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Sony Xperia ion was the first Long Term Evolution (LTE) smartphone by the Japanese mobile maker introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Along with featuring two HD cameras, the handset is equipped with higher resolution camera of 12 megapixel. Powered by 1.5 GHz Qualcomm dual-core processor, the Xperia ion is also PlayStation certified guaranteeing a high resolution smartphone gaming experience. Sony has announced that the smartphone will hit the UK market this summer, reports CNET UK.

Korean tech giant Samsung announced its third generation Galaxy S smartphone on 3 May in London and confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy S3 will be available in the UK market on 30 May. Beating the other two smartphones in the Galaxy S series, the Galaxy S3 is equipped with all the latest technologies.

Take a look how the two smartphones compare:


The screen size of Galaxy S3 is slightly bigger when compared to the Xperia ion at 4.8in. The smartphone features a Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 720 x 1280pixels carrying a pixel density of 306 pixels per inch (ppi). The display covers a protection of Corning Gorilla Glass 2 and it features TouchWiz UI (user interface) v4.0.

The Sony Xperia ion, in contrast, features a 4.55in LED-blacklit LCD capacitive touchscreen. The resolution of the display is similar to that of the Galaxy S3 which is 720 x 1280pixels but Sony's display has more pixel density when compared to the Galaxy S3 at 323 ppi pixel density. The display furthermore is protected by scratch-resistance glass and the display also features Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine and Timescape user interface (UI).


The dimension of Galaxy S3 is 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6mm and weighs 133g. The Xperia ion measures 133 x 68 x 10.6mm in thickness and weighs slightly heavier than the Galaxy S3 at 144g.

Operating System

The Galaxy S3 runs on the Android Operating System (OS) 4.0 Ice Cream sandwich. The Xperia ion runs on the Android OS 2.3 Gingerbread.


The Galaxy S3 is powered by 1.4GHz Exynos 4 quad-core processor. The Xperia ion, on the other hand, is powered by Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon S4 chip with dual-core 1.5GHz processing unit. Both smartphones houses 1GB of RAM.


The Galaxy S3 sports an eight megapixel main camera with auto-focus, LED flash, zero shutter lag. The camera can record video in 1080p at 30 frames per second (fps). The smartphone packs an 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera which can record video in 720p at 30 fps.

When it comes to resolution of the camera Sony's Xperia ion beats Galaxy S3. The Xperia ion sports a primary camera of 12.1 megapixel with auto-focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch-focus, face and smile detection, 3D sweep panorama and image stabilisation. The camera is capable of capturing video in 1080p at 30 fps. The handset is equipped with a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera which can record video in 720p at 30 fps.


The Galaxy S3 offers Wi-Fi /b/g/n, Wi-Fi HT40, Near Field Communication (NFC) and Bluetooth version 4.0. It supports data speed up to HSDPA 21Mbps and HSUPA 5.76 Mbps.

The Xperia ion offers Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth version 2.1 with A2DP and EDR and also supports NFC. The smartphone supports data speed up to HSDPA 21.1 Mbps and HSUPA 5.8 Mbps.


The Galaxy S3 offers storage options of 16GB, 32GB and the 64GB version will be available soon. The smartphone supports microSD card. The internal storage capacity of Xperia ion is 16GB and using microSD card the memory can be expanded to 32GB.


The Galaxy S3 is powered by a Li-ion 2100mAh battery which delivers extended battery life. The Xperia ion is powered by a Li-ion battery with a capacity of 1900mAh delivering talk time up to 10 hours.