HTC One X+ vs Samsung Galaxy S III
We have used the European versions of the handsets for this comparison.


Some Android manufacturers, like Samsung, didn't touch their current high-end phones going into the holiday season, others like Sony or LG issued brand new devices in the fight, while HTC took a different approach, and upgraded its spring chicken HTC One X to the One X+ specs.

It is the latest newcomer to the grand Android kerfuffle, so it is only natural that we intend to throw it in a bar brawl with the Samsung Galaxy S III, a phone that sold 30 million units so far.

Both handsets have large screens and quad-core silicon inside, as well as 8 MP cameras on the back, but the devil is in the details, so which one will suit you better? Read on to find out...


Both phones are thin and light, with curved designs and rounded edges, making them very ergonomic to hold, to the extent that 4.7”/4.8” screens allow. The Galaxy S III feels a tad thinner in the palm, but the One X+ provides for a firmer grip with its soft-touch finish on the back.

The S III doesn't sport a unibody design, so you can pry off the paper thin back cover at any time, and swap the memory card or the battery. The One X+ is shut tight, but comes with four times the 16 GB storage capacity of a basic S III.

The Galaxy S III sports a physical home key on a pretty thin lower bezel, which is comfortable to operate, and preferable for some people before the capacitive key found on the One X+. Most side and front buttons, physical or not, are easy to feel and responsive on the phones, with the exception of the volume rocker on the One X+, which is too flush with the surface, and with too shallow of a feedback, so it takes getting used to.


We have the so-called Infinity Display on the One X+, hinting at the seamless transition of its bezel to the sides of the unibody chassis – a very good 4.7” S-LCD 2 screen with 1280x720 resolution, and 312ppi pixel density. The S III sports the same resolution, but on a 4.8” HD Super AMOLED display with 306 ppi density.

The screen experiences are pretty different, though, and we don't mean the RGB pixel matrix arrangement of the X+, versus the PenTile one in the S III, which could only be told if you examine solid colors like green and red very closely for the “screen door” looks.

What we mean is that the LCD unit on the One X+ is much brighter than the AMOLED panel on the S III. Granted, Samsung has achieved very low reflectance ratio for its display, but the visibility outside still goes to the One X+, as it has pretty low reflection as well, but is much more radiant.

Indoors the Galaxy S III display exhibits some typical for AMOLED flaws, like cold, oversaturated colors. The Galaxy S III covers much wider color gamut than the NTSC standard, and it makes for gaudy colors in comparison with the One X+. Its calibration is all over the place, too, often exhibiting various color overcasts. If those don't bother you, however (and the vivid, eye-popping colors appeal to many), you'd appreciate the deeper blacks of the AMOLED display, in comparison with the One X+.

HTC One X+ 360-Degrees View

Samsung Galaxy S III 360-Degrees View



1. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

It is always hard to make a decision between sammy and htc :D

2. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Not for me. HTC all the way.

18. aaronkatrini

Posts: 242; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

Imagine a phone Build and Designed from Htc but with all the good features (like removable battery, sdcard slot) present on the Samsung!

29. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

Of course not for you. This is my own opinion mate :D

36. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

And then I expressed mine. Which wasn't even against yours. Just more decisive. I like the word mate but I feel weird using it. Cool cool cool.

7. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

htc just build quality and design, Sammy everything else !

10. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I would choose HTC One X+ over Samsung Galaxy S III.

23. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

The ultimate battle... Who will win?

33. greyhulk

Posts: 184; Member since: Jun 30, 2010

Not if you like multitasking that actually works correctly, it's not.

3. byazatt

Posts: 316; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

I find myself lost with SIII, matter of preference. one x+ is no slouch either.

4. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Yup, it's a hard decision! But between these two, i'd choose the HOX+, no hard feelings Sammy, you're cool too. I really like the red accent HTC has given the stands out...moreover, the display is looking great.

5. psysect

Posts: 49; Member since: Sep 27, 2012

Htc is Win no doubt..its very powerfull & good job in linkpack that Sense 4+ is unique.. dear gsm plz review between one x+ vs optimus g & one x + vs iphone 5..thanks a lot.

38. galaxy72

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 28, 2012

yes gsm plz review between gs3 and another phones,because HTC can not compete with isnt on par with HTC,its better

6. TMach unregistered

PA, seriously you are losing credibility big time. The only area where the SIII has an advantage is arguably the camera and yet PA can't jump off the fence! The HOX+ wins this duel hands down! Not forgetting the build quality which is not even a contest given the cheap feel of the SIII and phantom cracking issues.

8. SK_007

Posts: 17; Member since: Jun 02, 2011

You just said 18 minutes earlier what i wanted to say,seriously it's ridiculous when everything(be it screen,build quality,UI,benchmark scores) other than camera(though i don't agree what they said about One X+'s camera as i prefer saturated colors compared to the muted ones on Galaxy S3,not to mention Galaxy S3 loves to over expose everything in bright light which to me is a biggest fault but as expected Phonearena Didn't point out)is better in HTC One X+ compared to Galaxy S3,they insist on saying they are on par. Seriously Phonearena as Tmach said you need to be fair when doing reviews and comparisons(instead of being biased)other wise you will lose your credibility(people will go no to call this site Samsungarena or Iphonearena rather than Phonearena)and in return you will lose a lot of readers!!!

