HTC One X vs. Samsung Galaxy Nexus

We previewed the HTC One X last time around and was thrilled with what it was about to offer. This time, we were able to get a closer look at the Ice Cream Sandwich-flavored smartphone. How would it compare to another Android 4.0 device such as the Galaxy Nexus? It’s a war between flagships after the jump.


NVIDIA’a quad-core processor, the Tegra 3 was first seen on a tablet, specifically on the Transformer Prime. What happens when that power is brought to a smartphone? The result would be the HTC One X. Clocked at 1.5 GHz, the brain of the One X is enough to run the most graphic-intensive games on the Google Play store, including Shadowrun and GTA 3. The Tegra 3 is also coupled with a RAM of 1 GB.

Meanwhile, the Nexus runs on Texas Instrument OMAP 4460, another powerful processor although having only two cores. It is clocked at 1.2 GHz backed up by 1 GB of RAM. We managed to find benchmark results for both phones (Note: the higher number, the better except for SunSpider):

HTC One XSamsung Galaxy Nexus
Linpack Single Thread48.5442.85
Linpack Multi Thread150.5469.37
Nenamark 159.5053.03

By the way, the benchmark results reflect the HSPA versions of the phone and not the 4G/LTE versions. As you can see the HTC One X scored better on all tests than the Galaxy Nexus. It is also worth mentioning that the One X also scored better than another Tegra-3 powered device, the Transformer Prime.


Battery life

On moderate use, the HTC One X lasts more than 12 hours. “Moderate use” would be reading emails, making a few calls, downloading some apps or sending messages. On the same test, the Galaxy Nexus lasts for 28 hours. The huge difference in battery life lies primarily on the four (plus one) cores inside the HTC One X which obviously demands higher power than the dual-core Nexus. The display of the One X, which we will discuss later, also has something to do with it.



Both are larger than the standard-sized iPhone 4S. The One X is 5g lighter than the Nexus due to polycarbonate body (a material that does not interfere with the signal). The phone is glossy at the side and matte at the back with contours that allows you to hold it properly. Volume controls and a five-pin dock connector are on the right while a microUSB port is on the left. On the top are the power/wake button, micro-SIM tray (top of the back) and headphone socket.

Unlike the One X, the Nexus has no capacitive front buttons but has softkeys instead. The back is textured for an easier grip and the front features a reinforced curved glass sheet. The SIM is accessible if you pry open the back cover and the headphone jack and microUSB port is found on the bottom. On the left side is the volume rocker and the power/wake button and dock connector are on the other side.



Two different display technologies are used on the HTC One X and the Galaxy Nexus. For the latter, it is Super LCD 2 and Super AMOLED for the former. We covered the difference between these two here. Although both have resolutions of 720 by 1280 pixels, there are differences in color fidelity and brightness. The colors on the One X are more natural than the vibrant AMOLED on the Nexus. The One X was also brighter than the Galaxy Nexus.



Both are ICS-powered smartphones but the HTC One X manages to be different because of its Sense UI. The Nexus is a pure Google phone so there’s no TouchWiz skin like those found on other Samsung devices. You can learn about the new features of Ice Cream Sandwich here.

As for the HTC One X, Sense 4 manages to bring something new to the phone while not taking away anything from Ice Cream Sandwich. If you have an HTC phone before, you will not have a hard time in this newest version of the Sense UI. There are more widgets to work with here than on the Nexus. For music lovers, you’ll be happy to know that Beats Audio integration now includes third-party apps.  Sense 4 also comes with Android Beam which utilizes the phone’s NFC tool. Finally, you have the Dropbox app for expanding your storage to 25 GB on the Cloud.



As mentioned, HTC One X supports NFC which is also true for the Galaxy Nexus. Both have 4G/LTE versions, with HTC on AT&T’s side and Nexus on Verizon. You should know that the LTE version of the One X is not Tegra 3-powered but contains a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 instead. The usual connectivity options (A-GPS, Wi-Fi, DLNA) are present for both except that the HTC One X has Bluetooth 4.0 while the Nexus has version 3.0.



The HTC One X has a better camera than the Nexus with its 8 MP shooter compared to the 5 MP on the other. That translates to 3264 by 2448 pixels for the HTC One X and 2592 by 1944 pixels for Nexus. The HTC One X also supports simultaneous HD video and image recording and stereo sound recording. Both phones have front cameras of 1.3 MP.






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Summary of Specs

HTC One XSamsung Galaxy Nexus
Processor, RAMQuad-core 1.5 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3, 1 GBDual-core 1.2 GHz TI OMAP 4460, 1 GB
Operating SystemAndroid 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) with Sense 4Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Display4.7 inches 720 x 1280 pixels, Super LCD 24.65 inches 720 x 1280 pixels, Super AMOLED
Storage32 GB16 GB (GSM), 32 GB (LTE)
Camera8 MP rear, 1.3 MP front5 MP rear, 1.3 MP front
Connectivity4G (AT&T), HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFCLTE (Verizon), HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, NFC
Other features-Beats Audio
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
- SNS integration
- MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player
- MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV player
- Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk
- Document viewer/editor
- Voice memo/dial/commands
- Predictive text input
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
- MP4/H.264/H.263 player
- MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3 player
- Organizer
- Image/video editor
- Document viewer
- Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa integration
- Voice memo/dial/commands
- Predictive text input


Verdict – HTC One X vs. Samsung Galaxy Nexus

When the Galaxy Nexus was released, we were quiet bold in saying that it is the best Android phone as of yet. Well, its reign is about to come to an end with the arrival of the HTC One X. It’s the only phone which can match the Nexus superb display and even the retina display of the iPhone 4S. And of course there is that quad-core processor which allows you to enjoy apps without worrying if your phone is going to take it. The camera is also better and the all-new Sense 4 UI brings something unique to the Android system. The only downside is its battery life which can be only be improved slightly with some software updates. Nevertheless, the phone remains on for most of the day. If you are looking for a top-of-the-line Android phone, the HTC One X would be for you.

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