How Does the LG G3 Stack Up Against its Rivals?

By Gerald Lynch on at

It suffered its fair share of pre-launch leaks and rumours, but LG's G3 flagship smartphone managed to keep a handful of secrets back for last night's launch event. With a 2560 x 1440 resolution screen, a Laser Auto Focus camera and speedy quad-core processor, it has left nothing to chance. But does it have what it takes to impress over its iPhone 5S and Samsung Galaxy S5 competition?

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On the raw numbers alone it's hard to argue with -- none of the leading manufacturers have a screen that can compare to the LG G3's. But in practice is it necessary? From my brief time with the phone it's only noticeable advantage comes when held right up against your face whilst looking at supremely detailed photos. That's not necessarily an everyday use case.

Battery may be a concern too -- even with a smaller, less pixel-dense screen the 5.2-inch, 1080p Sony Xperia Z2 is sporting a larger battery than the G3 is, with the Z2 offering up a 3200mAh battery pack compared to the G3's 3000mAh. LG claim that adaptive screen refresh and CPU clocking speeds will aid its battery life, but I'm guessing putting it under some strain will see it deplete rapidly regardless.

As for the camera, that depends on what features you prize most highly. If it is sheer megapixels, the Nokia Lumia 1020's 41MP rear shooter still takes some beating, while the HTC One M8's Duo Camera has some neat depth-tweaking features all of its own. The LG G3's 13MP camera is no slouch though, and its Laser Auto Focus system should make low-light shooting and capturing fast-moving scenes painless.

Hit the chart above for a full break down of the specs battle.