HTC One X vs Sony Xperia S
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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.

Still, what looked from the onset a battle between the camera modules, since both phones have multicore processors and HD displays – necessary prerequisites for any high-end smartphone these days – turned out to be a bit more than just that when we ran the phones through their paces.

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...


Both phones come in black or white, and are made of light and durable plastic, which is polycarbonate in the case of the One X - uniformly colored inside and out. There's no arguing that the HTC One X is a large 4.7” device, but the thickness of the Sony Xperia S also makes it feel that way, despite the smaller 4.3” screen. The Xperia S, however, is more narrow, so it is easier to operate it with one hand, whereas with the One X you often resort to your other palm for holding the phone while typing or navigating the interface.

The Xperia S has a more boxy, rugged good looks, enhanced by the illuminated strip at the bottom – a signature mark of Sony's NXT design line. The HTC One X, on the other hand, has a slightly curved, while amazingly slim and light chassis for a phone of this size. In the end, the handsets look very distinct and you'll be able to immediately recognize them in a crowd of smartphones, which means the design studios have reached their goal with both devices.

The Xperia S has an advantage in the camera department (no, it's not the 12MP resolution vs 8MP) with a dedicated shutter key, allowing you to immediately go from sleep mode to focus and shoot in two seconds or so, whereas you'd have to unlock the screen on the One X first. Speaking of buttons, the capacitive “dots” for navigation underneath the screen of the Xperia S are not very responsive and are hard to spot, whereas those on the One X are pretty sensitive, and the phone also integrates well the on-screen button navigation that comes with Android ICS in the default apps.

Both handsets sport non-removable batteries and 32GB of internal memory, with no way to add extra via a microSD card slot.


The 4.7-incher on the HTC One X is one of the most gorgeous displays we've seen on a smartphone to date. It is way brighter than average, and with 1280x720 pixels of resolution on a regular RGB matrix, the pixel density is more than enough for well-defined text and polished small interface elements.

The 4.3” Reality Display on the Sony Xperia S gives way to the quality of the screen on the One X in brightness, contrast and viewing angles, which are better on HTC's phone. Sony's display is able to show quite vivid colors straight-on, too, but they get rather washed out with the viewing angle increase. Its black levels look more greyish than the blacks on the One X, making for a poorer contrast ratio, but the most important advantage of the One X's screen is its higher brightness, contributing to better sunlight visibility. Sony's handset sports extremely high 342ppi pixel density, though, since the same 1280x720 pixels are distributed across a smaller footprint, but with 312ppi the One X is no slouch either, so you are unlikely to notice the margin from a normal viewing distance.

HTC One X 360-degrees View:

Sony Xperia S 360-degrees View:

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1. zaryab_hussain77

Posts: 104; Member since: Jun 30, 2011

one x wins..........

18. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

True but if the Xperia S had a Snapdragon S4 chipset then the differences will become almost nothing in hardware.

76. lamborghini666

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 13, 2012

who the hell said u dat one x won ... r u using one x ...if u r using it den dats a crappy phone compared to da xperia s in terms of clarity,sound,camera the only thing lacking in xperia s in ics nd i hav upgraded it nd it simply u better dnt argue ......

2. rg987

Posts: 130; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

looks dis tym htc have only focused on looks of the phone, has focused on camera ,screen,looks,loudspeaker.etc PA review pts. as well as USER review pts. of XPERIA S are HIGHER than ONE X............ one x loses................

3. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Do you read the things that you type?

6. Mario1017

Posts: 336; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

Just proves pa reviews are very wrong. The one x is a better phone, doesn't mean the xperia s is not a good phone, it is. But the s3 was a stupid idea and so was gingerbread

19. mobileuser

Posts: 66; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

People complaining about the S3 processor on the Xperia S is really wrong. Looking at the price range, the Xperia S is meant for the Mid range level as it is some $150 dollars cheaper whilst the one X is the High end flag ship with a price range of $650. The Xperia S is the flag ship device in the "Mid range" level and no other phone in the "mid range" can compete and surpass the Xperia S in the market right now. So a decent and still fast dual core processor for top "mid range" phone with some high end spec. incoporates in order to give some high end user experience with a mid range price. So if you can paid $650 or whatever contract price for your high end flag ship, by all means. But just taking the processor and complaining about the dated processor is simplily unjusted because of different range phone. It is just like comparing skills at different level which is simply not justified.

30. Mario1017

Posts: 336; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

Well, i believe the One S is in this "mid range" category. The S3 is not a bad processor, but you can tell Sony was looking for a top of the line phone with this, not mid range, 12mp camera and 720p display dont scream mid range at all.. Calling this phone mid range is wrong.

31. mobileuser

Posts: 66; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

I think the Sony LT291 " hayabusa" coming out later this year from Sony will be a more high end phone than this Xperia S because it will have an Snadraggon S4 processor ; bigger screen with larger battery and ICS out of the box. So, Sony has raised the standard of the mid range with this Xperia S to make it a fantastic phone at the mid range which is hard to beat, at least for the moment. I think other manufacturer should follow this standard of the mid range phone as well the price range. This Xperia S should be compared with the HTC one S whilst the Sony Xperia "hayabusa" shiould be compared with this One X. Right now, PA is just comparing a HTC high End phone with the best phone in the mid range from Sony, so the result is not realistic.

