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Samsung’s flagship Android handset Galaxy S III gets a powerful rival in Sony’s Xperia Ion. Announced at the Consumer Electronics Show 2012, Sony’s top-notch Android handset comes to stores along with the S III. The Xperia Ion is a great phone with a large 4.55-inch display, nice form factor and compatibility for the latest Android 4.0 ICS. Well, both devices are due for release in a while and so it is the time for us to compare the specs and features of the handsets. Simply before moving to the comparison, we can really infer that the much-talked about Galaxy S III would be the winner.
Form factor and size: Though lighter and slimmer in form factor, Galaxy S III is a big phone especially when compared to the Ion. It has the dimensions of 136.6 x 70.6mm in size (length and width). It is when the Xperia Ion features a small body with the dimensions of 133 x 68mm. But, the Galaxy S III has a simple advantage over the Ion in the most important aspects of thinness and weight respectively with 8.6mm and 133 grams. The Ion is 10.8mm thick and 144 grams heavier.
Display screen: It is a major area of fight between the handsets today. Most high-end smartphone makers tend to develop devices with large screens. Samsung has broken all records with its S III that features a large 4.8-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen. Xperia Ion certainly joins the new line of smartphones with a big 4.55-inch LED-backlit LCD capacitive touchscreen.
Displays of both the devices tout 720 x 1280 pixels at different ppi with the former at 306 and the latter at 323 ppi. Well, it is simply clear that with a comparatively smaller display, the Ion beats the S III in pixel density. The Sony device’s display also features multitouch (up to 4 fingers), scratch-resistant covering and Sony’s Mobile BRAVIA Engine.
Processor, RAM and GPU: The Galaxy S III is Samsung’s first handset to run on a quad core processor. The South Korean firm has integrated its own Exynos 4212 Quad quad-core chipset with the device’s 1.4GHz Cortex-A9 processor. The device gets its graphical power from Mali-400MP graphical processor. Sony Xperia Ion, on the other hand, is a dual core phone with a Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon dual-core 1.5GHz processor and GPU Adreno 220 GPU. Both handsets have 1GB of RAM for additional power.
The Galaxy S III preloads Google’s latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Well, it is to become the second handset from Samsung to come out of cover with the ICS, the best ever update of the mobile firmware. Meanwhile, Xperia Ion is not coming with the ICS, but it is compatible for the software. The Ion will have Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
Storage and battery
As far as the storage is concerned, the Galaxy S III is highly rich. The device, in competition to Apple iPhone, has three on-board memory variants; 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. Plus, you have a microSD slot that can support external memory sticks up to 64GB. The case is different with the Xperia Ion that comes with only 16GB of internal memory and 32GB expandable microSD slot. The difference in memory storage capacity is huge.
The Galaxy S III sports a powerful Li-Ion 2100 mAh battery that offers 11 hours and 40 minutes of talk time. Xperia Ion has a moderate Li-Ion 1900 mAh batter that unfortunately offers only 4 hours of talk time.
The Galaxy S III enters the U.S market through almost all significant carriers. Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular and others are to offer the phone in the U.S with data contracts. Meanwhile, AT&T is that carrier that brings the Xperia Ion into the U.S market for an undisclosed price. The unlocked version of the device will reportedly be priced at $569, though.