Did LG just pull a Samsung? LG Optimus G specs review and comparison vs Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC One X
|Design||LG Optimus G||Samsung Galaxy S III||HTC One X|
|OS||Android (4.0.4)||Android (4.0.4) TouchWiz UX UI||Android (4.0.4, 4.0.3) Sense 4 UI|
|Dimensions||5.19 x 2.71 x 0.33 (131.9 x 68.9 x 8.45 mm)||5.38 x 2.78 x 0.34 (136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm)||5.31 x 2.75 x 0.35 (134.8 x 69.9 x 8.9 mm)|
|Weight||5.11 oz (145 g)|
the is 4.1 oz (117 g)
|4.73 oz (134 g)|
the is 4.1 oz (117 g)
|4.55 oz (129 g)|
the is 4.1 oz (117 g)
|Physical size||4.70 inches||4.80 inches||4.70 inches|
|Resolution||768 x 1280 pixels||720 x 1280 pixels||720 x 1280 pixels|
|318 ppi||306 ppi||312 ppi|
|IPS LCD||Super AMOLED||S-LCD 2|
|Capacity||2100 mAh||2100 mAh||1800 mAh|
|Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064||Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960||Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960|
|Quad core, 1500 MHz, Krait||Dual core, 1500 MHz, Krait||Dual core, 1500 MHz, Krait|
|Graphics processor||Adreno 320||Adreno 225||Adreno 225|
|2048 MB RAM (Dual-channel: Yes)||2048 MB RAM (Dual-channel: Yes) / DDR2 (500 MHz)||1024 MB RAM (Dual-channel: Yes) / DDR2 (500 MHz)|
|Built-in storage||32 GB||16 GB||16 GB|
|Camcorder||1920x1080 (1080p HD)||1920x1080 (1080p HD)||1920x1080 (1080p HD)|
Even if we don't count those photography buffs from the Finns, the Galaxy S III and the iPhone 4S also have 1.4 micron pixels in their sensors, and we know the larger the pixel "bucket", the more light it can soak in.
Thus the Optimus G is unlikely to wow in low light conditions, judging on camera specs alone, but, still, any improvement from LG's current high-ends will inevitably make the upcoming LG flagship more appealing in the camera department too.
- Live Zooming allows zooming in and out while viewing a video;
- Dual Screen Dual Play, not only allows mirroring between the smartphone and a TV, it also has the ability to display different content on each screen. For example, a slide presentation can be displayed on the TV while the Optimus G shows the accompanying speaking notes;
- QMemoTM, first seen in the Optimus Vu:, allows users to write, draw, or jot a memo directly on the captured screen with their finger for sharing instantly with others as an attachment or a URL;
- Time Catch Shot allows users to select and save the best shot among the images taken just before the shutter button is depressed;
- Cheese Shutter takes a photo when a voice command is spoken.
Newest Premium Device from LG Sets High Benchmark for Performance and Usability
SEOUL, August, 28, 2012 – LG Electronics (LG) revealed its newest premium mobile device with the announcement of the Optimus G, a high-end smartphone that offers powerful performance, an elegant and sleek design, and an innovative user experience. As the first LTE device featuring Qualcomm’s Snapdragon™ S4 Pro Quad-Core processor, Optimus G will set the foundation for every future premium smartphone from LG.
To offer the best smartphone to consumers, LG gathered industry-leading partners and technologies to develop the Optimus G. In collaboration with Qualcomm, LG developed the Optimus G with the goal to be the first LTE smartphone with the Snapdragon™ S4 Pro CPU. LG also joined hands with vertically-integrated sister companies LG Chem, LG Display and LG Innotek for the ultimate battery capacity, viewing and user experience.
