Reports have been surfacing that LG will be the next to release a Nexus handset. Thus the LG Optimus G has been in the limelight as it is thought that this handset will be released in the form of the LG Nexus.
The Optimus G comes packed with some of the finest hardware to be found in the world of smartphones. However despite this fact LG have as yet been unable to generate the sales that Samsung have enjoyed with their Galaxy S3. At the moment the Samsung Galaxy S3 remains on top as the bestselling Android phone and will be the biggest rival to the Optimus G when it hits stores. So how do they stand up against each other on paper?
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs LG Optimus G
The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with ICS Android 4.0, but will get the update to Jelly Bean, soon. The S3 is packed with very powerful software out of the box and it should receive updates for some time to come.
The LG Optimus G has ICS and rumour has it the updated Nexus version will come with Android 4.2. It is thought that the original LG Optimus G will also get the Android 4.2 update later.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 is well known for having excellent performance all-round and comes with a great processor in the form of the Snapdragon S4 dual core at 1.5GHz (US model). The S3 has 2GB of RAM and so has no trouble multi-tasking. It comes with a choice of 16GB or 32GB and up to 64GB external storage via SD card. Samsung say the battery on the device will give up to 12 hours of talk time.
The LG Optimus G comes with the Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 quad core at 1.5GHz and has 2GB of RAM built in. The Optimus G can be expanded up to 64GB and should provide around 12 hours of talk time thanks to it having the same 2100mAh battery of the Samsung Galaxy S3. The winner here however has to be the Optimus G, thanks to the more updated processor.
The screen of the Samsung Galaxy S3 is 4.8 inches, which is larger than most other handsets on the market, including the new iPhone 5. It has a resolution of 1280 x 720 with 306ppi. This gives it one of the best screens on any phone on the market at the moment. The LG Optimus G has a display of 4.7 inches, slightly smaller than the S3; it has 318 ppi and is 1280 x 768. With a higher ppi and resolution versus as slightly bigger display, this is a draw.
Design: Both the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the LG Optimus G have refreshing designs. However unlike the S3 which was criticized for its glossy plastic looks when it launched, the LG uses a nice mix of glass for the rear and metal. It certainly looks and feels more of a premium smartphone than the S3.
Camera: The LG Optimus G packs a 13-megapixel camera which trumps the 8MP shooter on the rear of the Samsung Galaxy S3. So the LG takes the cake here.
While the LG Optimus G appears to have the right set of specs to take on the Samsung Galaxy S3, in the end it will come down to a popularity contest because both smartphones have class leading hardware. I would like to think that the Optimus G will perform as well as the Samsung Galaxy S3 in terms of sales but it is highly unlikely… the LG Nexus however is a different story and if the Korean company plays its cards right, it may be able to use the Nexus name to build more trust behind its products.