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

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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.

Display
Size
5.0 inches
5.2 inches
5.0 inches
Technology
Super AMOLED
IPS LCD
IPS LCD
Screen-to-body
71.91 %
76.28 %
63.84 %
Peak brightness
 
450 cd/m2 (nit)
 
Features
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Hardware
System chip
Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 8974
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974
Intel Atom Z2580
Processor
Quad-core, 1900 MHz, Krait 300
Quad-core, 2260 MHz, Krait 400
Dual-core, 2000 MHz, Saltwell
GPU
Adreno 320
Adreno 330
PowerVR SGX544MP2
RAM
2GB LPDDR3
2GB LPDDR3
2GB LPDDR2
Internal storage
64GB
32GB
8GB
OS
Android (5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.2, 4.3, 4.2.2)
Android (5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.2, 4.2.2)
Android (5.0 Lollipop, 4.4, 4.3)
Battery
Capacity
2600 mAh
3000 mAh
2110 mAh
Talk time
 
34.30 hours
the average is 8 h (480 min)
 
Stand-by time
 
34.2 days (821 hours)
the average is 14 days (336 h)
 
Talk time (3G)
17.00 hours
the average is 0 h (0 min)
21.30 hours
the average is 0 h (0 min)
 
Stand-by time (3G)
15.4 days (370 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)
34.4 days (826 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)
 
Stand-by time (4G)
13.3 days (320 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)
 
 
Music playback
62.00 hours
 
 
Video playback
11.00 hours
 
 
Camera
Rear
Single camera
Single camera
Single camera
Main camera
13 MP (Autofocus, CMOS image sensor, BSI sensor)
13 MP (Sapphire crystal lens cover, OIS, Autofocus, BSI sensor)
8 MP (Autofocus, BSI sensor)
Specifications
Aperture size: F2.2; Focal length: 31 mm; Sensor size: 1/3.06"; Pixel size: 1.14 μm
Aperture size: F2.4; Focal length: 29 mm; Sensor size: 1/3.06"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
Aperture size: F2.0
Video recording
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD)
Features
EIS
OIS
 
Front
2 MP
2.1 MP
2 MP
Video capture
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
 
Design
Dimensions
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)
5.83 x 2.87 x 0.41 inches (148.2 x 72.8 x 10.3 mm)
Weight
4.59 oz (130.0 g)
the average is 5.6 oz (161 g)
5.04 oz (143.0 g)
the average is 5.6 oz (161 g)
5.11 oz (145.0 g)
the average is 5.6 oz (161 g)
Materials
Back: Plastic
 
 
Features
Notification light
Notification light
 

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