 Jan 2012)
Considering I have an Xperia S, I'm pretty sure I can say that the battery life isn't actually that poor, and I use mine quite heavily.. and i said the One S' processor was better - just not amazingly better (it's the next one up - in simple terms) The Xperia S also in my opinion has a slightly better build quality.. I don't see where I was being 'misleading'?
84. Hunt3rj2 (Posts: 396; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)
The processor is probably the biggest step up we've had in a while. The Snapdragon S3 is basically a dual core Snapdragon S2 with better GPU. The S4 is an immediately noticeable improvement in CPU and GPU, with much better standby drain. You were quite heavily discounting the advantage that the One S has in that area.
It's great if you think the Xperia S has better build quality, but that's subjective. The Xperia S has well documented standby drain issues, especially on ICS, and the camera is basically equivalent to the One S due to the smaller pixels in the camera sensor. You also tried to claim that the Xperia S is the clear option over the One S when it isn't clear at all. The One S has areas where it clearly exceeds the Xperia S, the Xperia S has areas where it clearly exceeds the One S. Whether PPI is more important than SoC, and whether the user has greater need for storage is also important.
Ultimately, if the One S had an S-LCD panel at 720p and 32 GB of NAND, I would be inclined to say that the Xperia S wouldn't even be an option.
85. Raiden (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)
My experience with Xperia S.
Can update to Jelly bean and ICS. Super! Without updation also its very good.
Battery - Its normal that we tend to loose battery in Sony sets for long time listening music, playing games and videos.. Its normal.. Good battery :-)
Video capturing, playing - Fantastic!
Games - Very nice experience with good clarity!
Style- I guess it beats all recent smart phones.. Looks really superb Narrow King! Epecially BLACK Wow:-) Very smooth finger touch experience.
Heating Its normal friends dont worry.. but frankly, (dont over load your phone with apps or countinously use the phone without rest). So do not worry its safe :-)
Processor is cool and simply fast...!
Good that sony has launched such a beatiful phone Xperia S...People who own this set
enjoy thier moments a lot...Enjoy friends...