Samsung Galaxy S4 vs LG G2: by the numbers

by: Brad WardAugust 9, 2013


LG just recently announced the successor to the Optimus G, the G2. Compared to the Galaxy S4, it’s quite an increase in power, hardware wise, but just what’s changed? Find out in our “by the numbers” comparison.


Is the difference in screen size between the Galaxy S4 and LG G2. The G2 comes in at 5.2-inches, a whole 0.21-inches larger than the Galaxy S4’s 4.99-inch screen.


LG G2 Display

The Samsung Galaxy S4 has 14 more ppi than the LG G2, with a total of 441ppi. The newer, LG G2 sports a pixel density of 424. There isn’t much of a noticeable difference here, the screens both look beautiful, and text is as sharp as ever. Pixel density isn’t the only thing that makes for a beautiful screen, though.

The G2 has a Full HD IPS display capable of 1080p resolution while the Galaxy S4 boasts of a Super AMOLED display, also capable of 1080p resolution.

Additionally, while both are 1080p displays, LG claims that their usage of IPS-LCD technology is superior, and that their display offers more subpixels than the display on the Galaxy S4, as seen in the image above.


The LG G2 sports a Snapdragon 800 quad-core CPU, clocked at an impressive 2.26GHz. That’s 396MHz more than the Galaxy S4’s Snapdragon 600 processor, clocked at 1.9GHz. It’s a pretty impressive speed boost.

400 mAh

LG G2 battery

The LG G2 boasts of a 3,000 mAh battery, which is a whole 400 milliamp hours more than the Galaxy S4’s 2,600 mAh removable unit. Really, you shouldn’t notice much of a difference between the two. After all, the G2 has a larger display, and has a higher clock speed so it’s easy to see why LG opted for more power to run that beefy Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad core processor and large, 5.2″ 1080p display.

0 megapixels

There’s no difference between the LG G2 and Galaxy S4 in terms of megapixels. There’s likely a few differences in  the software that controls the optics, but beyond that, everything is pretty much the same. From everything we can see, it appears that it’s the same Sony image 13MP image sensor contained in both.

On the other hand, most of the differences lie in the software(e.g. Samsung’s fully featured camera mode suite). LG’s G2 probably has a few things similar to Samsung’s camera modes given the few similarities already, so either way, you can expect to have a good camera experience.

Adreno 320 vs Adreno 330

It’s very important to note that devices with a Snapdragon 800 SoC on board are also packing what many consider to be one of the finest mobile GPU’s available today – the Adreno 330. What makes it notable and impressive is that it offers performance increases in the range of 35-50%, which is substantial. Even by today’s standards the Adreno 320 is impressive, but the Adreno 330 just brings so much more. With the G2 packing the Adreno 330 and a Snapdragon 800, it’s a no brainer as to which device is superior here.

0 GB

There’s no differences in RAM. Both the LG G2 and Samsung Galaxy S4 feature 2GB of RAM, making multitasking and overall speed of the device as smooth as can be.
Overall, the LG G2 is pretty impressive upgrade over the Galaxy S4, especially that quad core Snapdragon 800 processor.

Make no mistake, friends. Both the Samsung Galaxy S4 and LG G2 are at the absolute top end of the spectrum. Do you think LG pushed things too far in choosing a 5.2 inch display? Any thoughts on the button placement? What do you think about the LG G2 so far? Are you interested? What do you like and dislike about the device? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

  • Tamadrummer94

    Uh, the 800 isn’t just a higher clocked 600…there are far more subpixels on the G2, the battery should be better (larger capacity and graphic RAM), this is a lazy spec comparison.

    • lil bit

      But considered that G Pro with its huge battery failed so badly in battery tests I think it’s going to be close, and I think S4 will win. Optimus G and Nexus 4 also had disappointing battery performance. Hopefully LG been working on it.

      • Goran

        what are you talking about .. ?? LG has the best battery such as a Sony Xperia Z ultra, samsung is poor … I have a LG L7 2, which has a 2460 ah and this is middle class phone and the phone better than samsung s4, LG G (E970, LS970, E975) 2100 ah, LG GJ 2280ah, LG G2 3000 ah… LG is currently the law among the phones and I believe they will be even better ….

        • lil bit

          No idea where you got that from, the phones i mentioned have very poor batteries compared to similar Samsung phones, the G Pro was no less than a shock when the first battery tests came out. Nexus 4 scored well under 5 hours in light webbrowsing tests, how that is good for a 2100 battery beats me, especially since the Xperia Z does more 60% better with same chipset, more than twice the number of pixels to push, and the battery is less than 10% bigger.

