LG Is Preparing to Launch a “Galaxy S II Killer” with AH-IPS Display

by: LucianSeptember 17, 2011
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Android has come a long way since the days of companies launching “iPhone killers”. It seems that the Android ecosystem has a king now and that’s Galaxy S II. And that’s why LG is supposedly not wasting any time and is trying to dethrone it. LG has long been a close competitor to Samsung, so this comes off as no surprise.

If you remember LG last year, they wanted to be the first manufacturer with a dual core Tegra 2 smartphone on the market. Unfortunately, they had to cut some corners to do that. They didn’t have time to put Android 2.3 on the Optimus 2X, and it also came with quite a few bugs. So we know that LG can build a phone that can out-spec every phone on the market. But the real question will be, will it be polished enough? We’ll see. I believe they deserve the benefit of the doubt,and they are catching up fast with other top manufacturers in the Android ecosystem.

So what are these rumored specs for the “Galaxy S II killer” apparently named LG LU6200 (please don’t make that launch name LG)? Let’s take a look:

  • 4.5-inch AH-IPS display with True HD resolution (1280 x 720 pixels)
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core processor Snapdragon S3 (MSM8660)
  • 1 GB RAM
  • LTE speeds up to 75 Mbps
  • 132.9 x 67.9 x 10.5 mm, 123 g
  • WiFi Direct, MHL, DLNA
  • 1830 mAh battery
  • 1.3 MP front camera
  • 8 MP rear camera
The chip is clocked higher than an Exynos in Galaxy S II, but I believe Qualcomm’s Scorpion (Snapdragons) cores are slightly weaker than Cortex A9 (at same clock speed) on which Exynos is based, and also Exynos’ ARM Mali GPU should be significantly faster than Qualcomm’s Adreno 220 GPU. So let’s call it a wash here.
But, surprisingly, the real differentiating factor here for the LG phone, might be the display. We all know how the Super AMOLED+ is currently the best display on the market. But could LG’s AH-IPS (Advanced High-Performance IPS) outclass it?
Apparently, yes. LG won an award for beating other displays, including Samsung’s Super AMOLED+, in color accuracy and power consumption. The AH-IPS display got a score of 0.012 in color accuracy, while the SAMOLED+ got 0.037 – the smaller the gap, the better the color accuracy. As for power consumption, LG’s display was using 624 mW, while the SAMOLED+ was using almost twice as much, at 1130 mW, with both using a 600 nits brightness.
So far, the AH-IPS sounds impressive on paper, but how will it be in reality? I remember seeing pictures of the demos back in May, and I have to say I was very impressed by the AH-IPS display, which means it could look even better in reality. Still, it remains to be seen if it can best the Super AMOLED+ (or Super AMOLED HD) in a side by side comparison, and in day to day use. No matter which wins, I think they are both great displays, and the competition between LG and Samsung in displays will only make both better own the road.
The phone will launch first in South Korea, just like the Galaxy S II did, and we can expect it soon across the globe. Are you excited about this phone? What about the AH-IPS display?
  • Anonymous

    If that picture is accurate, this phone is poorly designed. You can’t use a 4.5″ 16×9 display and have such big vertical bezels (with buttons) and expect to be competitive in the future (or I sure hope you can’t anyway – it’s certainly not what I want and I’d rather this market had a lot of well designed phones for me to choose from). If it were me, I’d try very hard to use a 5″ 1280×800 with ultra small bezels – something like 4mm and 8mm (gets you to around 124×75 mm which is a very attractive size for me). Let the phone get thicker in the center (up to 14 mm) to hold the best camera on the market (best the N8), and you have a winner.

    • Indeed, the design doesn’t seem that great. For me, I think 4.3″ is the maximum size for a phone with physical buttons, and 4.5-4.7″ for one with the buttons integrated in the interface, but it remains to be seen if they’ll actually do that with ICS. The 5.3″ Galaxy Note is a great device, and will have its place in the market, but I doubt it fits very well in a pocket.