Android Knockdown: LG G2 Vs Samsung Galaxy S4 Vs Sony Xperia Z1

The competition in the premium smartphone range just got hotter with LG launching the G2 in India. The device, though priced competitively at Rs 41,500, is not likely to have an easy time in the highly competitive market with the likes of Samsung Galaxy S4 and the recently launched Sony Xperia Z1 breathing down its neck. So how does the G2 stack up against the aforementioned rivals in terms of specs? Let’s compare and find out

While 1080p displays are the theme in this comparison, on paper it is the pixels-per-inch (ppi) count that is likely to help us find a winner. In ppi terms, the Galaxy S4 and the Xperia Z1 lead the pack with 441ppi displays, while the G2 lags behind with a 424ppi display. That said the G2 flaunts a slightly bigger 5.2-inch display with almost no bezel.

In terms of power, all the three are like American muscle cars rather than sensible German engineered sedans. Sony and LG’s flagships are powered by the latest Snapdragon 800 SoC with quad-core processors, clocked at similar 2.2GHz and 2.26GHz respectively. Samsung, on the other hand, has put a 1.6GHz eight-core Exynos Octa 5 processor under the Galaxy S4’s hood. With each featuring 2GB of RAM in addition to the powerful processors, you can expect silky smooth performance.

When talking of the device’s photo-clicking abilities, on paper, the Xperia Z1 takes the crown with its massive 20.7-megapixel rear camera with a 1/2.3-inch’ image sensor. This doesn’t mean that the other two are any bad, as both of them feature 13-megapixel shooters with ample software add-ons. On the front the Galaxy S4 and the Xperia Z1 have a 2-megapixel camera, while the G2 edges slightly ahead with a 2.1-megapixel camera.

In the memory department they all offer the same 16GB internal storage. Though LG also offers a 32GB variant, unlike the other two it doesn’t have the option to expand the storage using a microSD card. Lastly, on the battery front, the G2 is right up there with the Xperia Z1 with a 3,000mAh battery, while the Galaxy S4 lags behind with a 2,600mAh batter.

To conclude then, on paper at least, LG is quite well stacked to take on the competition with the G2. The lack of a memory card slot aside, the G2 offers everything that other premium smartphones do— a powerful processor, big display, and a good enough photo shooter. Add to that a unique volume rocker placement, which LG says makes it easier to use the buttons without having to use both the hands; the G2 is an all-round smartphone.


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