13. babyk

Posts: 379; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

You are very correct about that they kept saying on par where as the other one is ahead. The one x is not on par with galaxy s3 it is better.

34. greyhulk

Posts: 184; Member since: Jun 30, 2010

The multitasking in the new HTC phones is complete crap. I don't care what anyone says. I had two different HTC one X's and they both sucked. You can see it right there in the video when the browser tabs refresh EVERY time he switches between them. Who in their right mind would choose that over multitasking that works correctly? That's a serious deal-breaker for me. I don't care how good the rest of the phone is. As long as Multitasking is crippled like that, this phone is useless and HTC's poor sales would seem to agree with me.

9. bayhuy

Posts: 320; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

HTC wins.

27. Izzy_V

Posts: 216; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

But PA reviewers won't ever admit it. They're going to ride Sammy's meat all the way to the bank.

31. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

all day everyday.

11. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1177; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Lol, its running at 1.7GHz and got a few higher benchmarks yet the S3 STILL manages to be smoother at web browsing and general UI!? Excellent job by Samsung :) If you think the Htc one then you're seriously lying to yourself. May i add that you can get the S3 in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB variants and ADD a 64GB mem card on top, so you really cant hand the memory part to the One X+ The conclusion here is that S3 has a better camera, smoother UI, more features, better media (music and video) and is more versatile. Yeah, right, the Htc won. :'D

14. Kronic

Posts: 321; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

I agree with you. Galaxy s3 is a lovely phone.

41. JasonJia11

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 01, 2012

You're a little kid. Benchmarks don't mean anything, just marketing bs. My friend has a Gs3, and my HOX+ is faster than his. And 64 GB of storage is far more than enough. Considering you also have Dropbox storage, and storage cards cost money. And Sense 4+ is more fluid than Touchwiz, Touchwiz is unorganized and clustered. And storage is not memory. Like I said, you must be a little kid. And at the end, you even said yourself HTC wrong, you just pointed out things that Samsung had better in your opinion, yet you say HTC won.

12. Android1

Posts: 59; Member since: Jul 16, 2012

Htc all the way.. better camera...stylish design.. beats audio.. bright colors.. sense 4+ ? Awesome.. I don't hate Samsung .. but HTC really builds quality

15. Pedro0x

Posts: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

HTC One X+ feels like a brick in my hands. Build quality : like I said One X+ is feels very solid but it is like a brick. SG3 is plastic, yes I can not deny that, but it feels solid too and more importantly it does not feel like a brick. About the screen : SLCD2 is very good, but I like OLED technology more, but SLCD2 has a better brightness than SAMOLED in SG3, I have no idea what SAMSUNG did to SG3 but my SGS1 has a better brightness even better than ONE X+ when I tested them (IMO). About the benchmarks : they can easily be optimized, my SGS1 can achieve 6000 in antutu ( with some help from xda developers ofcourse). That is the reason why ONE X+ got better score than SG3, there is no way that tegra 3 can beat exynos 4412. Speaking of xda developers : SG3 has a great community in xda developers unlike ONE X+ and that is THE deal breaker for me so goodbye

16. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

considering that this is actually a tough call for me shows that HTC definitely deserves some kudos here but tbh i wouldn't get either of these handsets with phones like the Nexus 4, the Optimus G and the Droid DNA on the way. the only phones i think are purchase considerable now with anything less than an S4 Pro is the Droid Razr MAXX HD, the Galaxy Note II and of course the WP8 devices.

17. SK_007

Posts: 17; Member since: Jun 02, 2011

Except for the last line i somewhat agree with you,but the problem for me is(i am planning an upgrade from my Htc sensation as i think it is kinda old and under-powered now)that stock Android is kinda boring and ugly looking for me though it has a plus point that it will recieve updates timely(it's my personal opinion so it does not mean everyone will agree with me infact majority of people prefer stock Android)so Nexus 4 is out,Droid DNA(or whatever it will be called in international market)is not available yet and i have to buy within next 15 days so it is also out for me,that brings me to Optimus G frankly speaking i love this phone,it got the latest and most powerful hardware,has a very good build quality,is great looking and has one of the best display(i would blindly take it over any phone today)but unfortunately i don't think it will ever be available in my country,so that's why i am bound to choose between One X+ and Galaxy S3,and between these two One X+ is definitely the better choice. Damn u Lg why u no release Optimus G in my country :P

20. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

why do you have to buy in the next 15 days?

21. SK_007

Posts: 17; Member since: Jun 02, 2011

Coz my Sensation is not working like it should anymore,it often turns off while i am on a call or doing something,and the battery often dies every 2 hours!!!

22. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

then sell it and pay cash for something cheap but works fine to use while you wait for something like the Optimus G.

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