Could the HTC One S actually be BETTER than the HTC One X?

Given how much I’ve been wibbling on about the HTC One X, it might come as something of a surprise to see that title up there. However, the thing is, y’see, that there seems to be a growing body of opinion which suggests that its little brother, the HTC One S, might actually be the better phone. Since, at first glance, that seems patently ridiculous to me, it’s time to do a proper comparison, and see if there’s any truth to it.

Let’s start with the most obvious comparison. That’s with the screen, and I’ll be honest, we all know the HTC One X wins this one. The HTC One S has a 4.3 inch qHD screen, and there’s just no way that can beat the 4.7 inch 720p HD screen on the One X. That’s just simple logic, innit…

So, how about the processor, then? Surely the One X must be better, because it has a quad-core processor, right? Ah well, that’s where it gets interesting, y’see. Sure, it has a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, clocked to 1.5 GHz, but the HTC One S has one of the new Snapdragon S4 processors. That processor’s only dual-core, but it’s unbelievably efficient, so the net result is that it may actually be faster than the quad-core processor in its big brother, which is a shock.

And then, there’s the price, because the HTC One S is quite a bit cheaper than its big brother.

In the end, though, it’s going to come down to what you’re after. If you want a massive, massive screen with a super fast processor, then ye want the HTC One X. If you want a cheaper phone with a super fast processor, then ye want the HTC One S. ‘Cos frankly, they’re both awesome…

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It's a little known fact Technical Markus has now beaten both his Transformers addiction AND his Mass Effect addiction, by replacing both with an equally obsessive addiction to XCOM: Enemy Unknown and buying Humble Bundles for his Android phone. At the moment, he's pondering the actual usefulness of smartwatches and smart glasses, even if the nerd in him is shouting for joy at how sci-fi they are. He spends his spare time being whinged at to figure out what's wrong with other people's mobile phones, and drinking unimaginable quantities of tea. With milk. And three sweeteners, thanks for asking. Oh, and he's got an HTC One X, but he reckons his next phone might be a Sony, the turncoat...