LG: Our Optimus G lasts longer than the Samsung Galaxy S III. Really really longer. We promise…

Well, this is not something you see every day. LG’s conducted a battery life test, pegging its very own Optimus G (pictured below) against the Galaxy S III made by arch rival Samsung. That’s right, this is LG itself doing the testing, not some independent third-party. Obviously, that means some people will say that the results are skewed in favor of the LG phone – but LG went and did it anyway.

The point, naturally, was to ‘prove’ that the Optimus G lasts longer than the Galaxy S III. Both devices have the same capacity battery – 2,100 mAh. So since LG couldn’t differentiate its offering on capacity, it’s now trying to sell the idea that its batteries are somehow better than Samsung’s.

That’s probably not the case, by the way. Sure, there may be a slight difference in performance between the Galaxy S III’s Li-Ion battery and the Optimus G’s Li-Po unit, but it can’t be bigger than the difference in chipsets and processors used. For the Galaxy S III, Samsung uses its own Exynos CPU and chipset, whereas LG has fitted the Optimus G with a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 quad-core platform. Since these are very different bits of silicon, we fully expect that to account for the battery life variations that LG has spotted. Qualcomm has always made some of the most battery-friendly chipsets in the mobile world, and we have no reason to expect that this time the situation is any different.

The devices were tested in identical conditions, LG claims. The LG Optimus G lasted 7 hours and 52 minutes when continuously playing video in airplane mode, while the Samsung Galaxy S III lasted 7 hours and 15 minutes.

In the case of non-stop video recording, the Optimus G came ahead once again with 7 hours and one minute compared to the Galaxy S III’s 6 hours and 46 minutes (again this was done in airplane mode).

In terms of talk time, the LG won yet again (hardly a surprise, no?). It managed 15 hours and 51 minutes before running out of battery, while the Galaxy S III lasted only 9 hours and 39 minutes. It’s unclear whether this was done over 2G, 3G, or 4G networks.

Interestingly, LG did not publicize a battery life test regarding Web browsing – after all one of the most common use-cases for a smartphone nowdays. So we’ll just assume the Galaxy S III came first in that one, since otherwise there would have been no reason for LG not to disclose the results.

Samsung chose not to comment on these claims. LG’s trying its best to make some waves with the Optimus G. Think what you may about how it’s doing this, but remember – even Samsung thinks that the Optimus G will help LG’s smartphone division grow out of the dire situation it’s in right now.

Via The Korea Times and ET News

Author: Vlad Bobleanta

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  • samizad

    Brilliant 🙂

  • AJIT

    bit late but a brilliant move by LG

  • ugslick

    I’ve always like LGs design statement much mulore than Samsungs, and for a year now theyve been putting out top notch hardware.. couple that with npw improved software from LG (which was never really bad imo, but never amazing either, now it is on the amazing side with the 4X & G) ill be supporting this phone (honestly I like it better than the LG Nexus 4.)

  • badmikiev

    I’m confused at this.
    Is LG claiming their phone takes less energy to run, or that LG has a superior
    battery technology? Is LG saying that
    people with Samsung phones should get LG batteries? I propose that the batteries of the 2 test
    phones be switched and the test re-run.

  • http://twitter.com/gperezarguello Galaxy S4 by GPA
  • http://twitter.com/gperezarguello Galaxy S4 by GPA

    First you have to admit that the LG Optimus G was developed, produced and revealed while the Galaxy S3 went through it’s cycle, and borrows on newly available Qualcomm tech, the Snapdragon S4 Pro with Adreno 320 GPU, that Samsung didn’t have access to during it’s GS3 production.

    Samsung was not ready to introduce the newer Exynos 5 generation chips which save much power mainly because of these following reasons. There were mass production limitations due to the fact that they were already making as many Exynos 4 Quads for the S3 as possible for the international sector, followed by the Snapdragon S4 in the United States because of the lack of LTE support. So, the faster more efficient S4 Pro chipset went to LG, which came after.

    Next, most of us don’t know it but Samsung was actually trying to hold off while they perfected new recipes for RAM, NAND storage, and displays among other things which are now a reality. They wanted to provide an incredibly fast new structure based on new architecture that worked together and we didn’t even know it… What tech, what new structure?

    Let me explain… On the processor front, we will see various CPU and GPU combininations from Samsung. First, we have the 2.0Ghz Exynos 5250 Dual CPU coupled with T604 Mali GPUs. Then we also have an incredibly powerfull 2Ghz Exynos 5450 Quad CPU coupled with the more essential Mali T658 GPUs. Both these processors belong to the Exynos 5 Family and allow for faster memory output, higher resolution support, and increased efficiency.

    The problem is it would not benefit to use the older DDR2 structure in terms of full capability, so therefore the Exynos 5 woudn’t truly shine to it’s max potential…..Kind of like the Exynos 4 Quad coupled with an underwhelming Mali T400 (which was overclocked), if you know what I mean!!

    What happened next? On the RAM and NAND memory storage fronteir, Samsung has now pioneered new 2GB LPDDR3 RAM modules which are blazingly fast at 12.8GB/s (which is the exact speed that the Exynos 5 chipset can communicate at, btw!) and NAND storage devices up to 128GBs capable of 140MB/s when reading data and 50MB/s when writing. In the end this will incredibly boost the way the OS can collaborate with hardware and allow for maximum efficiency. LOL! Sorry LG, we will use this first thank you! So you see, it was a good idea that they allowed the use of Exynos 4’s in the GS3 to dominate the market the way it did even when it had an amazing battery life too. Don’t get me wrong, the GS3 is the best you can have right now. From now on, I promise you that Samsung will prove to be the best mobile platform to run any OS on, even iOS I bet lol. The amount of dedication towards chip manufacturing and development at Samsung shows no boundaries and they are well equipt to further venture into that territory, and every other, to show everyone that Samsung is truly innovating..

    What other way can Samsung innovate? Let’s not forget Samsung is now actively trying to replace the old file (FAT) system so that Android can now run better. A file system, F2FS, made by a phone manufacturer and electronics pioneer. Read about it. Innovative.

    Here are links for the processor, gpu, ram, nand flash, and f2fs….

    http://www.tweaktown.com/news/25899/samsung_throw_2gb_lpddr3_ram_128gb_for_mobile_devices_into_mass_production/index.html RAM AND NAND
    http://www.tweaktown.com/news/26118/samsung_s_new_file_system_f2fs_is_both_flash_friendly_and_open_source/index.html F2FS
    http://androidandme.com/2012/03/news/a-closer-look-at-samsungs-killer-2-ghz-exynos-5250/ PROCESSOR AND GPU
    http://androidandme.com/2012/02/news/samsung-demos-quad-core-exynos-processors-we-drool/ MORE ABOUT THE EXYNOS 5450 AND Mali T658 GPU

  • http://twitter.com/gperezarguello Galaxy S4 by GPA

    They wont fit each other. They are designed differently to fit their respective cases….

  • TrackSmart

    The funny thing is that the differences highlighted for video playback and video recording battery life are trivial. LG: “Our phone can record video for 16 minutes longer than our competitor’s phone.”

    Why not brag about the faster CPU and GPU? Or the premium build materials? Those are things people might find compelling. At least until the next faster phone gets released (probably exactly 30 days later, in time for the holiday shopping season).