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Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G2 specs comparison

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G2 specs comparison
We can't help it but stage a fight between what will be the flagship handsets this spring season - the newly-announced Samsung Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2, and the reigning finest by LG - the G2. All three sport 1080p displays, processors of the Snapdragon 800 family, and high-resolution cameras, but there are more than enough differences to go around, too.

The Galaxy S5 is pretty close to the overall dimensions of the Z2, both being waterproof handsets. The G2 is much shorter and appears more compact, despite having the same 5.2" screen size as the Z2. It has a 13 MP camera, compared to the 16 MP on the S5, or the 20 MP of the Z2, but LG put optical image stabilization in it, so it still counters the other two. 

Of the three handsets only the G2 doesn't have a microSD slot for storage expansion, yet it comes with 32 GB of memory out of the box. Sony tops the rest with its 3 GB of RAM, and is also the phone with the largest battery capacity. The Snapdragon 801 processors in the S5 and Z2 allow 4K video recording and selective focus in the camera app, while LG G2 makes do with "only" 1080p video recording.

Given the specs, you can't go wrong with either of these, and they have enough unique features that separate them, too. The LG G2 moved its physical buttons on the back, allowing for a more compact handset, and easier one-handed operation. The Galaxy S5 sports a Finger Scanner in the home key, as well as a heart rate sensor, while Sony's Z2 counters with stereo speakers and premium design. Which one would you pick this season?

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G2

OSAndroid (6.0, 5.1, 5.0, 4.4.4, 4.4.2), TouchWiz UIAndroid (6.0, 5.1, 5.0, 4.4.4, 4.4.2)Android (5.0, 4.4.2, 4.2.2)
Dimensions5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches (142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm)5.78 x 2.89 x 0.32 inches (146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm)5.45 x 2.79 x 0.35 inches (138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm)
Weight5.11 oz (145 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (155 g)
5.75 oz (163 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (155 g)
5.04 oz (143 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (155 g)
MaterialsMain body: PlasticMain body: Glass 
FeaturesFingerprint (swipe), Touch sensitive control keys, Interchangeable covers  
RuggedWater, Dust resistantWater, Dust resistant 
IP certified

IP certified - The IP code indicates the degree of protection against dust and water. The first number represents dust protection, while the second represents water protection. In IP67, for example, 6 means a completely dust-tight device, while 7 means the device can stay immersed in up to 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes. In IP68, a higher level of water protection is expected, but exact numbers aren't specified: both depth and continuance are specified by the manufacturer on per device basis.

IP 67IP 58 
Physical size5.1 inches5.2 inches5.2 inches
Resolution1080 x 1920 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density

Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

432 ppi424 ppi423 ppi

Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

Screen-to-body ratio

Screen-to-body ratio - Shows what part of the frontal area of a phone its screen occupies.

69.76 %69.17 %76.28 %
Colors16 777 21616 777 21616 777 216
Peak brightness  450 cd/m2 (nit)
Camera16 megapixels20.7 megapixels13 megapixels
Aperture size

Aperture size - The aperture of a camera is the opening through which light travels before it reaches the camera sensor. The smaller the number is, the bigger this opening is, allowing for more light to pass.

Focal length (35mm equivalent)

Focal length (35mm equivalent) - The lower (shorter) the focal length number, the wider the shot will be. Conversely, longer focal length cameras produce narrower frames, which can be used for telephoto (zoomed-in) purposes.

31 mm 29 mm
Camera sensor size

Camera sensor size - A bigger camera sensor is able to capture more light, and thus produce better photos.

Pixel size

Pixel size - The size of an individual pixel on a camera's sensor. The bigger, the better.

