What is beauty? Some say it’s in the eye of the beholder; what’s beneath the surface is what really counts. Be that as it may, there’s no denying the lovely outward appearance of the G4, which sports a beautiful leather back (or plastic, if that’s what you prefer) that goes through a three-month tanning process. Talk about luxury.

It’s about the furthest thing from the HTC One M9, which sports an aluminum unibody design. Both are beautiful in their own way—at least on the outside. How do they stack up when comparing internal specs? That’s a different story.

We all know by now that the One M9 has a few glaring shortcomings, but it’s still a very good device. The G4, meanwhile, is essentially everything we loved about the G3 (and we loved that device), but better. Better display, better camera, better design. And, hey, there’s expandable storage and a removable battery, two features that might not be around for much longer.

We’ve already spent plenty of time with the One M9, but haven’t yet gone on any dates with the G4 just yet. Until we get to spend more time with LG’s new flagship, let’s see how it stacks up to HTC’s most recent flagship.

LG G4 gallery

HTC One M9 gallery

LG - G4 HTC - One M9
Display Size 5.5-inch, 1440 x 2560 pixel display (534 ppi) 5-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixel display (441 ppi)
Resolution X 1440 1080
Resolution Y 2560 1920
Display Type IPS Quantum N/A
Operating System Android 5.1 (at launch) Android 5.0 (at launch)
Processor 1.8GHz 64-bit Hexa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor with X10 LTE 2.2 GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810
  • 32GB
  • 32GB
External Storage Yes Yes
External Storage Specs
  • Micro SD up to 2TB
  • Micro SD up to 128GB
Main Camera (Back) 16MP 20MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 8MP HTC UltraPixel
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.1 Bluetooth 4.1
Battery 3000mAh 2840mAh
NFC Yes Yes
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • MicroUSB
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • DLNA
  • MHL
  • Micro USB
  • Not announced yet
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Gyro
  • Magnetic
  • Proximity
  • GPS-A
  • Digital compass
  • GPS
Height 148.9 mm (5.86 inches) 144.6 mm (5.69 inches)
Width 76.1 mm (3.00 inches) 69.7 mm (2.74 inches)
Depth 9.8 mm (0.39 inches) 9.61 mm (0.38 inches)
Weight 155 g (5.47 oz) 157 g (5.54 oz)
Colors [Ceramic] Metallic Gray / Ceramic White / Shiny Gold / [Genuine Leather] Black / Brown / Red / Sky Blue / Beige / Yellow Gold, Grey, Silver, Pink
Supported Audio Formats Not announced yet .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma, .flac
Supported Video Formats Not announced yet .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv, .avi, .mkv
In The Box N/A N/A