LG G3 vs HTC One (M8) vs Note 3 specs comparison: no reservations

LG G3 vs HTC One (M8) vs Note 3 specs comparison: no reservations
The LG G3 is finally here, and with it the battle for the user's attention has become even more fierce, and the choices in the store or online even more perplexing. That's why we are listing a brief specs comparison between three of the hottest current flagships - the G3, the One (M8), and the Note 3 - to help you pick and choose.

As you can see from the listed dimensions below, the largest of the bunch is the Note 3, which is much taller and wider even from the G3, despite the just 0.2" difference in screen diagonals. The most friendly for one-handed operation is the One (M8), chiefly on account of its rather narrow body, which is otherwise no less tall than the G3. Granted, the One (M8) has a much smaller display, compared to the other two, though HTC outfits the tall handset with two BoomSound stereo speakers, which is a fine tradeoff for the extra top and bottom bezel. The One (M8) also has the most premium design of the three, but doesn't sport a removable back cover like the G3 or the Note 3, so you can't swap the battery at will, if needed.

Speaking of displays, the G3 undoubtedly holds the palm of honor here, as it's the first smartphone from a major manufacturer to break the arbitrary 500ppi pixel density barrier, thanks to a Quad HD panel with 538ppi. The increase in pixel density from the 1080p displays of the other two will likely only make a difference if you are perusing hieroglyphs, or watching 2K movies in their native resolution, but it still gives quite the bragging rights. Moreover, LG claims that it's display covers 100% of the sRGB color gamut, which should make for a very good color representation, something that can't be said for the Note 3 display, for instance.

When it comes to the silicon inside, only the Note 3 is left out of the Snapdragon 801 party, as it's outfitted with a Snapdragon 800 processor, but it can still record 4K video, and, frankly, the difference between the two processors will be negligible in real world usage. Note 3 has 3 GB of RAM, and the 32 GB version of the G3 sports as much, while the One (M8) makes do with 2 GB. All that jazz is backed up by a large 3200 mAh battery unit in the Note 3, a slightly smaller capacity 3000 mAh one in the G3, and a 2600 mAh in the One (M8). Note 3 and One (M8) have already proven that they have a great battery endurance with their respective pieces, so it's up to G3 to prove itself in our battery test now.

Last but not least, the One (M8) and the G3 both offer something unique in the camera department. HTC has the Duo Camera, which uses a second sensor/lens combo for added depth perception, while the G3 offers a 13 MP camera with optical image stabilization and laser-assisted autofocus. Note 3 doesn't have any bells and whistles accompanying its 13 MP shooter, but it has proven to be a consistent performer in our camera comparisons, and can produce 4K footage, just like its Snapdragon 801-laden competition. Which one of these would you prefer?

LG G3 vs HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Display

Display size

5.5 inches
5.0 inches
5.7 inches

Resolution

1440 x 2560 pixels
1080 x 1920 pixels
1080 x 1920 pixels

Pixel density

538 ppi
441 ppi
386 ppi

Technology

IPS LCD
S-LCD 3
Super AMOLED

Screen-to-body ratio

75.22 %
66.71 %
74.78 %

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Dual camera
Single camera

Main camera

13 megapixels
4 megapixels
13 megapixels

Hardware Features

Optical image stabilization, Laser autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Autofocus
Autofocus, CMOS image sensor, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)

Specifications

Aperture size: F2.4; Focal length: 29 mm; Sensor size: 1/3.06"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
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

Second camera

 
4 megapixels
 

Hardware Features

 
Depth information
 

Video recording

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

Recording format

MPEG4, H.263, H.264
MPEG4
 

Features

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

Front

2.1 megapixels
5 megapixels
2 megapixels

Video capture

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

Design

Dimensions

5.76 x 2.94 x 0.35 inches (146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm)
5.76 x 2.78 x 0.37 inches (146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm)
5.95 x 3.12 x 0.33 inches (151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm)

Weight

5.26 oz (149 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)
5.64 oz (160 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)
5.93 oz (168 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)

Materials

Back: Plastic
Back: Aluminum
 

Resistance

 
Splash; IP X3
 

Features

 
 
Stylus, Interchangeable covers

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 8974-AC
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974

Processor

Quad-core, 2500 MHz, Krait 400
Quad-core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400
Quad-core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400

GPU

Adreno 330
Adreno 330
Adreno 330

RAM

3 GB LPDDR3
2 GB LPDDR3
3 GB LPDDR3

OS

Android (6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.2)
Android (6.0 Marshmallow, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.3, 4.4), HTC Sense UI
Android (5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.4, 4.4, 4.3)

Battery

Capacity

3000 mAh
2600 mAh
3200 mAh

Charging

 
Yes
 

Talk time

19.00 hours
the average is 20 h (1174 min)
 
25.00 hours
the average is 20 h (1174 min)

Stand-by time

22.8 days (548 hours)
the average is 20 days (491 h)
 
22.0 days (528 hours)
the average is 20 days (491 h)

Talk time (3G)

21.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1387 min)
20.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1387 min)
21.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1387 min)

Stand-by time (3G)

23.0 days (553 hours)
the average is 26 days (614 h)
20.7 days (496 hours)
the average is 26 days (614 h)
17.5 days (420 hours)
the average is 26 days (614 h)

Stand-by time (4G)

25.0 days (600 hours)
the average is 24 days (583 h)
 
15.8 days (380 hours)
the average is 24 days (583 h)

Music playback

 
 
84.00 hours

Video playback

 
 
13.00 hours


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10 Comments

1. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Isin't anyone gonna make or post any comments….?

7. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

This post states 3gb ram while other posts state 2gb, which one is it PA?

2. jrod78414

Posts: 102; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

maybe tomorrow

3. wilsong17 unregistered

you think a few improvement is going to win people most of those feature are already in others phones or apps the only thing i will buy are the The LG Tone Infinim HBS900

4. elisha.siegelman

Posts: 20; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

I think that because of advances in screen technology, 350 ppi and below should be in the middle resolution category.

5. 1ceTr0n

Posts: 549; Member since: May 20, 2012

Note 4 will make them its biatch

6. Sid91 unregistered

I dont really mind which company makes the phone as long as their hardware and software work in harmony LG g3 make a compelling offer. The thing that draws me to Lg is same height as m8 but a much larger display size (Excellent screen ratio), LG has thrown every feature they can think of including the kitchen sink lets hope it all come together. Quick question is the g3 metal body or not ? I might have missed that in the leaks and presentation .

8. JayBEE

Posts: 181; Member since: Apr 03, 2014

Since when does the Note 3 include 64Gb Built-In storage? Are they mistakenly referring to the upcoming Note 4? My Note 3 only has 32Gb built-in storage.

9. alaw.14

Posts: 426; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

I still think the note 3 is the best overall phone you can get out there right now, but lg has got me on this lg g3. All in all the note 3 and lg g3 are tied in my opinion.

10. ausnote2

Posts: 84; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

this just show that note 3 was ahead of its time and still compete after almost a year old. screen estate is my no. 1 priority so g3 is out of my next upgrade. it is gonna be note 4 or lg pro 2 or pantech secret note 2. if note 4 remain at 5.7" screen then it will be the first time i will move away from the note series ( hopefully not ) anyway, kudos to LG. This phone is gonna appeal to mainsteam users. 5.5" is norm now and >=5.9" is phablet territory. Tablet will stagnate and e eventually die off is my prediction

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