1.12 μm1.12 μm1.12 μm
Hardware FeaturesAutofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)Autofocus, CMOS image sensorSapphire crystal lens cover, Optical image stabilization, Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Software FeaturesDigital image stabilization, Touch to focus, Smile detection, Face detection, Voice activation, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo taggingFace detection, Smile detection, Digital zoom, Digital image stabilization, Touch to focus, Geo taggingTouch to focus, Face detection, Voice activation, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo tagging
Camcorder3840x2160 (4K) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps)3840x2160 (4K)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps)
Recording formatMPEG4, H.264MPEG4, 3GPP 
FeaturesHigh Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Continuous autofocus, Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharingHigh Dynamic Range mode (HDR)Optical image stabilization
Front-facing camera2.1 megapixels2.2 megapixels2.1 megapixels
Video capture1920x1080 (1080p HD)1920x1080 (1080p HD)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)
System chip

System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974-ACQualcomm Snapdragon 801 8974-ABQualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974

Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

Quad-core, 2500 MHz, Krait 400Quad-core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400Quad-core, 2260 MHz, Krait 400
Graphics processor

Graphics processor - The graphics processor is important for the smooth operation of the system and especially in games and other applications that may involve complex graphics and animations.

Adreno 330Adreno 330Adreno 330
System memory

System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

2 GB RAM (Dual-channel) / LPDDR33 GB RAM (Dual-channel) / LPDDR32 GB RAM (Dual-channel, 800 MHz) / LPDDR3
Built-in storage

Built-in storage - Bigger storage capacity allows you to keep more content saved onto your device, such as more applications, photos or video. Games and video content typically take up the biggest amount of storage space.

32 GB16 GB32 GB
Storage expansion

Storage expansion - Some handsets allow you to expand their storage capacity by using a memory expansion card – most often microSD. Expansion memory is mostly suitable for media storage, such as photo, video or music content.

microSD, microSDHC, microSDXCmicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXC 

Capacity - The bigger, the better! However, battery capacity is not the only factor that has an effect on battery life. Those include the chipset in use, the software running on the device, as well as the consumer's unique usage pattern.

2800 mAh3200 mAh3000 mAh
Wireless chargingOptionalOptional 
Talk time21.00 hours
the average is 20 h (1190 min)
15.00 hours
the average is 20 h (1190 min)
34.30 hours
the average is 20 h (1190 min)
Stand-by time16.2 days (390 hours)
the average is 19 days (463 h)
28.8 days (690 hours)
the average is 19 days (463 h)
34.2 days (821 hours)
the average is 19 days (463 h)
Talk time (3G)21.00 hours
the average is 18 h (1071 min)
19.00 hours
the average is 18 h (1071 min)
21.30 hours
the average is 18 h (1071 min)
Stand-by time (3G) 30.8 days (740 hours)
the average is 25 days (606 h)
34.4 days (826 hours)
the average is 25 days (606 h)
Music playback67.00 hours120.00 hours 
Video playback13.00 hours10.00 hours 
Screen mirroringMHLDLNA, Wireless screen share, MHL, MirrorLinkDLNA, Wireless screen share, MirrorLink, SlimPort
GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1700/2100, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
LTE (FDD)Bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20Bands 13, 17, 20, 5, 8, 4, 3, 2, 1, 7Bands 1, 3, 7, 8, 20
DataLTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTSLTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/sLTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s

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posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:05 20

1. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

Z2 is the winner here...

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:30 2

13. Reverence (Posts: 224; Member since: 16 Jul 2012)

G2 because it has power, design and OS..

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 15:28

29. osanilevich (Posts: 286; Member since: 29 Sep 2009)

Is that a joke? G2 is the most underpowered of the three. Design and OS are both tossups but power is simply not true

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 16:08

32. cheetah2k (Posts: 1746; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)

G2 for OS? 99% of the world is still on 4.2.2...... Fk dat

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:32 4

15. Johnnokia (Posts: 1144; Member since: 27 May 2012)

No one is winner. Both S5 and Z2 are disappointed ..

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:37

24. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

I have to agree with you. Both S5 and Z2 are very much a refresher of their little brothers. However, they are still very good phones. For me who is upgrading from the Nexus 4 to one new flagship soon, I might have to go with Z2 because I love the water proof feature and the front facing camera. I wouldn't trust the S5's water proof just yet, because their failure with the S4 Active. However, other aspect S5 has a small advantage over Z2.

