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Mostly, global tech firms do not consider India as a primary market for the release of their high end smartphone and tablet offerings, as soon as they release the devices in other international market including US and UK. Unfortunately, Indian consumers witness the launch of these handsets after several months of global release.
One such global manufacturer is LG, who seems to have ignored the Indian market, when it comes to premium handsets, however debuts budget offerings to secure sales from budget sensitive Indians.
Early in 2012, the South Korean giant launched Optimus Vu globally - a phablet, which entered India after six months of its official world release. Similarly, in August 2012, LG unveiled Optimus G - its flagship smartphone overseas. Currently, the successor of the device has already been announced abroad, and it is now that the South Korean smartphone maker is reportedly in news to release LG Optimus in the Indian market.
According to a TheMobileIndian report, LG is all set to launch Optimus G in India in the next two weeks. When contacted the company's spokesperson, Gizbot has also learned that Optimus G will be launched in the country in a couple of weeks, however, still there is no word on the price of the handset.
Analyzing the specs of Optimus G, it can be said that the handset will fall in to competition with several high-end smartphones that are already available in India including Galaxy S3. The hottest selling Samsung smartphone, which recently received a price cut last week in the nation, is available in India at Rs 28,900.
Now the big question that pops up over here is, that when everyone is desiring to buy the successor LG Optimus G Pro out in the world, will the Optimus G, the predecessor will be able to secure fans in India after witnessing market release?
As Indians are already very loyal to Samsung and its current Android smartphone king Galaxy S3, which is selling like hot cakes. Considerably, Samsung also doesnt treat India as a third world country, observing the trend of the South Korean giant's record of past premium launches.
But the new LG handset can definitely be called remarkable, in terms of looks, specs and features. Hence, Gizbot has come up with a specs comparison of both the handset, Optimus G and Galaxy S3 to solve the confusion for those consumers, who might feel that S3 is old and common now and they need a different handset that will set them apart from the crowd. Have a look at it below.
Form Factor: Of the duo, Optimus G measuring 131.9 x 68.9 x 8.5 mm and weighing in at 145 grams is obviously heavier than Galaxy S3, which boasts a lighter dimension of 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm and weighs around 133 grams.
Speaking of display, Optimus G comes with a 4.7 inch True HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1280 x 768 and a pixel density of 318 ppi approximately.
On the other hand, Galaxy S3 has a 4.8 inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and approximately 308 ppi pixel density.
Both the handsets come protected with a Corning Gorilla Glass protection to prevent scratches and damage from everyday wear and tear.
Compared on the basis of display technology, an AMOLED panel display is better than IPS display, when it comes to expirience of brighter images and less power consumption, however, IPS display definitely offers wide viewing angles.
Processor: In this segment, Optimus G is equipped with a 1.5GHz quad core Qualcomm MDM9615/APQ8064 processor and Adreno 320 GPU, while Galaxy S3 has a 1.4GHz Exynos 4412 Quad Cortex A9 processor and Mali 400MP GPU.
Theoretically LG offering has much higher performance for multimedia-related operations as compared to the S3's Exynos chipset.
Operating System: Launched with Android 4.0 ICS, both Optimus G and Galaxy S3 has received the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean upgrade. Hence, features like All Share cast, resizeable widget, multi-window view will be a part of both the smartphones.
Camera: Over here, Optimus G is a sure winner with a 13MP rear camera accompanied by features including autofocus, LED flash, face detection, geotagging, image stabilization and a 1.3MP front camera for video calling.
In comparison, Galaxy S3 features an 8MP rear camera with autofocus, LED flash, simultaneous HD video and image recording, geotagging, image stabilization, face and smile detection and a 1.9MP front camera for video calling with 720p video recording ability.
Storage: When it comes to storage, Optimus G has 32GB internal storage and Galaxy S3 has 16GB, 32GB and 64GB internal storage capacities. Besides this, both the handsets have a 2GB RAM.
However, Galaxy S3 comes with a micro SD card slot supporting up to 64GB additional storage, while Optimus G lacks one.
Connectivity: Optimus G features Wi-Fi, Bluetooth with A2DP, NFC, HSDPA, HSUPA, LTE, GPRS/EDGE, micro USB 2.0 and USB Host.
On the Galaxy S3 also comes with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth with A2DP and EDR, NFC, HSDPA, HSUPA, LTE, GPRS/EDGE, micro USB 2.0 and USB on-the-go.
Battery: In this segment, Galaxy S3 scores more with a 2,100 mAh Li-Ion battery delivering up to 21.5 hours talk time and 590 hours standby, as compared to the 2,100 mAh Li-Po battery in Optimus G offering 15 hours talk time and 335 hours standby.
Price: Galaxy S3 is available in India at a reduced price of Rs 28,900 for the 16GB variant, while the price of Optimus G is yet to be announced. Reportedly, the former handset is expected to hit the market retail shelves at an estimated price range of Rs 35,000.
Other Features: Galaxy S3 is known for its exclusive software features including S Beam, S Voice, Pop-up Play, All Cast Share, Direct Call, Smart Stay and more. At the same time, Optimus G comes with Dual Screen Dual Play capability, which allows mirroring of an image onscreen with a TV or monitor. The handset also has features including Qslide, which shows two different screens simultaneously and QuickMemo, allowing users to take notes using the finger as a stylus.
Both Optimus G and Galaxy S3 are high-end smartphones that come with impressive spec sheet and other features. However, these handsets will definitely have their pros and cons.
Having received Android 4.1 Jelly Bean upgrade, both the smartphones will come with features including Project Butter for a smoother and more responsive performance, Google Now feature, improved expandable and contractible notifications menu, live wallpapers and more.
If the concern is better camera performance and a big internal memory storage, Optimus G might be the right choice.
On the other hand, if a light weight handset with expandable storage support and superior battery backup is your requirement, Galaxy S3 could be a better option.