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Specs showdown: S5 vs Z2 vs M8 vs Find 7 vs G3

Kris Carlon
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It's the time of year when all the big guns are dropping new flagships and others are just on the horizon, so if you're thinking about picking up a new smartphone for the summer, here's the specs comparison you need to help you compare apples to apples. Even though the LG G3 hasn't been made official yet, we've taken the liberty of taking a shot at the specs you might be able to expect. But take those with a grain of salt. [Update: edited the specs table for the G3 now it has been announced.]

S5 Z2 G3 M8 Find 7
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The Galaxy S5 was a bit of a let down for many when it was announced and the Xperia Z2 is a relatively minor improvement over the Z1 as far as flagship successors go. The Oppo Find 7 is a bit of a beast but we have yet to see a unit in the flesh. The HTC One M8 has pretty much blown everyone's socks off, including ours, and it just goes to show what can be achieved without needing the best specs available. The upcoming LG G3, while still residing in rumorville, will pretty much be the opposite – a premium specs machine that probably won't get as much attention as it deserves. Here's the numbers for you to ponder over in any case.

  Samsung Galaxy S5 Sony Xperia Z2 Oppo Find 7 HTC One M8 LG G3
Display 1920 x 1080 (432ppi), 5.1-inch Super AMOLED Full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels (424 ppi), 5.2-inch Triluminos Full HD IPS 2,560 x 1,440 pixels,(538 ppi), 5.5-inch Quad HD (2K) IPS 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (441 ppi), 5-inch Full HD LCD 2,560 x 1,440 pixels (538 ppi), 5.5-inch IPS LCD 
Processor 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 800, Adreno 330 graphics 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 801, Adreno 330 graphics 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801, Adreno 330 graphics

2.3 GHz Snapdragon 801, Adreno 330 graphics

2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801, Adreno 330 graphics
Memory 2GB 3 GB 3 GB 2 GB 2/3 GB
Internal Memory 16 / 32 GB (microSD up to 128 GB) 16 GB (microSD up to 64 GB) 32 GB (microSD up to 128 GB) 16 / 32 GB (microSD up to 128 GB) 16/32 GB (microSD up to 128 GB)
Camera 16 MP OIS (Rear), 2 MP (Front)

20.7 MP OIS (Rear), 2.2 MP (Front)

13 MP BSI sensor (Rear), 5 MP (Front) 4 MP Ultrapixel OIS (Rear), 5 MP (Front) 13 MP OIS+ (Rear), 2.1 MP (Front)
Connectivity 802.11a/ac/b/g/n, dual-band Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, LTE 802.11a/ac/b/g/n, dual-band Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, LTE 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n dual-band Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0. LTE 802.11a/ac/b/g/n, dual-band Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, LTE 802.11a/ac/b/g/n, dual-band Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, LTE
Battery 2,800 mAh (removable) 3,200 mAh 3,000 mAh (removable) 2,600 mAh 3,000 mAh (removable)
Operating System Android 4.4, TouchWiz Android 4.4, Xperia UI Android 4.3, Color OS 2.0 Android 4.4, HTC Sense 6 Android 4.4.2, Optimus UI
Dimensions 142 x 72.5 x 8.1mm 146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2mm 152.6 x 75 x 9.2 mm 146.4 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm
Weight 145 g 158g 171 g 160 g 149 g
Other Features Fingerprint scanner, heart rate sensor, Ultra Power Saving Mode, IP67 certified, 4K video IP58 certified, BRAVIA screen tech, Exmor RS camera, 4K video 50 MP images (via software), VOOC rapid charger, 4K video, MaxxAudio UltraPixel Duo camera, Zoe, BoomSound, BlinkFeed Laser auto-focus, Knock On/Knock Code, 4K video, Qi charging

Price and availability

This is where things always get sticky, it's easy to compare numbers on a table, but a lot harder to evaluate just how much some of the ''extras'' are really worth. Not to mention some of these devices come in 16 GB models and others in 32 GB (or both). The Galaxy S5 is 650 USD (16 GB), the Xperia Z2 600-650 USD (16 GB), the Find 7 600 USD (32 GB), the One M8 650 USD (16 GB) and the G3 will cost who knows what, let's say 600-650 USD.

So while all of these flagships roll in at around the same price, the specs are all over the shop and the additional extras are entirely up to your taste. Hardware-wise, I'm tempted to give it to the Find 7, although the G3 could come in and top it, especially if it's running the newest version of Android (even with the rather awful Optimus UI). But all things considered, I think the HTC One M8 may very well stand the test of time in the same way as the previous version.

What do you think comes out on top so far? What is the major consideration for you in a smartphone?

What is the best flagship of 2014 (so far)?

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  • Randy Dennis 8 months ago Link

    I guess the only reason I said none, is because I have heard good things, and am interested to see what comes from the Oneplus One.

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  • Apolzan Marius 8 months ago Link

    i won't give a vote to a phone that is not out yet and all about it are rumors, so in my opinion g3 it shouldn't be in here at all

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  • Bojan M. 8 months ago Link

    I must say I really like Oppo Find 7. The beast indeed, in every possible sense! I would even pay more to get that phone and it actually costs less than the others. Absolutely amazing phone!

    The second place goes to Sony Xperia Z2, even as a letdown it still is a very nice phone, and better looking than the others (well, except Find 7 actually).

    I don't care about the rest of them. Samsung is same old same old, which now I find boring. HTC phones never liked and don't care about that aluminum body of One M8, but the speakers are nice. LG G3? What about it? A complete rumor, so beat it.

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  • Leon Borin 8 months ago Link

    Wait for iphone 6 launch and you will know which one. If iphone 6 does not stand out maybe either s5 or m8 will gonna bbe. nothing is perfect though, because s5 still plastic and m8 camera still lame. Or the google next nexus phone is worth to wait. don't forget upcoming oneplus one too!

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      Kris Carlon 8 months ago Link

      Good call, just writing an article about OnePlus One right now!

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  • Andrew White 6 months ago Link

    How can the Oppo Find 7 not be 'the smartphone of 2014' when price enters the equation.
    I would definitely have considered the LG G3 but the $900 approx. price is $300 more than the Oppo.
    The LG has an ultra-slim bezel which is very appealing, but Oppo's fast charging and 50mp images really are the nails in LG and others coffins.

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