LG G2 vs the competition – Spec Battle

by: Adam KoueiderAugust 9, 2013


The LG G2 is finally official, and that means we’ve also got a complete list of specifications for us to compare to other devices on the market. Read on to find out how the G2 stacks up against other high-end smartphones.

Spec sheet

 LG G2Sony Xperia Z UltraSamsung Galaxy S4HTC One
Processor2.3Ghz Snapdragon 800
Adreno 330 GPU
2.2Ghz Snapdragon 800
Adreno 330 GPU
1.9Ghz Snapdragon 600
Adreno 320 GPU
1.7Ghz Snapdragon 600
Adreno 320 GPU
Dimensions138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9mm
179.4 x 92.2 x 6.5 mm
136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm
137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm
Display5.2-inch IPS LCD,
Full HD (1920x1080),
424 PPI
6.44-inch Triluminos LCD,
Full HD (1920x1080),
344 PPI
5-inch Super AMOLED,
Full HD (1920x1080),
441 PPI
4.7-inch Super LCD 3,
Full HD (1920x1080),
469 PPI
Battery3000mAh (non-removable)3000mAh (non-removable)2600mAh (removable)2300mAh (non-removable)
Storage16GB, 32GB16GB (Expandable via MicroSD; up to 64GB)16GB, 32GB, 64GB (Expandable via MicroSD; up to 64GB)32GB, 64GB
IR BlasterYesNoYesYes
Water resistanceNoYes (IP58 rating)NoNo
Camera13 MP rear, OIS, LED Flash, autofocus
2.1 MP front
8 MP rear, autofocus
2MP front
13MP rear, LED flash, autofocus
2MP front
4MP "UltraPixel", LED flash, autofocus
2.1MP front
SoftwareAndroid 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with LG Optimus UI on topAndroid 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Sony Xperia UI on topAndroid 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Samsung TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 on topAndroid 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with HTC Sense 5 on top


The LG G2 has 5.2-inch Full HD IPS display with a pixel density of 424 PPI. The G2 is the second largest on our list, but with its extremely thin bezels it manages to fit the display into a much smaller form factor. The Sony Xperia Z Ultra is in a class of its own, with a 6.44-inch Full HD Triluminos display with X-reality technology, and a pixel density of 344 PPI.


The LG G2 features a Full HD 5.2-inch IPS display.

The HTC One has the smallest display at 4.7-inches, it’s also a Full HD variant and that means it has the highest pixel density at 469 PPI. The Samsung Galaxy S4 is the only phone in our comparison which uses a Super AMOLED display, and it has a display resolution of 1920×1080 spread across a 5 inch display. This gives the S4 a pixel density of 441 PPI.

samsung galaxy s4 vs htc one standings aa

All of the displays have amazingly high pixel densities and in this case it’s more about your preference of size and display type, rather than display resolution.


The Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One were released much earlier in the year and are using the Snapdragon 600 SoC. The HTC One has a slightly lower clock speed of 1.7Ghz, while the S4 is clocked at 1.9Ghz and they both use the Adreno 320 GPU.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra press (4)

The Xperia Z Ultra (above) and the LG G2 both contain a fire breathing Snapdragon 800 chipset.

The Xperia Z Ultra and the LG G2 utilise the latest Snapdragon 800 SoC from Qualcomm, paired with the new Adreno 330, however the LG G2 is clocked at 2.3Ghz, while the Xperia Z Ultra is clocked at 2.2Ghz.

While the LG G2 and the Xperia Z Ultra will prove to be slightly faster in the benchmarks the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One are still amazingly fast smartphones which can handle almost anything you throw at them.


All four smartphones are running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with an added custom flavor, and while it isn’t the latest version of Android, you aren’t missing out on much. The Galaxy S4 uses the latest version of Samsung’s TouchWiz Nature UX, and offers loads of features like Air View, Smart Pause and Smart Scroll.

samsung galaxy s4 vs htc one s4 air view aa

The HTC One has Sense 5 running over the top of Android 4.2.2. Jelly Bean, and it offers features like Beats Audio, Zoe shots and Blinkfeed. The LG G2 is using the LG Optimus UI, offering additional features such as Quick Memo and Knock On. The Xperia Z Ultra uses the latest version of Xperia UI offering additions like small apps.


All four smartphones are running the same version of Android, so it comes down to your overall preference of UI.


The HTC One features a 4-megapixel rear facing camera which utilizes UltraPixel technology. While the HTC One is decent in low light, it’s a step behind in places where there is adequate lighting it. The Galaxy S4’s 13-megapixel camera has been heralded as one of the best smartphone camera’s and its camera app is also top notch.


The Xperia Z Ultra features an 8-megapixel camera, but it lacks an LED flash. Sony’s recent smartphone camera attempts have been decent, and if the Z Ultra follows this trend it should also offer great picture quality. The LG G2 is the first smartphone to feature OIS technology on a 13-megapixel camera (the HTC One’s camera also contains OIS), which should reduce blur due to shaky hands.

Other details

The Galaxy S4 comes with fan favorites such as expandable storage via MicroSD and a removable battery. The Xperia Z Ultra also features expandable storage, and it’s also water resistant up to 1.5 metres for 30 minutes and dustproof (IP58 rated).

