Moments ago, LG unveiled their flagship device for 2014 dubbed as the LG G3. The device has leaked extensively in the past few days, revealing everything there is to know about the handset. It even made the event a little less interesting since we knew what we’re going to get from the Korean manufacturer.
Well, rumors set apart, the handset is a powerhouse, and will go on sale in South Korea starting tomorrow, and will launch on over 170 carriers across the globe. It’s not just the only flagship, Samsung and HTC also released their own flagship devices earlier this year — Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8. If you were holding off your purchase, and wanted to know how it would stack up against the LG G3, take a look below as we do a detailed comparison of the three handsets.
This is one of the most interesting area of the dual between the three devices. LG G3 comes with a 5.5-inch QHD display sporting a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels with 538 ppi pixel density, making it a device with the sharpest display.
Comparatively, Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with a 5.1-inch display sporting 1080p resolution with 432 ppi pixel density, while the HTC One M8 rocks a 5-inch 1080p display with 441 ppi pixel density. This definitely makes the LG G3 turn out to be the sharpest one among the three.
The LG G3 measures 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9mm and weighs only 149g. The device features a metallic skin with a matte finish which makes the handset fingerprint-resistant. On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy S5 measures 142 x 72.5 x 8.1 and weighs 145g. As far as the HTC One M8 is concerned, it measures 146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 and is slightly heavier than the other two and weighs 160g due to its metallic chassis.
HTC One M8 features a beautiful metallic design, and judging by the looks of the LG G3, it kicked things off in style as well. Comparatively, the Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with the same plastic design, but it doesn’t look too bad in real world usage. LG G3 also comes with a metallic finish on the back of the device, making it a good looking handset.
It will hit the retail shelves in five colors: Metallic Black, Silk White, Shine Gold, Moon Violet and Burgundy Red.
Performance and Storage
The LG G3 comes with a quad-core Snapdragon 801 chipset with a clock speed of 2.5GHz and Adreno 330 GPU. As far as the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 are concerned, both devices come with the same processor, but with different clock speeds.
Additionally, the LG G2 comes with two models: one featuring 2GB of RAM while the other one comes with 3GB. Comparatively, both HTC One M8 and Samsung Galaxy s5 comes with 2GB of RAM on board.
On the storage side, the LG G3 comes with 16/32GB storage on board. The 16GB model comes with 2GB of RAM, while the 32GB model boasts 3GB. Both variants come with a MicroSD card slot, up to 128GB for expansion. In comparison, Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with 16/32GB of storage with MicroSD card slot, while the HTC One M8 comes with 16GB with expandable storage. Both come with support for memory cards of up to 128GB so the LG G3 is not too different in this aspect.
This is another interesting feature. LG G2 came with an impressive camera, and it seems the Korean OEM is kicking things up a notch with the LG G3 as well. The device comes with a 13 MP camera with optical image stabilization plus, and a “ revolutionary Laser Auto Focus” which improves the auto focus, helping users capture sharper images using the device. LG described it as “ This technology enables the LG G3 to capture the best moment — even in low light — by measuring the distance between the subject and the camera using a laser beam.”
On the other hands, Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with a 16MP camera for photos and videos with 4K recording capabilities. As far as the HTC One M8 is concerned, the device comes with 4MP UltraPixel Duo Cameras with a depth sensor. It comes with a new feature known as UFocus which give users the ability to focus on one element in the image.
On the front side, both LG G3 and Samsung Galaxy S5 feature a 2MP camera, while HTC One M8 comes with a 5MP camera for capturing selfies and video conferencing.
To make sure there’s enough juice for the handset, LG decided to go with a 3,000 mAh removable battery. This is the same as the LG G2, but the only plus point is that it’s removable so users can swap it out and replace it with a fully charged once if they run out of juice. LG mentioned they’ve implemented some optimizations, and more will come to light as soon as the handset hits retail
Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with a 2,600 mAh battery with an Ultra Saving Battery Mode. In comparison, HTC One M8 comes with a 2,600 mAh battery with an Extreme power saving mode. Both new technologies aim to extend the battery life of the devices, but we didn’t see any similar feature on the LG G3. It will be good to see how it will stack up against the other flagship devices.
LG G3 comes with Android 4.4.2 as its operating system, which is the same version that powers the HTC One M8 and the Samsung Galaxy S5. The major difference is the UI that runs on top of those devices. HTC One M8 comes with Sense 6 UI, which is much better and less bloated compared to its previous iterations. As for the Samsung Galaxy S5, it comes with its own TouchWiz UI, which, despite of being optimized, is still bloated in my opinion.
As for the LG G3, it comes with a much better UI compared to its previous iterations. LG has done a commendable job with the software, making it flatter and cleaner so that it’s easy to use. Additionally, LG added a bunch of its own goodies with the software, including the Smart Notice feature which works more like Google Now. It performs actions like reminding you to call someone whose call you rejected, notifying you to uninstall unused apps, etc. It’s a personal assistant with natural language capabilities, setting it apart from the competition.
Other software related features include Knock code, and some additional security measures. Knock Code lets you unlock your device by a pattern of taps. HTC One M8 also comes with motion gestures such as double tap to wake, and a few more.
Pricing and Release date
There’s no exact launch date available, nor the price of the handset. LG announced the handset will go on sale in South Korea on May 28th, and will launch globally on over 170 carriers. There’s no word about the pricing, but we aren’t expecting it to be cheap. It would go for a similar price tag as the HTC One M8 and the Galaxy S5 which costs $600-700 for the unlocked version across the globe.
LG G3 is yet to hit the market, and we’ll be able to see how good the handset really is. LG G2 didn’t let us down, and performed really well, and we’re hoping LG G3 will do too. LG has done a commendable job with the LG G3, and we’re hoping it will be able to gain a decent market share. The competition is tough, and it’s going to be tougher since rumors suggest that both HTC and Samsung are working on “Prime” versions of their flagship devices, which will come with QHD display and more RAM. It would be interesting to see the competition in the smartphone industry in the coming months. What do you think about the new LG G3? Sound off in the comments below.