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Asus ZenFone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S4 vs LG G2: specs comparison

Asus ZenFone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S4 vs LG G2: specs comparison

Asus hasn't had a serious smartphone offering for quite a while now (that's if we don't count the Padfone, and we don't), but it seems like the time has finally come for the manufacturer to unleash a brand new handset line. Enter the ZenFone! Asus' latest family of smartphones includes three models - the ZenFone 4, ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 6, none of which being particularly high-end, but the 5" and 6" models shaping up as quite decent upper mid-range packages with their 720p displays and Intel CPUs.

Anyways, let's take a look at how Asus' new ZenFone 5 — which can be considered the most mainstream product of the trio — fares against some formidable opponents such as the Galaxy S4 and the G2. Naturally, since we're comparing it to two flagship devices, the ZenFone 5 will understandably lag behind its opponents in the specs race, but if you think about it, that's still going to be quite an interesting comparison, as it's going to give us a hint of just how close to last year's premium experience one can get with this new crop of affordable Android smartphones. After all, the ZenFone 5 is expected to be priced at $149 off contract, making it quite an alluring proposition.

Asus ZenFone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S4 vs LG G2

Design
OSAndroid (4.4, 4.3)Android (4.4.2, 4.3, 4.2.2)Android (4.4.2, 4.2.2)
Dimensions5.83 x 2.87 x 0.41 inches (148.2 x 72.8 x 10.3 mm)5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 inches (136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm)5.45 x 2.79 x 0.35 inches (138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm)
Weight5.11 oz (145 g)
the average is 4.8 oz (137 g)
4.59 oz (130 g)
the average is 4.8 oz (137 g)
5.04 oz (143 g)
the average is 4.8 oz (137 g)
Body material Polycarbonate 
Display
Physical size5.0 inches5.0 inches5.2 inches
Resolution720 x 1280 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density

Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

294 ppi441 ppi423 ppi
Technology

Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

IPS LCDSuper AMOLEDIPS LCD
Screen-to-body ratio63.84 %71.91 %76.28 %
Colors 16 777 21616 777 216
Peak brightness  450 cd/m2 (nit)
Camera
Camera8 megapixels13 megapixels13 megapixels
FlashLEDLEDLED
Aperture size

Aperture size - The aperture of a camera is the opening through which light travels before it reaches the camera sensor. The smaller the number is, the bigger this opening is, allowing for more light to pass.

F2.0F2.2F2.4
Focal length (35mm equivalent) 31 mm29 mm
Camera sensor size 1/3.06"1/3.06"
Camcorder1920x1080 (1080p HD)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps)
Features Digital image stabilizationOptical image stabilization
Front-facing camera2 megapixels2 megapixels2.1 megapixels
Video capture 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)
Hardware
System chip

System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

Intel Atom Z2580Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064TQualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974
Processor

Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

Dual core, 2000 MHz, SaltwellQuad core, 1900 MHz, Krait 300Quad core, 2260 MHz, Krait 400
Graphics processorPowerVR SGX 544MP2Adreno 320Adreno 330
System memory

System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

2048 MB RAM (Dual-channel, 533 MHz) / LPDDR22048 MB RAM (Dual-channel) / LPDDR32048 MB RAM (Dual-channel, 800 MHz) / LPDDR3
Built-in storage8 GB64 GB32 GB
Storage expansionmicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXCmicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXC 
Battery
Talk time (3G) 17.00 hours
the average is 15 h (906 min)
 
Stand-by time (3G) 15.4 days (370 hours)
the average is 23 days (556 h)
 
Stand-by time (4G) 13.3 days (320 hours)
the average is 23 days (554 h)
 
Music playback 62.00 hours 
Video playback 11.00 hours 
Capacity2110 mAh2600 mAh3000 mAh
TypeLi - PolymerLi - IonLi - Polymer
Not user replaceable  Yes
Wireless charging Optional 
Technology
GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
FDD LTE 800 (band 18), 850 (band 5), 900 (band 8), 1800 (band 3), 2100 (band 1), 2600 (band 7) MHz800 (band 20), 900 (band 8), 1800 (band 3), 2100 (band 1), 2600 (band 7) MHz
DataHSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRSLTE Cat 3 (100/50 Mbit/s), , HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRSLTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, EDGE, GPRS

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posted on 07 Jan 2014, 16:33 6

1. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)


Unfair!! Two of the above phones cost more than thrice as much as the third one!! Compare it to Moto G or Galaxy S Duo 2 or Optimus L5 II!!

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 17:25

2. hurrycanger (Posts: 1289; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


These phones are not in the same level. The Zen 5 obviously sucks comparing to the other two. It's a nice phone pricewise though. Comparing it to some cheapo phones would make more sense.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 18:01

3. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 554; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


PA, please fix the picture above. It's padfone mini instead of zenfone 5.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 19:52

4. 14545 (Posts: 1152; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Asus should have made it a highend phone with 1080, 2800-3k battery, and 2-3 gb of ram.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 21:07 1

5. MrAngeles (Posts: 3; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


I think ur missing the point of the zenfone series..

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 22:09

7. 14545 (Posts: 1152; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


No, I see the point. It's to get it into as many hands as possible. But I would actually like to see a higher spec'd version of the phone. It actually seems kinda nice.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 21:37 1

6. fireblade (Posts: 714; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


Unfair! Galaxy S4 looks cheap & ugly. But ZenFone 5 looks premium & well designed

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 22:10

8. MarkArigayo (Posts: 240; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)


Ummmm, I thought that ZenFone won't be here. You know Asus has a bad reputation is smartphone race. It's Android race, not PC motherboard. Lol.

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