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

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LG G3 vs HTC One (M8) vs Note 3 specs comparison
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?

Display

Size

5.7 inches
5.0 inches
5.5 inches

Technology

Super AMOLED
S-LCD 3
IPS LCD

Screen-to-body

74.78 %
66.71 %
75.22 %

Features

Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Oleophobic coating, Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Hardware

System chip

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

Processor

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

GPU

Adreno 330
Adreno 330
Adreno 330

RAM

3GB LPDDR3
2GB LPDDR3
3GB LPDDR3

Internal storage

64GB
32GB
32GB

OS

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

Battery

Capacity

3200 mAh
2600 mAh
3000 mAh

Charging

 
Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0
 

Talk time

25.00 hours
the average is 17 h (996 min)
 
19.00 hours
the average is 17 h (996 min)

Stand-by time

22.0 days (528 hours)
the average is 20 days (472 h)
 
22.8 days (548 hours)
the average is 20 days (472 h)

Talk time (3G)

21.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)
20.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)
21.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)

Stand-by time (3G)

17.5 days (420 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)
20.7 days (496 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)
23.0 days (553 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)

Stand-by time (4G)

15.8 days (380 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)
 
25.0 days (600 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)

Music playback

84.00 hours
 
 

Video playback

13.00 hours
 
 

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Dual camera
Single camera

Main camera

13 MP (Autofocus, CMOS image sensor, BSI sensor)
4 MP (Autofocus)
13 MP (OIS, Laser autofocus, BSI sensor)

Specifications

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

Second camera

 
4 MP (Depth information)
 

Video recording

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

Recording format

 
 
MPEG4, H.263, H.264

Features

Continuous autofocus, Video light, EIS, Video calling
HDR, Video light, Video sharing
OIS

Front

2 MP
5 MP
2.1 MP

Video capture

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

Design

Dimensions

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

Weight

5.93 oz (168.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
5.64 oz (160.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
5.26 oz (149.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)

Materials

 
Back: Aluminum
Back: Plastic

Resistance

 
Splash; IPX3
 

Features

Stylus, Interchangeable covers
 
 
See the full Samsung Galaxy Note3 vs HTC One (M8) vs LG G3 specs comparison or compare them to other phones using our Specs Comparison tool.


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PhoneArena Score:

9.2

User Score:

9.3
  • Display 5.5 inches 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera) 2.1 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 3GB RAM
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  • Battery 3000 mAh
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User Score:

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  • Camera 4 MP (Dual camera) 5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow HTC Sense UI
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  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera) 2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 3GB RAM
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