Samsung Galaxy S3 vs HTC One X – pricing comparison

With both the Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X launched in South Africa it is interesting to compare the contract packages on which these two smartphones are available.

Although Samsung SA’s official launch of the Samsung Galaxy S3 was last night (7 June 2012), Vodacom has been offering the device on contracts through retailers at its Vodacom World mall in Midrand.

These were promotional deals that included a flip cover and R100 voucher for Samsung’s forthcoming Video Hub.

MTN was first to market with the HTC One X, offering the device on its AnyTime 200 contract for R349 per month.

The availability of these two devices has been limited, however, with a number of customers complaining that MTN told them they have run out of HTC One X devices.

Stock of the Samsung Galaxy S3 on MTN is similarly limited, and a consultant from MTN Direct confirmed to MyBroadband that they only had 10 Samsung Galaxy S3 devices available on 6 June 2012.

The table below compares the contract pricing of the Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X on MTN:

MTN postpaid deals Samsung Galaxy S3 HTC One X
Price plan Monthly price Notes Monthly price Notes
MTN AnyTime 200 R399 75MBx12 R349 75MBx24
MTN AnyTime 350 R499 75MBx12 R449 75MBx24
MTN AnyTime 500 R619 75MBx12, no TopUp option R569 75MBx24, no TopUp option
MTN AnyTime 750 R859 75MBx12, no TopUp option R809 75MBx24, no TopUp option
MTN AnyTime 1200 N/A R1,219 75MBx24, no TopUp option
MTN AnyTime 1500 N/A R1,499 75MBx24, no TopUp option

As can be seen from the table, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is around R50 per month more expensive than the HTC One X, a difference which adds up to R1,200 over the 24-month contract.

It’s also worth noting that the Samsung Galaxy S3 deals on MTN only include data for the first 12 months of the contract, while HTC One X contracts include data for the full 24 months.

Sadly it isn’t possible to compare the two devices on Vodacom, as the operator has yet to launch the HTC One X.

Vodacom has hinted that it expects to launch the One X early in June, but it is understood that the operator is now looking at a mid-July launch. This date is merely indicative and may yet change.

The table below shows the Samsung Galaxy S3 contract deals available on Vodacom:

Samsung Galaxy S3 postpaid deals
Vodacom price plan Monthly price Extras
Contract price plans
Everyday Off-peak 120 R319
Business Call R369 250MBx24
Business Call s R379 250MBx24
Talk 75s R439 250MBx24
Talk 120s R479 250MBx24
Talk 130 R499 250MBx24
Talk 200s R589 250MBx24
Talk 240 R589 250MBx24
Talk 350s R779 250MBx24
Talk 500s R939 250MBx24
Talk 1000s R1,559 250MBx24
TopUp plans
TopUp 315s R529 250MBx24
TopUp 400s R579 250MBx24
TopUp 500s R659 250MBx24

These deals are around R20 per month more expensive than the promotional offers that were available at Vodacom World.

While price is an obvious consideration when investigating contracts, prospective customers should also look at the number of months over which bundled data is available during the contract term.

Although specifications alone don’t reveal how a device will perform, they remain an important aspect to take into account.

The table below presents a side-by-side comparison of some of the key specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X.

Samsung Galaxy S3 HTC One X
Display 4.8″ 720p (720×1280) AMOLED 4.7″ 720p (720×1280) IPS S-LCD2
Camera, primary 8MP 8MP
Camera, secondary 1.9MP 1.3MP
Storage, internal 16/32/64GB 32GB
Storage, expandable microSDXC (64GB) No
RAM 1GB 1GB
Processor 1.4GHz Exynos 4212 quad 1.5GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 (quad core)
Graphics Mali-400MP ULP GeForce
Battery 2,100mAh 1,800mAh
Cellular data 21Mbps HSPA+ 21Mbps HSPA+
SIM type Micro SIM Micro SIM

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