32. Mario1017

Posts: 336; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

now you're saying the Xperia should be compared to the One S when before you said it had no competition? When this phone came out, it was not considered mid range, why is it mid range now, the mid range is the xperia P

58. SonyFTW2020

Posts: 311; Member since: May 03, 2012

I dont see how a 12 mp camera with a 1.5 ghz processor and 342 ppi!!! IS MID RANGED!! do you? THE GLAXY S3 8mp camera 1.4 ghz processor 312 ppi But this is labeled "HIGH END" because it is QUAD CORE??

60. SonyFTW2020

Posts: 311; Member since: May 03, 2012

The iphone 4s has Worse specs than both of these phones yet they label it "HIGH END" ...Stop fooling your selves the Xperia S is most definitely a High end device... And to be honest, I REALLY dont think you Samsung lovers would want the Xperia S on a Quad core because it would PROVOKE WAYY TO MUCH jealousy!! and most of you would consider leaving Sammy for Sony

61. Mario1017

Posts: 336; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

uhhh....thats what im isnt mid range, when it was announced it was, but mow its more like high mid range

74. mobileuser

Posts: 66; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

By 2012 standard, any phone comes with dual core or older processor should be classified as mid range phone regardness what other features were put in it, while single core phone should be reserved for the entry level range. Dont forget phones in one particular range can have variious features and spec. That is why mid range phone has different price points and can be of low end and high end too. Since the price of this Xperia S is cheaper than the devices like HTC one X, Samsung Galaxy S3, etc. Therefore, by 2012 standard, this Xperia S should be REGARDED as a mid range phone although it has high end spec of last year standard.

33. Mario1017

Posts: 336; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

Sony wouldn't go and make no high end phones, 2 mid, and 1 low end when the phones are going to be released at the same time and when it is their flagship (and only) line

52. SonyFTW2020

Posts: 311; Member since: May 03, 2012

the ONLY way I could see "mid range" would be the price and that still isnt mid if you ask me....just cause its not as much as the crappy iphone doesnt mean its mid range by any means.... In fact that is what makes it better because it has HIGH end specs with a way better Price range... Wich satisfies your pocket as well as your geek side in every way ......Cant beat that with a Stick

57. SonyFTW2020

Posts: 311; Member since: May 03, 2012

One word for Sony for making this phone and pricing it the way they did.....BRILLIANT! High end Spec wise, and Mid-to high end Price wise ........ This has Brilliant written all over it!

34. RamyRamz69

Posts: 390; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

Yeah sure, you can pay an extra 150$ to get a Quadcore SoC which you won't even feel the difference of in everyday use. Agree on the Gingerbread part though.

37. Mario1017

Posts: 336; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

i would rather have the att version with s4. Well ya i would rather spend more money than get a device i dont like very much, common sense.

55. SonyFTW2020

Posts: 311; Member since: May 03, 2012

you know man its bull s**t to start thinkin dual cores are less now that quadcores are starting to come out..... Does anyone here find there dual core "laggin" or under performining? i dont think so but its like you said pay 150 extra for something you honestly wont even notice in everyday use...something more relevant to me would be screen size or design, now that is something to take notice of....Im pretty sure the xperia s isnt THAT far behind if behind AT ALL performance wise with the HTC....if you add up the pros and cons i bet the XPERIA would win every time... Sony definetly made a Smartphone here!!

15. rg987

Posts: 130; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

once ICS on the xperia s , ur gonna love that than everything........its awesome.............even ICS on xperia arc is awesome then how wud it be on xperia s...............................unbelieveable.....​..............

24. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Seriously, have you ever taken an English class?

25. rg987

Posts: 130; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

idiot u r free all the tym bt i hv got to do millions of work a i reduce the no of words in my speech.................but those are understandable too and if u cant then u r a big

29. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

You're overall typing doesn't bother me as much as how many periods you use. I mean really? You don't have to be perfectly grammatical, but the time you take to put all of those dots you can type a few extra letters. And the phrase "i hv got to do millions of work a day" is just ridiculous.

56. SonyFTW2020

Posts: 311; Member since: May 03, 2012

The Xperia S is an Unbelieviable Phone with or without ICS but man with ICS will make it even more complete...

45. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

can the Xperia S take pictures while video recording? Is Xperia S Android 4.0 ICS? Does the Xperia have Quadcore? Is the xperia S easy to hold or the One X? Is the Xperia S lighter than the One X? Answer all this and you will know why there are a lot of HTC Fans out there, and why the One X is a great phone, or possibly a breakthrough in technology made by HTC.

49. romeo1

Posts: 823; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

when it gets ics it can, not yet, no, yes, thank god no. Then we have another couple of questions. Is the one x more expensive?yes Is the one x designed by a kid? yes Is the one x ugly? yes Does the one x feels cheap? yes Is the screen quality better on the one x? no does the xperia s make better pictures? yes does the xperia s make better videos? yes does the xperia s has better audio quality? yes oh yeah ofcourse forgot about this one(cause they are phones) Wich one has better call quality? Oh yeah ofcourse the xperia s We can go on and on with that stupid kind of list of yours. it all depends on whay you think is important in a phone. And the xperia s is a high end phone but not like the one x or s3. the hayabusa won't be either. the mint on the other hand will be if the rumors are true

4. hitechredneck

Posts: 103; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Lets face it Sony came out with a winner without Ericsson.

5. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

this is until mint comes from Sony, lets see then

7. Aaron_R96 unregistered

Have to say, id give the screen to the Xperia S having used both (own the XS) especially when viewing videos and pictures, and I personally prefer the design too, I mean lets face it, the one x still doesn't look incredibly different to last years HTC, whereas Sony have been more adventurous design-wise. Yes the One X is more powerful as shown by the benchmarks and both are brilliant phones, that's just my opinion anyway :)

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