Specs Comparison: Sony Xperia Ion vs. Samsung Galaxy S3

At the CES 2012, Sony announced the biggest change yet to its smartphone zone – official dropping of the Ericsson phones and ushering of the NXT phones. The Sony Xperia Ion was one of the first Ericsson free handsets and has been received well in the market thanks to its amazing features. It is in fact being compared to some of the godly phones in the market such as the Samsung Galaxy S III. So, here is a comparison between the two phones.

Sony Xperia Ion vs. Samsung Galaxy S3


The S III measures 136.6 mm in length, 70.6 mm in breadth and 8.6 mm in thickness. The phone weighs 133 g. The Xperia Ion measures 133 mm lengthwise, 68 mm breadthwise and 10.8 mm in thickness. It weighs 144 g. The S III sports a 4.8 inch Super AMOLED touchscreen with a resolution of 720 * 1280 pixels and 306 ppi pixel density. The screen is made of the protective Corning Gorilla Glass. The S3 screen has removed the complaints about the harshness of the AMOLED display. Samsung has tweaked the color balance on the Galaxy S III as a result of which things don’t look as saturated as before. 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.

Operating System:

The S III and the Xperia Ion runs on Android operating system. The S III runs on Ice Cream Sandwich (v4.0) while the Xperia Ion runs on Gingerbread (v2.3). The S III is driven by a quad core processor packing a Exynos chipset and clocked at 1.4 GHz. The Xperia Ion on the other hand is driven by a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset processor clocked at 1.5 GHz.


The S III comes in three models based on internal memory – 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB each available with 1 GB RAM. The Xperia Ion offers 16 GB of internal storage along with 1 GB RAM. The S III has a micro SD slot that can house up to 64 GB of extra memory. The Xperia Ion on the other hand, has a micro SD slot that houses up to 32 GB.


The S III features an 8 MP camera with features such as LED flash, geo tagging, simultaneous HD video and image recording, etc. The Xperia Ion sports a 12 MP shooter in the rear with LED flash, geo tagging, 3D sweet panorama. The phone cameras can shoot 1080p videos at a frame rate of 30 fps. The S III has a 1.9 MP secondary shooter which can record 720p video. The Xperia Ion on the other hand has a 1.3 MP front camera that can shoot 720p video.


The phones have 2G and 3G connections via GSM and HSDPA networks. 4G network is available via LTE. 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.

Battery Life:

The S III is powered by a Li-Ion battery rated at 2100 mAh. The Li-Ion battery fuelling the Xperia Ion has a power rating of 1900 mAh.


The Xperia Ion is priced around $650 while the S III is available around $695.

Wrap Up:

The S III is the winner here thanks to its unbeatable specs list. The Xperia Ion individually is an awesome phone with some of the best features to its name however, not great enough to beat the S III.

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