The first thing you’ll love about these smartphones is the premium look, although the One M7’s body is made of plastic but the design is the same as its successor. The G3 is absolutely astonishing, offering not only an elegant exterior, but some high end features as well.
Displays and sizes
The G3 has a larger display than its opponents. It’s a True HD-IPS + LCD display with the size of 5.5inches, which is capable of supporting a resolution of 1440x2560pixels and 534ppi. We can all agree that this smartphone outpaces many of the devices of its generation, and here we’re referring to the HTC models, One M8 and One M7, which feature a 5inches display with 1080x1920pixels and 441ppi, and a 4.7inches display with the same screen resolution, but a higher pixel density – 469ppi. The HTC phones have Super LCD3 displays, and the One M8 and the G3 are protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3, while the M7, being an older phone, features Gorilla Glass 2.
The G3 and the One M8 have a metallic look, but the G3 is thinner at 8.9mm (it’s 146.3mm tall, has a width of 74.6mm and a weight of 149grams), while the One M8 is the thickest phone at 9.4mm (it’s 146.4mm tall, has a width of 70.6mm and a weight of 160grams). The M7 is the lightest (143grams) because it’s smaller – 137.4×68.2×9.3mm.
Hardware and OS
The G3 and the One M8 variant for China are extremely powerful, being powered by the same 2.5GHz quad core Krait 400 processor, based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset, but LG is using the MSM8975AC version, while HTC uses the MSM8974AB series. The US/EMEA variant of the One M8 is powered by the same processor, but it’s clocked at 2.3GHz. Plus, both of the phones have Adreno 330 GPU. As for the One M7, the HTC model is powered by a weaker Quad core 1.7GHz Krait 300 processor, which is backed by a Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600 chipset and uses an Adreno 320 GPU.
There are two versions of the G3 – one that has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of built in storage (expandable up to 128GB) and another one that hosts 3GB of RAM and 32GB of ROM (also expandable up to 128GB). The One M8 has 2GB of RAM and 16/32 GB of internal storage, expandable up to 128GB, while its predecessor has 2GB of RAM and 32/64 GB of internal storage, unexpandable.
The G3 comes loaded with Android v4.4.2 (KitKat), the One M8 runs on the same version, but it’s upgradable to v4.4.3 (KitKat) and has HTC Sense UI v6 on top of it, while the M7 came with v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean), now it’s running on v4.3 (Jelly Bean) and soon it will be upgraded to v4.4 (KitKat). Also, it has HTC Sense UI v5.
The G3 has a 13MP rear camera with optical image stabilization, dual LED flash and an IR blaster beam which helps the device to obtain the fastest autofocus. Also, there is a 2.1MP camera on the front which records videos at 1080p@30fps. The One M8 is using a Dual 4MP camera (Ultrapixel) with 3D effect and a 5MP camera on the front. The One M7 has a 4MP rear camera and a 2.1MP secondary camera. You should know that all three smartphones have a 1/3” sensor size, but only the G3 shoots 4K videos.
The G3 is the champion of this category, having a battery with the capacity of 3,000mAh with which you can talk 21hours on 3G. The One M8 and One M7 have non removable batteries with 2,600mAh and 2,300mAh respectively.
The G3 32GB variant costs 630 dollars on amazon.com. The 32GB variant of the One M8 is priced at 654 dollars and the 32GB variant of its predecessor costs 350 dollars.
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