Samsung Galaxy S III VS LG Optimus 4X HD

Samsung Galaxy S III VS LG Optimus 4X HD

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There are two new high end devices that will redefine the mobile phone industry. Samsung is a leading company when it comes to mobile phones with its flagship device, the Galaxy S. The Galaxy line of phone has already reached is third model, the already released and unveiled the Galaxy S III. LG will also release its high end latest Optimus model very soon, the 4X HD. These two devices feature innovative quad core microprocessors which make them very high end devices. Let us take a look and compare these two devices and come up with a definitive winner.

There are many ways to compare mobile phones, but to be conclusive, let us use appearance and technical specs as basis for our verdict.

1. Form

The Galaxy S III’s dimensions are 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6mm, and 133g in weight, and it features a curvy design. Samsung also said that pebbles were its inspiration in developing the design for this device. Overall it looks good but the build quality is the issue here as it is made from poor quality plastic only and is quite a disappointment.

The Optimus 4X HD on the other hand is 8.9mm thick and its other dimensions are yet to be announced. Capacitive controls are present on the phone’s front side, and the design is slick and has a solid build quality. The edges are rounded with great handset proportions, and the design has been kept minimalist so there is no obvious visual clutter.

The winner for form factor is clearly the Optimus due to its solid design. Galaxy S IIIs poor quality plastic design is quite disappointing really.

2. Display

The Galaxy S III has a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD capacitive display having 1280×720 pixel screen resolution, having pixel density of 306 PPI. It also features Corning Gorilla Glass for some added durability.

The Optimus 4X HD has a smaller 4.7 inch HD-IPS LCD capacitive multi-touch screen with a 1280 x 720 pixel resolution too but with a better 312 PPI pixel density. Sharp pictures and decent brightness are features of its screen. Both devices should show crisp visual quality and excellent contrast. Deep blacks and solid colors can be expected. But LG announced that it concentrated on maximizing screen space and aspect ratio for those E-Book reading activities.

Between these two there should be very little difference in picture clarity but screen durability goes to the Galaxy since it employs a Gorilla glass design, but for picture quality and clarity, this round is a draw.

3. Storage

The Galaxy S III offers more variety of memory, having 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB as options for memory with all of those having 1 GB of RAM with SD card slot that can handle up to 64GB for more memory options.

The Optimus 4X HD has a single internal storage model at 16GB with 1GB of RAM too and a micro SD support for cards up to 32GB.

So clearly the Galaxy S III is the winner for the memory battle. It has more options and twice the maximum SD card capacity of the Optimus 4X HD.

4. Processor

The Galaxy S III is Samsung’s first quad core smart-phone, each having a clock speed of 1.4GHz and paired with a Mali-400MP graphics processing unit (GPU). As tests show, the speed of the S III is pretty fast.

LG’s Optimus 4X HD also runs a quad core having 1.5GHz clock speed on Nvidia’s Tegra 3 chipset with a Geforce ULP GPU. Benchmarks also show that the Optimus is pretty fast.

Again, both devices earn a draw for this one.

5. Operating System

Both handsets run the most up-to-date version of Google’s Android operating system, version 4.0 or the Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), which has a lot of benefits over its predecessors. The ICS offers more speed and phone stability.

So again, this is a draw for both devices.

6. Camera

Both devices have a similar camera as both features an 8-megapixel camera with back-illuminated sensor (BSI) with a 3264 x 2448 pixel resolution. Other features for both devices’ cameras include an LED flash, geo-tagging, auto-focus, touch focus, face and smile detection and image stabilisation.

But the Galaxy S III has additional features like video stabilisation, exposure control, white balance, ISO control, panoramic mode and HDR. There’s the ability to capture multiple pictures per second using a rapid multi-shot mode which also has a “best shot” picker ability. The Galaxy S III also boasts simultaneous still image and 1080p HD video capture.

Both handsets have secondary cameras too for those video calls. The LG Optimus 4X HD has a 1.3-megapixel front-facing secondary camera while the Samsung Galaxy S III’s 2-megapixel secondary cam can capture video in 720p which is obviously better.

The Galaxy wins this one over the Optimus for those extra added features and better secondary camera.

Final Thoughts

Overall, Samsung Galaxy S III is an overall winner over the LG Optimus 4X HD in terms of features. But the disappointing part for the Galaxy is its poor physical build. If you can do without the solid strong design, then go for the Galaxy S III as it can offer a better camera, storage capabilities, and more durable Gorilla glass screen design.


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