Samsung Galaxy S5 vs LG G3 vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs HTC One M8

LG introduced the latest iteration in its high-end Android smartphone range, the LG G3, at events around the world on Tuesday, 27 May 2014.

The new device is set to go toe-to-toe with other heavy-weights in the Android smartphone arena, including the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, and Sony Xperia Z2.

While there is still competition between these powerhouses when it comes to their internal hardware and cameras, a new contest has emerged thanks to Sony’s introduction of waterproofing on its high-end phones in 2013.

Samsung has waded in with an IP67 rating on the Galaxy S5, which means its dust proof and can resist being submerged in water up to 1 meter for 30 minutes.

The IPx3 rating on the HTC One M8 means it has no dust resistance and isn’t water resistant or waterproof either, but can withstand spraying water for a limited period.

Sony’s Xperia Z2, as with its predecessor, boasts a rating of IP55 & IP58, meaning its dust resistant and waterproof. According to Sony, the device can be kept under 1.5 metres of fresh water for up to 30 minutes.

The table below compares some of the key specifications of the devices to one another:

Specifications LG G3 Samsung Galaxy S5 HTC One M8 Sony Xperia Z2
Dimensions 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9mm 142.0 x 72.5 x 8.1mm 146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35mm 146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2mm
Weight 149g 145g 160g 163g
Operating system Android 4.4.2 Android 4.4.2 Android 4.4 Android 4.4
Display 5.5″ Quad HD IPS (1440×2560) 5.1″ 1080p (1080×1920) 5″ 1080p (1080×1920) 5.2″ 1080p (1080×1920)
Rear camera 13MP “OIS+” 16MP 4MP UltraPixel + 4MP Duo Camera 20.7MP
Front camera 2.1MP 2.1MP 5MP (wide angle) 2.2MP
Storage, internal 32GB 16/32GB 16GB / 32GB 16GB
Storage, expandable microSD microSD microSD microSD
Processor 2.5GHz quad-core Krait 400 (Snapdragon 801) Exynos 5422 2.1GHz quad Cortex-A15 + 1.5GHz quad Cortex-A7 / 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974AB)
Graphics Adreno 330 Mali T628 MP6 / Adreno 330 Adreno 330 Adreno 330
Battery 3,000mAh (removable) 2,800mAh (removable) 2,600mAh 3,200mAh
IP-rating None IP67 (dust proof, water resistant) IPx3 IP55 & IP58 (dust resistant, waterproof)
NFC Yes Yes Yes Yes

The hardware only tells part of the story, as each of the devices also include their own custom software features and bundles to set them apart from one another.

In South Africa, the Samsung Galaxy S5 also comes with a special warranty that the company has dubbed “ADH Premium” – ADH stands for Accidental Damage from Handling.

Among other things, the warranty offers two no-questions-asked screen or liquid damage repairs, with free collection and delivery and a loan unit for the duration of the repair.

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