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Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. the competition: the battle of Android flagships has new contenders

Billy Steele

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Samsung has just outed its shiny new Galaxy S5 at Mobile World Congress, but you may be curious how it stacks up against flagships from other outfits. Well folks, we've lined it up side-by-side with the Sony Xperia Z2, LG G Pro 2 and HTC One on the other side of the break. While the GS5 and Xperia Z2 appear to be neck and neck, it may come down to those standout features to see which handset gets the edge. Of course, a new HTC flagship is on the way next month, so we'll have to take stock all over again once the details are revealed. If you're anxious to see how the GS5 matches up with your current daily driver, you can add in that model and tally the numbers with our Compare tool.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Sony Xperia Z2 LG G Pro 2 HTC One
Starting price N/A N/A N/A Free (on-contract)
Known Dimensions 5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches (142 x 72.5 x 8.1mm) 5.78 x 2.89 x 0.32 inches (146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2mm) 6.22 x 3.22 x 0.33 inches (157.9 x 81.9 x 8.3mm) 5.41 x 2.69 x 0.37 inches (137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3mm)
Weight 5.11 oz (145 g) 5.57 oz. (158g) 6.07 oz. (172g) 5.04 oz. (143g)
Screen size 5.1 inches 5.2 inches 5.9 inches 4.7 inches
Screen resolution 1,920 x 1,080 (432ppi) 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (424ppi) 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (377ppi) 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (468ppi)
Screen type Super AMOLED Full HD Triluminos Full HD (IPS) Full HD IPS S-LCD3
Battery 2,800mAh (user removable) 3,200mAh 3,200mAh (user removable) 2,300mAh (non-removable)
Internal storage 16 / 32GB 16GB 16 / 32GB 32 / 64GB
External storage microSD (up to 128GB) microSD (up to 64GB) microSD None
Rear camera 16MP, LED flash 20.7MP, LED flash 13MP, LED flash, OIS+ 4MP, LED flash, UltraPixel, OIS
Front-facing cam 2.0MP 2.2MP 2.1MP 2.1MP
Video capture 4K 4K 4K 1080p
NFC Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bluetooth v4.0


v4.0 v4.0
SoC 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.26 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600
GPU Adreno 330 Adreno 330 Unspecified Adreno 320
WiFi 802.11a/ac/b/g/n, dual-band 802.11a/ac/b/g/n, dual-band 802.11a/ac/b/g/n, dual-band 802.11a/ac/b/g/n, dual-band
Operating system Android 4.4 Android 4.4 Android 4.4 Android 4.4
Standout features Fingerprint scanner, heart rate sensor, Ultra Power Saving Mode, IP67 certified, 4K video IP58 certified, BRAVIA screen tech, Exmor RS camera, 4K video KnockCode, Backside buttons, Mini view, Multi Window UltraPixel camera, Zoe, BoomSound, BlinkFeed
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