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LG charges the Android hill: LG G2 vs Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One

LG is storming the Android hill once again with its latest flagship smartphone, the G2. Dropping the Optimus moniker doesn’t mean the company is skimping on features. Powered by the mighty Snapdragon 800 chipset with four Krait 400 cores clocked at 2.3GHz, an Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of RAM, the LG G2 simply blows the competition out of the water in terms of processing prowess.

However, does it manage to keep the same sort of performance going in the other departments? That’s what we are going to see right here in one of our traditional comparison tables. We’ve put the LG G2 against the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One to if G2 does indeed fall short somewhere or if it will produce a clean sweep.

Interestingly, the flagship trio all sport displays of different sizes: 5.2″ for the LG G2, 5″ for the Galaxy S4, and 4.7″ for the HTC One. However, all of them have full HD resolution, which gives the HTC One an edge in pixel density. That said, most people won’t really notice the difference between 424 pixels per inch of the larger, 5.2″ display of the G2 and the 469 pixels per inch of the HTC One.

The LG G2 is not made of aluminum like the HTC One, so it doesn’t feel as premium in hand, but then again the Galaxy S4 is made of plastic, too. The choice of materials has affected the weight though and the One weighs exactly as much as the G2 despite being smaller and featuring a more modest battery.

For the rest of the specification showdown, check out the full comparison table below.

 
LG G2
Galaxy S4
HTC One
OS
Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
Display
5.2" IPS LCD
5"
Super AMOLED HD
4.7" Super LCD 3
Resolution
1920 x 1080
(424 ppi)
1920 x 1080
(441 ppi)
1920 x 1080
(469 ppi)
Height
Width
Thickness
138.5 mm
70.9 mm
8.9 mm
136.6 mm
69.8 mm
7.9 mm
137.4 mm
68.2 mm
9.3 mm
Weight
143 grams
130 grams
143 grams
Processor
Snapdragon 800 chipset
Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400
Exynos 5410 Octa 1.6GHz
Quad-core Cortex-A15
Quad-core Cortex-A7
Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600
Quad-core 1.7 GHz Krait 300
GPU
Adreno 330
PowerVR SGX544MP3
Adreno 320
RAM
2GB
2GB
2GB
Storage
32GB
16GB / 32GB / 64GB
32GB / 64GB
microSD card slot
Yes, up to 64GB
(market dependable)
Yes, up to 64GB
No
Primary camera
 13 MP, 4128×3096 pixels
auto-focus optically-stabilized camera, 8X digital zoom, face detection, HDR mode, panorama, geo-tagging; Full HD (1080p) video recording at 60fps
13 MP, 4128×3096 pixels,
autofocus, LED flash, 1080p@30fps, HDR, video stabilization
Simultaneous HD video and image recording
4 MP UltraPixels, 2688×1520 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, 1080p@30fps, HDR, video stabilization,
Simultaneous HD video and image recording
Front camera
2.1MP
1080p@30fps
2MP
1080p@30fps
2,1MP
1080p@30fps,
HDR
Battery
Li-Po 3,000 mAh
Li-Ion 2600 mAh
Li-Po 2300 mAh
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n,ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct,
Wi-Fi hotspot
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth
Yes, v4.0 LE with A2DP
Yes, v4.0 with A2DP, EDR
Yes, v4.0 with A2DP
Network
Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE
Quad-band UMTS/HSPA
Penta-band LTE support,
LTE-Advanced
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100
LTE 800 / 1800 / 2600
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
LTE (market dependent)
NFC
Yes
Yes
Yes (Market dependent)
Speakers
Mono
Mono
Stereo speakers
Availability
August, 2013
Currently available
Currently available

What’s the verdict then? We can’t really give you our detailed impression of the LG G2 before we’ve got a retail unit to play with, but we can assure you this is one of the hottest smartphones of the season. Time is cruel and the Galaxy S4 and HTC One are already starting to feel it – a newer, more powerful competitor is always just around the corner. That’s just how life is.

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