LG Optimus G battery life is better than the Samsung Galaxy S III, claims an LG experiment

LG Optimus G battery life is better than the Samsung Galaxy S III, claims an LG experiment
Korea Herald reports that LG ran a series of battery life tests, pitting its newest Optimus G handset against the Android darling Samsung Galaxy S III. Both devices have 2,100 mAh battery packs, but LG claims the higher density of its unit and the improved chemistry allowed for better results.

The tests were presumable done on equal footing - 50% screen brightness, full battery charge, with both phones connected to LG's U+ network. The results are as follows - 15.8 consecutive hours of talk on the Optimus G, compared to 9.5 hours on the Galaxy S III. The official specs of both phones are 15 hours of talk time in 3G mode for the G, and 11.5 hours for the S III, though.

Optimus G also recorded and played videos for 3.8 hours and 7.9 hours, respectively, whereas the Galaxy S III managed 2.8 hours recording and 7.3 of video playback.

The reason for this frugality was demonstrated for reporters playing PSY's "Gangnam Style" video, and while playing a 1.8 GB video game - in both cases the Optimus G showed lower power consumption compared to the Galaxy S III. Overall, the test results, while not independent, aim to confirm that the Optimus G, despite all the power stuffed into it, is not going to be less frugal than Samsung's most popular Android handset, which has the same battery capacity.

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Optimus G
  • Display 4.7" 768 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(15h talk time)
Galaxy S III
  • Display 4.8" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(11.60h 3G talk time)

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33 Comments

2. maryaaadil

Posts: 146; Member since: Apr 07, 2012

Just one word AMOLED

6. Ohrules

Posts: 327; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

wait a second, why is the first comment marked as 2?

7. Seymur unregistered

first one just got deleted

17. GuiltyBystander

Posts: 199; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

It's a conspiracy!

18. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Your avatar makes me laugh.

15. addicted2088

Posts: 57; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

And I'd take a Super AMOLED with its deep blacks any day over LG's "True HD" display. The SAMOLED on the GNex with its all black design on the front is just stunning to look at :|

25. Jericho unregistered

Well Optimus G doesn't have TrueHD IPS display Thats a year old display. It has Super IPS+ Display get your facts right.

27. addicted2088

Posts: 57; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Okay, it's a TrueHD IPS+ display, but it still isn't going to have as deep blacks as an SAMOLED. Not saying the display is bad, but SAMOLED's blacks have spoiled me, LCD displays just can't match it no matter how good they might be. :(

28. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

The 3310 has the best blacks of all phones.

31. jan25

Posts: 470; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

i'am willing to trade deep blacks for a brighter and sharper screen. i also do a lot of browsing and reading, so LG's screen would be easier on the battery in that regard. i think it's a matter of taste though when you are choosing between the two.

34. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

ewwww amoled is so garbage with its dim and blueish tint......no way its better than this screen samsung fan boys

35. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

I'd take a full RGB anyday.. the S-LCD in my Desire S looks sharper than the SuperAMOLED in the One S.. Despite the same resolution..

23. addicted2088

Posts: 57; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Also, 28nm processor on the Optimus G vs 32nm on S3, so not sure how much this battery test means. But good to see the Optimus G having great battery life.

24. doejon

Posts: 411; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

wait, wait.. what about removable battery ;-)

3. wendygarett unregistered

I personally think is because of the type of battery... Optimus g is using li-polymer battery which is better than the traditional... Correct me if I'm wrong...

5. Seymur unregistered

you're wrong all the time.

11. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

and battery type shouldn't affect the aforementioned benchmarks. Battery type only matters in the long term use, and of course also in the weight.

14. wendygarett unregistered

Ok, thank you for the infomation :)

19. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Welcome, pleasure.

30. predator93

Posts: 122; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

4X HD uses Li po and it was the worst overall performer (among quadcores ) in battery tests conducted by gsmarena, but it has a good standby time( hence better endurance rating). In general Lithium polymer battery is good for light usage and lithium ion is good for heavy usage. http://www.gsmarena.com/quad_core_shootout-review-790p3.php

8. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

Nearly an excellent phone the only deparment that worries me about this phone is It's Software (terrible) for now.

9. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

and that is why I will get an LG NEXUS!

21. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

What about the Sony Nexus?

10. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

PA really is advertising LG. Not that it's bad. It's good especially since you mention that from time to time the article is sponsored by LG. I just hope PA gets the consumer's cries to LG directly: software. updates.

26. Jericho unregistered

Did i hear software updates? Why not buy The NEXUS 4?

12. haikallp

Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

In other news..'Samsung GS3 battery life is better than thr LG Optimus G, claims a Samsung experiment'

20. blahb

Posts: 48; Member since: May 16, 2012

In other news: "Samsung Galaxy S3 battery is removable", Yeah, I think I'll take that one also having removable storage...

13. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Both test "presumably" done at equal settings then its a good result for LG. However their boast is nothing to be overjoyed at as the s3 is on sale around 4 months now so they battery tech in it is at least 8 months old if you take the date the s3 was fully completed in design stages. If Samsung releases a new galaxy in 6 months time its quite easy to suggest that this should have better battery tech than the optimus being released right now

16. ilkinandr92

Posts: 50; Member since: Aug 07, 2012

LG has a batter battery management as it uses newer S4 28mn tech compared to 32mn by samsung all there is to it

22. kamejoko

Posts: 248; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

32nm with HKMG, 28nm with Sion/Poly. do you understand?.

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