HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy S3: Camera
HTC One X
You’ll likely be doing plenty of that because the eight-meg/1080p camera with backside illuminated sensor and LED flash is another standout feature. It takes great pics and vids, with minimal shutter lag, but HTC has really aced it with the extra features.
You can shoot stills while recording video or even extract stills from video in “post-production”, picking the frames you want from recorded footage. Stills shutter and video recording buttons are onscreen at all times, along with a lens which, in Instagram style, lets you add sepia, vignette, distortion and other effects which you can view as you snap. Then, when you’re playing back video, touching the shutter icon will capture still images from the moving ones.
Samsung Galaxy S3
The rumoured 12MP camera sadly does not make an appearance. Instead the Galaxy S3 arrives with a perfectly reasonable 8MP/1080p camera, exactly the same as that on the HTC One X.
In burst mode, the camera takes contiunous shots at a rate of 6fps, then picks the best shot based on smile detection, blink detection, contrast and blurring. According to Samsung, the camera also has zero shutter lag along with an improved shot-to-shot time.
You'll also be able to set up rules for photos to be automatically placed in groups based on faces, contacts or location. There's also Face Zoom which means that you can tap on a face when lining up a crowd shot and the camera will zoom in automatically. The lack of optical zoom means that this is going to be fairly limited, but we look forward to trying it out in the wild.
It also has a 1.9MP camera on the front, which suffices for profile pictures, video calls and the like. Curiously, that's actually smaller than the Galaxy S2's 2MP front camera sensor, but still an improvement over the One X's 1.3MP front camera. The difference this makes is negligable at best, but this battle will come down to the wire and the Galaxy S3 just shades it here.
T3 Verdict: Samsung Galaxy S3
HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy S3: Power
HTC One X
With a 1.5GHz quad-core processor and 1GB RAM, the One X runs Android 4.0 smooth as you like. Thankfully the UK got the global One X release with the quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 chip, and not the dual-core version released in the US, and the result is a phone that barely seems to break a sweat, even when you really push it's multi-tasking capabilities.
Samsung Galaxy S3
Samsung has put their own quad core 1.4GHz Exynos processor into the Galaxy S3, and bolstered it with 1GB RAM. Again, this seemed more than enough to make the handset a more than capable multitasker and media platform, but we won't know for sure whether it can deliver more juice than the One X until we've had a bit more hands-on time.
T3 Verdict: Draw