HTC One max vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G2: specs comparison

HTC One max vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G2: specs comparison

The HTC One Max is now a reality, and though product unveilings are usually a joyous occasion for the companies behind them and consumers both, it falls down on the latter to roll up their sleeves and start weighing the product's relative pros and cons. And though the general user experience is arguably only partially reliant on specs, they do remain an important reading that we go through every time a new flagship device enters the market.



Today, we're comparing three of the hottest flagships currently (and soon, in the case of the HTC One Max) available. Unlike the software side of things, where the trio features a wildly different value propositions, down under in the world of hardware, things are simpler and far less subjective. This, for example, means that we can easily call HTC on using a somewhat cheaper, slightly outdated chipset with the One Max – the Snapdragon 600 (Adreno 320), whereas the competition in the form of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the LG G2 has already moved to Snapdragon 800 with Adreno 330 graphics. On the other hand, at 5.9-inches, the HTC One Max has the largest screen real estate of the group, and this one should prove to live long enough to see more than a day of heavy usage, thanks to the large 3300mAh battery that HTC has snugged inside the One Max. While we're still at the topic of displays, it's probably also worth mentioning that the three contenders have all opted for a somewhat different display tech, each with its respective cons and pros – Super-LCD 3 for the One Max, Super AMOLED for the Note 3 and an LG IPS LCD panel for the G2. In our experience, Super-LCD 3 panels are a tad superior to some IPS LCDs (S-LCD3 is also an IPS panel) and also have a hand over AMOLEDs (though that gap has been significantly reduced with the Note 3).



Another rather more substantial win for the HTC One Max is its dedicated fingerprint sensor, not a first for Android or the world of smartphones as a whole, but definitely the first in a truly modern smartphone. Whether the said sensor delivers, however, remains to be seen (or tested).



With those in mind, and taking into account the extensive specs break-down we've provided for you below, do you think the HTC One Max will manage to sway consumers off rival propositions?


HTC One max vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G2

Display

Display size

5.9 inches
5.7 inches
5.2 inches

Resolution

1080 x 1920 pixels
1080 x 1920 pixels
1080 x 1920 pixels

Pixel density

373 ppi
386 ppi
423 ppi

Technology

S-LCD 3
Super AMOLED
IPS LCD

Screen-to-body ratio

70.63 %
74.78 %
76.28 %

Colors

16 777 216
16 777 216
16 777 216

Peak brightness

 
 
450 cd/m2 (nit)

Camera

Rear

Yes
Yes
Yes

Main camera

4 megapixels
13 megapixels
13 megapixels

Hardware Features

Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Autofocus, CMOS image sensor, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Sapphire crystal lens cover, Optical image stabilization, Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)

Specifications

Aperture size: F2.0; Focal length: 28 mm; Sensor size: 1/3"; Pixel size: 2 μm
Aperture size: F2.2; Focal length: 31 mm; Sensor size: 1/3.06"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
Aperture size: F2.4; Focal length: 29 mm; Sensor size: 1/3.06"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm

Flash

LED
LED
LED

Software Features

Digital image stabilization, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, White balance presets, HDR, Panorama, Effects
Digital image stabilization, Touch to focus, Smile detection, Face detection, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets, Burst mode, HDR, Panorama, Scenes, Effects
Touch to focus, Face detection, Voice activation, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets, Burst mode, HDR, Panorama, Scenes, Effects

Video recording

1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (60 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (120 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps)

Features

High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Continuous autofocus
Continuous autofocus, Video light, Digital image stabilization, Video calling
Optical image stabilization

Front

2.1 megapixels
2 megapixels
2.1 megapixels

Video capture

1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)

Design

Dimensions

6.48 x 3.25 x 0.41 inches (164.5 x 82.5 x 10.29 mm)
5.95 x 3.12 x 0.33 inches (151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm)
5.45 x 2.79 x 0.35 inches (138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm)

Weight

7.65 oz (217 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)
5.93 oz (168 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)
5.04 oz (143 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)

Materials

Back: Aluminum
 
 

Biometrics

Fingerprint (swipe)
 
 

Features

Touch sensitive control keys
Stylus, Interchangeable covers
 

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974

Processor

Quad-core, 1700 MHz, Krait 300
Quad-core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400
Quad-core, 2260 MHz, Krait 400

GPU

Adreno 320
Adreno 330
Adreno 330

RAM

2 GB LPDDR2
3 GB LPDDR3
2 GB LPDDR3

Internal storage

32 GB
64 GB
32 GB

Storage expansion

 
 
 

Slot Type

microSDXC, microSDHC, microSD
microSDHC, microSD
 

OS

Android (4.4.2, 4.4, 4.3), HTC Sense UI
Android (5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.4, 4.4, 4.3)
Android (5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.2, 4.2.2)

Battery

Capacity

3300 mAh
3200 mAh
3000 mAh

Talk time

28.00 hours
the average is 22 h (1323 min)
25.00 hours
the average is 22 h (1323 min)
34.30 hours
the average is 22 h (1323 min)

Stand-by time

16.4 days (393 hours)
the average is 21 days (509 h)
22.0 days (528 hours)
the average is 21 days (509 h)
34.2 days (821 hours)
the average is 21 days (509 h)

Talk time (3G)

