LG Optimus G Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S3

Vs Paul Briden 13:38, 7 Mar 2013

LG's Optimus G Pro takes on the Samsung Galaxy S3

Samsung’s Galaxy S3 has sat proudly at the top of the pile for a very long time now with sales at last count being around the 40 million mark. The phone sports a contoured body, a sizeable 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display and plenty of power from Samsung’s Exynos quad-core processor.

However, like a rival sibling, fellow Korean manufacturer LG wants in on the action and has introduced its own flagship in an attempt to steal away some of the Samsung faithful. The Optimus G Pro has a 5.5-inch display and a brand new Qualcomm quad-core chip.

Samsung Galaxy S3: Key specs and what’s hot

Samsung’s Exynos 4412 quad-core chip gives the Galaxy S3 all the power it needs to offer a slick navigation and UI experience and to run virtually any content you’d care to pull down from the Google Play app store. It’s clocked at 1.4GHz, is backed up by 1GB of RAM and comes paired with the quad-core Mali-400MP graphics processing unit (GPU).

Onboard storage is also strong, with options for 16GB or 32GB, while all variants come with microSD support for cards up to high-capacity 64GB. The 8-megapixel camera gives decent results with good image and video stabilisation, an LED flash, BSI sensor and 1080p video capture. A 2-megapixel front-facer is better-than-average for video calls too.


Android is the operating system of choice and is currently updated to version 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, which glides along at a rapid pace, features slick multitasking and introduces functionality such as Google Now for an enhanced search, notification and voice control experience. The Butter UI also helps touch responsiveness and fluidity for the interface.

The display, while no longer the beefiest on the block, still has plenty going for it. It’s a Super AMOLED 4.8-inch touchscreen with a 1280x720 pixel resolution at 306 pixels-per-inch (ppi), although, as a pentile display the effective pixel density is a little lower, resulting in some slight fuzziness in places, particularly for text.

LG Optimus G Pro: Key specs and what’s hot

The LG Optimus G Pro has a much larger touch display at 5.5-inches, but as well as an advantage in size it also delivers superior image quality. It’s an LCD IPS + screen with a 1920x1080 pixel Full HD resolution and a pixel density of 400ppi. Sharpness is incredible, but it’s also got fantastic colour and brightness.

The processor is also very high-end stuff. It’s the latest model from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 600 quad-core chip clocked at 1.7GHz with 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 320 GPU. This benchmarks considerably faster than Samsung’s Exynos and should also result in noticeably quicker performance for the user. It should also be able to handle more graphically intensive games and more demanding apps and content in the future.

Imaging hardware is another accomplished area with the Optimus G Pro sporting a 13-megapixel Sony sensor, LED flash, 1080p video capture and stabilisation. It promises to put out better photos than Samsung but is yet to be thoroughly tested.

LG’s handset has all the same advantages with Android 4.1 and also shares the higher-end onboard storage option of 32GB, along with microSD support for 64GB cards.

Direct Spec Comparison: Shootout

Device LG Optimus G Pro Samsung Galaxy S3
Dimensions 150.2mmx76.1mmx9.4mm 136.6.1x70.6x8.6mm, 133g
Display 5.5-inch IPS+ LCD,1920x1080 pixels,401ppi 4.8-inch Super AMOLED, 1280x720 pixels,306ppi
Camera 13-megapixel,LED flash,1080p video 8-megapixel,LED flash,1080p video
Storage 32GB,microSD up to 64GB 16GB/32GB,microSD up to 64GB
Processor, RAM, Graphics 1.7GHz Qualcomm 600 quad-core ,2GB RAM,Adreno 320 GPU 1.4GHz Exynos 4412,1GB RAM,Mali-400MP GPU
Operating System, Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
UI  LG UI TouchWiz
Connectivity microUSB,Bluetooth,NFC,Wi-Fi,Wi-Fi Direct,Wi-Fi Hotspot,DLNA,4G,GPS,MHL microUSB,Bluetooth,NFC,Wi-Fi,Wi-Fi Hotspot,Wi-Fi Direct,DLNA,4G variant available,MHL,GPS
Battery 3,100mAh 2,100mAh

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