Notwithstanding the vicious Android vs. iOS war, there's another phenomenon that exists side by side. It's the Android vs. Android war, and with the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 fever reaching its height, handset manufacturer HTC came out big on Sunday, releasing three of its major Android phones for 2012: the HTC One X, the HTC One S and the HTC One V.
In the HTC One series, HTC One X, coming to AT&T is the big one and is considered in a head-to-head competition with other domineering Android smartphones already in the game. One of those Android heavyweights is the recently launched Samsung Galaxy Note, the phablet with a stylus.
Before going deep into the specs and features analyzing how HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy Note stack up against each other, let's have a look at what the HTC One series is offering.
All the three models of HTC One will have HTC ImageSense with the HTC ImageChip, Beats audio software and a premium hardware design. They will run on Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) and will feature HTC's Sense UI 4.0.
According to Jeff Gordon, HTC online communications manager, the reason behind coming up with the new One brand was the customer feedback that there were simply too many HTC smartphones, making it difficult for the consumer to distinguish one dual-core 4.3-inch display Android phone from another, PC World reported.
HTC reportedly released over 50 devices in 2011.
Coming back to the star of the HTC One line, the One X is HTC's first quad-core phone with Nvidia's Tegra 3 processor running at 1.5GHz. Let's check out the specifications of the HTC One X in comparison with the Samsung Galaxy Note: (Watch HTC One X in action in a video given below).
Size: Weighing 178 grams, the Samsung Galaxy Note has a dimension of 146.8 x 83 x 9.7 mm, while HTC One X comes with a dimension of 134.36 x 69.9 x 9.29 mm and weighs only 130 grams, much lighter than the Samsung heavy-weight.
Display: HTC One X sports a 4.7-inch super LCD 2 multi-touch screen with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels and 312 ppi pixel density. On the other hand, the Galaxy Note comes with a massive 5.3-inch high-definition Super AMOLED with a display of 1280 x 800 pixels and about 285 ppi pixel density.
Both HTC One X and Galaxy Note have Gorilla Glass protection for their displays.
Processor: The Galaxy Note is powered by a dual-core 1.5GHz Scorpion CPU Qualcomm MSM8660 Snapdragon Adreno 220 GPU, and it has 1GB RAM.
In case of the HTC One X, the global version of the handset will be a quad-core phone with Nvidia's Tegra 3 processor running at 1.5GHz, while AT&T's LTE version uses a Qualcomm S4 instead, according to PCMag. The handset comes with 1GB RAM.
Storage: The Galaxy Note has 16/32GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 32GB via the microSD card, while the HTC One X, comes with 32GB of internal storage. It lacks expandable memory slot, but HTC and Dropbox offer 25GB of online storage.
Operating System: When it comes to the operating system, there's no doubt that HTC One X is the clear winner. The device runs on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), the most up-to-date (and in demand) version of Android.
On the other hand, the Galaxy Note runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system with the promise of an upgrade to the Ice Cream Sandwich.
Camera: The HTC One X features an 8-megapixel camera with five levels of LED flash, automatic focus and recording and playback support for 1080p HD video. It has a 1.3-megapixel camera in the front, capable of shooting 720p HD video.
HTC claimed that the phone is the most advanced yet as it has a new lens (f/2.0), better image sensor and an image-processing chip dedicated to processing photos and videos, CNET reported.
The image-processing chip allows the camera to autofocus in 0.2 seconds and goes shot-to-shot in 0.7, according to another report by PCMag.
The Galaxy Note sports a rear 8 megapixel LED flash camera with 1080p HD video capture capability. It also has a 2 megapixel secondary camera in front for video calling.
Camera Features: The HTC One X will offer back-illuminated sensor (BSI), auto focus, video stabilizer and geo tagging while Galaxy Note will come with geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, and image stabilization.
3G/4G: Both HTC One X and Galaxy Note come with HSDPA 21 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps and supports 4G LTE.
WLAN/Bluetooth/USB: The Galaxy Note will support Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot along with Bluetooth 3.0 version with A2DP, EDR, microUSB (MHL) 2.0 version, and USB On-the-go.
Meanwhile, the HTC One X will feature Wi-Fi 802.11 /b/g/n/a, NFC, DLNA, MHL, Computer sync, OTA sync, Bluetooth 3.0 version with FTP/OPP, A2DP and microUSB 2.0 version.
Battery: The Galaxy Note has a standard Li-ion 2500 mAh battery that gives up to 252 hours of stand-by time and 10 hours of talk-time. On the other hand, the HTC One X sports an 1800mAh battery. Information on stand-by time and talk time are not yet out.
Pricing: The Galaxy Note is priced at $299 with a two-year AT&T contract in selected areas, whereas HTC has not yet announced pricing for all the three One series phones.