Jelly Bean is heading to the Samsung Galaxy S3 in various regions of the world right now. This is fab, but Google is purportedly bringing out the LG Nexus 4 on October 29 with an even newer Android version – Android 4.2. This may be called Key Lime Pie or stick with the Jelly Bean name depending on how major of an upgrade it is, and that’s all we really know about it.
Software aside, we actually do know a few things about the LG Nexus 4, though, thanks to some leaks. So how does this new phone stack up against best Android phone of the year, the Samsung Galaxy S3?
LG Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S3
The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a 4.8” Super AMOLED screen with a 1,280x720p resolution and Gorilla Glass. The LG Nexus 4 is believed to come with a 4.7” True IPS screen and the same resolution as the S3. This means that it’ll come down to whether you prefer IPS or AMOLED. Personally I prefer IPS as they are more realistic and easier to read in direct sunlight. AMOLED however do give intense blacks and vibrant colours, but direct sunlight may present a problem and some users dislike the hyper real colors. Popular IPS displays include those on the HTC One X and the iPhone 5. Winner: LG Nexus 4 (slightly)
Cameras, now. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has an 8MP rear camera, with LED flash, auto focus and 1,080p video. The 1.9MP front camera takes 720p video. The LG Nexus 4 is believed to have an 8MP rear camera with auto focus, LED flash and 1,080p video. Not much is known about the front camera so it is a draw again until we get some hands on time.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes in 16, 32 and 64GB versions, and can take up to 64GB of SD add-on. The LG Nexus 4 is thought to have 8GB and no SD card, although there’s whispers of a 16GB version. This makes the Samsung Galaxy S3 a clear winner.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 has ICS out of the box, but Jelly Bean IS on the way. The LG Nexus 4 will have Jelly Bean at least – it may even have Key Lime Pie. The Nexus 4 wins here.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a 1.4GHz Exynos quad-core chip, with 1GB of RAM. The LG Nexus 4 is thought to have a Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz quad-core chip with 2GB of RAM. The Nexus takes the prize here, with higher clock speed, more RAM and newer architecture.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a 2,100mAh battery, and as we have no info on the Nexus battery, we can’t draw any conclusions.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 has been criticized for looking plasticky, whereas the prototype LG Nexus 4 that we’ve seen looks very good despite not being finished yet. It’s got understated class and elegance, a bit like the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, so it wins here as well but this is a matter of personal preference.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 has been wearing the Android crown for a while, so when Google reveal the Nexus 4, it might usurp this Samsung giant if the early prototype is any hints as to what goodies we can expect. We don’t have too much longer to wait!