Next Generation Quad-Core with LTE
The Optimus G will be the first commercial and global smartphone to offer the Snapdragon S4 Pro (APQ8064) processor with a Quad-Core Krait CPU, LTE supported capabilities, and the newest generation Adreno™ 320 GPU. The Snapdragon S4 Pro runs at 1.5GHz and features Asynchronous Symmetric Multiprocessing (aSMP), which enables each core to power up and down independently, for maximum performance with better battery life. Furthermore, the Adreno 320 is over three times faster than the Adreno 225 found in previous Snapdragon processors for an enhanced gaming experience with faster frame rates, smoother play and support for higher HD resolution displays.
Cutting-edge Display and Outstanding Battery Efficiency
With help from LG Display, the Optimus G sports a beautiful 4.7-inch WXGA True HD IPS+ Display with 320ppi high pixel density (1280x768 pixels) and Stripe RGB IPS Panel with 15:9 aspect ratio. LG Display pushed the boundaries of its technology to offer True HD IPS+ Display, which is sharper and crisper with color accuracy of sRGB 100 percent to show natural and life-like images.
Moreover, the Optimus G will be the first smartphone to be equipped with LG Innotek and LG Display’s newly developed G2 Touch Hybrid Display for touchscreen panels (TSP). The G2 Touch Hybrid Display is thinner than current TSPs and offers the slimmest panel display with no diffused reflection for clearer and sharper visibility, even outdoors. Thanks to the new technology, the thickness of the screen panel has been reduced and the screen itself is much stronger to withstand damage from impact.
Lastly, LG Chem developed a high-density 2,100mAh battery that provides more power capacity and prolonged charging cycles. The new battery technology extended the battery lifespan to 800 cycles at 80 percent charging capabilities, much greater than the lifespan of 500 cycles in regular phone batteries.
Enhanced UX for Productivity and Entertainment
Whether users need functionality or fun in their daily lives, the Optimus G has it all, including a high-resolution 13.0MP camera and unique and differentiated user experience (UX) features, such as:
Live Zooming allows zooming in and out while viewing a video;
Dual Screen Dual Play, not only allows mirroring between the smartphone and a TV, it also has the ability to display different content on each screen. For example, a slide presentation can be displayed on the TV while the Optimus G shows the accompanying speaking notes;
QMemoTM, first seen in the Optimus Vu:, allows users to write, draw, or jot a memo directly on the captured screen with their finger for sharing instantly with others as an attachment or a URL;
Time Catch Shot allows users to select and save the best shot among the images taken just before the shutter button is depressed;
Cheese Shutter takes a photo when a voice command is spoken.
The added UX features are anticipated to provide instant and intuitive productivity to complete tasks beyond simple multitasking.
Innovative and Modern Look
LG maintained its differentiated design philosophy with the Optimus G. The Optimus G is encased in an eye-catching slim body epitomizing timeless beauty that perfectly demonstrates LG’s design philosophy. Premium glass is utilzied on the back cover with a polarized glass pattern that offers a clean, modern look. The G2 Touch Hybrid Display contributed significantly to the design of the Optimus G as it reduced the thickness of the device enabling Optimus G to fit more comfortably in the hand. And the jet black front display flows smoothly into the body for a seamless look with no gaps.
“We are confident that users will have a superior experience with everything that we’re offering in the Optimus G,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “Optimus G isn’t just another high-performance phone with the latest bells and whistles. It’s a collaboration of some of the best component makers on the planet coming together for a singular cause, to develop a smartphone that stands out in a sea of me-too devices.”
NTT DOCOMO will be the first to unveil a Japanese edition of the Optimus G. The global version of the device will be launched in Korea in September, followed by other markets worldwide.
