Motorola Moto X (2014) vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs LG G3: spec comparison


The new Motorola Moto X has broken cover today and it’s time we compared it against two other heavy-weight flagship devices, two phablets, in fact: the just-unveiled Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the already available LG G3.

First, let’s say that the 5.2-inch Moto X is noticeably more compact than the pretty large Note 4 and G3, so when you pick between these devices your first and foremost concern should be about deciding on the right size for you.

For all else, though, we are looking at three of the most powerful devices on the market right now. The new Moto X features a Snapdragon 801 system chip, just as the LG G3, and only the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 can brag with having the newer Snapdragon 805. However, the difference in performance is mitigated by the fact that the Note 4 has a tougher task with that 1440 x 2560-pixel Quad HD display with its much higher pixel load, while the Moto X’s 1080p screen does not put such a strain on performance.

You can pick up the rest of the differences between these three in the table right below, and feel free to also share your thoughts about how much specs affect your buying decisions these days as the difference between devices are starting to become less noticeable.

Display

Size

5.5 inches
5.7 inches
5.2 inches

Technology

IPS LCD
Super AMOLED
AMOLED

Screen-to-body

75.22 %
74.39 %
73.46 %

Features

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

Hardware

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 8974-AC
Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 5433
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 8974-AC

Processor

Quad-core, 2500 MHz, Krait 400
Octa-core, 1900 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit, 20 nm
Quad-core, 2500 MHz, Krait 400

GPU

Adreno 330
Mali-T760 MP6
Adreno 330

RAM

3GB LPDDR3
3GB LPDDR3
2GB LPDDR3

Internal storage

32GB
32GB
32GB

OS

Android (6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.2)
Android (6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4), Samsung TouchWiz UI
Android (5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.4)

Battery

Capacity

3000 mAh
3220 mAh
2300 mAh

Charging

 
Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0
Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0

Talk time

19.00 hours
the average is 17 h (1036 min)
 
 

Stand-by time

22.8 days (548 hours)
the average is 22 days (522 h)
 
 

Talk time (3G)

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

Stand-by time (3G)

23.0 days (553 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)
 
 

Stand-by time (4G)

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

Music playback

 
82.00 hours
 

Video playback

 
14.00 hours
 

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

13 MP (OIS, Laser autofocus, BSI sensor)
16 MP (OIS, Autofocus, BSI sensor)
13 MP (Autofocus)

Specifications

Aperture size: F2.4; Focal length: 29 mm; Sensor size: 1/3.06"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
Aperture size: F2.2; Focal length: 31 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.6"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
Aperture size: F2.2; Focal length: 29 mm; Sensor size: 1/3.06"; Pixel size: 1.13 μm

Video recording

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

Recording format

MPEG4, H.263, H.264
 
 

Features

OIS
OIS, Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recording, Video calling, Video sharing
EIS, Video calling

Front

2.1 MP
3.7 MP
2 MP

Video capture

1920x1080 (Full HD)
2560x1440 (QHD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD)

Design

Dimensions

5.76 x 2.94 x 0.35 inches (146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm)
6.04 x 3.09 x 0.33 inches (153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm)
5.54 x 2.85 x 0.39 inches (140.8 x 72.4 x 9.9 mm)

Weight

5.26 oz (149.0 g)
the average is 6.3 oz (179 g)
6.21 oz (176.0 g)
the average is 6.3 oz (179 g)
5.08 oz (144.0 g)
the average is 6.3 oz (179 g)

Materials

Back: Plastic
Back: Plastic; Frame: Aluminum
Back: Plastic

Resistance

 
 
Splash

Biometrics

 
Fingerprint (swipe)
 

Features

 
Notification light, Touch sensitive control keys
 

Related phones

Moto X (2014)
  • Display 5.2 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera)
    2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
    2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB,
  • Battery 2300 mAh
  • OS Android 5.1 Lollipop
Galaxy Note4
  • Display 5.7 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera)
    3.7 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 7 Octa
    3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3220 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    Samsung TouchWiz UI
G3
  • Display 5.5 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera)
    2.1 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
    3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow

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