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Samsung Galaxy S III vs. rival flagships: iPhone 4S, HTC One X, Lumia 900

Samsung Galaxy S III vs. rival flagships: iPhone 4S, HTC One X, Lumia 900
Sharif Sakr
Sharif Sakr|May 3, 2012 2:03 PM

Oh yes, it's a good time to go shopping for a smartphone, particularly if you've acquired a taste for an abundance of pixels and silicon cores. But which phones ought to be considered flagships worthy of comparison with the shiny new GS III? Yes, we're including the Lumia 900 in this context, for the sake of platform neutrality and also in recognition of the fact that raw specs don't count for everything -- but we can't overlook that this handset is sorely lacking in terms of ppi and some other areas. The next two choices are more obvious: the eternal (or infernal) iPhone 4S and AT&T's version of the HTC One X. So here it is: one table to rule them all, right after the break.

Galaxy S III
iPhone 4S
Lumia 900

Platform Android 4 with TouchWiz iOS 5 Android 4 with HTC Sense 4 Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
Processor Quad-core 1.4GHz Samsung Exynos Dual-core Apple A5 Dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Single-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S2
RAM 1GB 512MB 1GB 512MB
Storage 16GB / 32GB / 64GB internal, microSD expandable 16GB / 32GB / 64GB internal 16GB internal 16GB internal
Cellular HSPA+ 21, LTE model expected HSPA+ 14.4, CDMA / EDVO Rev. A LTE and HSPA+ LTE and HSPA+
Display size 4.8 inches 3.5 inches 4.7 inches 4.3 inches
Pixels per inch 306 326 316 217
Display resolution 1280 x 720 960 x 640 1280 x 720 800 x 480
Display technology HD Super AMOLED (PenTile) IPS LCD Super LCD 2 AMOLED (non-PenTile)
Integrated TV-out MHL & DLNA Dock & AirPlay MHL & DLNA DLNA
Primary camera 8-megapixel, unknown aperture 8-megapixel, f/2.4 8-megapixel, f/2.0 8-megapixel, f/2.2
Secondary camera 1.9-megapixel VGA 1.3-megapixel VGA
Video recording 1080p 1080p 1080p 720p
Location / orientation sensors AGPS, compass, accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer AGPS, compass, accelerometer, gyroscope AGPS, compass, accelerometer, gyroscope AGPS, compass, accelerometer, gyroscope
SIM standard SIM micro-SIM micro-SIM micro-SIM
Battery 2,100mAh removable 1420mAh fixed 1800mAh, fixed 1,840mAh, fixed
Weight 133 grams / 4.7 oz. 140 grams / 4.9 oz. to 130 grams / 4.6 oz. 130 grams / 4.6 oz. 159 grams / 5.6 oz.
Dimensions 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6mm 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3mm 134.6 x 69.9 x 8.9mm 128 x 69 x 12mm
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