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro Processor with 1.5GHz Quad-Core CPU, Adreno 320 GPU with 4G LTE
Operating System: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Network: 2G / 3G / 4G LTE
Display: 4.7-inch WXGA True HD IPS+ (1280x768 pixels) / 15:9 ratio
RAM: 2GB DDR
Cameras: 13.0MP rear / 1.3MP front
Battery: 2,100 mAh
Size: 131.9 x 68.9 x 8.45mm
Other: Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, USB2.0 HS, A-GPS, MHL, DLNA, NFC
1. wendygarett (unregistered)
The galaxy s3 is the winner when it come to its sexy design :-)
10. thebest (Posts: 231; Member since: 08 Jul 2012)
actually, the samsung galaxy s3 doesn't look as good as the htc one x, the new optimus G also looks good and simple,the material also looks good, the build quality looks better than the galaxy s3 build quality
if i am asked to choose any one of the 3 phones, i would choose the galaxy s3, but htc one x is the winner when it comes to sexy design
17. noriya (Posts: 12; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
i don't think gs3 had a sexy design,i think it like alien design.
36. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 352; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)
LG Optimus G phone of the year 2012.it straight away beats Samsung galaxy s3 & HTC one X in specs& perfomance.i don't think people will sacrifice specs and performance for design.
31. maverick786us (Posts: 117; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)
The design of this smartphone is far better than Galaxy S3
55. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)
why do you think so? After handling s3 I loved the overall feel and look of the smartphone..
P.s- I do agree that I hated the design when saw on the computer..
37. Angkor (Posts: 108; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
Is it time for a "drop test"? against iPhone, HTC X, Moto Razr, and Galaxy S3.
39. -box- (Posts: 3737; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
It looks like a larger, more modern Prada...
77. XperiaUser (unregistered)
but i think galaxy has a wrost design among all . if i want round corner then we have htc one x and for sharp corner we have Optimus G. and i luv its design.
Galaxy S3 -- Bulky design , designed for human but not from the earth
106. RiceKnight (Posts: 2; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)
Well I'd have to disagree, although I can see how it is a chicks design :)
I kinda like this this LG phone, but to be honest that might just be me being in love with the 320 ^_^;
120. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)
i know you're being sarcastic this time around wendy.....lol got everybody believing you hahahaha
130. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)
if you call The S3 sexy, i don't think you know whats the definition of ''style''...
suppose you're a galaxy S3 owner.....
2. mercorp (Posts: 967; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)
Peope who bought the optimus 4x hd will really be dissapointed...
Xiaomi should better watch out.
24. TylerGrunter (Posts: 872; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)
It will also possibly come to Europe
I imagine that they won't maintain the prices though.
32. MeoCao (unregistered)
Xiaomi will obviously use the same tactics as early Japanese and Korean companies: use domestic market to make quantity and make profits in developed market.
43. Angkor (Posts: 108; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
Xiaomi is not only phone made by Chinese company there are Lenovo, Oppo, BBK, Haier, Kejian, Konka, Meizu, Ningbo Bird, TCL, and ZTE and more.
114. LostInTheRed (Posts: 85; Member since: 03 May 2012)
He meant Xaiomi is found in China only. Not that it's China's only manufacturer.
26. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
they will be disappointed... :/
and I still won't buy it until JB isn't released. i don't care if they announce it, i want it to come!
51. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
Im not going to buy it unless they promise unlocked bootloaders, leaked updates, and fast official update times. LG has possibly the worst update record of all major Android manufacturers.
62. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
that is why i want a nexus, or a flagship phone.
sgs line gets updated... sensation, desire and one x gets updates but are slow... lg: crap.
65. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
im still steamed that my stock android "with google" Tegra2 tablet has never seen anything past 3.1 officially. Thats just ridiculous.. ITS STOCK CODE!! lol.
86. Hunt3rj2 (Posts: 396; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)
....No one promises leaked updates.
There is such thing as public tester programs like HTC Elevate where a few get early access to RUUs and the like, but usually leaks are hard to come by.
88. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
samsung has a website they leak all their updates to.www.samsungfirmwares.com.
They let XDA test them :)
90. Hunt3rj2 (Posts: 396; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)
That's not an official Samsung site, and that's a parked domain with nothing on it.