25.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1397 min)
21.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1397 min)
21.30 hours
the average is 23 h (1397 min)

Stand-by time (3G)

24.4 days (585 hours)
the average is 28 days (669 h)
17.5 days (420 hours)
the average is 28 days (669 h)
34.4 days (826 hours)
the average is 28 days (669 h)

Stand-by time (4G)

 
15.8 days (380 hours)
the average is 27 days (653 h)
 

Music playback

 
84.00 hours
 

Video playback

 
13.00 hours
 

Cellular

LTE (FDD)

Bands 3, 7, 8, 18
Bands 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 17, 18
Bands 1, 3, 7, 8, 20

UMTS

900, 1900, 2100 MHz
850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz

GSM

850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz

Data

LTE, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS
LTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS
LTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s

Multimedia

Screen mirroring

DLNA, MHL, TV-out
DLNA, MHL
DLNA, Wireless screen share, MirrorLink, SlimPort



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49 Comments

1. MobileKicker

Posts: 212; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

The galaxy note 3 wins

12. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

How do you figure? The LG G2 seems to be a fairly decent offering.

30. EarnYourLeather

Posts: 87; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

Because Galaxy is now a household name and people like to feel like they're a part of a successful brand.

32. Windsponge

Posts: 97; Member since: Nov 01, 2009

I checked out LG a lot finally bought note 3. Button on go really ruin a pretty good phone. Note 3 is much smoother. Much better features for me. I think 3 is better.

39. cheetah2k

Posts: 2149; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Note 3... no way.. Not if you put them side by side and watch all the UI lag in the Note 3. The LG G2 is so fluid, and also natively supports LTE-A, plus that "knock knock" to turn on is simply brilliant without the need to press a button or anything!. The Note 3 camera lags like a pig.. much like the S4 camera, you just can't capture a moment without it passing by before the shutter works... ugh.. FTL LG have made a cracking phone in the G2. After their previous 2X and 4X flagship phone failures, they've really pulled their fingers out and given us something awesome

46. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

"UI lag" lol it's obvious you know nothin about note 3.. please mind yourself to check all note 3 reviews on youtube.. you'll see no lag.. or maybe you didn't know what lag means??

2. zhiae unregistered

next best media consumption on the way.

36. GTR722

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

I love how PA always "forgets" about Sony Phones....where is the ZUltra PA ??

45. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

3. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Nice day to show this comparison, PA coz tomorrow all of'em will be dethroned by ........;) :D

11. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

That is assuming that you are putting your faith in rumors seeing as no invites have been sent out for a scheduled event. Just so you know I hope that you are right though.

19. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

They are not rumors anymore. It is all 99.9% confirmed. All that is missing is an official announcement.

21. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

So you have official proof that it will be released tomorrow? Would you care to share said proof that it will be released tomorrow? If you don't then your comment is invalid. Nobody was talking specs here, just announcement/ release date.

4. zhiae unregistered

message to HTC : u dont sell well there is nothing wrong with ur device it is our mind change it fake us like any other company's do.

5. Smokin

Posts: 120; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

Wait. In GSMArena its 6" IPS LCD. I dunno wheres right

15. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

Super-LCD3 is also an IPS panel. Problem with getting a more consistent naming is that manufacturers rarely talk about specifics like this and instead just use blanket terms, like IPS. I've edited the wording a bit to reflect this. Good eye, by the way ;)

7. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Another weak device by HTC. That's why they are falling.

9. Retro-touch unregistered

Have to agree, only a blind and retarded person would go for this over a Note 3, which outclasses it in every department save for build quality

23. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

metal is not equal to build quality. if ygis metal clad breaks with a drop like htc one (which is not repairable) then in my opinion it's not build quality. Watch note 3 s drop test to get what I'm saying.

31. EarnYourLeather

Posts: 87; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

"Metal is not equal to build quality." I wish I could put that on a billboard somewhere.

25. almostdone

Posts: 421; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

With all that metal making the phone so big and heavy 217g.

26. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

Or people who are jt spec Whore. Beside benchmarks there is not really different. You will have similar battery life in all three. The G2 have a much better camera then the note 3. Apple prove that it s not all about spec but user experience. That is why Google only went with a duel core for the Moto X. But only dumb people call other retard for not careing about the new spec. A cellphone is like a computer I don't care about the newest thing spec but something that work and last longer

27. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

GSMArena says note3 camera >>g2. so your opinions are invalid

40. cheetah2k

Posts: 2149; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

GSMArena obviously didnt care about the Note 3 camera startup lag then.. Also the low light video and still photos are terrible... Looks like another rushed device like the S4 IMO. LG G2 >> Note 3 for sure, especially out door photo colour reproduction and IS

44. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

GSMArena is the most null and unbiased site ever (sure their reviews were skewed towards samsung in the past but they have been clean for 5 years now!) and I buy my devices based on their review and fortunately I've never regret it

47. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

shut up boy.. you just pure samsung hater like to talk bullsh*t about them..

20. alouden unregistered

It's probably a decent phone. But you're right. If I were to choose now, I would have to choose the Note 3.

13. nxl2610

Posts: 49; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

S600 ? and the 4 "ultrapixels" camera ? Sry HTC ,your Max is DOA

14. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

1+ AGREED.

33. Windsponge

Posts: 97; Member since: Nov 01, 2009

Agreed!

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