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LG G2 vs. Samsung Galaxy S4 Specs Comparison : Which Korean Company Won the 2013 Flagship Smartphone Specs Battle?

"Which smartphone is better, LG G2 or Samsung Galaxy S4? Which of the two Korean electronics giants came up with the better flagship smartphone in 2013?" These are two questions that I've been asked most often by my readers - especially those who are into Android smartphones - in the past few months.

LG G2 vs. Samsung Galaxy S4

Launched in the Philippines on April 26, 2013 with SRP of Php 30,990, Samsung Galaxy S4 GT i9505 runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system with a Quad-core 1.9 GHz Krait 300 CPU and Adreno 320 GPU based Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600 chipset and handles multi-tasking with 2GB of RAM. Users get 32GB of internal storage, which they can expand further via the phone's microSD card slot supporting up to 64GB. On the outside, the 7.6-mm-thin SGS4 flaunts a massive 4.99-inch HD Super AMOLED display, 13 MegaPixels autofocus camera with LED flash and BSI sensor, Full HD 1080p 30fps video recorder, and a 2 MegaPixels front cam. As for connectivity, the smartphone supports WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G, HSPA, and 4G LTE.

LG G2 vs. Samsung Galaxy S4

Donning an official price tag of just Php 27,490, LG G2 was formally introduced in the Philippines on September 13, 2013. LG G2 was created to be the Korean company's answer to Samsung Galaxy S4 (Note that the LG G Pro is the line goes head to head with Samsung's Note series.). The flagship handset sports a 5.2-inch Full HD IPS display, a 13 MegaPixel autofocus camera with LED flash, BSI sensor and Optical Image Stabilization that compensates for hand movements while taking photos or recording videos resulting in clearer shots and less shaky clips, a 2.1MP front cam, and Full HD 1080p 60fps video recorder supporting slow motion videos. The LTE capable handset runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system (skinned by LG's very own UX user interface) with its Quad Core 2.26 GHz Krait 400 CPU Adreno 330 GPU based Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 chipset.

Now, going back to those questions: "Better" is often a subjective word -- in the same way that what's "good" for some maybe "bad" for others. But here in TechPinas, we stick to facts in determining which devices stand-out in their categories. And when we are talking about Android smartphones, we always refer to the verified and confirmed TechPinas Specs Comparison Table to see which handset is ahead of its competition - at least, in terms of hardware and technical specifications.

