Specs Comparison: LG Optimus G vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 2

LG has recently launched a monstrously specced Optimus phone – the LG Optimus G. It comes complete with a whole new level of smartphone technology. The company’s new flagship device is very impressive with its spectacular 4.7 inches WXGA, quad core processor, etc. Here is a comparison between the LG Optimus G and of the newcomers – the Samsung Galaxy Note II.

LG Optimus G vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Ergonomics & Design:

The Optimus G measures 131.9 mm lengthwise, 68.9 mm breadthwise and 8.5 mm in thickness. The phone weighs 145 g. The Note II measures 151.1 mm lengthwise, 80.5 mm breadthwise and 9.4 mm in thickness. It weighs 183 g. The Optimus G sports a true HD-IPS + LCD display of 4.7 inches and with a resolution of 768 * 1280 pixels and a sharpness of 318 ppi. The Note II sports a Super AMOLED display of 5.5 inches with a resolution of 720 * 1280 pixels and sharpness of 267 ppi. The screens are protected by Corning Gorilla Glass. The Optimus G is powered by LG Optimus UI v3.0. The Note II is accompanied with an S-Pen stylus.


The phones are equipped with Android operating systems, the version in the Optimus G being v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and that in the Note II being v4.1 (Jellybean). The Optimus G is powered by a quad core Krait processor clocked at 1.5 GHz and with a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset. The Note II is driven by a quad core Exynos 4412 quad chipset processor clocked at 1.6 GHz.


The Optimus G has 32 GB internal space and 2 GB RAM. The Note II has three models based on internal memory – 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB each available with 2 GB RAM. The Note II unlike the Optimus G has a micro SD slot that can house up to 64 GB.


The Optimus G has a 13 MP or 8 MP primary camera (depends on the market) with features as LED flash, geo tagging, auto focus, etc. The Note II has an 8 MP unit in the rear with usual features as LED flash and geo tagging. The phones can shoot 1080p video at a frame rate of 30 fps. The Optimus G has a 1.3 MP front camera while the Note II possesses a 1.9 MP secondary camera.


The phones have 2G and 3G networks enabled by GSM and HSDPA. They have 4G connectivity via LTE. They have GPRS and EDGE features as well. The phones are Wi-Fi enabled. NFC and Bluetooth options are available as well.

Battery Life:

The Optimus G has a Li-Po battery rated at 2100 mAh. The Note II is fuelled by a Li-Ion battery with a rating of 3100mAh.


The expected price of the LG Optimus G is around $750. The Note II is priced at around $700.

Wrap Up:

There are hardly any phones that can survive in a spec-to-spec battle with the Optimus G. However, it is too early to call it the phone of the year. We don’t know the exact price yet so nothing can be predicted. But going by the fact that LG usually undercuts its competitors the LG Optimus G has a good chance of standing out in the throng of top end smartphones in today’s market. The Note II has some spectacular specs as well but the device is huge and too cumbersome. The Optimus G has an advantage over the Note II in this aspect.