          Now look at Xperia ZR, which has similar display to Nexus 4 in addition to the same chipset, the ZR scored nearly 3x more in webbrowsing battery test, and again the battery is less than 10% bigger.

          About your lower midrange phone, im sure its good, Samsung E1200 did 3 weeks on a single charge but who cares when this is about high end phones.

          • goran

            I do not know where you got that information, but if my phone can ,lower classes, 3 days on a single charge, I do not see why the more premium phones have worse battery performance .. But I respect your opinion …

    • lil bit

      But considered that G Pro with its huge battery failed so badly in battery tests I think it’s going to be close, and I think S4 will win. Optimus G and Nexus 4 also had disappointing battery performance. Hopefully LG been working on it.

    • Doan

      Reading the title, you should have known what this article is. It’s not meant to be an in depth comparison of the two devices. It’s a flat out “numbers vs numbers” article.

    • Jeffery Akuamoah

      I have the LG Optimus G and my battery life is outstanding

  • lil bit

    I like the level of detail in some of the early sample photos, I can feel some good quality crops being possible here.

    What I don’t like is the storage, why even bother with 60 fps full HD video when it’s already low on storage from your usual stuff.

  • David Barajas

    No mention of the more powerful GPU in the G2. Didn’t mention another feature the G2 has with its camera that the GS4 doesn’t offer. As someone else said, lazy spec comparison. Or they just really don’t know anything about these devices.

    • Doan

      “Samsung Galaxy S4 vs LG G2: by the numbers”

      **by the numbers**

      This article isn’t about features, it is about numbers.

      • David Barajas

        If the CPU is going to be compared than the GPU should have been too

        • Doan

          The GPU is compared. It’s after the camera section and before the RAM section.

          • David Barajas

            LOL, I know the GPU info is there NOW. But it originally wasn’t. That’s exactly why the person who wrote this article said sorry and he took care of it. It was added AFTER I put my original remark.
            I didn’t put my remark to YOU because it (GPU info) wasn’t there yet. I put it there because you made a comment and I answered it. If the CPU info was going to be given than the GPU info should have. And it’s been ADDDED.

      • jjordan

        What he is talking about with the g2 camera is image optical stabilization…thats a big deal

    • Information has been added in about the GPU, sorry!

      • David Barajas

        No problem. I actually couldn’t have wrote it any better. Good job with the update.

  • imaak

    What nonsense is this Brad. The S4 screen is 2.01 inches smaller than G2. Not a “whole 3 inches”.

    • Yep, my mistake, sorry about that.

      • satsmine2k4

        Hey Brad… LG G2 has 424ppi not 442…
        SGS4 has a 441PPI…

  • Sorry for the errors guys, everything’s been fixed. :)

    • Wildfire

      LG G2 has 17 ppi less than the s4 but has 442 ppi :D

  • satsmine2k4

    S4 1 sd card slot vs lg g2 0 sd card slot…
    makes me sad coz i wanted to get the g2 but not i wont..

  • eladh

    Seriously try the note 3 vs the g2 you will see that the note will be way better then the g2

    • Amine Elouakil

      they’ll have exactly the same specs, with the G2 having a higher ppi and subppi

    • jamesinkorea

      How do you know how well the Note 3 will perform? It’s NOT EVEN OUT YET.

  • رحيم الشمري

    Galaxy S4 ram must be external
    and don’t take of phone memory
    I think it will be faster .

  • Ronaldom

    these phones are really very close, I think only the price will make the difference
    LG made good to include a 3000mAh battery, with samsung, such huge batery can not be present only with the next samsung galaxy s5

  • maclv

    Might have to pick this up!

  • maxx

    s4 1080p @ 30 fps g2 1080p @ 60 fps video recording camera difference

  • iPhart

    Why only Samsung make swap-able battery, SD card support, not onscreen buttons(15% eating the display)….. lately???

    Wake up LG, Nokia, HTC. SONY…… Wake up. Stop with this apple-ish sealed “designs”. We need real rival to Samsung. We need choice.
    Otherwise Samsung will burry you all, and will be alone on the market..

    You are not Apple with their faithful zombies, that can buy any shining handicap crap.

  • blowntoaster

    feature wise the S4 still has the edge. Not to mention software updates…LG will have to bring their A game support if they want the G2 to be a success.

  • krismullineaux

    Holy shiet, you guys are such NO LIVES…Get outside, ride your bike, get a girlfriend…Stop fussing over two phones!!! You don’t need the best phone out there. I have the Droid Razr Maxx, and it works fiiine…If I’m going to watch TV or play a game, I’ll stick with my laptop

  • Eddy

    For users interested primarily in specs and hardware, the G2 has plenty to offer. But for most smartphone shoppers, this phone is going to have a tough time standing out in the crowded menu of enticing Android options.