Difference between LG Optimus G Pro and Samsung Galaxy S3

Key Difference: LG Optimus G Pro has major updates to its predecessor, the LG Optimus G. The device sports a massive 5.5-inch True Full HD IPS touch screen with multi-touch capability and a pixel density of 401 ppi. Under the hood, the phone is powered by 1.7 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 600, making it pretty fast and speedy. The Galaxy S3 is a slate-format multi-touch smartphone that was launched in May 2012. It has a polycarbonate plastic chassis and is available in a variety of different colors. The S3 sports a 4.8 HD Super AMOLED screen with corning gorilla glass 2. It is offered with Android v4.0.4.

Since smartphones have become the ‘most important’ device in people’s lives, every smartphone company has been constantly in R&D to try and manufacture new phones with new features to capture the market. LG Electronics is one such company that has been releasing phones in various sizes, trying to boost its product portfolio to draw in customers. LG has been specially giving Samsung direct competition by releasing similar phones within the same time frame. The LG Optimus G Pro is the successor to the original LG Optimus G and resembles the Samsung Galaxy Note II in size and features. The phone has already been announced and launched in Korea, with launch date yet to be released for the rest of the world.

The LG Optimus G Pro has major updates to its predecessor, the LG Optimus G. The device sports a massive 5.5-inch True Full HD IPS touch screen with multi-touch capability and a pixel density of 401 ppi. The screen is truly amazing in viewing and the bigger screen is perfect for multi-purpose use (things people usually whip out their tablets or laptops for). The high resolution ensures crisp and sharp images, while the phone has great viewing angles. The large screen also ensures that the device is hard to hold and function with one hand. The G Pro has a sleek plastic chassis, which makes it a slippery when trying to maneuver single-handedly. However, the plastic chassis does not make the phone weak; in fact it is very resilient. LG has made it a bit easier by placing the power and the volume buttons on the right side of the device, rather than placing the power button on the top. Operating the phone requires the person holds the phone in one hand and operates using the other.

Under the hood, the phone is powered by 1.7 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 600, making it pretty fast and speedy. The device can handle running multiple operations as well as high-res games, without major glitches. The device offers internal memory capacity of 32 GB, which can be expanded further using the microSD slot by 64 GB. The device provides 2 GB worth of RAM, decreasing the lagging effect when running too many apps. The device comes with an NFC, Infrared port, USB and Wi-Fi hotspot capability. The Infrared port ensures that the phone can be made into a remote for any supporting device, while the hot-spot allows the person to share internet with others.

The device houses a 13 MP primary camera for picture taking that supports 4208 x 3120 pixels, and a 2.1 MP secondary camera for video conferencing or calls. The camera is pretty decent in terms of taking hi-res, sharp photos, however, according to The Verge review; the camera has a tendency of washing out colors from the images. The huge viewfinder on the device is great for taking images. Both the cameras have the ability to take videos at [email protected] One pretty nifty feature on the phone is the Dual-recording feature (similar to the one on the S4), which allows the user to record videos simultaneously from both of the camera. Another feature that is boasted by the company is the Virtual Reality Panorama shot that allows the user to take images and stitch them together for 360 degree panorama shots (this feature is very similar to the Photo Shoot on the Nexus 4).

The device houses a massive Li-Po 3140 mAh battery that is removable, a must feature for many smartphone lovers. The company has yet to release the official data about the Talktime and the Stand-by time offered by the phone. LG has also added the QSlide apps and the QButton feature on the phone. The QSlide apps are widgets that allow the user to do multiple jobs on the same screen, such as take notes, see the calendar, check e-mail and can also allow the user to watch a video and text at the same time. A similar feature is available in the Note II, but it the system only allows the user to access limited apps on the phone. The QButton located on the left side of the device allows the user to access any apps on the phone by pressing the button. The device is yet to hit other shores and prices will also be announced accordingly with the release dates.

Samsung Group is a South Korean chaebol, the largest in South Korea. A chaebol is basically a conglomerate. Samsung Electronics has become one of the key competitors in the smartphone market due to innovative technologies. The group has launched popular phones such as Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note II.

The Galaxy S3 is a slate-format multi-touch smartphone that was launched in May 2012. It is the successor of Galaxy S2 and Galaxy S but abandons the rectangular design of the predecessors and opts for more rounded corners making it resemble the Galaxy Nexus. The S3 sports a 4.8 HD Super AMOLED screen with corning gorilla glass 2. It is offered with Android v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and can be upgraded to 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean). The Galaxy S III has a polycarbonate plastic chassis and is available in a variety of different colors. The S3 supports a 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9 Quad-core processor, Mali-400MP GPU and 1 GB RAM. The S3 is available with 16 or 32 GB internal storage capacity, which can be expanded up to an additional 64 GB.

