With LG finally unveiling its latest flagship this week, the G3 (left) and Samsung Galaxy S5 (right) are set to do battle across the globe, and – on paper – it’s a surprisingly interesting contest - not as one-sided as you might think.
Rumour has it Samsung is prepping a Galaxy S5 Prime almost in direct response to the LG G3, but we wonder: is it really necessary?
Let’s break this down in an old school way, spec by spec. Ready? Dance!
Neither the Samsung Galaxy S5 nor LG G3 is giving the aluminium HTC One M8 much to worry about here. The Samsung Galaxy S5 has a perforated rear (the gold model in particular was compared to a Band-Aid), while the LG G3 opts for a “brushed” faux metal effect.
In terms of dimensions, the LG G3 does a good job of squeezing a larger display into a body that’s not that much bigger than the Samsung Galaxy S5. In particular, it’s 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm vs. 142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm.
This is one of the most interesting aspects of the LG G3 vs. Samsung Galaxy S5 contest, as the former is the first big-name phone to come with a QHD (2560 x 1440) display, while the latter supposedly has one of the best smartphone displays of all time.
The LG G3 has 3.7 million pixels compared to the Samsung Galaxy S5’s 2 million, but stretched over the larger display (5.5in vs. 5.1in), the resulting PPI scores are 534 and 432 respectively.
Inevitably Display Mate’s Doc Soneira will cast his outrageously thorough eye on the LG G3 in due course.
Processor and RAM
Somewhat surprisingly, the LG G3 touched down with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 and 2GB of RAM, leaving spec fiends reeling after the rumour mill’s promise of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 and 3GB of RAM. But does the LG G3 even need either of those?
Well, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime is tipped to adopt – you guessed it – a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 and 3GB of RAM, so it might well punch the LG G3 into oblivion before it even gets started. Or punch it in the face, at least.
In the meantime, the Samsung Galaxy S5 matches the LG G3’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 and 2GB of RAM.
The LG G3 comes with a 3,000mAh battery, same as the LG G2, but this time it’s removable. Sweet. With the LG G2 being regarded as one of the best phones on the market – if not the best phone – for battery life, we’re sure the LG G3 won’t disappoint.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 ships with a removable 2,800mAh battery, and while it offers Ultra Power Saving Mode to squeeze a further 24 hours out of your last few percentiles of juice, we reckon everyday use will pale in comparison to the LG G3.
On paper (stress: paper), it’s a victory for the Samsung Galaxy S5 here, with a 16MP camera sounding slightly more impressive than the LG G3’s 13MP snapper.
However, it’s worth noting that the LG G3 rocks Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), in order to negate the shakes.
However (part 2), PhoneArena recently noted that the Samsung Galaxy S5’s Digital Stabilisation (DS) software enhancement is – in many cases – on par with the LG G2’s OIS.
However (part 3), the LG G3 has that intriguing laser focusing technology on the rear.
Both the LG G3 and Samsung Galaxy S5 can capture slow motion video, though the former does so at 1080p compared to 720p on the latter.
Other hardware features
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is water and dust-resistant, with a fingerprint scanner on the front, and heart rate monitor on the back.
Like the LG G2, the LG G3 opts to shove its buttons on the rear, leaving the sides lovely and smooth.
The LG G3 is the bee’s knees as far as Android smartphones go at the moment, but it doesn’t exactly crush the Samsung Galaxy S5.
Essentially, the LG G3 has a higher resolution, probably better battery life, and possibly a better rear camera, though the Samsung Galaxy S5 holds its own in terms of processor and RAM.
Other factors to consider include the LG G3’s size, which might be a tad too big for some, and of course we don’t know the G3’s price yet.
All of which gives credence to the notion of the super-specced Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime being released in limited quantities.