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Google Nexus 4 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3: Spec showdown

nexus 4 vs galaxy s3

google-nexus-announcementsThe new Nexus 4 is here, after a great many leaks, and it has been joined by the new Nexus 10 tablet and a subtly tweaked Nexus 7, which together make Google’s latest — and particularly formidable — family of Android-powered devices. It’s LG’s first attempt at building a Nexus phone, and the spec matches its Optimus G flagship smartphone in almost every way, plus the Nexus 4’s price is incredibly competitive. Here’s how it compares to what many consider to be the best Android phone available, the Samsung Galaxy S3.

 

Galaxy S3

galaxy s3

Nexus 4

google nexus 4
Price
 $199/$299 (with contract) $299/$349 (SIM-free)
OS  Android 4.0.1 Touchwiz UX/US  Android 4.2 
Processor  Exynos 4412 (Quad Core)  Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 
Display  4.8″ Super AMOLED  4.7″ WXGA IPS 
Resolution  1280×720  1280×768 
Dimensions (WxDxH)  5.38″ x 2.78″ x 0.34″  5.27″ x 2.70″ x 0.35″ 
Weight 133g  139g 
4G LTE  Yes  No
NFC  Yes  Yes 
Wi-Fi  2.4GHz, 5GHz (dual-band)  WiFi 802.11 b/g/n (dual band) 
Rear-facing camera  8 Megapixels  8 Megapixels 
Front-facing camera  1.9 Megapixels  1.3 Megapixels 
Video capabilities  1080p Recording  1080p Recording 
Internal storage  16/32GB  8/16GB 
SD card slot  Yes (up to 64GB)  No
Max. battery life  11 hours (3G talk/data use)  10 hours (3G talk/data use)

What it means:

It means that the Galaxy S3 has a challenger, and a very well priced one at that. The screen size and resolution, the camera, the weight and even the size are all almost identical, plus there’s little to choose between the processors either, with Samsung’s 1.4GHz Exynos 4 Quad playing Qualcomm’s 1.5GHz, quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro. The Galaxy S3 wins some points due to its microSD card slot and higher, 16GB or 32GB of built-in memory though. The lack of 4G LTE on the Nexus 4 will make it a no-go for some, but don’t forget, add 4G to the Galaxy S3 and you’ll get a dual-core processor instead.

But it’s very difficult to argue against a device that costs $299 SIM-free for the 8GB model, or $349 for one with 16GB of memory. A Galaxy S3? That’ll be at least $600, please. So, just to recap, that’s a big screen, quad-core smartphone with the latest version of Android for half the price of the S3. Wow.