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

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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 (20 nm)
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
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 11 h (660 min)
 
 
Stand-by time
22.8 days (548 hours)
the average is 29 days (688 h)
 
 
Talk time (3G)
21.00 hours
the average is 0 h (0 min)
20.00 hours
the average is 0 h (0 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 20 days (472 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 oz (171 g)
6.21 oz (176.0 g)
the average is 6 oz (171 g)
5.08 oz (144.0 g)
the average is 6 oz (171 g)
Materials
Back: Plastic
Back: Plastic; Frame: Aluminum
Back: Plastic
Resistance
 
 
Splash
Biometrics
 
Fingerprint (swipe)
 
Features
 
Notification light, Touch sensitive control keys
 
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