LG Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs Samsung Galaxy S III specs comparison

LG Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs Samsung Galaxy S III specs comparison
Google just announced what might turn out to be the worst-kept Android secret - this year's green robot flagship, the LG Nexus 4. It is certainly a device to be reckoned, with the quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, and the large in-cell touch display.

How much of an upgrade is it, compared to last year's Android poster child, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus? And how does it stack up against the most popular Android high-end now, the Galaxy S III?

Have a look at our specs comparison chart below, and tell us whether the LG Nexus 4 is all you hoped for, or whether you think Google has cut some corners to fit into the price point of device that will spread the Android fire fastest amongst fans with its latest Android 4.2 version, and timely updates.

LG Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs Samsung Galaxy S III specs comparison


Device typeSmart phoneSmart phoneSmart phone
OSAndroid (4.2)Android (4.1.2, 4.1, 4.0.4, 4.0.1, 4.0)Android (4.1.1, 4.0.4) TouchWiz UX UI
Form factorCandybarCandybarCandybar
Dimensions5.27 x 2.70 x 0.36 (133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm)5.33 x 2.67 x 0.35 (135.5 x 67.94 x 8.94 mm)5.38 x 2.78 x 0.34 (136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm)
Weight4.90 oz (139 g)
the average is 4.1 oz (117 g)
4.76 oz (135 g)
the average is 4.1 oz (117 g)
4.69 oz (133 g)
the average is 4.1 oz (117 g)
Side Keys Left: Volume control Right: Lock/Unlock keyLeft: Volume control Right: Lock/Unlock key
Colors White, GrayBlack, Brown, Pink, Blue, Red, White, Gray

Physical size4.7 inches4.65 inches4.80 inches
Resolution768 x 1280 pixels720 x 1280 pixels720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density
318 ppi316 ppi306 ppi
Colors16 777 21616 777 21616 777 216
TouchscreenCapacitive, Multi-touchCapacitive, Multi-touchCapacitive, Multi-touch
FeaturesLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glassLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glassLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass

Talk time 17.66 hours
the average is 8 h (501 min)
22.50 hours
the average is 8 h (501 min)
Stand-by time 12.1 days (290 hours)
the average is 19 days (457 h)
34.6 days (830 hours)
the average is 19 days (457 h)
Talk time (3G) 8.33 hours
the average is 7 h (432 min)
11.60 hours
the average is 7 h (432 min)
Stand-by time (3G) 11.2 days (270 hours)
the average is 20 days (483 h)
32.1 days (770 hours)
the average is 20 days (483 h)
Capacity2100 mAh1750 mAh2100 mAh
TypeLi - PolymerLi - IonLi - Ion

System chip
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 ProTI OMAP4460Samsung Exynos 4 (4412)
Quad core, 1500 MHz, KraitDual core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9Quad core, 1400 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9
Graphics processorAdreno 320PowerVR SGX540ARM Mali-400/MP4
System memory
2048 MB RAM1024 MB RAM / DDR21024 MB RAM (Dual-channel) / LPDDR2
Built-in storage8 GB32 GB32 GB
Storage expansion  microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC up to 64 GB

Camera8 megapixels, Immobile5 megapixels, Immobile8 megapixels, Immobile
Aperture size F2.8F2.6
FeaturesAuto focus, Face detection, Smile detection, Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets, Burst mode, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, Panorama, Scenes, Effects, Voice activationAuto focus, White balance presets, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, PanoramaBack-illuminated sensor (BSI), CMOS image sensor, Auto focus, Face detection, Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets, Burst mode, Geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Panorama, Scenes, Effects, Self-timer
Camcorder1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)
Recording format MPEG4 
FeaturesVideo callingVideo callingVideo calling, Digital image stabilization
Front-facing camera1.3 megapixels1.3 megapixels1.9 megapixels

Wi-Fi802.11 b, g, n802.11 a, b, g, n802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz
Mobile hotspotYesYesYes
Wi-Fi DirectYes Yes
USBUSB 2.0USB 2.0USB 2.0
FeaturesMass storage device, USB Host, USB chargingUSB chargingUSB Host, USB charging
Headphones connector3.5mm3.5mm3.5mm
HDMIvia microUSBvia microUSBvia microUSB
Charging connectormicroUSBmicroUSBmicroUSB
OtherNFC, DLNA, MHL, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA syncNFC, MHL, Computer sync, OTA syncNFC, DLNA, MHL, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync

FCC approval
Date approved07 Sep 201207 Oct 2011 

FCC ID value: ZNFE960linkFCC ID value: A3LGTI9250link 
FCC measured SAR
Head0.55 W/kg0.43 W/kg 
Body1.27 W/kg0.74 W/kg 
Product Specific Use1.27 W/kg  
Simultaneous Transmission1.50 W/kg  

Officially announced29 Oct 201219 Oct 201103 May 2012
Scheduled release
13 Nov 2012 (Official)  

AccessoriesUSB sync/charge cable, AC Adapter and cable, SIM ejection tool, Safety and Warranty information, Quick start guide 
MSRP price$ 299



1. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

If I would had to choose between those three, I would choice LG Nexus 4.

9. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

My Samsung Galaxy Nexus is starting to look like an old dog. Time to upgrade! What should I get? Should I get the LG Nexus 4 or the Samsung Galaxy Note II? Why does this have to be such a HARD choice? lol +1

12. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

I think the choice is very simple.The Nexus is the right choice at least for me. The Nexus is superior to the note in every way, but storage.

13. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

OK to say the LG Nexus 4 is superior to the Samsung Galaxy Note II is a little bit far fetched. I am by no ways knocking the Nexus 4, but the Note II is VERY awesome phone. The Note II has a VERY respectable quad-core Exynos 4. Sure the Qualcomm quad-core S4 Pro is the best in the world but the Exynos 4 is right up there also. It's not like the S4 Pro wipes the floor with the Exynos 4. Also the screen size is just impressive on the Note II. Sure the Nexus 4 has a higher ppi but that is because the Nexus 4 is only a 4.7" screen as compared to the 5.5" beast on the Note II. Both are 720p HD screens. The two places the Nexus 4 can't compare to the Note II is in battery & storage. The Note II has a 3100mAh battery compared to the Nexus 4 2100mAh battery. Also the Nexus has a sub-par 16GB of memory. The Note II has 16GB also but it can accept a 64GB MicroSD card. So far the Note II can do everything the Nexus 4 can with out a hitch. I know it won't get the same updates like the Nexus 4 will but I always root, meaning my Note II will always be current, just like the Nexus 4 will. Now things the Nexus 4 will never do is basically everything the Note II can with it's S-Pen. That means the Note II will be able to do things that will be impossible on the Nexus 4. Now imagine what the developer community will come up with, when it comes to the awesome S-Pen. So to sum it up the Nexus 4 is an epic phone, but the Note II is just as epic, if not more. It truely is a modern marvel. Things are possible on that phone & no where else, even on the epic Nexus 4.

15. richardyarrell2011

Posts: 510; Member since: Mar 16, 2011

The Lg Nexus 4 will NEVER COMPARE to the Galaxy Note 2. Note 2 is on a whole entirely different level than any other device on the market.

14. richardyarrell2011

Posts: 510; Member since: Mar 16, 2011

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 pimp slaps all devices on the market period. There is no other comparison...

21. madesina

Posts: 24; Member since: Oct 05, 2008

The Note 2 is just a really stupid phone. It's too big to be "handy", and the hole stylus craze, just makes no sense to me. I imagine people use their stylus to... hmmm.. actually no, i can't imagine what people use their stylus for? (to open menu, browse a folder without looking inside it? lol wow, that's pointless). I'm being sarcy, but @richardyarrell2011 I would love to hear what you use the stylus for on a day to day basis? I use the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and I love it, bar: 1) Camera 2) Capacity 3) Build quality 4) Battery life Does the LG address these things? 1) yeah, kinda. 2) nope 3) yeah, kinda. 4) yeah. I'm not excited, i really wish i were...

36. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Simple. Note II is too big for some hands.. so preferably I would choose a Nexus 4. Being a Google device, it gets the latest Updates first, most of the time. And 4.7 inch screen is big enough. a 5+ inch screen is too big for some hands. Also, 8GB is very big. big enough for average users but Geeks who love to download a whole load of apps and 1080p videos would like at least 16GB.

2. ilia1986 unregistered

Eh - only my phone (SGS3) has 5GHz WiFi. This may sound insignificant - but compared to my previous iPhone 4 (YUCK), I'm having much much much higher speeds. :D

3. Asasindude26

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 25, 2012

Still stik'n with my Gnex for at least another year !! OH and BTW- since when does the Gnex have scratch-resistent glass ?? :D

4. Kjayhawk

Posts: 294; Member since: Oct 07, 2010

same here... I really like the phone and the only real problem i have had with it is the processor is a bit on the low side for dual core but not really that bad still a great processor. The other low side is the terrible battery life. But with the extended battery it works fine but with the 3500 mah it provides me plenty of use!!!

5. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 2012

I cant stand the on screen keys... there is so much room on the bottom of the phone for actual keys (physical or capacitive i dont care), such a waste of what has become valuable screen real-estate these days! My only other gripe, well, my existing gripe at least, NO EXPANDABLE MEMORY... even 32GB is becoming a joke these days, add that to the rising costs of carrier bandwidth...

6. jamrockjones

Posts: 345; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

LG Nexus 4, I'm glad IPS is brought in to the Nexus line up of phones!

7. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

Hmmm, have to give it some credit , Samsung GALAXY Nexus still running with the big boys...

8. Renk81

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Has anyone else noted that these specs are off? the S3 I thought had only a dual-core and 2048RAM according to phoen arena, anyway.

10. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 584; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

That's the international version in the comparison the u.s variant has 2gb ram and a dual core for LTE . smarter choice wouldve been for the u.s to offer both variants its stupid to only offer one.

11. bartkrol

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

This comparison omits the fact that the S3 has true 4G (LTE) while the other two do not.

33. mrmessma

Posts: 271; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Agreed, I wish they'd have compared these to the Galaxy Nexus from Verizon with LTE.

16. maryaaadil

Posts: 146; Member since: Apr 07, 2012

S3 is better cause of Touchwiz Stock android is good But i can get it on my S3 by a Custom ROM Camera is better But still s4 pro..............

20. madesina

Posts: 24; Member since: Oct 05, 2008

TouchWiz is ugly! I have the Google Nexus, and looking at the LG Nexus 4, there's not really much that has be excited.. to be honest, I think the best thing you could do is to custom ROM the S3 and have the pure Google Experience on it.. I don't really care about quad-core, because my Samsung Google Nexus is super quick already.. the slight speed improvement is welcome, but not going to make me rush out to buy it... I really wish Google had allowed every manufacturer to create a Nexus device.. And the 16gb memory limitation is SO ANNOYING!! ... I don't know phone to get next now...

30. maryaaadil

Posts: 146; Member since: Apr 07, 2012

Running CM10 I was just talking about options. I like some elements of Touchwiz that i miss in stock. Try Motto droid maxx

17. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

you couldn't actually compare nexus 4 with galaxy nexus and s3 coz i think nexus 4's target is mid range consumers! google and LG makes me laugh via annoyance when they announce that it will have 8GB version but no memory card slot!! and no LTE better buy s3 (quad core, but dual core in US) or galaxy s3 mini (coz no LTE) with almost same specs! or better yet, the LG optimus g with same s4 pro but more internals! and LTE

18. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

How is the Nexus 4 mid-range? The only thing mid-range about it is the price, but it brings high-end specs to the table. Why is everyone getting so butthurt about LTE not being available on the international version? It's not like this hasn't been done before, if you want LTE so bad then wait for a carrier version to come out enabled with LTE. Memory is a subject based on opinion and personal use; you may use more than 16 GB of storage, but a great deal of consumers do not. I get how the Galaxy S3 (international) could have similar specs to the Nexus 4, but the mini? No, not even close. The main reason not to get the Optimus G over the Nexus 4: it's not a Nexus. LG's Optimus UI is terrible (in my opinion) and they are known for horrid update schedules. Yes, you could root, but I would rather have a phone that comes with stock Android and guaranteed updates out of the box rather than have to give up my warranty for it.

19. weedl

Posts: 50; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

no micro sd _| ̄|○

22. regkilla

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

This chart is wrong in 1 part- Wi-Fi Direct. My Samsung Galaxy Nexus does have Wi-Fi Direct feature.

23. bbdol

Posts: 19; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

What do people see int the Nexus 4, seriously? The Galaxy Nexus is a much better designed phone and SAMOLED screens have less eye strain. Other than incremental hardware changes the LG Nexus 4 is a downgrade.

24. darkdroid

Posts: 44; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

agree with the amoled screens thing ...they are just awesome..as far as the hardware goes it has pretty decent specs

25. regkilla

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 13, 2012


28. bigstrudel

Posts: 584; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

I hate Amoled screens. All I do is web browse on my phone and having off-white/blue/green or whatever the AMOLED "white" is when everything on the internet is white is a total deal breaker.

37. ajnxs4androd

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Agreed. Super Amoled Have amazing blacks but the whites are just not their thing. The Whites on the Nexus 4 are absolute whites so it's amazing for Web browsing. Also it's coupled with the S4 Pro Quad core processor and 2 GB Ram Along with Adreno 320 GPU which make this an F1 Car and renders others as mere city cars. :)

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