If you don’t learn from the past, you’re doomed to repeat its mistakes. And that’s what HTC seems to have done with their flagship device again.
HTC One X+ vs Samsung Galaxy S3
We’re all waiting to see if the HTC One X+ will beat the Samsung Galaxy S3 hype, but until we’ve got reliable sales figures, let’s savour the specs.
The US Samsung Galaxy S3 has a dual-core 1.5GHz chip and the HTC One X+ has got a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 offering. HTC claims that the One X+ is 67% faster than the One X.
The HTC One X+ has a 4.7” LCD display with a 1,280x720p resolution and a PPI of 312. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a 4.8” Super AMOLED screen with the same resolution, but a PPI of 306. The One X+ has natural colours, and performs better in bright sunlight when it’s set to max brightness. The S3 gives deeper blacks and vibrant colours which might actually put some people off who would find this hyper-real. It doesn’t perform well in direct light too.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 is 5.38×2.78×0.34” and is 4.7oz in weight. The HTC One X+ is 5.28×2.75×0.35” and weighs 4.76oz, so it’s smaller but a shade heavier than the S3.
The HTC One X+ has an impressive 64GB of storage and 25GB of Dropbox, but no SD support. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has up to 64GB internal and another 64GB of add-on. It also has 2GB of RAM – twice as much as the HTC One X+.
Both handsets have 8MP rear cameras, but the Samsung Galaxy S3 wins with its 1.9MP front camera, which beats the 1.6MP one on the HTC One X+.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 has ICS, although Jelly Bean is coming (Sprint users have it already), but the HTC One X+ has JB all ready to go. Both phones have NFC, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, all run by 2,100mAh batteries.
So overall the HTC One X+ has some brilliant specs, but it’s not likely to oust the Samsung Galaxy S3 – why not?
The original HTC One X was fab as well, but didn’t do as well as the Samsung Galaxy S3. It looked better, but the lack of an SD card and the non-removable battery let it down badly. Also, the HTC One X wasn’t available from all of the four major US carriers. These were its biggest gripes. Now, it seems, the HTC One X+ has repeated these 3 glaring errors while working to fix features that weren’t even broken!
It’s a great smartphone, but the HTC One X+ and its lack of expandable storage, removable battery and limited availability will leave it second to the Samsung Galaxy S3 once again.