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The HTC One X And Sony Xperia - Main Features Reviewed

News   •   Mar 28, 2012 20:47 BST

Both HTC and Sony have recently released their newest flagship Android smartphones. The HTC One X was recently announced in Barcelona at MWC 2012 (Mobile Word Congress), while the Sony Xperia S was unveiled shortly before this. In this article I will look at the key features of these impressive phones, so you can decide which one comes out on top.



The camera is among the main features which many people look at when choosing a new smartphone. Both phones impress in this respect. The HTC One X has an 8 megapixel camera, with all the usual features like LED flash, 1080p video capture, image stabilisation and face detection. It also includes a couple of unique features like the ability to capture still images whilst simultaneously filming video footage. The Sony Xperia S, on paper at least, comes out ahead in the camera department; with a 12 megapixel camera, still images are of stunningly high quality, the likes of which are seen on very few other smartphones. Along with the aforementioned features of the camera on the HTC One X, the Sony Xperia S additionally allows user to capture panoramic photos.


Operating System

Both handsets run the Android operating system; however these are in different versions. The HTC One X is one of the first smartphone to ship with the new ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’ version installed, whereas the Sony Xperia S has the ‘Gingerbread’ version. This means that those who opt for the HTC device can enjoy the all new features offered by this software, such as the ability to unlock your phone using the front facing camera in conjunction with face recognition software; doing away with PIN codes and unlock passwords. The Sony Xperia S has been confirmed to be receiving the ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’ update, however at this point it is unclear exactly how many of the new features will be compatible with the device. Both handsets will of course allow users to take advantage of Android’s high degree of interface customisation, as well as downloadable apps from Google Play.



The HTC One X is among the most powerful smartphone in the world in terms of processing power. This is thanks to a quad-core processor which has a whopping 1.5 GHz clock speed. The Sony Xperia S also has a 1.5 GHz processor, however this is a dual-core offering, which although very powerful, is considerably behind that of the HTC device. Unless you are a technology enthusiast, you are unlikely to be notice the difference between the two in terms of their performance. Both provide responsive touchscreens, fast internet browsing speeds, and quick loading times of apps and smooth graphics etc. The processor is responsible for so many aspects of a smartphones performance and although the HTC One X comes out ahead in this respect, you are unlikely to ne disappointed with the performance from wither of these smartphones.


There are many other aspects which could be compared, but hopefully you can see how the phones differ just by the features covered in this article. What one handset may lack, it makes up for in another sense. If you are looking for the superior camera phone, the Sony Xperia S may be the better choice, but if you are more interested in processing power or the most up to date operating system you may prefer the HTC One X. Either way, both are great smartphones, and you are unlikely to be disappointed with whichever one you choose.


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