Difference between Sony Xperia S and HTC One X

Key difference: The Xperia S features a 4.3-inch TFT touch screen with shatter proof sheet on scratch-resistant glass. The display provides an impressive 342 ppi density and is powered by a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Dual-core processor. The HTC One X is a popular product of the HTC Corporation. It comes with Android v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and is upgradable to v4.1.1 Jelly Bean. It includes a 1.5 GHz, quad-core (global version) and 1.5 GHz, dual-core LTE version (USA and selected countries) along with ULP GeForce GPU and 1GB RAM.

Sony is well-known electronics company that has made itself a popular manufacturer of smartphones. The company initially launched phones in collaboration with Ericsson, but it has parted ways with the company and has completely taken over the Xperia brand. The company announced a new line up of phones for the Xperia line-up, including Xperia S. The Xperia S was launched in February 2012 and was a high-range phone at that time, amount to approximately EUR 520.

The Xperia S features a 4.3-inch TFT touch screen with shatter proof sheet on scratch-resistant glass. The display provides an impressive 342 ppi density, which was the highest at the time of the phone’s release. The high density ensures that the viewers get nothing but hi-res display with clear, crisp images and absolutely no pixilation. The device is a little bulky and heavy at 144 grams. The phone is encased in a plastic chassis, which comes off as a little cheap looking. The phone also said to creak and make noises when pressure is put on it. The Xperia S is a bar phone, which features a clear plastic strip on the bottom side of the phone that has the Home, Back and Menu button imprints on it but don’t let the imprint fool you, the buttons are actually located on the top of the clear strip and not on the strip. The top of the device houses the power/unlock button with the 3.55mm jack. The right side of the phone has the volume rocker, an HDMI out socket and the physical camera button, while the left side has a USB charging/sync port.

The phone is powered by a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Dual-core processor, making it quite fast when operational. The processor allows the user to seamless shift between screens and apps on the phone. It can also handle hi-res games, movies and multi-tasking. The device comes with Android v2.3, which is upgradeable to Android v4.0. The company has announced a 4.1 update, but release date for the update is not yet revealed. The device is available with 32 GB internal storage capacity and 1 GB RAM. The device does not support MicroSD cards, which means that the user is stuck with only 32 GB storage and this also causes a problem for the user to transfer data on to the phone.

The device houses a 12.1 MP rear camera with autofocus and LED flash. The camera comes with Sony’s Exmor R for mobile technology and produces beautiful, colorful high-res images. The device is also capable of recording HD videos. The Xperia S also sports a 1.3 MP front camera for video calls, which is quite good compared to the other VGA and 1 MP cameras available on the other phones in the same price range. The Xperia S also comes with xLOUD Experience, clear stereo and clear bass and 3D surround sound for an amazing audio experience. The device is available with other features such as: Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA, NFC and USB On-the-go. The S has a non-removable Li-Ion 1750 mAh battery, that provides 8 hours 30 min talk-time and 420 hours of standby time on 3G according to the company.

An OEM which also had Android based devices in the market is the HTC Corporation. The Taiwan-based company is considered one of the key players in the market of smartphones and tablets. One of its range of popular products are the HTC One Series. These included HTC One X, HTC One X+, HTC One V, etc. One of the most popular ones of these is the HTC One X.

HTC One X was initially announced as the flagship product of the HTC One series. It comes with a 4.7-inch super LCD 2 with 1280 x 720 (HD, 720p) and Corning Gorilla Glass. The HTC comes with Android v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and is upgradable to v4.1.1 Jelly Bean. When the HTC One X was launched it was the first phone to be offered with a quad-core processor among the HTC smart phones, making it the fastest HTC phone to date. It includes a 1.5 GHz, quad-core (global version) and 1.5 GHz, dual-core LTE version (USA and selected countries) along with ULP GeForce GPU and 1GB RAM. The phone is offered with non-expandable, 16 or 32 GB internal storage capacity.

The phone is a predecessor to the HTC One X+, which is an upgrade on this phone. The phone offers a better battery at 1800 mAh compared to the older devices, which would die pretty fast. The device offers Beats by Dr. Dre, making it a pretty awesome music player. It offers an 8 megapixel camera with auto focus, smart LED flash, and BSI sensor, along with a 1.3 megapixel, 720p secondary camera. However, the device does offer a physical camera button and only has an onscreen click button. The device’s image processor, HTC's ImageChip, removes noise, balance color and extends depth of field.

