LG G2 vs the competition – Spec Battle

August 9, 2013
25
89
75 21 68

aa-lg-g2-front-1

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 G2
Sony Xperia Z Ultra
Samsung Galaxy S4
HTC 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
RAM2GB2GB2GB2GB
Dimensions138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9mm
140g
179.4 x 92.2 x 6.5 mm
212g
136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm
130g
137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm
143g
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

Display

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.

aa-lg-g2-in-hand-front-1

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.

Processor

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.

Software

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.

HTC One

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

Camera

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.

aa-lg-g2-in-hand-rear-1

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?

Comments