Once again, no OEM has official leaks. That's why they're called leaks. HTC has it's Elevate program, Motorola has their soak tests, Samsung probably has internal testing. More likely than not, they all overlook the leaking of firmware to dev communities as long as nothing meant to stay secret for good reason is leaked.
Leaks happen because there is a big enough community that there are liasons that can get in touch with people on the inside to get early access.
94. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
i didnt say it was an official samsung site.
Apparently they had a name change. Here is the active site.
It is a repository for all sorts of unreleased firmware direct from samsung. Yes, they do their internal testing, but they also release it to the wild. Didnt you ever wonder where all that crazy development for samsung phones came from? There is all sorts of test roms released by samsung to the community. It was the communities response and their ability to make sammy's software better that convinced Sammy to hire people direct from XDA and Cyanogenmod to work on their software... including Steve Klondik.. aka Cyanogen himself.
you speak in finalities without proof. There is no such thing as "no OEM does X". Unless you have direct proof, you shouldnt think that way. Samsung IS VERY VERY modder friendly. That has been a large reason for their success while others like HTC who USED to be very modder friendly closed the doors. They are all reopening their doors slowly but surely to compete with samsung for Modder love... which they've had the bulk of for a while.
99. Hunt3rj2 (Posts: 396; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)
Yes, and xda has all sorts of unreleased firmware direct from HTC. The HTC One X had at least the 1.27 leak, 2.05, 2.15, and an early release of the 2.17 firmwares. What's your point?
No, you shouldn't speak in finalities without proof, because no company has the official policy of leaking internal firmware being tested. You are claiming that it is for some OEMs. Unless you can produce proof that says OEMs do, your argument is invalid. Samsung didn't get a dev community because they leaked firmware, it's because they kept unlocked bootloaders out of the box. It is a far more reasonable statement to say that the reason why firmware gets leaked is because there is such a big dev community. More devs means more people that can try to communicate with people inside the company, and gain access to firmware meant exclusively for internal use.
101. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
they are not unlocked of the box.. they are just incredibly easy to unlock.
I've been using a samsung phone for over 2 years now.. trust me, they leaked the crap out of their updates on purpose to make the loudest complainers happy when the SGS1 wasnt getting basic updates.. all of a sudden the flood gates opened and there was a new "leaked" rom from Samsung nearly every week or 2 for a long time for the SGS1. Now they do it for pretty much every major phone and minor phone they have. Your talking 4 firmware updates.. im talking hundreds. Heck there have been 10 in the last few months just for the SGS1 which hasnt seen an "official" update since Android 2.2 over a year ago and is over 2 years old now. The SGS3 has had dozens already this month. Heck, unofficially its had 4.1 for a good bit now. The SGS2 has had unofficial 4.04 for quite some time, and the SGS1 got unofficial 2.3.6 upgrades ages ago.
Samsung has an unofficial policy of leaking their stuff out to the community, and has for quite some time. Its a way of free advertising by word of mouth. ROMs are made off this constant influx of releases which keeps the ever growing communities in XDA quite happy and talkative. Some test roms are wonderful, and some are not. They all have slight tweaks from the previous leak.
Anyways, I think your just continually trying to split hairs with me to argue for no reason. You keep trying to tell me how things are... without any proof. I'm telling you what I see and have found, with proof.
104. Hunt3rj2 (Posts: 396; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)
Uh, I managed to flash a Galaxy S1 and S2 without ever jumping through anything that required unlocking a bootloader. There's a flashcounter but that's it.
Then that's great, but that's not an official testing program. More likely than not, it's Samsung turning a blind eye to someone who is leaking test releases on the inside.
111. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
you really are just trying to argue just to argue arent you? good lord.
the galaxy series uses a 1 click root/unroot script to get root access. That is not the same as flashing roms.
3. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)
iT's a beasT, no Doubt!!!
But why the hell I don't like LG??
11. abdane (Posts: 474; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)
hahaha same question i asked my self
why dont i like LG for some reason ? hehe :P
25. Jericho (Posts: 302; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
My Brother always ask the same question but opposite why do you like LG!! and its b/c i dont care about the updates(LONG LIVE xda).
56. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)
I think a hardcore LG fan is trolling here...!
23. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
same here. maybe because of it's UI? it's too cartoony.
58. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)
Nope..for the ui XDA is there alive...
I hate their aftersales support,design and feel..
Here in India LG is fail..people consider it for ..refrigerators and yea microwaves! :-)
5. matrix_neo (Posts: 307; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
Specs are great but the design is not interesting... if put it side by side with galaxy s3 and one x, people may ask what brand is this??
Samsung and htc has already created beautiful design as well as sony, but lg, no offense, looks like a notepad.
20. MeoCao (unregistered)
Design is top notch, materials look premium. polarized glass should be stunning but a little heavy though.
41. -box- (Posts: 3737; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Tell them it's the same company that makes the Prada phone and has kept pretty consistent design language for the last 5 years or so
7. MeoCao (unregistered)
Can there be a comparison? It's a blowout by LG.
This phone will also put new iPhone to shame.
8. itiswhatitis (Posts: 421; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)
Time to break my piggy bank take my money LG !!!!
9. Peter98 (Posts: 119; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)
This is the best design among the three. The best hardware, the best camera but about software? I dunno. Overall, the best!
12. Aeires (unregistered)
This is why I'd love to see a LG Nexus phone.
49. MeoCao (unregistered)
Well, this is unexpected from LG, early samples of the phone were very disappointing.
may be SS troubles and this super phone will change the balance of smart phone power.
13. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
On paper it sounds awesome. Not a big fan of the huge amount glass filling the thing. That screams me-too iphone 4... and we all know how horrid the drop quality was on that thing.. now imagine an even bigger all glass phone being dropped. I was hoping that design would die with the i4s.
Other than that, it looks nice, looks great on paper, and has potential. Have to wait for a commercial release review/benchmark for final decisions though. Definitely has the power to put LG back on the map if its done right.
16. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
also, since its a minimalist rounded rectangle with a centered screen, its apparently going to be liable for $30-40 a handset "protection money" to Apple lest they be sued as well.
27. TylerGrunter (Posts: 872; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)
I agree with all except with one thing: LG won't be liable for having a "rectagle with round corners, big bezels up and donw and metallic strips on the side" design.
52. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
that prior art defense didnt work for samsung. Just because thats an LG phone do u think that Apple wont try to extort them?? According to Apple, they probably think they invented LG.. heck, they probably have a paper napkin drawing of LG's head quarters patented just in case.
87. Hunt3rj2 (Posts: 396; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)
There's a pretty obvious plastic ring that sets the glass below the plastic, so on flat surfaces the glass doesn't touch the surface.
Should greatly help drop protection compared to GS3 and One X which have protruding glass.
18. Angkor (Posts: 108; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
It is look like iPhone rectangular and round edge, Apple is waiting until it hit the market and Apple will file lawsuits on LG with in-cell display technology is an Apple patent.
46. -box- (Posts: 3737; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
LG has a strong prior art defense though with its own original Prada, as well as successive devices since.
If apple sued all its hardware partners, I would hope they wouldn't renew their contracts with them, and soon no one would want to deal with them. "I'd love to take your money, but I won't because I'd later be sued to get it all - or more - back after you decided to bully the world courts into thinking you're original and special"
97. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
I gave this a thumbs up cuz Apple might really be that insane to try to sue LG...
I would LOVE to see that lawsuit tho....please Apple sue LG for their phone...please....
19. sadaff (Posts: 12; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)
I so badly wanna buy this but what matters to me is will LG support it properly because what they are doing with 2x and black etc. then having huge specs will be of no use then if the company will keep you outdated!!
33. u-suck-more (Posts: 529; Member since: 26 Aug 2011)
this is still better. every site u read, e S4 Pro is e top. even better Exynos 4. this phone is a S3 and iPhone killer