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.