With Samsung letting the cat out of the bag in the form of the Samsung Galaxy S III — the successor to the Galaxy S II — we thought it would only be fair to compare it to two other recently released devices — the HTC One X and Sony Xperia S — as well as the Galaxy Nexus and the Galaxy S III’s predecessor: the Galaxy S II. We’re evening comparing it to the Apple iPhone 4S just to spark debate there as well. Let’s get into it!

Galaxy S III vs. The Androids


  Galaxy S III
HTC One X
Galaxy Nexus
Sony Xperia S
CPU 1.4GHz Quad-Core Exynos 4 Quad 1.5GHz Quad-Core Tegra 3 1.2GHz Dual-Core OMAP 4460 1.5GHz Dual-Core Qualcomm MSM8260
GPU Mali-400MP ULP GeForce PowerVR SGX540 Adreno 220
Display 4.8-inch 1280×720 (306ppi) Super AMOLED Plus HD 4.7-inch 1280×720 (312ppi) Super LCD2 4.65-inch 1280×720 (316ppi) Super AMOLED HD 4.3-inch 1280×720 (342ppi) LED-backlit LCD
Camera 8MP Rear / 1.9MP Front 8MP Rear / 1.3MP Front 5MP Rear / 1.3MP Front 12MP Rear / 1.3MP Front
Video Recording 1080p @ 30FPS 1080p @ 30FPS 1080p @ 30FPS 1080p @ 30FPS
3G Bands 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
3G Speed HSPA+ 21Mbps / 5.76Mbps HSPA+ 21Mbps / 5.76Mbps HSPA+ 21Mbps / 5.76Mbps HSPA 14.4Mbps / 5.76Mbps
4G (LTE) Yes (Regional Variants) Yes (HTC One XL) No No
RAM / Storage 1GB / 16/32/64GB 1GB / 32GB 1GB / 16GB 1GB / 32GB
Weight 133grams 130grams 135grams 144grams
Dimensions 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm 134.4 x 69.9 x 8.9 mm 135.5 x 67.9 x 8.9 mm 128 x 64 x 10.6 mm
Battery 2100mAh 1800mAh 1750mAh 1750mAh


Galaxy S III vs. Galaxy S II


  Galaxy S III
Galaxy S II
CPU 1.4GHz Quad-Core Exynos 4 Quad 1.2GHz Dual-Core Exynos 4210
GPU Mali-400MP Mali-400MP
Display 4.8-inch 1280×720 (306ppi) Super AMOLED Plus HD 4.3-inch 800×480 (217ppi) Super AMOLED Plus
Camera 8MP Rear / 1.9MP Front 8MP Rear / 2MP Front
Video Recording 1080p @ 30FPS 1080p @ 30FPS
3G Bands 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
3G Speed HSPA+ 21Mbps / 5.76Mbps HSPA+ 21Mbps / 5.76Mbps
4G (LTE) Yes (Regional Variants) Yes (Telstra 4G version)
RAM / Storage 1GB / 16/32/64GB 1GB / 16GB
Weight 133grams 116grams
Dimensions 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5 mm
Battery 2100mAh 1650mAh


Galaxy S III vs. iPhone 4S


  Samsung Galaxy S III
Apple iPhone 4S
CPU 1.4GHz Quad-Core Exynos 4 Quad 1GHz Dual-Core A5 CPU
GPU Mali-400MP PowerVR SGX543MP2
Display 4.8-inch 1280×720 (306ppi) Super AMOLED Plus HD 3.5-inch 960×640 (326ppi) IPS LCD
Camera 8MP Rear / 1.9MP Front 8MP Rear / 0.3MP Front
Video Recording 1080p @ 30FPS 1080p @ 30FPS
3G Bands 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
RAM / Storage 1GB / 16/32/64GB 512MB / 16/32/64GB
Weight 133grams 140grams
Dimensions 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm
Battery 2100mAh 1432mAh
  • Stance

    Is the LTE version quad core?

    • aryonoco

       The LTE version hasn’t been announced (and even when it’s announced, it’s not certain it will ever come downunder) but it will certainly have the same dual core Snapdragon S4 as the HTC One XL.

