The new Samsung Galaxy S3 boasts special features like Smart Stay, Direct Call, Smart Alert, Social Tag and S Voice. The Smart Stay feature lets the phone to stay awake when it senses the user is looking at it. Direct Call is an interesting feature - if the user is reading a message and would want to talk to the sender, the Galaxy S3 will dial the number automatically when he/she lifts the phone to his/her ear. It features Near Field Communication (NFC), which is used to share content by simply tapping the devices together.

On the other hand, the HTC One XL features fast browsing, better picture quality and most popular Beats audio. Users are allowed to capture photos while shooting HD videos. The amazing Beats audio promises a richer and realistic sound experience whether the user is listening to music, playing games or watching videos.

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Check out how the smartphones stack up:


The Galaxy S3 comes with a Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with a whopping resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The 4.8in screen includes a Corning Gorilla Glass 2 which is 20 per cent thinner when compared to its predecessor. It offers better touch responsiveness. It comprises TouchWiz 4.0 UI, which provides visual improvements and gesture-based functionality.

In contrast, the HTC One XL touts a Super IPS LCD2 capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The 4.7in screen includes Corning Gorilla Glass to defend the screen from everyday wear and tear as well as HTC Sense UI.


The Galaxy S3 is powered by a 1.4GHz Cortex-A9 quad-core CPU and an Exynos 4212 quad chipset. It includes Mali 400MP GPU.

In comparison, the One XL is powered by a 1.5GHz Krait dual-core CPU, Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon chipset and Adreno 225 GPU.


Both smartphones feature an eight megapixel rear-facing camera which sports auto-focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, simultaneous HD video and image recording as well as face and smile detection. Users are allowed to record video of 1080p.

The Galaxy S3 features a front-facing camera of 1.9 megapixels; the One XL bumps up with 1.3 megapixel secondary camera. The One XL offers best photos even under low light conditions.

Operating System

The Samsung runs on the Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.

The HTC smartphone runs on Android 4.0 ICS.


The Samsung Galaxy S3 includes internal storage options of 16/32/64GB and 1GB RAM. It contains a microSD card slot which is expandable up to 64GB.

The HTC smartphone has 16GB of internal storage and 1GB RAM.


Both smartphones feature Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n with Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot. Interestingly, the smartphones feature NFC as well as Bluetooth 4.0 technology.


The Galaxy S3 packs a whopping Li-Ion 2100mAh standard battery.

The One XL includes Li-Po 1800mAh standard battery.