Earlier in the week, consumer electronics giant, LG unveiled the much anticipated new generation G Pro 2 phablet.
With the launch of feature-rich G Pro 2, LG has up the ante against its South Korean counterpart Samsung, which is touted as the undisputed world leader in the phablet business (also smartphones).
Galaxy Note 3 made its debut way back in September 2013, despite being in the market for such a long time, it still commands superiority over new phablets which have debuted in the market in recent times, but now LG G Pro 2 is matching up to be a worthy advisory to the Samsung's marquee device.
Here is brief description of key features of Samsung's current flagship phablet Galaxy Note 3 and LG G Pro 2:
LG's G Pro 2 boasts a mammoth 5.9-inch full HD (1920x1080p) LCD screen with pixel density of 373 ppi (pixels per inch).
On the other hand, Samsung phablet flaunts a smaller 5.7-inch full HD (1920x1080p) super AMOLED screen with a pixel count of 388 ppi.
Both the phablets feature Corning Gorilla 3 screen shield.
Processor, RAM & Storage:
Both LG G Pro 2 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (LTE model), ships with the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 series quad-core processor which can top maximum CPU speed up to 2.2GHz.
On the other hand, 3G variant of Samsung phablet packs the company's in-house built Exynos Octa-core 5420 chipset. It houses two quad-core processors -1.9GHz A9 and 1.3GHz A7).
In terms of memory, both the handsets stand even as they feature with 3GB RAM (highest capacity in the industry) and come with microSD card support capable of expanding up to 64GB.
Samsung's new Galaxy Note 3 comes loaded with stunning 13.0-megapixel camera with plethora of photography enriching applications. It boasts high CRI LED flash support to take good quality pictures under low-light conditions. That's not all; it can record 4K resolutions (3840x2160p) videos at 30 fps (only the 4G-LTE variant support this feature), full HD video at 60 fps, and HD video at 30 fps.
LG's new phablet, G Pro 2 too packs a similar 13.0-megapixel, but comes with the company's proprietary OIS+ (Optical Image Stabilizations), an anti-shake feature. This attribute helps the user to take a good picture of an object in motion. It also boasts the 4K ultra HD video recording and 120 fps HD video recording with three editing options- one-fourth, one-half slow motions and with the original speed.
Other mentionable feature is the Magic focus, which lets user to select preferred depth of focus after taking the snapshot of an object.
In this aspect, both the phablets stand even as they run on the same Android OS platform. Galaxy Note 3 ships with v4.3 out-of-the-box (official KitKat OS update has been released globally), whereas LG G Pro 2 readily runs on the latest Android v4.4.2 KitKat.
LG G Pro 2:
Pros: good camera (with OIS+ feature) specifications, enhanced Knock-on code application for unlocking screen (phone is capable of recognizing an astronomical 86,000 plus different combination codes), and also boasts of value-added features like Content locking, Mini view and dual-browser.
Cons: Being a big phone, LG G Pro 2 not having a Stylus support features is a bit of letdown for people who cannot quickly jot down accurate numbers or characters to write text messages.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3:
Pros: It's been almost five months since Galaxy Note 3 got launched and yet it still has the best display in the market and another value-added feature is the stylus support, which is a must-have feature in all phablets. It helps people navigate through the big-screen and another advantage of stylus is that it avoids finger-print smudges on screen.
Cons: Build quality has always been the Achilles heel for all Samsung products; Galaxy Note 3 shares the same fate despite feature faux leather stitching on the rear side, which fails to bring premium look to the device.
Key specifications of Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and LG G Pro 2:
|Model||Samsung Galaxy Note 3||LG G Pro 2|
|Display||5.7-inch full HD (1920x1080p) Super AMOLED screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protectionPixel density: close to 388 ppi (pixels per inch)||5.9-inch full HD (1920x1080p) IPS LCD screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 shieldPixel density: close to 373 ppi|
|OS||Android v4.3 Jelly Bean (official KitKat OS update has been released globally)||Android v4.4.2 KitKat OS|
|Processor||4G-LTE variant: 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor;3G variant ships with Samsung's in-house built Exynos 5420 Octa-core chipset (with two quad-core processors - one A9 with 1.9GHz and another A7 with 1.3GHz CPU speed)||Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 series quad-core processor with 2.2GHz CPU speed|
|GPU||Adreno 330/ ARM Mali T628MP6||Adreno 330|
|Storage capacity||32GB, memory can be further expandable up to 64GB||16GB/32GB, expandable up to 64GB|
|Camera||Main: 13.0-megapixel camera with BSI sensor, auto-focus, LED flash (High CRI),Front: 2.0-megapixel camera with BSI sensor, full HD 1080p video recording||Main: 13.0-megapixel camera with proprietary OIS+ technology, 4K Ultra HD video recording, magic focus, LED flash, 120 fps HD slow-motion video recordingFront: 2.1-megapixel camera|
|Battery||3200 mAh||3,200 mAh|
|Add-ons||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (HT80),Bluetooth v4.0 (LE), IR LED (Remote control),MHL v2.0,GPS/GLONASS,NFC S-Pen functionality: Air Command: Action Memo, Scrapbook, Screen Write, S Finder, Pen Window S Note, Multi Window, new Easy Clip, Direct Pen Input||Bluetooth Smart v4.0, Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac), NFC, SlimPort, Knock Code , 1W Hi-Fi sound systemNo stylus functionality|
|Dimensions||151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm||157.9 x 81.9 x 8.3 mm|
|Weight||168 g||172 g|