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
|OS||Android (4.3)||Android (4.4.2, 4.3, 4.2.2)||Android (4.4.2, 4.2.2)|
|Dimensions||5.83 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)|
|Weight||5.11 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)
|Physical size||5.0 inches||5.0 inches||5.2 inches|
|Resolution||720 x 1280 pixels||1080 x 1920 pixels||1080 x 1920 pixels|
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 ppi||441 ppi||423 ppi|
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 LCD||Super AMOLED||IPS LCD|
|Colors||16 777 216||16 777 216|
|Peak brightness||450 cd/m2 (nit)|
|Camera||8 megapixels||13 megapixels||13 megapixels|
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.
|Focal length (35mm equivalent)||31 mm||29 mm|
|Camera sensor size||1/3.06"||1/3.06"|
|Camcorder||1920x1080 (1080p HD)||1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)||1920x1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps)|
|Features||Digital image stabilization||Optical image stabilization|
|Front-facing camera||2 megapixels||2 megapixels||2.1 megapixels|
|Video capture||1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)||1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)|
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 Z2580||Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064T||Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974|
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, Saltwell||Quad core, 1900 MHz, Krait 300||Quad core, 2260 MHz, Krait 400|
|Graphics processor||PowerVR SGX 544MP2||Adreno 320||Adreno 330|
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) / LPDDR2||2048 MB RAM (Dual-channel) / LPDDR3||2048 MB RAM (Dual-channel, 800 MHz) / LPDDR3|
|Built-in storage||8 GB||64 GB||32 GB|
|Storage expansion||microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC||microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC|
|Talk time (3G)||17.00 hours|
the average is 14 h (863 min)
|Stand-by time (3G)||15.4 days (370 hours)|
the average is 22 days (520 h)
|Stand-by time (4G)||13.3 days (320 hours)|
the average is 23 days (559 h)
|Music playback||62.00 hours|
|Video playback||11.00 hours|
|Capacity||2110 mAh||2600 mAh||3000 mAh|
|Type||Li - Polymer||Li - Ion||Li - Polymer|
|Not user replaceable||Yes|
CDMA - Code Division Multiple Access. A technique of multiplexing, also called spread spectrum, in which analog signals are converted into digital form for transmission. For each communication channel, the signals are encoded in a sequence known to the transmitter and the receiver for that channel. The foremost application is digital cellular phone technology from QUALCOMM that operates in the 800MHz band and 1.9GHz PCS band. CDMA phones are noted for their excellent call quality and long battery life.
|800, 1900 MHz|
|GSM||850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz||850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz||850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz|
|UMTS||850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz||850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz||850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz|
|FDD LTE||800 (band 18), 850 (band 5), 900 (band 8), 1800 (band 3), 2100 (band 1), 2600 (band 7) MHz||800 (band 20), 850 (band 5), 900 (band 8), 1800 (band 3), 2100 (band 1), 2600 (band 7) MHz|
|Data||HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS||LTE Cat3 Downlink 100 Mbit/s, LTE Cat3/4 Uplink 50 Mbit/s, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS||LTE-A, LTE Cat3 Downlink 100 Mbit/s, LTE Cat3/4 Uplink 50 Mbit/s, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS, EV-DO Rev.A|
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!!
2. hurrycanger (Posts: 763; 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.
3. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 434; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)
PA, please fix the picture above. It's padfone mini instead of zenfone 5.
4. 14545 (Posts: 1057; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
Asus should have made it a highend phone with 1080, 2800-3k battery, and 2-3 gb of ram.
5. MrAngeles (Posts: 3; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
I think ur missing the point of the zenfone series..
7. 14545 (Posts: 1057; 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.
6. fireblade (Posts: 629; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)
Unfair! Galaxy S4 looks cheap & ugly. But ZenFone 5 looks premium & well designed
8. MarkArigayo (Posts: 238; 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.