LG G4 vs Sony Xperia Z3: first look
Sony is yet firm in its decision to not cross over to QHD land with its flagships, keeping the maximum resolution it would go to pinned at 1080 x 1920 pixels. Still, with the Xperia's 5.2” display, this results in a 424 PPI density, which is rather crisp and users should not be able to discern individual pixels, even from up close.
LG, on the other hand, was first to sell a QHD (1440 x 2560) display-equipped smartphone worldwide (the LG G3), and, naturally, stays true to the cause it helped pioneer – the G4 still rocks the super-crisp resolution, stretched across a 5.5” screen, which results in the sharp 538 PPI density. LG says the G4 is equipped with a new tech, dubbed Quantum Display, which should bring better, life-like colors to the user.
While it's a bit early to cast final judgment, we'd say that the G4 wins out by numbers.
LG, on the other hand, was among the first to go “flat” – some would even say that the LG UI did it “before it was cool”. It was also one of the heavier interfaces – in league with Samsung's TouchWiz, even. Well, the company calls its interface for the G4 “human-centric”, removing clutter and unneeded steps in various processes, and adding a few improvements to better organize events, notifications, photos, together with a camera quick-snap function.
Processor and Memory
The Xperia Z3 rocks the somewhat aging, but still quite potent Snapdragon 801 – the SoC of choice for most of last year's flagships, and with good reason. Sporting 4 cores, clocked at 2,5 GHz, and coupled with the generous 3 GB of RAM, the Xperia Z3 still performs without a hitch.
The LG G4 will come with the Snapdragon 808 – a hexacore SoC, which some speculate is an alternative to the Snapdragon 810, needed due to heating issues with the latter. The 808 is still a young and unknown breed, though, Qualcomm says it's the perfect choice for the G4, with a X10 LTE modem, Adreno 418 GPU (which Qualcomm says it has designed specifically for the G4's demanding QHD display), and energy-saving capabilities, which can keep the lights on 20% longer than the LG G3 can. Memory-wise, the phone also has 3 GB of RAM.
Sony's Xperias, naturally, rock homemade sensors, and the one on the Xperia Z3 is no exception. Sporting a 20.7 MP snapper with an F2.0 aperture on its back, and a 2.2 MP shooter on the front, the Z3 looks like it has a potent camera on paper. However, experience with the phone has shown us that it's not as stellar as we might expect – while the Xperia Z3 makes good photos, it is easily outdone by a lot of competitors' flagships.
The G4 has a homebrew 16 MP camera with the impressive aperture of F1.8, assisted by OIS 2.0 (stabilization that works in the x, y, and z planes), and a Color Spectrum Sensor – a build on the G3's laser autofocus sensor, which should now help the camera discern between light and objects in a scene, allowing for faster focus and better luminance.
The selife shooter if the G4 is nothing to smirk at, too, sporting an 8 MP sensor, with an F2.0 aperture – sounds promising!
In closing – the G4 definitely looks like a contender in the 2015 flagship playing field – while its processor may be a bit dodgy, we'll wait to put it through its paces, before casting judgment. However, in terms of camera, display, and design – LG is in the game. The Xperia Z3 is not too far behind it, though, so owners of Sony's flagship need not hurry to upgrade – it still has a lot of juice left in it.