Comparison - Samsung Galaxy S3 vs LG Optimus 4X HD
By Jonathan Cheah
28 June 2012 – The Samsung Galaxy S3 or Samsung Galaxy SIII was announced in May 2012. The LG Optimus 4X HD was announced in February 2012. At one time, the LG Optimus 4X HD was known as the X3.
The LG Optimus 4X HD has yet to make it to market, but promises to give its competitors a run for their money with the Tegra 3 quad-core processor inside it.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 is obviously the successor to the very successful Galaxy S2, and we think that Samsung has made another super phone for the Android OS.
Both devices are Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) devices with the same 720 x 1280 pixel screen resolution, but the LG Optimus 4X HD has a slightly smaller screen (4.7 vs 4.8 inches) resulting in slightly better resolution. The main cameras of both these devices are 8-megapixel ones.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a giant 4.8-inch screen, with 720 x 1280 pixels. In addition to having better resolution, it displays on a Super AMOLED screen while its rival uses the IPS LCD screen.
It is also one of the first phones to start accepting 64GB microSD cards, so there is a lot of storage inside this device.
As we mentioned earlier, the cameras of both devices are 8-megapixel ones, and they both record 1920x1080 (1080p HD) video. However, the S3 has a better front-facing camera (2 vs 1.3-megapixels).
The LG Optimus 4X HD has a 4.7-inch IPS LCD screen, as opposed to the Super AMOLED screen on the rival device.
It has a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor inside, a little faster (on paper) than the 1.4 GHz quad-core processor of the Samsung Galaxy S3.
There is also a little more battery (2150 vs 2100 mAh) but it claims a lot less talk time (9.3 vs 22.5 hours), which indicates that power management is not that fantastic on the LG.
The 4X HD comes with 16GBs of storage, and also supports the larger 64GB microSD card
The Samsung Galaxy S3 retails for RM 2199 (this is the 16GB version), while the LG Optimus 4X HD is not yet in the market. We expect it to debut around the same price given the pretty similar specs. However, we also hear that it is about USD 33 more than the S3.
The LG has a slightly better processor on paper, but the Samsung has a slightly larger screen. I would say that cost would be a major factor in picking which of these two devices to go for. The cheaper of the two would obviously have the edge, given the similarities of the hardware involved.
Plus, the S3 is already selling well while the 4X HD appears to have not yet got its act together, with rumours and counter rumours of it being or not being available in different countries. That is hardly the proper way to market a highly-competitive product!
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Samsung Galaxy S III
3.5G HSDPA+ 21Mbps + WiFi 802.11 a/ b/g/n, Touchscreen candybar, 8.0 MP camera, 16/32 GB Memory + microSD (Up to 64GB), Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
The Samsung Galaxy S III is the successor of the Galaxy S II that runs on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) with Samsung nature-inspired TouchWiz UI. It has a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display with 720 x 1280 resolution pixels, 1.4GHz Exynos quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM.
There is an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash that is capable of recording 1080p full HD video at 30fps and take photos simultaneously. It is also a quad-band device and supports HSPA+ (21Mbps), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, energy efficient Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, GPS and GLONASS.
LG Optimus 4X HD
3.5G HSDPA 21Mbps + WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n + NFC + 4.7-inch Touchscreen slate + 8MP camera + 16GB Internal Storage + Android 4.0
The LG Optimus 4X HD comes with a 1.5GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor. The HD in its name refers to the 4.7-inch True HD IPS LCD screen that displays (1280 x 720) with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) onboard. The Tegra 3 processor features a 4+1 “Companion Core” design, with a fifth low power core designed to ‘handle simple tasks’ without draining the battery.
It is shaping up to be the successor to the Optimus 2X, which was one of the first few smartphones to sport a dual-core phone. The 4X HD also includes a 2150mAh battery, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. There is an 8-megapixel camera and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera.
LG has so far confirmed DLNA and MHL for the 4X HD, but there is no confirmation for HSPA yet.
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