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

Display

Display size

5.1 inches
5.2 inches
5.2 inches

Resolution

1080 x 1920 pixels
1080 x 1920 pixels
1080 x 1920 pixels

Pixel density

432 ppi
424 ppi
423 ppi

Technology

Super AMOLED
IPS LCD
IPS LCD

Screen-to-body ratio

69.76 %
69.17 %
76.28 %

Peak brightness

 
 
450 cd/m2 (nit)

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

16 megapixels
20.7 megapixels
13 megapixels

Hardware Features

Back-illuminated sensor (BSI), Phase detection autofocus
Autofocus, CMOS image sensor
Sapphire crystal lens cover, Optical image stabilization, Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)

Specifications

Aperture size: F2.2; Focal length: 31 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.6"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
Aperture size: F2.0; Sensor size: 1/2.3"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
Aperture size: F2.4; Focal length: 29 mm; Sensor size: 1/3.06"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm

Video recording

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

Recording format

MPEG4, H.264
MPEG4, 3GPP
 

Features

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

Front

2.1 megapixels
2.2 megapixels
2.1 megapixels

Video capture

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

Design

Dimensions

5.59 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)

Weight

5.11 oz (145 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)
5.75 oz (163 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)
5.04 oz (143 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)

Materials

Back: Plastic
Back: Glass
 

Resistance

Water, Dust; IP 67
Water, Dust; IP 58
 

Biometrics

Fingerprint (swipe)
 
 

Features

Touch sensitive control keys, Interchangeable covers, Notification light
 
Notification light

Hardware & Performance

System chip

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

Processor

Quad-core, 2500 MHz, Krait 400, 32-bit, 28 nm
Quad-core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400
Quad-core, 2260 MHz, Krait 400

GPU

Adreno 330
Adreno 330
Adreno 330

RAM

2 GB LPDDR3
3 GB LPDDR3
2 GB LPDDR3

OS

Android (6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.4, 4.4.2), Samsung TouchWiz UI
Android (6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.4, 4.4.2)
Android (5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.2, 4.2.2)

Battery

Capacity

2800 mAh
3200 mAh
3000 mAh

Talk time

21.00 hours
the average is 21 h (1288 min)
15.00 hours
the average is 21 h (1288 min)
34.30 hours
the average is 21 h (1288 min)

Stand-by time

16.2 days (390 hours)
the average is 19 days (457 h)
28.8 days (690 hours)
the average is 19 days (457 h)
34.2 days (821 hours)
the average is 19 days (457 h)

Talk time (3G)

21.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1362 min)
19.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1362 min)
21.30 hours
the average is 23 h (1362 min)

Stand-by time (3G)

 
30.8 days (740 hours)
the average is 25 days (611 h)
34.4 days (826 hours)
the average is 25 days (611 h)

Music playback

67.00 hours
120.00 hours
 

Video playback

13.00 hours
10.00 hours
 

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48 Comments

1. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Z2 is the winner here...

13. Reverence

Posts: 224; Member since: Jul 16, 2012

G2 because it has power, design and OS..

29. osanilevich

Posts: 287; Member since: Sep 29, 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

32. cheetah2k

Posts: 2211; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

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

15. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

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

24. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 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

36. Nexus4lifes

Posts: 290; Member since: Feb 13, 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...

46. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

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

23. Skoms

Posts: 118; Member since: Feb 03, 2014

Sony Z2 or Samsung S5 They are both water resistent

33. mokhtar

Posts: 405; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

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

38. Kaiser2007

Posts: 173; Member since: Nov 16, 2013

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

2. 007Rokib

Posts: 16; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

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

3. mobi_user

Posts: 152; Member since: Jun 18, 2013

Apart from being a hardware beasts, nothing interesting yet.

4. AshishRomea

Posts: 145; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

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

5. Jishnusur

Posts: 173; Member since: Oct 07, 2013

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

6. HASHTAG unregistered

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

7. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

LOLOLOLOL what you say now SAMMY BOYS HAHAHAH! As Sony promised, Z2 IS EXTRA ORDINARY

8. xrahul007

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

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

9. mokhtar

Posts: 405; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Z2 CLEAAAAAR WINNER

30. shy2papa

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 23, 2010

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

10. yadu004

Posts: 72; Member since: Apr 26, 2013

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

11. LiyanaBG

Posts: 381; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

G2 and Z2 million times better

12. N3Z1droid

Posts: 89; Member since: Jan 02, 2014

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

14. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

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

16. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 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....

17. rickysam

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 07, 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

18. xrahul007

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Drunken man's dream....

22. rickysam

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

wait for the reviews dude

19. egbtmagus

Posts: 93; Member since: Apr 12, 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!

26. georaldc

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 13, 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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