LG G3 vs. HTC One M8 vs. Samsung Galaxy S5

See how LG's latest flagship smartphone compares to the other top smartphones of 2014.

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Today, LG debuted it's newest newest global flagship phone, the G3. The Android smartphone is a followup to the LG G2 from 2013, which had an unique design which moved the power/lock button and volume controls from the sides of the phone to the back of the device, below the camera lens. The G3 sports that same design, but with a more polished look, complete with a brushed metallic body (available in five colors) and a more mature-looking Android operating system.

The G3 packs the high-end specs we've come to expect in premium phones, and it's perfectly poised to go up against it's top Android competitors, the HTC One M8 and the Samsung Galaxy S5.

With similar eye-popping screens, powerful processors, and capable camera lenses available on all three devices, deciding on which one is best for you really comes down to the extra features, design, and personal brand preference. The LG G3 is no slouch when it comes to extras, with the Knock Code security feature, a front-facing camera designed specifically for selfies, and a high-capacity battery.

Check out the chart below to see how the phone's specs stacks up against its competition, and let us know in the comments below which phone comes out on top for you.

LG G3 HTC One M8 Samsung Galaxy S5
Size 5.7 x 2.9 x 0.3 inches; 5 oz. 5.8 x 2.8 x 0.4 inches; 5.6 oz. 5.5 x 2.9 x 0.3 inches; 5 oz.
Screen 5.5 inches; 2,560x1,440 pixels; 538ppi 5 inches; 1,920x1,080; 441ppi 5.1 inches; 1,920x1,080 pixels; 431ppi
Operating system Android 4.4 Android 4.4 Android 4.4
4G LTE Yes Yes Yes
WiFi Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
NFC Yes Yes Yes
Bluetooth 4.0 Low energy 4.0 Low energy 4.0 Low energy
RAM 3GB 2GB 2GB
IR Blaster Yes Yes Yes
Fingerprint scanner No No Yes
Rear camera and recording 13-megapixel; 4K HD video 4-'Ultrapixel'; 1080p HD video 16-megapixel; 4K HD (1080p HD default)
Front-facing camera 2.1-megapixel; 1080p HD video 5-megapixel; 1080p HD video 2-megapixel; 1080p HD video
Processor 2.5GHz quad-core; Snapdragon 801 2.3GHz quad-core; Snapdragon 801 2.5GHz quad-core; Snapdragon 801
Battery 3,000mAh, removable 2,600mAh; embedded 2,800mAh, removable
Capacity 32GB 16GB, 32GB 16GB, 32GB
Expandable storage Yes Yes Yes
Notable extras One-watt speaker with amp BlinkFeed, BoomSound Fingerprint scanner, heart rate monitor
US Carriers T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, Verizon AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon
Color options Metallic white, black, gold, red, and violet Gray, silver, rose gold Black, white, blue, and copper

 

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