At the CES 2012, Sony introduced one of its most important changes so far – the official dropping of the Ericsson phones and the ushering of the NXT generation smartphones. The Xperia Ion was one of the first of the few phones to be an Ericsson free handset. Sometime later at the MWC 2012, HTC introduced a new series of phones – the One series and the flagship device of the One Series was the HTC One X. The Xperia Ion was released recently and has indeed left us impressed by its list of extraordinary specs. So, here is a comparison between the two highly specced rivals.
The Xperia Ion measures 133 mm lengthwise, 68 mm breadthwise and 10.8 mm in thickness. It weighs 144 g. The One X on the other hand measures 134.4 mm lengthwise, 69.9 mm breadthwise and 8.9 mm in thickness. The phone weighs around 130 g. The One X has a large Super IPS LCD 2 display of 4.7 inch, a resolution of 720 * 1280 pixels and sharpness of 312 ppi. The One X’s screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass technology and the phone is equipped with the upgraded version of the HTC Sense UI. The upgraded Sense software has incorporated many awesome features such as being able to turn the phone whichever way one likes and yet get quality view of the screen. Given the large screen, HTC has done a great job keeping the weight of the phone less. The Xperia Ion has a LED backlit LCD display of 4.55 inches with a resolution of 720 * 1280 pixels. The Xperia Ion screen is great to look at. Sony has opted to put a 720p Reality display to the handset which is a good decision as the colors pinged and reading the web text was very easy.
The phones run on Android operating system. The version in the Xperia Ion is Gingerbread (v2.3). However, the One X runs on the Ice Cream Sandwich (v4.0). The Xperia Ion is driven by a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset processor with a clock speed of 1.5 GHz. The One X is driven by a quad core Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.5 GHz.
The Xperia Ion offers 16 GB of internal storage along with 1 GB RAM. The One X has 32 GB internal capacity and 1 GB RAM. It does not have a micro SD card slot for storage expansion. The Xperia Ion on the other hand has a micro SD slot that can house up to 32 GB.
The Xperia Ion sports a 12 MP shooter in the rear with LED flash, geo tagging, 3D sweep panorama. The One X possesses an 8 MP snapper in the rear with features such as LED flash, geo tagging, etc. The camera has updated lens and smart flash via which HTC hopes to bring a new dimension to low light photography. The phone cameras can shoot 1080p videos at a frame rate of 30 fps. They also have secondary cameras of 1.3 MP that can shoot 720p video.
The phones have 2G and 3G connections via GSM and HSDPA networks. 4G network is available in the Xperia Ion via LTE 700 MHz. GPRS and EDGE features are available in both the phones. Wireless connection is available via Wi-Fi 802.11, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, etc. Local area connection is enabled via Bluetooth, NFC and micro USB v2.0.
The Li-Ion battery fuelling the Xperia Ion has a power rating of 1900 mAh. The One X is fuelled by an 1800 mAh Li-Po battery.
Both the phones are almost same in price available around $650.
The HTC One X beats the Xperia Ion fair and square. The One X is one of the most impressive and unbeatable phones in the market. However, the lack of a micro SD slot does dampen things a bit. Nevertheless, the One X is a better phone. The Xperia Ion is an amazing phone too with some astonishing specs but not good enough to beat the One X.