The year 2013 happens to be an important year for Phablets. A lot has changed since Samsung gave us the original Note two years ago. From being an odd, over-sized device it has become one of the top options for those who seek productivity and power from a mobile device.
At IFA 2013, we witnessed the launch of two very important Phablets, the Acer Liquid S2 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. We've always roped in LG's G Pro, since the phone beats the Galaxy Note 2 in every respect. Lets see how it hold up against the Note 3. Gizbot compares the three to see which one comes out on top.
Starting with the displays, Samsung uses a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED Full HD screen that has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and churns out (386 ppi). The Acer uses a 5.98-inch 1080p IPS display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. It delivers (367 ppi). Even though its an absolutely brilliant screen, you can't watch the 4K quality video that it is known to record. And then there's the LG with a 5.5"IPS Plus LCD display that has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and goes on to deliver a stunning 401 ppi.
Moving on to processing power, all three phones use Qualcomm Snapdragon processors. The Note 3 has a Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 supported by an Adreno 330 GPU. The Liquid S2 has the exact same configuration, but with a tiny difference. Its processor revs out only 2.2GHz when compared to the Note 3's 2.3 Ghz. The G Pro uses a slightly inferior Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600 Quad-core 1.7 GHz Krait 300 with an Adreno 320 GPU.
The Note 3 calls upon a whopping 3GB of RAM for its multi-tasking needs, easily making it the better choice for those who're after productivity. The G Pro and Liquid S2 use 2GB of RAM each.
For internal storage, the Note 3 provides some solid options, 32GB and 64GB, with an option add another 64GB via its microSD slot. The Liquid S2 offers only a 16GB option, but makes up by allowing for a microSD slot that allows for expansion up to 128GB. The LG G Pro offers 16GB and 32GB variants with an option to expand externally up to 64GB.
All three phablets have a 13MP rear camera with LED flash. However, since the Liquid S2 zooms ahead of the competition with its ability to shoot 4K video, which happens to be four times higher than HD when quality is concerned. Again, all three phablets have 2MP front-facing cameras for video chats.
So the Note 3 wins in the performance section thanks to its abundant RAM and processing power, making it the easy choice for most users. But the Acer Liquid S2 isn't far behind and it has that wonderful feature to shoot 4K vidoes, which you'll only be able to watch on a 4K TV or a 4K computer monitor. View it anywhere else and you won't get a chance to enjoy the depth and range of the 4K video quality.
Despite having a slightly slower chipset, the LG G Pro manages to hold its own, trailing the Note 2 closely. When you hold all three devices, the Note 3 is the lightest among the lot. However, even though the Liquid S2 is the heavier phablet, those extra grams of weight make its form factor reassuring and firm.
Samsung has outdone its competitors yet again, allowing their new phablet to beat the competition on the spec sheet.