TP Friends, here's the face-off, side-by-side key technical specifications comparison sheet that I made for Samsung Galaxy S4 and LG G2. I hope you can take time to really study it so you can have a better opinion about my verdict.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Samsung Galaxy S4LG G2
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)
Price Category High End (Flagship Level) High-End (Flagship Level)
Dimensions136.6 x 69 x 7.9 mm138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm
Weight 130 grams143 grams
Available Colors White Frost, Black MistWhite, Black
Operating System upon launch Android 4.2.2 Jelly BeanAndroid 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
Display 4.99 inches (~441 ppi pixel density),
1080 x 1920 pixels,
Full HD SuperAMOLED,
capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
5.2 inches (~424 ppi pixel density), 1080 x 1920 pixels, True HD-IPS + LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Processor Philippines: Quad-core 1.9 GHz Krait 300 CPU
Adreno 320 GPU
Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600 chipset
Quad Core 2.26 GHz Krait 400 CPU
Adreno 330 GPU
Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 chipset
RAM 2 GB RAM2 GB RAM
Internal Storage Philippines: 32GB,
expandable via microSD card slot,
supports up to 32GB
32GB, non-expandable
Camera 13 MegaPixels, 4128 x 3096 pixels,
autofocus, LED flash, BSI Sensor,
Front: 2 MegaPixels front camera, BSI Sensor
Zero Shutter Lag
13 MegaPixels, 4128 x 3096 pixels,
autofocus, LED flash, BSI Sensor, Optical Image Stabilization, Front: 2.1 MegaPixels front camera, BSI Sensor
Zero Shutter Lag
Video Capture Full HD 1080p
30 frames per second for main camera,
Full HD 1080p
30 frames per second for front camera
Full HD 1080p 60 frames per second for main camera, 1080p 30fps for front camera
Audio and Video Playback MP4/DivX/Xvid/FLV/MKV/H.264/
H.263/MP3/WAV/eAAC+/Flac
MP4, DviX, XviD, H.264, H.263, WMV, MP3, WAV, FLAC, eAAC+, AC3, WMA player
Ports microUSB v2.0, 3.5 mm audio jackmicroUSB v2.0 (SlimPort), USB On-the-go, USB Host, 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, Infrared, EDR, 3G HSDPA, 100 Mbps; HSUPA, 50 Mbps, HSPA+; LTE (for the Quad Core variant): Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL, NFCWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, Infrared, EDR, 3G HSDPA, 100 Mbps; HSUPA, 50 Mbps, HSPA+; LTE: Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL, NFC
GPS Yes, with GLONASS and A-GPSYes, with GLONASS and A-GPS
Sensors Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Gyroscope, Barometer, ProximityAccelerometer, Digital Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity
Network 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100, 4G Network LTE2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100, 4G Network LTE
SIM Card Type microSIMmicroSIM
Battery Removable Li-Ion 2600 mAh batteryNon-Removable Li-Po 3000 mAh siO+ battery
Uptime 350 Hours of Standby,
17 Hours of TalkTime
900 Hours of Standby,
17 Hours and 30 Minutes of TalkTime
Value-Added Features Floating Touch, Eye-tracking features, Latest Version of TouchWiz, Group Play, Story Album, S Translator, Optical Reader, Samsung Smart Scroll, Samsung Smart Pause, Air Gesture, Air View,
Samsung Hub, ChatON (Voice/Video Call, Share screen, 3-way calling), Samsung WatchON, S Travel (Trip Advisor), S Voice Drive, S Health, Samsung Adapt Display, Samsung Adapt Sound, Auto adjust touch sensitivity (Glove friendly), Safety Assistance, Samsung Link, Screen Mirroring, Samsung KNOX (B2B only)
Knock-On, QuickMemo, UX interface, Rear Key (Providing easier Access to Volume Buttons and Power Button using the Index Finger), KnockON (double tap on touchscreen to turn off display, double tap to turn it on), Guest Mode, Answer Me, Plug and Pop, Slide Aside, Quick Translator, Quick Remote, Audio Zoom, Dual Camera, Dual Recording, Face and Eye Detection (keeps the display on when you're looking at the screen), QuickWindow Case Display Interface (Virtual Watches, Weather Information, Clock)
Announcement and Availability Philippines: April 26, 2013Philippines: September 13, 2013
Official Suggested Retail Price
Upon Launch
Philippines: Php 30,990Philippines: Php 27,490

Looking at the table, it's clear that while Samsung Galaxy S4 is thinner, slimmer and lighter than LG G2, LG G2 nonetheless beats and slays - if not matches - SGS4 in practically all other departments. LG's 2013 flagship smartphone has a larger display, an updated and far more powerful system on chip in the form of Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, both its still and video cameras feature Optical Image Stabilization which is absent in SGS4, and it has a larger 3,000 mAh battery pack that delivers longer uptime. The table pretty much speaks for itself.

Which phone is better in terms of design? Well, my opinion is as good as yours. Personally, though, I prefer LG G2 because of the button-less and tapered sides, and the fact that it features the Rear Key design innovation which makes it more natural and easier for me to click on the volume buttons using my index finger while I'm in a voice call.

Which Korean company won the 2013 flagship smartphone specs battle? Based solely on the technical specifications of Samsung Galaxy S4 and LG G2 -- not including that of the Note and G Pro full-fledged phablets of either companies, it's clear that LG won the technical specifications fight this year. And we likewise appreciate the fact that LG was able to offer their superior flagship phone for a far lower price compared to Samsung.

LG G2, TechPinas Badge of Excellence

Taking into account LG's sheer drive for excellence this year not just in matching but, more importantly, in beating the flagship handset of its biggest competitor (which is no less than the number one smartphone company in the world today in terms of sales), I believe LG G2 is absolutely and unquestionably worthy of our TechPinas Badge of Excellence.

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