|Newly launched LG G3|
With LG Electronics having launched its most anticipated smartphone and Samsung on the verge of unveiling the Samsung Galaxy Noted 4 in September this year, this is an apt time to juxtaposition the two gadgets.
The comparison is critical considering that the two devices will be among the most popular smartphones of 2014. The leaks have kept us guessing and most of the information on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is not officially verifiable, however for readers interested in buying the LG G3 or waiting for the release of Samsung Galaxy Note 4.
The the term G3 easily conjures a picture of a light automatic weapon; the legendary NATO battle rifle developed by the German armament manufacturer Heckler & Koc at the tail end of World War II. However, LG Electronics did not have the ravages of mortal combat in mind when it recently released the acclaimed G3 Smartphone.
Conversely, the electronics manufacturer says its aim was to make life simpler and smarter. The new gadget shoots—pictures—better than the G3 riffle. The speed demon boasts of 13MP OIS+ (Optical Image Stabilizer Plus) camera with a revolutionary Laser Auto Focus that can shoot stunningly sharp images in a fraction of the time required by conventional phone cameras.
But the G3 is not one trick pony, Josep Kim, the LG East Africa Managing Director says the G3 is the phone that will remind you to carry an umbrella for a rainy day and give you a part on your shoulder for accomplishing a scheduled task. As pundits await the release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, here’s a sneak preview of what we know.
The LG G3 has a 5.5 inches IPS LCD Display with a superior resolution of 1,440 x 2,560 pixels. Whereas the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is expected to come with a relatively bigger 5.7 inches display, with the same resolution as the LG G3. It is worth noting that, the predecessor Galaxy Note 3 featured only a 1,920 x 1,080 pixels resolution, and hence it is a huge improvement but still doesn’t match the LG G3.
Obviously the display will be a deciding factor for many, simply because of the sheer size and stunning resolutions we’ll be receiving. The LG G3 is the first smartphone to arrive in the U.S. with a 2560 x 1440 Quad HD display (some call it a 2k display) and it looks gorgeous. Samsung didn’t deliver it with the S5 like many expected, and instead all rumors are pointing to a new Galaxy F (Prime) and the Galaxy Note 4 to offer a Quad-HD display from Samsung.
Hardware, Software and Internal Storage
The LG G3 is powered by a quad-core Krait 400 (Qualcomm Snapdragon 801) processor, clocked at 2.5 GHz and it comes with a 2 GB of RAM (if opted for 16 GB of storage) and a 3 GB of RAM (If opted for 32 GB of storage). Also, the LG G3 comes with 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage with microSD card slot for expansion up to 128 GB.
The Galaxy Note 4, on the other hand, will reportedly be powered by either an octa-core processor on Exynos 64-bit chipset or a big.LITTLE 16-core processor on Exynos 64-bit chipset. The Note 4 will house a whopping 4 GB of RAM and up to 128 GB of internal storage.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will reportedly be running on the upcoming Android v4.5 Lollipop out-of-the-box, while the recently released LG G3 runs on the latest Android v4.4.2 KitKat OS.
Camera and Battery
The LG G3 comes with a 13 MP rear-facing camera with dual-LED (dual tone) flash and a 2.1 MP front-facing camera. The Galaxy Note 4, on the other hand, is expected to house a whopping 20.7 MP rear-facing camera and a 5 MP front-facing camera. Last year the previous version was one of the first Android devices with Optical Image Stabilization, and the new LG G3 continues that with OIS+ technology. The LG G3 comes equipped with a 13 megapixel OIS+ camera with a laser-auto focus similar to what we see on high end professional DSLR cameras.
In addition, the LG G3 can shoot 4K (3,840 x 2,160) videos. The killer camera features of LG G3 include 'Laser Autofocus Sensor' and 'Selfie' Mode. LG claims that the laser autofocus sensor functionality is very quick as it takes only 0.276 seconds to focus. Additionally, the camera also features simultaneous video and image recording and voice activation.
The LG G3 houses a solid user-replaceable 3000 mAh battery, whereas the Galaxy Note 4 is expected to house a relatively better 3600 mAh battery unit.
The design of the Galaxy Note 4 is largely up in the air. Most are assuming it will be similar to the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S5 in terms of overall design cues, but we’ll have to wait and see. Samsung’s been toying with metal on a Galaxy S5 Prime, so we could see an aluminum Galaxy Note 4. At the same time that likely won’t be the case if the device comes with a curved display as we mentioned above.
Samsung’s built a following using the same design on almost all devices, and we doubt it will be changing, even if the materials do. Expect a large 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 4 with a camera and flash in the middle, a dedicated home button that should house a fingerprint scanner for addition LG on the other hand, is pushing the boundaries and changing things up. Just like the LG G2 the G3 will be one of the smallest devices that offers such a large screen. The slim bezels around the 5.5-inch display make the device roughly the same size as the Galaxy S5. Meaning the screen is barely smaller than the Note 4 will offer, yet the devices physical size will likely be much smaller. Something many will consider when it comes to portability.
The next major design factor is the rear-facing buttons. The power and volume controls are around back, rather than the sides and nicely fit where an index finger rests for most users holding a device. It was popular with the G2, and is a feature many will enjoy once the LG G3 gets released.
LG G3 Specs
- 5.5-inch 2560 × 1440 Quad-HD display
- 2.5 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 801 with 2/3GB of RAM
- 13 Megapixel camera with OIS+, laser auto-focus, 2.1-megapixel front camera
- 16GB storage and microSD card slot with up to 128GB support (32GB model available)
- Android 4.4.2 KitKat
- 3,000 mAh battery with wireless charging
- WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, 4G LTE, FM Radio, IR Remote
- DLNA and Miracast support
- Metallic Black, Silk White, Gold Shine, Moon Violet, and Burgundy Red color options
- 146.3 x 74.6 x 9.1mm
Galaxy Note 4 Specs
- 5.7-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD display
- 2.5 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 805 with 3GB of RAM
- 16 Megapixel OIS camera, 2.1 front shooter
- 16GB storage and micro-SD slot with 128GB support
- Android 4.4.3 KitKat
- 3,500 mAh battery
- WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, 4G LTE, FM, IR Remote
- S-Pen stylus for content creation
- Fingerprint scanner for security
- Possible curved AMOLED display option
- Black & White color variants at launch