But will the S4 gallop to worldwide fame on its own, like the S3 did? Or will it have some competition for a change? And if we’re going to see a race, will it be a two-way battle with the HTC One, a three-way with the One and Sony Xperia Z or a four-way with LG’s Optimus G Pro involved as well?
Hard to say, but the Optimus G Pro, who fell off the radar a little after MWC, is definitely back in with a shout. And it seems to have at least two aces up its sleeve: the 5.5-inch Full HD screen, which was recently compared to that of the GNote 2, and a humongous 3,150 mAh battery.
Humongous battery indeed, but enough to handle the pressures of a state-of-the-art display and quad-core 1.7 GHz Snapdragon 600 processor? Apparently so, at least according to GSM Arena.
The online publication has taken the G Pro through the same test as Sony’s Xperia Z a few days ago and LG’s beast has unsurprisingly come out on top. The 5.5-incher has impressed in talk time autonomy the most, running for a full 20 hours and 45 minutes on a single charge.
That makes the G Pro the second most impressive phone ever to be tested by GSM Arena, slightly behind Motorola’s Razr Maxx, but ahead of the Droid Razr Maxx (!!!). Meanwhile, the Xperia Z lasted four and a half hours less (sic).
But hold your horses, because it’s not game over yet. The second and third parts of the battery test have been less kind to the G Pro, who’s considerably slipped in the ranks. 6 hours and 40 minutes is not a bad result in web browsing autonomy, but it’s certainly not extraordinary either.
LG’s newest flagship has been beaten to the punch here by the Razr Maxx, iPhone 5, Galaxy Note 2 and HTC One X+, among others. On the flipside, the G Pro still topped the Xperia Z by more than an hour.
The video playback result (8 hours and 40 minutes) is slightly better, but again just short of greatness. Surpassed by the Razr Maxx, Note 2, iPhone 5 and even Samsung Galaxy S3, the Optimus G Pro beat the Xperia Z by a couple of hours.
Overall, the G Pro got out of the battery test with a very encouraging 50h endurance rating. That’s two hours better than the Sony Xperia Z, but will it be enough to undercut the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4? We don’t know yet, which makes the next few weeks that much more exciting.