The information for the detailed table about the two phones has been taken from Sony Mobile website, the HTC website, cnet.co.uk and GSMArena.com


Sony Xperia S


Launch Date

February 2012

May 2012



HTC Corporation


128.0 x 64.0 x 10.6 mm

134.36 x 69.9 x 8.9 mm


4.3-inch scratch-resistant TFT touchscreen

4.7-inch super LCD 2


1280 x 720 pixels (~342 ppi pixel density), 16 million colors

1280 x 720 (HD, 720p)


Shatter proof sheet on scratch-resistant glass

Corning Gorilla Glass


144 grams

130 grams with battery

2G Network

GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900

HSPA/WCDMA: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

3G Network

UMTS HSPA 850, 900, 1900, 2100

GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz

4G Network




Timescape UI

HTC Sense 4.0

CPU speed

1.5 GHz Qualcomm Dual-core processor

1.5 GHz, quad-core (global version); 1.5 GHz, dual-core LTE version (USA and selected countries)


Adreno 220

ULP GeForce


Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread), v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), planned upgrade to v4.1 (Jelly Bean)

Android OS, v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), upgradable to v4.1.1 (Jelly Bean)


Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon

Nvidia Tegra 3


1 GB


SIM Size



Internal Memory

32 GB

16/32 GB

Expandable Memory




Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Magnetometer and Gyroscope.

Gyro sensor, G-Sensor, Digital compass, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor.


GSM GPRS Up to 86 kbps;

GSM EDGE Up to 237 kbps; Wi-Fi hotspot; Wi-Fi, DLNA, NFC, USB.

Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, micro-USB 2.0


GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, NFC, USB.



UMTS HSPA cat 6 (upload) Up to 5.8 Mbps; UMTS HSPA cat 10(download) Up to 14.4 Mbps

HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps


Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot


Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, EDR

Bluetooth with aptX™ enabled (Bluetooth® 4.0)


microUSB v2.0, USB On-the-go

micro-USB 2.0.

Primary Camera

12.1 MP autofocus rear camera

8 megapixel camera with auto focus, smart LED flash, and BSI sensor. F2.0 aperture and 28mm lens

Secondary Camera

1.3 MP, 720 pixels front camera

1.3 MP, 720p


HD video recording (1080p)

1080p HD video recording, stereo sound rec., video stabilization

Camera Features

16x digital zoom, LED flash, Touchfocus, Sony’s Exmor R for mobile CMOS sensor, f/2.4 Aperture, 3D Sweep Panorama, Face recognition and Smile Shutter

Capture a photo in the midst of recording HD video, Dedicated imaging chip, Continuous shooting mode, captures multiple snapshot, Auto flash smartly determined by distance from your subject, Video stabilization feature, High quality slow motion video capture and playback.

Sound Enhancement

xLOUD Experience

Clear stereo and clear bass

3D surround sound

Beats Audio

Audio supported formats

MP3, 3GPP, MP4, SMF, WAV, OTA, Ogg vorbis

Playback: .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 9)

Recording: .amr

Video supported formats


Playback: .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 9), .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3)

Recording: .mp4

Battery Capacity

Non-removable Li-Ion 1750 mAh battery

1800 mAh

Talk time

2G: 7 hours 30 min

3G: 8 hours 30 min

Grey, White


2G: 450 hours

3G: 420 hours


Available Colors

Black, White



SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email

SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email


HTML5, Adobe Flash

HTML, Adobe Flash


Stereo FM radio with RDS

Stereo FM radio with RDS


GPS with A-GPS support and GLONASS

A-GPS support


Java via Java MIDP emulator

Java MIDP emulator

Additional Features

  • Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine
  • 3D and motion gaming
  • Timescape with Twitter integrated
  • PlayStation® Certified
  • TV launcher
  • HDMI Support
  • DLNA Certified
  • Screenshot capturing
  • Native USB tethering, NFC, ANT+
  • Google Voice Search, Google Talk with video chat, Google Mail, Google Calendar, Google Gallery 3D, Google Maps with Street View and Latitude
  • SNS integration
  • Document viewer
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • Free 25GB storage of Dropbox
  • TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
  • SNS integration
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk
  • Document viewer/editor
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input

Image Courtesy: sonymobile.com, gsmarena.com

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