HTC One X+ vs Samsung Galaxy S3: Can You Slay A King So Easy?

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There is no telling how shoppers think. Companies can release two handsets that seem very similar and one could become very popular and outsell the other. Very often there is no reason behind why is one more successful than the other. This could be likened to the One series from HTC, which hasn’t been flying off the shelves like the Galaxy S series which has proven to very popular. They are both high end, yet one had outsold the other, so why is that?

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs HTC One X+

The specs of the phones can give you an idea why this is; however they often do not correlate with sales. So let’s check out the differences between the current kings of both series’, the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the HTC One X+, which HTC have just announced.

The two handsets have very similar sizes, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is longer at 126.6mm than the 134.36mm of the X+, and it is wider at 70.6mm compared to 69.9mm. It is also slightly thinner at 8.6mm compared to 8.9mm. Weight wise the HTC One X+ is heavier than the Galaxy S3 at 135g compared to 133 grams.

When it comes to the display the Samsung Galaxy S3 has a 1280 x 720, 4.8 inch screen with 306ppi and the HTC One X+ screen of 4.7 inches at 1280 x 720 with 312 ppi. The displays are very similar, however the One X+ has a higher pixel density and performs better in outdoor conditions as it allows for a higher brightness level. And while the AMOLED display on the Samsung Galaxy S3 provides for vibrant colors and deep blacks, many may prefer the more realistic colors of the IPS LCD screen on the HTC One X+.

On paper the HTC One X+ should beat the Samsung Galaxy S3 processor wise as it has the quad core Tegra 3 1.7GHz processor and the US has the 1.5GHz dual core. The international version of the S3 has the quad core but clocked at a lower 1.4GHz.

In the US the Samsung Galaxy S3 has 2GB of RAM, while internationally this is 1GB, which matches the 1GB of the HTC One X+.

Storage options for the Samsung Galaxy S3 are 16GB, 32GB and 64GB and there is room for expansion thanks to the SD card slot. The HTC One X+ has 64GB of internal storage and no SD card support. The One X+ also comes with 25GB of Dropbox cloud storage.

Both the devices are LTE ready in the US and the HTC One X+ will be available on AT&T, while the Samsung Galaxy S3 is available on all of the US major carriers.

The cameras are very similar as they are both 8 megapixels. The S3 has a 1.9 megapixel on the front and the X+ a 1.6 megapixel.

When it comes to battery they both have a 2100mAh which should last for a day without the need to charge. The HTC One X+ has Beats Audio, which can give better sound and the Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with S Voice, which rivals Siri.

The HTC One X+ has Jelly Bean preinstalled and the Samsung Galaxy S3 has ICS, with an update coming soon.

Both of the handsets have similar specs but the Samsung Galaxy S3 has been one of the fastest selling devices on the market so HTC is truly going after the Android king here. The HTC One X+ will perhaps struggle to match the sales. Sure it has the better looks but will this be enough to rival the expandable storage, removable battery and the overall popularity of the Galaxy S brand? Highly unlikely.

Mike is the man who reviews gadgets that aren’t mainstream or products that can’t exactly be classified as consumer electronics e.g. portable talking toilets. It’s always interesting to read about the crazy products we have here in Asia that just don’t get as much publicity as they warrant.