LG Optimus G vs Samsung Galaxy S3: Battle of the Titan Smartphones

Published on August 31st, 2012

LG Optimus G E973 vs Samsung Galaxy S III I9300: Which Android  phone would you choose?

LG has recently announced its latest upcoming Android smartphone, the LG Optimus G E973, along with the LG Optimus L9. The Optimus G is LG’s flagship smartphone and will go head on with Samsung Galaxy S3, HTC One X and the upcoming iPhone 5. The Optimus G is built with cutting edge mobile technology that will make you drool over this smartphone. Today, let’s compare the two “Titan” android phones (LG Optimus G vs Samsung Galaxy S3) and see which one is the best Android phone.


samsung galaxy s3 vs lg optimus g

The LG Optimus G E973 in a Gist

The LG Optimus G is powered with the latest Snapdragon S4 Pro quad core processor clocked at 1.5GHz with Andreno 320 as its GPU processor. Later we will compare the Snapdragon S4 Pro’s performance with Samsung Exynos 4412 quad core processor. It also sports a 13 megapixel rear facing camera and a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera.

It’s built with a large 4.7-inch True HD-IPS+LCD display paired with the G2 Touch Hybrid Display. With the new technology, the LG Optimus G consumes lesser power compared to a Super AMOLED display. LG plans to release it on the market initially running on Ice Cream Sandwich, but a Jelly Bean update will surely follow. The rest of the specs can be seen at the table below.

LG Optimus G vs Samsung Galaxy S3 Specifications

Now let us put the two high-end android phones side by side and compare their specifications.

LG Optimus G E973Samsung Galaxy S3 I9300
Operating SystemAndroid ICS (Jelly Bean update soon)Android v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Dimension131.9mm x 68.9mm x 8.5mm136.6mm x 70.6mm x 8.6mm
Display4.7-inch True HD-IPS + LCD4.8-inch Super AMOLED
768x1280 pixels with 318 ppi720x1280 with 306 ppi
LG Optimus UI v3.0TouchWix UI
Processor1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro Quad Core1.4GHz Quad Core Cortex-A9
ChipsetKrait Qualcomm MDM9615/APQ8064Exynos 4412
GPUAdreno 320Mali 400-MP
Internal Storage32GB32GB
External StoragemicroSD up to 32GBmicroSD up to 64GB
Camera Rear13 megapixel autofocus, LED Flash8 megapixel autofocus, LEF Flash
Camera Front1.3 megapixel1.9 megapixel
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, WiFi Direct, WiFi hotspotWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, WiFi Direct, WiFi hotspot
Bluetooth v4.0, NFC, microUSB v2.0Bluetooth v4.0, NFC, microUSB v2.0
BatteryLi-Ion 2100mAhLi-Ion 2100mAh

As you can see in the table above, the LG Optimus G has some advantage over the Samsung Galaxy S3. First, it has a slightly powerful CPU (benchmarks below), bigger and better display, much larger memory size and a Jelly Bean update is expected to follow soon. Although Samsung will most probably provide a Jelly Bean update on the Galaxy S3 too.

Why did I say that the LG Optimus G display is better than the Samsung Galaxy S3? Although it’s smaller by a mere .1-inch, the pixel per inch density ratio is much higher compared to the SGS3’s ppi (318 vs 306). LG also claims that the new display technology consumes as much as 70% less power compared to a Super AMOLED display. And I’m not really a Super AMOLED fan, since the color tends to become over-vivid and can sometime be extraneous to the eyes.

Snapdragon S4 Pro vs Exynos 4412 Quad Core Processor

Now, how does the CPU of the LG Optimus G par with Samsung Galaxy S III’s processor? VR-Zone has posted some benchmarks done by Tweakers.Net comparing the high end mobile processors currently found in the market. Please refer to the tables below:

lg optimus g vs samsung galaxy s3

lg optimus g vs samsung galaxy s3

lg optimus g vs samsung galaxy s3

Benchmark Image source Tweakers.Net via VR-Zone

The table above shows that the Snapdragon S4 paired with Adreno 320 yields better results compared to Exynos 4412 and Mali 400. Don’t get me wrong, both of these processors are great, in fact they even yield better results compared to NVIDIA Tegra 3. But we see more potential in the CPU and GPU of the LG Optimus G vs Samsung Galaxy S3.

Since the new Optimus G is built with an impressive and powerful CPU+GPU, let’s just hope that it doesn’t have overheating issues like the HTC One X users are complaining about.

LG Optimus G vs Samsung Galaxy S3: Conclusion

Based on the specifications alone, I’d go for the LG Optimus G E973. It’ has a (slightly) better specs compared to its competitor. Of course there are other factors that still need to be considered before we can really decide who the winner smartphone here is.

We haven’t compared LG Optimus G’s price since it’s still undisclosed as of to date. We also need to look at the camera (photo and video) quality. It’s doesn’t mean that the 13MP camera is better than the 8MP camera, until we see the actual images and videos.

We also need to look at the apps and other features that the LG Optimus G offers. If all this things will somehow be generally better than Samsung Galaxy S3, LG might have a chance to grab the consumers’ attention and beat its competitors.

I’ll update this “LG Optimus G vs Samsung Galaxy S3” article as soon as new information regarding the phone becomes available.


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