The HTC One’s aluminum body has been heralded as a brilliant design, and it also features front-facing “Boom Sound” speakers. The LG G2 has an odd design where the volume rocker is at the back, right under the camera. At first this seems like an odd decision, but when you think about it for a second, it makes total sense. It also offers 24 bit 192kHz audio and Graphic RAM.

LG G2 event (11)

On the battery side of things, the Xperia Z Ultra and the LG G2 both offer 3000mAh non-removable batteries. However, since the G2 has a smaller display it should theoretically have better battery life. The Galaxy S4 offers a removable 2600mAh battery, and the HTC One has a non-removable 2300mAh battery. We’ll be sure to give a full in depth review of both the Z Ultra and G2, but purely based on specs, the G2 should offer the best battery life.

The LG G2 is definitely bleeding edge technology, but as smartphone technology begins to peak, the differences begin to become less and less apparent. The 3000mAh battery could turn out to be a game changer, but if you own a Samsung Galaxy S4 or HTC One you won’t be losing too much sleep.

What do you think of the LG G2?

  • MasterMuffin

    I think that G2 is just perfect base for N5. That back is really ugly though, change that ugly glossy back that shows every fingerprint! I think it’s the best looking smartphone on the front with great specs and (in my opinion) horrible Optimus UI.

    • Sky Baun

      Too bad Motorola will be making the N5

      • Joseph A. Yager

        Too bad that’s not confirmed and there are even rumors of multiple Nexi this year

        • MasterMuffin

          Couldn’t have said it better :)

        • FritoDorito

          There’s rumors of multiple Nexi EVERY year. It’s something people make up when they don’t like the rumored manufacturer of the next Nexus phone.

    • Oli72

      totally agree.

    • Sandy

      @mastermuffin:disqus i had hands on experience with LG G2 ! Trust me the UI is Just Awesome ! Better than Touchwiz & Sense, the 4.2.2 LG Custom UI has great changes compared to 4.1.2 LG Custom UI (Ex: Optimus G), im sure you vl regret your opinion when u have some hands on experience

      • MasterMuffin

        No I won’t, trust me :)

  • xtriker360

    The LG G2 will be an amazing phone to have, but without sd card and only 32GB max it could be a hard choice, especially for power users like me.

  • Tarun
  • Jack Parker

    I actually really like the Optimus UI, its theme-able its smooth from my experience and better then TouchWiz!

  • K.

    The phone is nice and I like the absence of a physical home button. However, I will wait for the Sony Honami in September. I prefer the Sony design and the water resistance. Moreover, it will have a physical camera button which the LG G2 does not seem to have (correct me if I’m wrong).

    • Mason Spencer

      I think from lock screen or screen off you can hold down volume down for camera

      • Rhino”

        correct..volume down for camera :)

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  • EvenInTheDarkestHour

    Why are we still looking at specs? I thought the MoToDude explained that they are no longer relevant…lol

  • Well the Optimus G was a sleeper hit last year, even though it didn’t sell 20 million units, It was a great phone. I recommended it to my dad, and he bought one, I was really imperssed, it was basically the Nexus 4 with LTE and a microSD slot so I have high hopes for the G2. I’m glad they are going with on screen buttons, why waste space on a phone when Android doesn’t need the buttons. Plus a phone looks ultimately sleeker with no buttons on the front.

  • Humaan

    I wonder why people says that on screen button saves space!
    It takes your beautiful costly IPS/OLED pixels just to draw few stupid buttons reducing your viewing experience:= the “real” real estate

    Buttons are required either on screen or not
    I will not buy G2 just for this reason. I need full 1080p for viewing experience – no minus button space is allowed!!!!
    Otherwise i was waiting for a s800 device.. Love you LG but sorry …

    • I_Call_BS

      Really, you “need” full 1080p. How was your life when there was only 720p?

      Come on… What smartphone needs 1080p? If you’re watching 1080p HD on a phone, it’s not exactly a cinematic experience. In most motion scenes, I bet it’s not even possible for the human eye to tell the difference between 1080p and 720p.

      • Common

        Bullshit. any idiot can see the difference

        First Define cinematic experience, i would say 21:9 which is too wide for mobiles but 16:9 1080p is a standard nowadays

        Second go and watch a 1080p video, if you already did consult an ophthalmologist

  • Ruz

    Fom my point of view all the high end phones must necessarily gets equipped with features like water, dust and scratch resistant. Since we pay such high price it should come with an insurance of these 3 features a must

  • brendan soliwoda

    Honestly, these are all great phones and I would be lucky to have any of them. I kind of wish I could take all the best features of each phones, slim bezel and 13mp ois camera of the G2, the metal body and boom sound of the One, the size, waterproof body and processor of the Z Ultra, and the HD Super AMOLED screen and features of the S4, and throw them into one mega phone. It would be the best phone ever made.

  • superkiller

    Check out another comparison between LG G2 , Samsung GS4,HTC One and the Moto X at


  • John

    This Week in Tech #1: Both the Moto X and LG G2 unveiled

  • Mitali Raj
  • Eddy

    The miraculous endurance of the G2 paired with a high-level screen and processor, make it one of the most tempting smartphones I’ve seen in the last six months.

  • Eddy

    The miraculous endurance of the G2 paired with a high-level screen and processor, make it one of the most tempting smartphones I’ve seen in the last six months.