HTC One vs LG Optimus G Pro

Vs Paul Briden 16:04, 28 Feb 2013

We check out how two of the biggest new flagships compare with the HTC One against LG's Optimus G Pro

The HTC One is the Taiwanese phone-maker’s latest flagship handset and sports a premium-grade aluminium unibody, a quad-core Qualcomm processor and a large Full HD 1080p display.

LG’s Optimus G Pro is an even bigger smartphone and the company’s hero model, it too has a Full HD display and quad-core chip.

LG Optimus G Pro: Key specs and what’s hot

The Optimus G Pro has a large 5.5-inch IPS+ LCD display with a 1920x1080 pixel Full HD resolution, resulting in a pixel density of 401 pixels-per-inch (ppi). This is wonderfully crisp and colourful with excellent brightness too.

Under the bonnet is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core S4 APQ8064T chip clocked at 1.7GHz, paired with a combo of 2GB of dual-channel RAM and an Adreno 320 graphics processing unit (GPU).

All of this means you’ll find unprecedented performance for running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, navigating homescreens, multitasking, viewing high quality multimedia and using intensive apps and games.

Onboard storage space is 32GB but this can be expanded via regular microSD cards up to 32GB and high-capacity variants up to 64GB.

HTC One: Key specs and what’s hot

The most striking thing about the HTC One is its external design and build quality. It’s an incredibly elegant looking device which is more like a piece of aluminium art than a phone.

Essentially, the display panel sits inside an angular shiny black surround which has a very narrow bezel, this in turn sits inside the unibody shell, which wraps around at the top and bottom to effectively ‘cap’ the display panel at either end.

The end-caps have punched hole grills for the speaker and microphone, adding to the high-tech appearance.

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The back panel is a continuous expanse of metal and curves away into a D-shaped cross section and the corners have also been softened. There’s some interesting etched detailing on the back panel where each of the ‘caps’ sit, which extends to the flush-fitting camera lens port and looks quite futuristic.

The display is equally impressive. It’s a 4.7-inch Super LCD3 touchscreen with the same 1920x1080 pixel Full HD resolution as its opponent, but on the slightly smaller scale this results in a higher pixel density of 468ppi, meaning it’s a good deal clearer and sharper.

Colour is just as vibrant and brightness is punchy.

The HTC One has exactly the same processor setup as its rival so should be capable of equally competent and high-end performance.

It doesn’t have a storage card slot but does have options for either 32GB or 64GB of onboard storage.

Direct Spec Comparison: Shootout

Device LG Optimus G Pro HTC One
Dimensions 150.2mmx76.1mmx9.4mm 137.4x68.2x9.3mm, 143g
Display 5.5-inch IPS+ LCD,1920x1080 pixels,401ppi

4.7-inch Super LCD3, 1920x1080 pixels,468ppi

Camera 13-megapixel,LED flash,1080p video 4-megapixel,Ultrapixels,Optical stabilisation,LED flash,1080p video
Storage 32GB,microSD up to 64GB 32GB/64GB
Processor, RAM, Graphics 1.7GHz Qualcomm 600 quad-core,2GB RAM,Adreno 320 GPU 1.7GHz Qualcomm 600 quad-core,2GB RAM,Adreno 320 GPU
Operating System, Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
UI  LG UI HTC Sense 5
Connectivity microUSB,Bluetooth,NFC,Wi-Fi,Wi-Fi Direct,Wi-Fi Hotspot,DLNA,4G,GPS,MHL microUSB,Bluetooth,NFC,Wi-Fi,Wi-Fi Hotspot,Wi-Fi Direct,DLNA,4G,MHL,GPS
Battery 3,100mAh 2,300mAh

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"It’s a 4.7-inch Super LCD3 touchscreen with the same 1920x1080 pixel
Full HD resolution as its opponent, but on the slightly smaller scale
this results in a higher pixel density of 468ppi, meaning it’s a good
deal clearer and sharper."

This is stupidity at it's maximum level. PPI is a useless measurement at these high resolutions. It's a stupid measurement Apple made up to sell its Retina display and is a totally worthless measurement for HD screens. Anything with a 1080p display is going to be clear and sharp. You cannot see any difference between 401 and 468 PPI. The LGOP is obviously the better screen with its bigger size.

From personal experience I have found what you said to be wrong. There is a noticeable difference in the picture on the phones screen if it has a high vs. Low pixel density.

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