      That dual core Snapdragon is no slouch, it beats the quad core Tegra 3 in most instances. But given the same SoC, I certainly think the HTC One series looks much better and feels much better than the S3.

      • peetah

        Recall reading the 4412 was made with LTE support in mind so I would expect the LTE version to be quad.

  • http://twitter.com/JackyAV Jacky Fan

    Interesting. The SII and SIII has less difference than when iPhone 4
    jumped to 4S. It seems the Galaxy is only really going for a cosmetic
    upgrade this generation round.

    • Michael

       Err… how do you figure that?  When the 4 went to the 4s, there was a faster CPU and a better camera in exactly the same shell.  The S3 has everything different – new CPU with 4 cores, much bigger and higher resolution screen, completely different case…

      Still, I’m not overly impressed with the S3 either – it doesn’t have anything over the One X except potentially better battery life (which would be a big deal).  Maybe one of the other manufactureres will take the torch away from Samsung this year for most exciting Android phone?  Sony?  LG?

      • http://twitter.com/JackyAV Jacky Fan

        Let’s just say that the incremental difference isn’t enough for me to upgrade. The GPU isn’t any better and it’s not as much the holy grail as I thought it would be.

        It’s interesting because Samsung spends more money on marketing than Apple and Sony on their products in most parts of the developed world. It would be hard for Sony, LG or even HTC to take away their torch at this moment in time. Samsung is on a roll. Though, I would like HTC to push through. Out of all the Android phone manufacturers, HTC is probably the most humble in trying to establish their own identity with Android compared to Samsung where at one point they mimicked Apple so much in terms of marketing and product assertion that people were confused and thought they were the closest alternative to what iOS had to offer. It’s rather embarrassing to see an ad for a Samsung smartphone and think it was an Apple ad until the end – this mistake particularly made by people who aren’t power users and those not necessarily familiar with the difference between Android and iOS.

        But I digress. Not very impressed with the new phone but seems like a worthwhile upgrade for people who haven’t upgraded for two generations now. Surely some of my friends who are still on the SI would jump right onto that or the One X.

  • Jared Morgan

    Disappointed to see that there is no 12MP camera on SGS3. The Xperia S has one. Come on Samsung: one device to rule them all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=567722587 John Sharpley

    Yeah the 12MP would have been great to see. Glad they pumped the battery up. but as above have said not really anything that reaches out and screams at me “BUY ME” like the SGS2 did when it came out. I think if the  Iphone 5 hasnt completed yet they may just add a better camera to top this phone.  Anyway will wait for the fall out from the release and see what is said about it before i decide to upgrade (move sideways) from the SGS2.

  • NOZdroid

    Its not a Plus because its pentile.

    Also official statement is not plans for it here in Australia. What a let down.

    http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2012/05/exclusive-galaxy-s3-in-australia-no-plans-at-this-time/

  • http://www.facebook.com/mcnuttmatt Matthew McNutt

    Screen is too big. The 4.3″ screen is the sweet spot. I have the SGS2 and the Galaxy Nexus. GNex is too big

    Will keep my SGS2

    • Abc

       I hate it when people keep saying this.. the dimensions of the phone are only marginally bigger

      • http://www.facebook.com/mcnuttmatt Matthew McNutt

        I’m not saying larger screen is unworkable. I still use the 4.65″ Nexus as my work phone quite happily. I just happen to prefer my personal G2 4.3″ Screen. 

        However no one really knows until they handle one and decide for themselves

  • guesr

    does this work on Telstra’s 4g Lte network?

    • Stance

      They announce that the US will be getting the LTE version in Dec, so I would imagine that IF there was a LTE version for Telstra, then we wouldn’t see it until 2013.

      • http://www.twitter.com/Mordat Dominick

        They said “Summer”, but that is the Northern Hemisphere’s Summer – not ours.

        So June, or thereabouts. :)

        • Stance

          As quoted ”
          The HSPA version of the S3 is going to be available in Europe first towards the end of May, then in the other countries that use the GSM standard. An LTE version for the US will follow, but not until December.”

          http://crave.cnet.co.uk/mobiles/samsung-galaxy-s3-tested-in-hands-on-video-50007839/ 

          • Vince

            JK Shing mentioned on his speech “this summer” which rhymes with ‘December’

            Try watch his speech.

