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HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus Mobiles Comparison

The HTC One X is the latest smartphone in the market with a quad core processor and has been in the buzz for quite sometime. Considering it to be the most powerful smartphone ever, the phone received great success after its launch until the Galaxy SIII from Samsung released. With a brilliant display, Beats Audio and quad core processing power, the HTC One X has a great build design too. Though the specifications of the Galaxy SIII are almost the same, the HTC One X still beats it in many aspects right from the Sense UI on the One X. Also, we have a Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC One X Features Specs Comparison Table which you might want to check out. The Galaxy Nexus on the other side offers the best Android User experience with being the quickest in terms of receiving OS updates etc.

Also, we have a full hands on review of the HTC One X and the Galaxy Nexus. Check out HTC One X S720e Mobile Phone Hands-on Review and Samsung Galaxy Nexus Hands-on Review .

You might also want to read HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Note Mobiles Comparison .

In this post, we take a look at the detailed specs of both the phones and compare them side by side, in every category:

Table of Contents:

Form Factor

The HTC One X is 134.4 x 69.9 x 8.9 mm in dimensions, while the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is 135.5 x 67.9 x 8.9 mm. The HTC One X weighs just 130 grams while the Samsung Galaxy Nexus weighs about 135 grams in weight making it pretty much the same, a little heavier than the HTC One X maybe.

The HTC One X has a thin build frame and decent build quality three touch capacitive buttons below the screen. They are the back, home and options/shortcut button while the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has grand looks (similar to the old Nexus S) and sturdy build quality and comes with the no physical buttons and just three touch buttons, back home and options on this as well. So that makes both the phones pretty similar in their form factor and button alignment.

Do remember that the HTC One X comes with Beats audio as well, just like the HTC Sensation XE and HTC Sensation XL. While the HTC Sensation XE has some interesting color highlights like the four capacitive buttons lighting up in red, the earpiece on the top and the camera ring covered in red, there aren’t any interesting or specific features like this on the HTC One X except the Beatsaudio logo printed at the rear bottom.

Winner : Samsung Galaxy Nexus [ Better form factor overall ]


The HTC One X, comes with a Super IPS LCD2 capacitive touchscreen of 4.7 inches with a pixel density of 312ppi while the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has a larger Super AMOLED display of 4.65 inches as well and has a screen density of 316ppi. The HTC One X has a screen resolution of 720×1280 pixels while the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has a resolution of 720×1280 pixels on it. The HTC One X’s display has the best brightness sensor and works efficiently when used under sunlight. Also, HTC’s In Plane Switching (IPS) technlogy enables the phone to display the most vibrant set of colors just the way they actually are.

Both the phones support Multi-touch and there is an accelerometer and proximity sensor on both the cellphones as well. Also, the HTC One X and the Galaxy Nexus from Samsung have a Gyroscope on them, also called as a Gyro sensor, which enhances motion based gaming and gestures.

Both the displays are capacitive touch displays, support multi touch input and have support upto 16M colors.

Also note that both the phones come with Corning Gorilla Glass displays. The Galaxy Nexus from Samsung also has an oleophobic coating on top of the screen, which adds as additional protection to the screen.

Winner: HTC One X


The Galaxy Nexus from Samsung has a 5MP camera while the HTC One X has a 8MP Camera. The HTC One X can take photos upto a resolution of 3264×2448 pixels while the Galaxy Nexus from Samsung also a maximum resolution of 2592×1944 pixels. There is autofocus and LED Flash on both the devices as well.  Note that both the HTC One X and the Galaxy Nexus do not have a dual-LED flash and it is just the normal single LED Flash.

Geo tagging, face detection and image stabilization are standard features on both the smartphones. Also the HTC comes with HDR support on camera. Simultaneous HD video and image recording is also possible on the One X.

The Galaxy Nexus’s camera shoots video at 1080p resolution, at full HD at 30 frames per second while the HTC One X also shoots video at 1080p Full HD at 30 frames per second.

Also, note that there is a secondary camera on both the devices. The front camera is a 1.3MP one on the Galaxy Nexus while the HTC One X has a 1.3Megapixel camera on the front. This is used for normal camera purposes, by various camera based apps or for video calling via Skype, Google Talk etc. The HTC One X and the Galaxy Nexus’s front camera can shoot video at 720p HD resolution. The Motorola Droid RAZR and Sony Xperia S are some other phones whose front camera can shoot video at HD 720p resolution.

