When ASUS debuted the ZenFone 2 at Mobile World Congress this year, many could not help but compare it with the LG G3. Dubbed as the best smartphone of 2014, the LG G3 still manages to make heads turn. Even if a successor has already been released, the LG G3 still is a good device to consider. If you are considering getting either of these devices, it’s time to take a deeper look at each one. Hopefully, you’ll be able to pick your next smartphone from these two options.
ZenFone 2 vs LG G3 Design
First things first: let’s consider the design of the two options. The LG G3 is equipped with dimensions that measure in at 5.75 x 2.91 x 0.31 inches. Comparing this with the ZenFone 2’s 6 x 3.04 x 0.43 inches, the LG G3 makes for a handy device. With a weight of only 5.26oz, the LG G3 is lighter than the 6oz. ZenFone 2. The two models are available in black, gold, and white color options; while the ZenFone 2 has a fourth option which is red. If the red color isn’t too important for you and you want a device that you can easily carry around, the LG G3 is the clear winner.
Winner: LG G3
Both the ZenFone 2 and LG G3 are available with a 5.5-inch display covered with Gorilla Glass 3. However, this is only where the display between these two devices play the same role. When it comes to the resolution, the LG G3’s QHD display shells out 1440x2560p resolution with a 538ppi density. The ZenFone 2, on the other hand, has a Full HD display that brings out 1920×1080 resolution. With our naked eye, however, Full HD and QHD resolution does not have that much of a difference. A higher resolution drains more battery though. So in this case, the winner is the LG G3.
Winner: LG G3
LG G3 Antutu benchmark testing
Another important factor that needs to be considered is the performance of the two devices. On a hardware standpoint, the LG G3 is equipped with a 2.5GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 2GB of RAM and the Adreno 330 GPU. While it runs Android 4.4.2, it comes with LG’s native G UI software that are pretty heavy for the device. Based on testing, the specs on the device are not enough to provide a smooth and flawless experience, especially when multi-tasking.
Zenfone 2 Antutu benchmark testing
Meanwhile, the ZenFone 2’s hardware specs include a 2.3GHz octa-core Intel Atom Z3580 64-bit processor with 4GB of RAM and the PowerVR G6430 GPU. It runs the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop OS and ZenUI on top of it. With its specs, the ZenFone 2 manages to provide a convincing performance without any lags or issues.
Winner: ZenFone 2
Memory is another important aspect to consider when choosing a smartphone. The LG G3 has an onboard storage of 16GB with a microSD card slot for up to 128GB memory expansion. On the other hand, the ZenFone 2 ramps up its onboard storage with 32GB with an additional 64GB memory expansion through the use of a microSD card. Considering you’re likely to transfer your files to a computer, the 32GB onboard storage on the ZenFone 2 is more than enough. But if you’re really looking for high memory capacity, the LG G3’s 128GB microSD card maximum capacity can beat the ZenFone 2 any day!
Winner: LG G3
ZenFone 2 vs LG G3 Camera
Both ZenFone 2 and LG G3 are equipped with a 13MP rear-facing camera. The front-facing camera is 2.1MP (LG G3) and 5MP (ZenFone 2). Unfortunately for the ZenFone 2, LG has provided the G3 with the ability to record 4K HD videos. It also comes with Optical Image Stabilization. So while the ZenFone 2 can record Full HD videos, 4K HD video makes a great pick for anyone who loves to record videos.
Winner: LG G3 real camera.
Winner: Zenfone 2 front camera.
ZenFone 2 vs LG G3 Battery
The ZenFone 2 comes with a 3000mAh non-removable Li-Po battery with fast charging capability. The LG G3’s battery is also a 3000mAh Li-Ion battery. But compared with the ZenFone 2, LG has equipped the G3 with wireless Qi charging and made the battery removable. Taking into consideration the display on both devices, the LG G3’s battery will not drain too quickly.
Winner: LG G3
LG G3 Pros:
- 5.5-inch QHD display
- 4K HD video recording
- 13MP rear-facing camera with OIS
- Resolution of screen is 1440x2560p with a 538ppi density
ASUS ZenFone 2 Pros:
- Better performance (no bloatware)
- Better 5MP front-facing camera
Based on the specs available on both devices, each option comes with their own pros and cons. You really have to pick out a device that best suits what you need. In the end, it all boils down to how much you’re willing to spend on a smartphone. The LG G3 is priced at $330 while the ZenFone 2 sells for just $300. If the $30 difference on the price doesn’t matter all that much to you, you may opt for the LG G3.
But if it does, the ZenFone 2 is worthy purchase with the flagship specs it was built with.