          • Stance

            Hehehe

    • Abc

      Apparently Aus wont be getting it for quite some time.

      I was hoping to swap over to Telstra 4g as my suburb now has it. Shame. 

      • guesr

        i spoke to Samsung australia…they believe Australia won’t get it until ..July. then the phone has to be modified to work on australian standards. since telstra just released the Samsung S2 4g lte.  

  • A_A

    The implementation of MirrorLink is a big advantage for me, though Sony have the players but no compatibility in their phones.

    Go figure.

  • Anthonaut

    Doesn’t Telstra have a 4G SGS2?

    • Frank Benign

       Yes.

    • http://www.facebook.com/deanreading92 Dean Reading

      Yes, and it should really be compared as well

  • http://www.facebook.com/piers.porter Piers Porter

    Doesn’t the HTC One X only have 16GB of storage? I thought it was the One XL that had 32GB. If you’re squishing both models into one column and taking the best of each model (quad core, LTE, etc), then it’s a slightly unfair comparison.

    • chrsmay

      Nope its 32GB.

      • http://www.facebook.com/piers.porter Piers Porter

        My mistake, it’s the One XL that has 16GB and the One X that has 32GB, according to GSM arena. Which is somewhat baffling, as it seems the XL will come out here later than the X with lower specs apart from the LTE.

  • aaronjrogers

    The HTC One X doesn’t record 1080p at 30fps. The highest frame rate I’ve seen mine record at, is 19fps, and I have read some reviews where it has topped out at 21fps. I was VERY disappointed when I discovered that my phone couldn’t manage more than 19fps video recording, given it’s specs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Anderton/504726871 David Anderton

    Samsung fail!

  • chrsmay

    Although it’s not listed here, I’m currently eyeing off the One S. Coming from a Nexus S, it kind of has everything I want apart from expandable memory. Otherwise, I’ll be going for the Xperia S, due to the absolutely amazing camera which beats the One X as I have seen with my own eyes.

  • Greviousmcg

    The Samsung Galaxy III is a nice phone but I think it will be HTC year with their X model.
    Put it this way, we are spoilt for choices here in Android land :-)

  • Yislam

    Correct me if I’m wrong but I thought it’s not super OMOLED Plus HD, only super OMOLED HD

    • Yislam

      And why the really ugly cheap looking design? So glad I got a Galaxy Note. Really good build quality

      • StormJr

        I think I will wait for the galaxy note II before trading in my SGSII!

      • JeniSkunk

        That was to prevent crApple form being able to throw unwarranted and utterly bogus lawsuits at Samsung over the physical appearance design of the Galaxy devices.

        • http://www.facebook.com/jason.lockart Jason Lockart

          So this is what happens when Samsung has to think for itself. HAHAHAHAHA.

  • Daniel Murphy

    to be honest i think that the sony shouldnt really be in the comparison, instead i would have put in the LG 4X HD. A much more competitive phone in most regards.

    I’m really interested to see what motorola release, they’ve been super quiet lately and its annoying. i assume that they are probably going t ohave a full restructure of there range and release a top to bottom setup similar to the HTC One series. just wish it was sooner rather then later.

  • Nick G

    There are some things that aren’t covered in a spec sheet such as the new 32nm HKMG process being used for the Exynos SoC and the Wolfson DAC which will vastly improve sound quality: http://www.androidnz.net/2012/05/samsung-galaxy-s3-secrets-revealed.html

  • Hikari0307

    Anybody knows whether the S3 has a single partition for the internal memory like the Galaxy Nexus or two separate partitions for apps and other stuff like the S2 and HTC One X?

    • Hikari0307

       Ok so I went around the net looking through videos and hands on stuff for the SIII hoping somebody might check out the storage section and finally found my answer.

      http://img836.imageshack.us/img836/2263/samsunggalaxysiiistorag.jpg
      Seems you get one partition for everything in the internal memory. Users seem to get access to 11.35gb of storage in the 16gb version. Wonder why the storage is 2gb+ lower than the S2, it’s like the storage the S2 have minus the system app partition~~