Among all the leading mobile manufacturers, Sony is the last to launch its flagship smartphone this year. At the recently concluded IFA, Sony revealed that the Xperia Z lineup has reached its last stage and now it will be replaced with the new Xperia X lineup.
Launched recently in India, the pricing of INR 49,990 makes the Xperia XZ stand against the likes of LG G5. LG launched its G5 flagship smartphone few months back with its key highlight of modular ecosystem and accessories, named as LG Friends. Let’s see how the two phones stand against each other in this detailed review.
Sony Xperia XZ vs LG G5 Specifications
|Key Specs||Sony Xperia XZ||LG G5|
|Display||5.2 inch||5.3 inch|
|Screen Resolution||1080 X 1920 pixels||1440 X 2560 pixels|
|Operating System||Android 6.0||Android 6.0.1|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 820||2.15 GHz Quad-Core|
|Memory||3 GB||4 GB|
|Inbuilt Storage||64 GB||32 GB|
|Storage Upgrade||microSD up to 200 GB||microSD up to 256 GB|
|Battery||2900 mAh||2800 mAh|
|SIM Card Type||Dual SIM||Dual Sim|
|Weight||161 grams||159 grams|
|Price||Rs 49,990||Rs 41, 900|
Design & Build
Sony has maintained the Xperia form factor along with introducing some subtle changes. The ALKALEIDO metal at the back and loop surface design perfectly accentuate the overall design in an effective manner. The loop design cues can be also witnessed at the edges of the front glass and premium tagging all over the body has been done to give an upbeat feel.
Contrary to Sony Xperia XZ, the LG G5 features a metal body that has a separate frame as well as the rear shell. Though LG has also given a slight curve at the edges but, due to separate frame, the feel does not meet that of a high-range phone. The front of the phone is 70 percent screen and some curves look pretty neat to improve the aesthetics in an effective manner. The lower removable unit is quite distinct in the segment but gives an image of a quite radical approach.
The Xperia XZ features 5.2-inch Full HD 1080 display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. There are some other display technologies as well in the phone which include TRILUMINOS, X-Reality engine and Dynamic Contrast Enhancement.
LG G5 has a bigger screen, 5.3 inch Quad HD IPS LCD with a ~554 pixel density. The improved pixel density results in a much better viewing experience. The brightness is not similar to that of some other phones in the range and sunlight legibility is affected slightly due to this. Apart from that, it is a very good display in almost all other circumstances.
Hardware & Storage
Sony Xperia XZ is powered by a 2.15GHz quad-core 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, Adreno 510 GPU. The RAM is 3GB and 64 GB internal storage, which is further expandable up to 200 GB with microSD cards.
LG G5 is among those few phones who feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC. The RAM is 4 GB, which makes a significant difference in the performance and internal storage is 32 GB which is expandable up to 200 GB through microSD cards, similar to the Xperia XZ.
Sony has always marketed its phones on their camera capabilities and Xperia XZ is not any exception. The primary camera is 23 megapixel while the secondary is 13 megapixel with imaging cocktail – Triple Sensor Technology that is oriented towards giving best results while shooting pacing objects and complex lighting conditions. The XZ is also the first phone which has 5-axis video stabilization that helps in giving smooth and stable video recording along with playbacks.
LG has provided a unique setup at the rear, the 16 MP is supported by one 16 MP main sensor and an 8 MP secondary sensor. At front, the G5 has 8 MP and one can shoot up to 2160p 30 FPS video with the rear camera and 1080p at 30 FPS with the front one. An option of slow motion mode for the rear camera is also there which reduces the framerate to 60 FPS at full HD resolution. Apart from this LG has also introduced image stabilisation, laser autofocus, and a colour spectrum sensor to give better results.
Fast charging is the next big thing in the mobile industry which has created a significant impact in the user buying behaviour. The Xperia XZ is powered by a 2,900 mAh battery with a Quick Charge 3.0 support. According to the manufacturer, 10 minute charging is good to last for 5.5 hours of talk time. Just like other Xperia smartphones, the new XZ is also equipped with USB Type C port for charging and IP68 water resistant as well.
LG has also matched the segment level and provided G5 with a 2800 mAh battery pack, which comes with an additional 1200 mAh battery, counting the total to 4000 mAh. Though removable battery has become a yesterday’s thing but, LG G5 provides this option and somewhere it might act very helpful in some situations.
Pricing & Availability
The Sony Xperia XZ has been launched at a price of Rs 49,900 which is on the higher side than the current price of LG G5 which is available at Rs 41,900. Both the phones are available on their respective dealerships and various e-commerce platforms with various deals and offers.
Sony has again boasted its camera capabilities with its new Xperia XZ with an aim to provide the best possible features to its fans. The launch price might force the customers to consider other available options but, for true Xperia fans, the XZ is a perfect smartphone.
LG has tried its hands to push its market share with a unique concept of a detachable battery pack in the respective segment. The LG G5 has not only evolved in various aspects but has been offered with capabilities that are good to challenge other top guns like Samsung and HTC.