Putting an end to all the rumors and wild speculations, Samsung unwrapped its Galaxy S3 officially in London May 3.
The successor to Galaxy S2 has come with impressive features. While the tech enthusiasts of the industry are really excited about the new smartphone, there are many others who are somewhat disappointed with the Galaxy S3's features and specs. Many reports claim that the industry expert are not so satisfied with the design and build of the device. They had expected better specifications and features.
Many tech experts believe that at least 2GB RAM should have been there in the quad-core processor to make the functionality of the phone commendable. Galaxy S3 comes with a 1GB RAM to support its quad-core processor, but the phone do come with new innovation S software features which are based on the concept of Human Interaction.
Meanwhile, the media world is doing comparison of Samsung Galaxy S3 with all other smartphones in the market, which include HTC One X and the much-anticipated Apple's sixth generation - iPhone 5. However, the heavyweight has one more competitor - an unexpected one - which also was launched May 3. Yes, the talk is about the freshest smartphone offering from the third major Korean electronics manufacturer -- LG Optimus LTE 2.
LG Optimums LTE 2 is an Android OS-powered handset, which has got all the high-end specifications and an up-to-date hardware under the hood to outmuscle the sales figures of Samsung Galaxy S3. The device comes with an impressive 2 GB of RAM and a gigantic 2,150 mAh battery. According to the company, the new phone will have a 40 percent longer life than any other smartphones available in the market.
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But there is one big problem - LG's past records in the phone market. According to Massachusetts-based research company IDC Corp, LG's handset shipments dropped 25 percent to 88.1 million units in 2011, lagging behind Apple by the 93.2 million units.
Meanwhile, Nokia shipped the largest number of phones, followed by Samsung Electronics. On this, expert believe that LG missed its estimates, as the smartphones which got launched by the company in the past have not been able to meet the consumers' need on the basis of performance and availability.
Also, in a market which is dominated by major smartphone manufacturers like Apple, Samsung, HTC and Nokia, it may not be the first choice of the buyers to go for an LG smartphone.
However, according to a recent Bloomberg report, which was based on the analysis of renowned stock advisory company Mirae Asset Securities, LG is counting on devices running on faster networks using long-term evolution, or LTE, technology to revive phone sales. Further, increased adoption of the technology would bode well for LG, for their newly introduced range of LTE devices.
LG introduced its successor to the LG Optimus LTE, hence this phone can prove itself to be a major game changer and turn the waves of the current Smartphone Ocean towards the company. Further, industry insiders believe that even improving the performance in updating the operating system of its smartphones (as complained by the consumer in the past) can also help the company escalate its market share figures in the future.
Well, right now let's concentrate on the specs and features of the LG Optimus LTE 2 and compare it with the characteristics of Samsung Galaxy S3 and see how well both the smartphones stack up against each other.
Samsung Galaxy S3 vs LG Optimus LTE 2 - Spec Analysis
LG Optimus LTE 2 will be sporting a True HD IPS display with likely 1280 X 720 pixels of resolution. The company has not revealed the screen size of the device.
On the other end, Galaxy S3 features a huge 4.8-inch Super AMOLED Plus 720p HD display (720 x 1,280 pixels) with a 306ppi pixel density and the phone also has the protection of Corning's Gorilla Glass 2 and includes the latest Eye Tracking technology.
According to GSM Arena reports, the main difference between the duo is that Galaxy S3's display is a PenTile RGBG layout whereas the Optimus LTE 2 will have a standard RGBG subpixel layout, which experts assume could outdo the display of the Galaxy S3.
However, Samsung has brought some really smart features on Galaxy S3, including Smart Voice, Direct Call etc., which might prove the device to be a winner in the market.
Processor and RAM
The processor for LG has yet not been confirmed but it is likely to feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core, just like HTC One X US Version. However, as informed earlier, it will be the first smartphone to come out with a huge 2GB of RAM, something that tech maniacs had expected in Galaxy S3.
In comparison, Samsung Galaxy has only 1GB RAM, but the phone is powered by a 1.4GHz Coretex-A9 quad-core CPU and Exynos 4212 quad chipset. Further, as a USP, Galaxy S3 includes Mali 400 MP GPU which offers complete graphics acceleration and adds to the battery life.
Samsung Galaxy S3 will run on the latest Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, topped with TouchWiz UI 4.0, a commendable and better performance than its predecessor.
On the other hand, LG Optimus LTE 2 is powered by Android's latest 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and it will flaunt an overhauled user interface.
Samsung Galaxy S3 has an 8 megapixel sensor camera accompanied with autofocus and LED Flash. It will also be capable of capturing 1080p video at 30fps and will let the consumer capture still images while recording a video. The S3 would also support geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection and image stabilization. The handset will come backed by a 1.9 megapixel front-facing HD camera for video chatting and 720p video capture.
LG has not released the actual megapixel specification of its handset. But it has mentioned that the camera of the device will come with an advanced voice recognition technology. It will let users snap images faster and quickly with 5 burst mode feature and the handset will have a face unlocking feature, which would be one of the trending capabilities of the new smartphone.
LG Optimus LTE 2's name itself suggests that it is a 4G LTE handset. The advanced wireless network technology is the main attraction of the latest smartphones.
On the other hand, Galaxy S3 4G LTE support includes LTE 700 network band, alongside 3G bands HSDPA 850/900/1900 and 2100 MHz bands, depending on the regional availability. The handset will also support Wi-Fi capabilities alongside Bluetooth connectivity.
In terms of memory, Galaxy S3 will feature 16GB, 32GB and 64GB internal memory and also a microSD card slot which supports 64GB cards so that the highest variant would constitute to a total of 128GB. The device boasts a curvy and ultra-slim body (136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm) and weighs around 133 grams.
As far as LG Optimus LTE 2 is concerned, the variants of the phone are not revealed by the company as yet. However, the phone will offer a microSD card slot for memory expansion up to 32GB.
The Optimus LTE2 will come loaded with a gigantic 2150 mAh battery. The company has not commented on the actual hours of the battery life of the phone. However, it can be surely estimated that the battery life would be definitely better than the Samsung Galaxy S3's 2100 mAh battery, especially with stronger processor and less RAM. However, S3's battery is replaceable.
Both the smartphones would support the technology of wireless charging. The inductive wireless charging technology will juice up the battery of both the phones, without the use of cables or plugs. By utilizing a charging dock, the S3 and LTE 2would be charged, as well as both the phones would be able to share, sync or take back up of the data by the technology at the same time.
Price And Release Date
LG Optimus LTE 2 is due for release in Korea in mid-May through SK Telecom (SKT), Korea Telecom (KT), LG U+ wireless carriers while there is no word on the price of the handset.
Galaxy S3 would be available in black and white colors and will go on sale in May in Europe. However, the pricing has not been revealed by Samsung. Recent reports by Clove mentioned that the phone's 16GB version will be available at a cost of £550.
It would be logical to note that Galaxy S3 was already anticipated and was much expected that it would be an impressive device, but LG Optimus LTE 2 came out as a surprise package which might raise few eyebrows in the tech world.
What do you think - will LG regain its lost status in the smartphone world with Optimus LTE 2? Will the new samrtphone beat Samsung Galaxy S3?