The phone boasts an 8 megapixel Auto Focus camera with flash, zero shutter lag and BSI. It also supports a 1.9 megapixel secondary camera that is capable of recording HD videos @30fps. When the phone was initially launched in May, the phone was considered to have been backed with innovative features and the TouchWiz "Nature UX" GUI was considered to be advanced. The GUI also included the “Water Lux” effect which can produce water ripples on contact. The phone also offered S Voice in response to Apple’s Siri, which enabled users to verbally control 20 functions on the phone. It was effectively considered as a iPhone killer. It also received additional publicity because of the ongoing patent infringement lawsuits against Apple.

The information for the detailed table about the two phones has been taken from theverge.com, engadget.com, Samsung website and GSMArena.com.

 

LG Optimus G Pro

Samsung S3

Launch Date

Q2/2013

May 2012

Company

LG

Samsung Electronics

Size

150.2 x 76.1 x 9.4 mm

136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm

Display

5.5 inches True Full HD IPS Plus LCD capacitive touchscreen

4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED

Screen

1080 x 1920 pixels (~401 ppi pixel density)

1280x720 pixels

Protection

N/A

Corning Gorilla Glass 2

Weight

172 grams

133 g

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

3G Network

HSDPA 900 / 2100

(HSPA+ 21Mbps): 850/900/1900/2100 MHz

4G Network

Depends on market availability

Depends on market availability.

GUI

LG Optimus UI

TouchWiz "Nature UX"

CPU speed

1.7 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 600

Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9

GPU

Adreno 320

Mali-400MP

OS

Android v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)

Android OS, v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), upgradeable to 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)

Chipset

Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600

Exynos 4412 Quad

RAM

2 GB

1 GB

SIM Size

microSIM

microSIM

Internal Memory

32 GB

16/32/64 GB (The 64GB model has been discontinued)

Expandable Memory

Up to 64 GB

microSD up to 64 GB

Sensors

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Accelerometer, RGB light, Digital compass, Proximity, Gyro, Barometer

Connectivity

2G, 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, Infrared port, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, USB, USB Host.

WiFi a/b/g/n, WiFi HT40, GPS/GLONASS, NFC, Bluetooth® 4.0(LE), microUSB v2.0, USB On-the-go, wireless charging.

Data

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, NFC, Infrared port, USB.

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, NFC and USB.

Speed

HSDPA, HSUPA, LTE

HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot

Bluetooth

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP

Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, EDR.

USB

microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB Host

micro-USB 2.0; USB On-the-go.

Primary Camera

13 MP, 4208 x 3120 pixels

8 megapixel Auto Focus camera with Flash & Zero Shutter Lag, BSI.

Secondary Camera

2.1 MP, [email protected]

1.9 Mega pixel camera, HD recording @30fps with Zero Shutter Lag, BSI

Video

[email protected]

Dual-video recording

 HDR

[email protected], zero shutter lag.

Camera Features

  • Geo-tagging
  • Face detection
  • Image stabilization
  • Dual Record
  • Virtual Reality (VR) Panorama
  • Simultaneous HD video and image recording
  • Geo-tagging
  • Touch focus
  • Face and smile detection
  • Image stabilization
  • Burst shot & best photo
  • Recording snapshot
  • HDR

Sound Enhancement

Dolby mobile sound enhancement

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic.

Audio supported formats

MP3/ WMA/ WAV/ FLAC/ eAAC+/ AC3 player

Audio Codec: MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, OGG, FLAC, AC-3, apt-X.

Video supported formats

MP4/ H.264/ H.263/ WMV/ DviX player

Video Codec: MPEG4, H.264, H.263, DivX, DivX3.11, VC-1, VP8, WMV7/8, Sorenson Spark Recording & Playback: Full HD (1080p).

Battery Capacity

Removable Li-Po 3140 mAh

2100 mAh battery

Talktime

No official data released

2G: 21 hours 40 minutes

3G: 11 hours 40 minutes

Standby Time

No official data released

2G: 590 hours

3G: 790 hours

Available Colors

Black, White

Pebble blue, Marble white, Amber brown, Garnet red, Sapphire black, Titanium grey, La Fleur

Messaging

SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS

SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS

Browser

HTML5, Adobe Flash

HTML, Adobe Flash

Radio

Stereo FM radio with RDS

Stereo FM radio with RDS

GPS

GPS with A-GPS support and GLONASS

A-GPS support and GLONASS

Java

Java MIDP emulator

Java MIDP emulator

Additional Features

  • QSlide
  • QButton
  • Live Zooming
  • QuickMemo
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
  • SNS applications
  • Photo viewer/editor
  • Document viewer/editor
  • Organizer
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input
  • Voice natural language, commands and dictation
  • Smart Stay eye tracking
  • Dropbox (50 GB storage)
  • TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
  • SNS integration
  • Organizer
  • Image/video editor
  • Document viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input (Swype)

Image Courtesy: engadget.com, samsung.com

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