I am going to see what HTC has to offer. They need to move their announce date earlier... this is killing me XD But for now, I am set on the Z2 as my next phone

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 19:53 2

36. Nexus4lifes (Posts: 208; Member since: 13 Feb 2014)

For you Mr Nokiatrolialumia Both the S5 and Z2 are light years ahead of any nokia alive... especially when the nokia x+ is the best nokia around...

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 07:11

46. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

Nokia X+ should never even exist... go home Nokia, you are drunk.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:11

23. Skoms (Posts: 118; Member since: 03 Feb 2014)

Sony Z2 or Samsung S5

They are both water resistent

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 16:53

33. mokhtar (Posts: 405; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)

s5 is water resistant , z2 is a waterproof , there is a huge difference :D

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 20:17

38. Kaiser2007 (Posts: 173; Member since: 16 Nov 2013)

Yeah. Z2 is the only one with LTE for both USA and Europe.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:12 14

2. 007Rokib (Posts: 16; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

Z2 is the clear winner.........

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:13 2

3. mobi_user (Posts: 152; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)

Apart from being a hardware beasts, nothing interesting yet.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:14 11

4. AshishRomea (Posts: 145; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)

Z2 wins it , im still in shock that its the Galaxy S5 :o

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:17 8

5. Jishnusur (Posts: 139; Member since: 07 Oct 2013)

The samsung S5, what an EPIC Fail lol! 6 months old G2 is better in every aspect..

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:18 4

6. HASHTAG (unregistered)

The Z2 probably wins, though the S5 will still outnumber the Z2 in sales.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:19 7

7. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:20 9

8. xrahul007 (Posts: 3; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)

Z2 is the new champion...start of the fall of Samsung....

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:22 8

9. mokhtar (Posts: 405; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


posted on 24 Feb 2014, 15:48

30. shy2papa (Posts: 336; Member since: 23 Jan 2010)

Absolutely Samsung has run out of ideas and waiting for Apple to release the iPhone 6 copy it lol

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:22 4

10. yadu004 (Posts: 72; Member since: 26 Apr 2013)

Perhaps the Laziest update in the Galaxy S line!! .. They didn't even bother to change the design!!!.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:30 5

11. LiyanaBG (Posts: 381; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)

G2 and Z2 million times better

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:30 7

12. N3Z1droid (Posts: 89; Member since: 02 Jan 2014)

i must admit, this round is Z2 win, congrats Sony

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:31

14. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)

Nearly all these phones are clones of last years models,innovation is seems to be dead

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:45

16. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

They all suck pretty hard. The LG G2 is too big. The S5 is way too big and the Z2 is bwhahaha way WAY too big. The HTC One new is going to fail even harder because that is just what HTC does.

My Nexus 5 is better which is quite sad....

The LG G3 is the last hope....

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:51

17. rickysam (Posts: 44; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)

hold on guys s5 is gonna kill the other two when it comes to performance i think this time sony cant even match the 16mp camera of s5

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:54 3

18. xrahul007 (Posts: 3; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)

Drunken man's dream....

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:11

22. rickysam (Posts: 44; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)

wait for the reviews dude

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:00

19. egbtmagus (Posts: 93; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)

Holy crap! It weighs more and is bigger than the G2 while still having a smaller display, a WORSE camera and smaller battery. HA!

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:47

26. georaldc (Posts: 5; Member since: 13 Oct 2013)

The one time I tried a G2, its video recording option couldn't even get close to 60fps, let alone hold a steady framerate. The optical stabilizer also didn't make much of a difference (though I didn't have time to play with it long) so I don't know how you can easily classify it as a WORSE camera.

Why are so many sites and reviews always mentioning the G2's 60fps recording feature anyway when you need some serious light for it to not drop frames.

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