Winner: HTC One X


The HTC One X has 32GB of internal memory, out of which 26GB is available for use by the user and does not support a microSD card slot while the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has 16GB of internal memory for usage and does not support a microSD slot as well. It is to be noted that the Nexus S from Samsung, which was the predecessor of the Galaxy Nexus had the same memory space and no extendable slot too. Samsung should have upgraded this considering this is the next Nexus device but it has been retained and is quite a disadvantage limiting the user to just 15GB of usable space.

Winner: HTC One X


The HTC One X has GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 bands and HSDPA 850 /900/ 1900 / 2100 bands which gives maximum speeds upto 21Mbps on HSDPA and 5.76Mbps on HSUPA while the Samsung Galaxy Nexus also has similar bands on both 2G ( GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 ) and 3G ( HSDPA 850 /900/ 1900 / 2100 ) and both the phones work across the world, on almost all the bands that are available out there as they support multiple bands on 2G and 3G.

Both the phones have WiFi in them and support popular Wi-fi bands, compliant to the 802.11 standards. 802.11 b,g and n are supported and the WiFi Hotspot feature on them is also available on both the devices. To know how to enable Wifi Hotspot via tethering, follow these instructions here. DLNA and Wi-Fi direct are also present in the Galaxy Nexus.

GPS is available on both the phones and Bluetooth 4.0 is enabled on the HTC One X while the Samsung Galaxy Nexus comes with Bluetooth 3.0. There is EDR support with A2DP on both the phones as well.

The HTC One X has Stereo FM Radio on it, with RDS support but the Galaxy Nexus does not have FM Radio in it.

The HTC One X and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus have NFC ( Near field communication ) feature on it.  To know more about Near Field Communication, how to use it to transfer files and see what other devices currently have NFC, do check out here and here .

Winner : Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Operating System and UI:

The HTC One X runs on Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 , while the Galaxy Nexus also comes with Android Ice Cream Sandwich and is the first phone in the world to have it. The Galaxy Nexus, being a nexus device, has no UI on top of the stock OS and comes just as how the original Ice Cream Sandwich Android OS would look while the HTC One X has its own Sense UI, which is quite famous for its excellent gesture support and user friendly UI throughout the OS, built by the HTC engineers over the Android layout.

To check out how the latest version of Android Ice Cream Sandwich is, read Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 OS Screenshots & Demo .

The HTC Sense is definitely fun to use and has lots of small add-ons everywhere making the phone experience an enjoyable one while the UI on the Galaxy Nexus offers just what Android has, with a clean and simple interface.

Winner : HTC One X

Battery and Processor

The HTC One X has a 1800mAh battery while the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has a 1750mAh battery. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus has a talktime of upto 17 hours on 2G and 290 hours of standby time and upto 9 hours of talktime and 270 hours of standby time on 3G while HTC has not released any specifications for battery standby time officially. However, from our HTC One X S720e Mobile Phone Hands-on Review, we can conclude that we got upto 10 hours of talktime on 2G and around 8.5-9 hours on 3G.

The HTC One X and Galaxy Nexus come with powerful processors. On the HTC One X, there is a 1.5 GHz Quad Core processor powered by ULP GeForce GPU backed by the Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset while the Galaxy Nexus has a Dual-core 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 Processor powered by a PowerVR SGX540 GPU and an TI OMAP 4450 Chipset.

Winner: HTC One X

Beats by Dr. Dre

The HTC One X comes with audio from Beats by Dr. Dre, one of the most premium companies specializing in Audio technology in the world. The HTC One X comes with Beats Audio™ inbox with custom made Beats headsets, engineered to deliver extraordinary sound. Their software is also specially tuned software and the user interface is tweaked to deliver the best mobile audio experience.


The HTC One X is the most powerful Android smartphone available in the market as of date. With a quad core processor and really good Nvidia graphics, the One X has excellent multimedia features on it as well. Packed with Beats Audio driver and a pair of headphones, it provides the best experience to enjoy your movies or music on the go.

While the One X has all the features one would desire of in a high-end Android smartphone, the Galaxy Nexus from Samsung is the best phone one can get to enjoy stock Android experience. Google has certainly made huge User Interface and design improvements in Android Ice Cream Sandwich and it would be an entirely different and welcoming experience to use pure Android ICS without any UI layer on top of it. Also note that there are many tweaks, custom ROMs etc favored and developed by a major community for the Galaxy Nexus as it is the best device till date to experience Android and for developers.

If you are the kind of person who loves multimedia and just want a fun device to use packed with the latest specifications and the most powerful processor that can handle any number of tasks, go for the HTC One X. There is absolutely no looking back. However if you are more into Android and would like a clean and stock Android experience, go for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.



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