Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC One X
In this comparison, we're using the international version of the Samsung Galaxy S III, which comes with a quad-core Exynos CPU and 1GB of RAM. The U.S. versions come with a dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU and 2GB of RAM, as well as LTE, except for T-Mobile's, which lacks LTE.
We're also using the international quad-core Tegra 3 version of the HTC One X - the AT&T version has dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU and LTE.


The HTC One X was the first new-generation Android smartphone to come out this year. It introduced us to a new kind of Android experience – one powered by an ultra-fast quad-core processor. Moreover, it helped HTC become relevant again, after a brief period of slowdown in innovation that caused the company a few disappointing quarters. Until now, the One X was pretty much the go-to phone if a user wanted one of these new Android marvels, equipped with an extremely large screen and the latest silicon inside. With the recent introduction of the Samsung Galaxy S III, though, things are going to get much more interesting. While HTC has always been a leader in the Android sector, even its best phones have always been in the shadow of Samsung's Galaxy S series, at least in terms of popularity. Thanks to their relatively close launch timings, we now have a perfect opportunity to pit these two powerhouses against each other.

Take a deep breath, people, as what follows is the most epic Android clash for the first half of the year – the Samsung Galaxy S III is facing the HTC One X!


Samsung and HTC have always had two completely different approaches regarding the design of their handsets. While the South Koreans have never really paid attention to those expensive materials that can make your phone feel like a tank, the Taiwanese from HTC have clearly been big fans of crafting devices that look better, and last longer. Pretty much the same tendencies are found with their newest hits. On one hand, the One X is also made of plastic, but a higher quality one, giving it somewhat more refined look and premium feel. The Galaxy S III, on the other, is also using polycarbonate, but it feels no where near as high-quality as the body of the One X.

Design has always been a strength of HTC, and this is once again proven by the One X's impressive build quality. This, however, doesn't translate to how comfortable the phones are to hold. To tell you the truth, the Galaxy S III feels better in the hand, as its side edges are actually much smoother compared to those of the One X. Otherwise, both handsets are about the same size – no big difference between the two in that respect (meaning they are both very big).


The radical differences between the two phones continue with their displays. The Galaxy S III, being a Samsung handset, is employing an HD Super AMOLED screen. In contrast, the HTC One X is sticking to good-old LCD, but in the significantly refined form of S-LCD 2. After our latest screen comparison, we concluded that the One X has the best phone display at this time, sporting very high levels of brightness, as well as saturated colors, with natural temperature. So, how does the PenTile-based HD Super AMOLED of the Galaxy S III compare to all that? Well, due to its AMOLED nature, the GS III's display is superior when it comes to color saturation and contrast. This screen can easily look spectacular and eye-catching – that's what it's best at. However, it is significantly colder than the One X. And thanks to its colors being saturated enough in order to guarantee an enjoyable picture, we'd consider the screen of the One X to be superior in terms of image quality.

As you know, both handsets sport HD resolution screens, so they both look incredibly crisp and clear. You might be wondering if the PenTile pixel arrangement of the Galaxy S III doesn't make it look a bit more pixelized. Well, there is a difference, but it is so small, that it can be easily neglected. In 99% of the time using the GS III, the effects of the PenTile matrix will not be noticed.

Samsung Galaxy S III 360-degrees View:

HTC One X 360-degrees View:



1. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

This is a class of the titans. I've yet to see a galaxy s3 in the flesh so i've holded off buying a one x till i can seen them side by side. The One X aswell as the One S are currently coming with free beats headphones and we are selling out of them weekly,it'll be interesting to see in a few weeks how the sales battles will go with the s3 out!!

71. hc3000

Posts: 4; Member since: May 16, 2012

Bender rocks!

87. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

What? From what I heard they come with beats audio, no beats headphones, the headphones are whatever htc bundles with, o beats brand on them. Beats audio is only better if you buy the headphones which means more money to invest.

94. tedkord

Posts: 17408; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Beats is hype altogether, with or without the headphones.

99. Mario1017

Posts: 336; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

the X and S do not come with beats.....what are you talking about

117. notso

Posts: 3; Member since: May 19, 2012

Your command of the english language underwhelms me.

2. hateftotti

Posts: 231; Member since: May 03, 2011

Just S III and nothing else... Wait to see WP8 version of GS III and then WP goes for Samsung too;)

11. abhishek48

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

Yes, history repeats, gs2 outperformed sensation last year. So if any one buys HTC one x international ,.. wil see again what they say lasy year,.. galaxy beating htc..again. But in US version SoC are same crapdragon s4.. so difficult to choose.

25. thelegend6657 unregistered

Samsung Fanboy

54. SleepingOz unregistered

You're actually the Samsung hater. =]

108. thelegend6657 unregistered

Not the biggest fan . But i dont hate Samsung I hate their loud Fanboys always bashing Apple's tail keep saying themselve on android side but actually on Samsung side , check this article for example . Samsung make a lot of stuff in house and supply it to other companies . So like it or not your phone will have something samsung in it and i prefer it that way

3. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

No beats.clarify.

4. cellphonator

Posts: 298; Member since: Oct 29, 2011

What? Free Beats headphones? Since when, how, who? I bought the One S and it came with a kick in the butt instead of ANY headphone!

9. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

The availability depends on your location geographically,Initial batchs of the phones didn't have beats headsets bundled in the phones but in the last few weeks they have been. I've even seen the One V with beats headsets bundled with the now. Bare in mind they ibeats inear headsets which are bundled with the phones not over ear headsets.

5. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

I can predict the conclusion easily because PA marked GS3 9.3 point while One X had onlly 7.8 point.

8. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

I've read all of the article already. It's a good review although i think it'll be better if there is a comparison video.

24. Ray.S

Posts: 459; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

The video will be up very soon! :P

40. Retro-touch unregistered

The s3 comes in 3 versions, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB with ability to expand with 64GB and also there is 50GB of dropbox for 2 years you should correct your reviews and head-to-head against the One X, it was officially announced from the beginning don't know why you keep rehashing your words without getting your facts straight as a reviewer

80. Ray.S

Posts: 459; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

Sorry about that. It's fixed now!

47. Retro-touch unregistered

Don't forget the removable battery, which you neglected to mention Ray S

124. Edsaxy

Posts: 1; Member since: May 24, 2012

If only one can understand what the designer and technologist had in mind than seriously honestly than we can give the guys the best credit of their marvels.

6. intos

Posts: 93; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

htc is much much beautifull and its seems more expensice

27. thelegend6657 unregistered


64. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

are you going to use it or boast about it? that's the main question. if the first one get S III.

137. Dark4o90

Posts: 205; Member since: Feb 20, 2011

htc is much much ugly and if you did't see both devices with you eyes don't say such things. one x is ugly

7. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Thank you Ray S. for a good non-biased article. It seems as of late the bias is disappearing quite a bit. Except toward HTC lol

15. wendygarett unregistered

Just wait and see the comparison with iphone4s, then you may have different conclusion :D

20. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Im actually starting to respect Ray actually. If he doesn't like HTC or android in general and prefers the iphone its his opinion not mine. I have mine, he has his, you have yours, and so on

22. wendygarett unregistered

Ya you're probably (definitely) right...

51. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

same here. if Ray or someone else likes iphone or any other device, then its a personal choice. all we want is an unbiased and honest opinion. again a good job done Ray.

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