The most-awaited LG G3 was released on May 27, 2014, while the HTC One M8 and the Samsung Galaxy S5 were released on March and February 2014 respectively. While both HTC One M8 and Galaxy S5 were well received by both users and critics alike, the LG G3, on the other hand is making its presence felt with positive reviews from across the globe.
LG has stepped up the LG G3 smartphone with stunning features and great enhancements from its predecessor, the LG G2.
For readers who are interested in purchasing one of the aforementioned devices, here is the specification and price comparison pertaining to Australia.
Display, Design, Exterior and Size
The LG G3 has a 5.5 inches IPS LCD display, with an impressive resolution of 1,440 x 2,560 pixels. Whereas the HTC One M8 comes with a relatively smaller 5 inches Super LCD3 screen, with 1,080 x 1,920 pixels resolution. The Galaxy S5, on the other hand, comes with a Super AMOLED 5.1 inches display, with the same resolution as the HTC One M8. The HTC One M8 is capable of supporting up to 441 ppi of pixel density and the Galaxy S5 can support up to 432 ppi; both the pixel densities are much lesser than the 538 ppi of the latest LG G3.
The thickness and the weight of LG G3 are 0.35 inches and 149 g respectively, while the HTC One M8 has a thickness of 0.37 inches and it weighs 160 g. The Samsung Galaxy S5 has the following thickness and weight measurements: 0.32 inches and 145 g.
It is worth noting that, the LG G3 gives the look of a metal body. As Tech Radar puts it, the new LG G3 is very much made of plastic but the metal effect on the plastic body seems convincing enough.
However, the Samsung Galaxy S5 provides additional features like dust and water resistant exterior (IP67 certified) and fingerprint scanner.
Hardware and Software
The LG G3 is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, clocked at 2.5 GHz and it comes with a 2 GB of RAM (if opted for 16 GB of storage) and a 3 GB of RAM (If opted for 32 GB of storage). On the other hand, the Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 are powered by 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 2 GB of RAM and 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with the same 2 GB of RAM respectively.
Although all three handset share the same OS configuration i.e Android v4.4.2 KitKat; the LG G3 uses Optimus UI, whereas the Galaxy S5 uses TouchWiz UI and the HTC One M8 uses HTC Sense 6.0 UI.
The LG G3 sports a 13 MP rear-facing camera with dual-LED (dual tone) flash and a 2.1 MP front-facing camera. The LG G3 can shoot 4K (3,840 x 2,160) videos. The other salient camera features include 'Laser Autofocus Sensor' and 'Selfie' Mode. The company claims that the laser autofocus sensor mechanism is very quick as it takes only 0.276 seconds to focus. In addition, the camera also features simultaneous video and image recording, optical image stabilization, geo tagging, face detection, and HDR. Interested users can check out the comprehensive review on the new LG G3's camera unit from IBTimes.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 houses a 16 MP rear-facing camera and a 2 MP front-facing camera. This phone includes the following features autofocus, LED flash, simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization, and HDR.
Out of all the handsets, the HTC One M8 holds the record for better front-facing camera; the handset sports a whopping 5 MP front-facing camera unit, whereas the camera at the rear is a unique 4 UltraPixels camera. The main camera has a total of 2 lenses (Duo Camera). The other features include autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, HDR, simultaneous video and image recording, geo tagging, face and smile detection and panorama.
All three phones come with 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage. In addition, they support microSD card for expansion up to 128 GB.
The LG G3 features a whopping 3000mAh user-replaceable battery unit. The HTC One M8 and Galaxy S5 house 2600mAh (non-removable) and 2800mAh (user-replaceable) battery units respectively. In addition, the LG G3 and the Samsung Galaxy S5 feature built-in wireless charging facility. It is worth noting that, the wireless charging facility is offered only in selected markets in case of Galaxy S5.
Both LG G3 and Galaxy S5 support micro-sim, while the HTC One M8 supports nano-sim type.
The LG G3 comes in five shades gold, blue, red, black and white, whereas the HTC One M8 comes in gray, silver and gold. The Galaxy S5, on the other hand, comes in black, gold, blue and white colors.
The LG G3 is priced at AU$799. It is worth noting that, so far there has been no confirmation on the official release date of LG G3 in Australia. However, Australia will be getting the LG-D855 model of LG G3 that comes with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage.
Interested readers can also check out the comparison between the LG G3 and the LG G2.