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Comparison - HTC One X vs HTC One S

July 11, 2012
By Jonathan Cheah

11 July 2012 - The HTC One X and the One S were both announced in February 2012. The One X is our phone of the month for April 2012.

The HTC One S is a slightly smaller version of the HTC One X, a mid-range version of the other which is currently HTC’s flagship device. Both devices are Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) devices, and they both have 8-megapixel main cameras.

They both take micro-SIM cards and do not have memory expansion slots.

The HTC One X has a 4.7-inch S-LCD2 screen, as opposed to the Super AMOLED screen to its sister device.

The One X has a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor inside, a much better specification than the 1.5 GHz dual-core processor of the One S. It also has double the storage (32GB vs 16GB) of the other device.

The HTC One X is amongst the lightest of phones, with a polycarbonate unibody that weighs about 130g

A little bit of warning though. The Tegra 3 quad core heats up quite a bit, apparently making the metal camera rim rather uncomfortable to touch. There are also reports of uncoordinated software issues, such as when multitasking from program to program.

The HTC One S weighs less (120 vs 133g). It has a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED screen, the same type of screen on the Samsung Galaxy S3.

The One S has a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, and only 16 GB of storage, which puts it up against the ‘smaller’ version of the Galaxy S3.

The One X is to retail for S$ 898, while the HTC One S comes bundled with a Beats Solo Headset, is quoted at S$ 948. The prices are pretty close, but we will give the edge to the One X which has better battery capacity and a larger screen with better resolution. 

However, HTC One S may be for someone who is keen to get the Beats One Solo Headset at a discounted price.

By Wahyudhi

Translated by Loh Ving Sung

We are keeping it in the family this time, and will be comparing two devices from HTC's One catalogue - the HTC One X and One S. The phones share a similar design, but let’s try and spot the differences between both family members.

Right off the bat, they are both Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) devices with the similar 8-megapixel camera with f/2.0 sensor. The imagers are able to capture still shots and record 1080p video at the same time. The siblings share connectivity options such as HSPA, WiFi, WiFi hotspot and DLNA. They also share Bluetooth 4.0 and a 1GHz RAM. Both handsets’ audio quality is improved by Beats Audio too.

However, the One X sports a larger 4.7-inch screen that displays 1280 x 720 pixels, while the One S has a slightly smaller 4.3-inch displaying 960 x 480 pixels. With the bigger screen, the One X is taller, wider and thicker compared to its counterpart. Also, the One S’ chassis is treated with a process called a microarc oxidation. HTC says this makes the One S as tough as ceramic.

On the hardware front is where the One X flexes its muscle - it has a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.5GHz whilst the One S has a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor.

While they have similar rear cameras, the One X has a 1.3-front facing one, and the One S has a VGA front imager. Other minor differences include the phones’ internal memory - the One X has 32GB while the One S has 16GB. The One X also has Near Field Communication (NFC) support.

Both HTC devices are officially available in Malaysia - the HTC One S is priced at S$ 948 (bundled with Beats Solo Headset) , while the One X is priced at S$ 898.

The One X comes with all the features you would expect from a flagship phone - it has a quad-core processor, it has a slew of connectivity options, and a large touchscreen. And while the One S is hardly a budget device, it has plenty of features that make it comparable to its bigger brother. 

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HSPA + WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n + NFC, 4.7-inch touchscreen slate, 8-megapixel camera, 32GB Internal Storage, Android 4.0, WiFi Direct + DLNA

HTC’s first quad-core Android flagship has a 4.7-inch IPS display with 720 x 1280 resolution pixels. The One X is running on Android 4.0 and has an 8-megapixel camera with 28mm f/2.0 lens that allows you to capture sharp and less noisy low light shots. It has a 1.3-megapixel front facing camera for video chat.

In addition, there is a 32GB internal storage but does not support any microSD cards. It has a built-in NFC support that allows you to share content via Android Beam.

The One X is available in Polar White and Glamour Grey. It is retailed at S$ 898 in Singapore. The One X is also available via SingTel, M1 and StarHub.

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HSPA + WiFi 802.11 b/g/n + 4.3-inch touchscreen slate + 8-megapixel camera, 16GB Internal Storage, Android 4.0, DLNA

The HTC One S is equipped with a 4.3-inch qHD screen (960 x 540) and comes with Android 4.0 out of the box. It is powered by a dual-core 1.5GHz processor. Plus it has the same 8-megapixel camera as the One X, which has an f/2.0 sensor that lets in 44% more light.

The camera has a startup speed of 0.7 seconds and autofocus of 0.2 second. Plus you can take still photos and videos at the same time. When recording videos, tap the shutter key again to get a still shot. You can do that to recorded videos too.

The HTC One S is bundled with Beats Solo Stereo Headphone, and it has a recommended retail price at S$ 948.  The One S with Beats Solo Headset is available at SingTel, StarHub and M1.  

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