The recently announced Galaxy S3 has only one worthy Android rival out there, the One X, although from what we’ve seen so far, it’s Samsung’s phone that’s generating more pre-orders and sales than HTC’s handset.
Obviously, HTC isn’t too happy about it. In fact, the Taiwanese Android device maker decided to lower its Q2 outlook after taking into consideration the low European demand and the HTC EVO 4G LTE and One X delays caused by the U.S customs across the pond.
To counter the negative effects on sales the Galaxy S3 may have, HTC apparently created some “special packs” for HTC sales teams, which explain why the HTC One X is better than the Samsung flagship device. The documents, available in the gallery bellow, show how HTC defends some of the “flaws” of the One X as follows:
- While the Galaxy S3 is slimmer, the HTC One X is just 0.3mm bigger, but it’s “lighter, feels slimmer and looks way better.”
- The Galaxy S3 has a removable battery, but the HTC One X’s battery can “easily” last a full day. The HTC One X non-removable battery design “allows implementation of unibody design which is more resistant to dust and water.” Furthermore, the Galaxy S3’s removable battery means that users will need a separate battery charger, “often impractical, especially when traveling.” When changing batteries, the Galaxy S3 would have to be turned off to make the change.
- While the Galaxy S3 has a micro SD card slot that lets users bump their total memory, the One X comes with 32GB internal memory and 25GB of Dropbox cloud storage.
- The Galaxy S3 has a bigger display, but it’s “less bright and blush especially from an angle and is lower density.” Moreover, the PenTile technology used by the Galaxy S3 display is “commonly known as being inferior compare [sic] to true HD LCD display.” HTC goes to great lengths to compare the two display technologies by showing the differences between AMOLED and SLCD2 displays and between PenTile and regular RGB-RGB panels.
When it comes to certain specs and features the One X is better than the Galaxy S3, the documentation suggests. It has a:
- Better speed/faster – Quad-core 1.5GHz vs Quad-core 1.4
- Better camera – 70% better quality with f2.0, Faster: 4fps/99 shot, Faster startup: 0.7s vs Poor low light with f2.6, Slower: 3fps/20shots, Slower startup: 0.99sec.
- Better sound – Beats Audio vs “none”
- Better screen – Brighter & cleaner, higher density vs “Dull Bluish,” lower density
- Better durability – Polycarbonate vs Plastic
- Better design – “World acclaimed” vs “Disappointing”
Some of HTC’s claims are rather silly, and can be easily debunked but you can’t blame HTC for trying. At the same time, some of the “flaws” it tries to defend aren’t necessarily flaws. Nevertheless, the One X is definitely a great handset, and alongside the Galaxy S3, they are the best Android smartphones made to date. But as it often is the case in the Android mobile ecosystem, a better high-end smartphone is almost certainly down the road.
Everyone remembers “Antennagate” for the iPhone 4 when it launched. The phone had some less than stellar antenna placement that caused calls to be dropped if you had your hand covering a certain part of the phone. To right this problem, Steve Jobs said “you’re holding the phone wrong” but eventually Apple backed on that stance and offered bumper cases to everyone that wanted one.
It’s well documented at this point that Samsung wants to be on the level as Apple, and this picture taken from the user’s manual of the Galaxy SIII is just too funny not to share. The antenna for the SIII is located at the bottom of the phone, which would be awkward to grip with one hand when the phone is 4.8″ large but Samsung makes sure to note that you should not hold it there. Granted, there are spots on any phone that if you hold your signal will suffer but we have to put the latest and greatest smartphone though it’s paces don’t we?