Sony Xperia XZ Premium vs Huawei P10 Plus vs LG G6: three-way specs comparison showdown of MWC's finest

MWC has indeed cemented its reputation as the world's largest and most important exhibition for the mobile industry. While Samsung's decision to delay the unveiling of its Galaxy S8 was regrettable, the other big Android phone makers stepped up and displayed some truly remarkable handsets. 

LG, Sony and Huawei have all thrown the proverbial gauntlet down at the show with the announcements of their 2017 flagship models - the LG G6, Sony Xperia XZ Premium and Huawei P10 Plus. Each of these smartphones has its strong sides and appeal, so we can't help but wonder which one of them will prove to be the most popular choice among consumers. 

As we're not too good with tarot cards or crystal balls, we'll let time take its course and reveal the true victor, but until then, there's no harm in making an educated guess at which one is better based on specs. 

We'll start off by highlighting the trio's most important characteristics, and then review and compare them in each important area. Let's dig in!

Sony Xperia XZ Premium vs Huawei P10 Plus vs LG G6

Sony Xperia XZ PremiumHuawei P10 PlusLG G6
PlatformAndroid 7 NougatAndroid 7 Nougat Emotion UIAndroid 7 Nougat
Dimensions156 x 77 x 7.9 mm
195 g weight
153.5 x 74.2 x 6.98 mm 165 g weight148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm
163 g weight
Display5.5" 4K
(2160 x 3840)
5.5" QuadHD
(1440 x 2560)
5.7" QuadHD+ 
(1440 x 2880)
Processor, RAMQualcomm
Snapdragon 835
HiSilicon Kirin 960
Snapdragon 821
Storage64 GB + microSD support128 GB + microSD support32 GB + microSD support
CamerasMain: 19 MP F/2.0, 960fps slow motion video capture, Anti-distortion shutter, 4K video

Front: 13MP F/2.0
Main: Dual-camera (12 + 20 MP) F/1.8, OIS, 4K video

Front: 8MP F/1.9
Main: Dual-camera (13 + 13 MP) F/1.8, OIS, 4K video

Front: 5 MP F/2.2
Battery3230 mAh
3750 mAh
3300 mAh
Special features IP 68 water resistance Dual SIM supportDual SIM support IP 68 water resistance

Design: Each manufacturer follows its own philosophy, but which flagship looks the best?

When it comes to design, the three devices pretty much march to the beat of their own drum. As they say, "beauty is in the eyes of the beholder", so each one of these layouts will have its fans and critics. However, there is a noticeable difference as to how much the look of these flagships has evolved compared to their predecessors. 

Apart from the larger display, if you put last year's Xperia XZ and the new Xperia XZ Premium side by side, you won't find too many observable changes. Yes, we do think that the Xperia "unified design concept" is quite stylish, but Sony is basically trying to swim against the current with the large bezels that you will find on its new handsets. The XZ Premium is also the biggest and heaviest phone of the trio, which might be a major drawback for some users. 

On the other side of the spectrum we have the LG G6. LG's 2016 modular gamble didn’t pay off, which is why its new flagship skips on modules entirely. Better yet, the G6 is now water resistant and is constructed to withstand abuse. It carries a chassis made out of premium glass and metal materials, and although it sports a big 5.7" screen, the display's unique aspect ratio and the almost non-existent bezels that encompass it make the G6 the most compact phone of the bunch. 

Finally, there is the Huawei P10 Plus. Much like its P9 predecessor, Huawei's latest high-end smartphone is built out of aluminum with a bit of glass on the back panel for added pizzazz. The handset's shape and lines resemble those of an iPhone, but this year, the Chinese manufacturer aims to stand out from the crowd with the introduction of a big set of color variations. 

The new phone comes in eight colors, and two of these have been devised in collaboration with the Pantone Color Institute - Dazzling Blue has a soft matte finish and a gently textured surface, while Greenery's is a bright, acid-green shade that is quite spectacular. Huawei acknowledges that these hues won't be for everyone, but the huge selection that is offered to customers is very much appreciated. 

Display: Sony's 4K display looks superior on paper

If you've taken a look at the display section of the specs chart, you'll see that one contender clearly stands out. Sony is bringing out the big guns in this area, as the Xperia XZ Premium features a stunning 4K resolution screen with a pixel density of 801 ppi. Combine that with the powerful Snapdragon 835 chipset and it's not hard to see that, on paper, Sony blows the competition out of the water in terms of resolution. This, however, will be best seen if you use the phone for virtual reality, while in regular use, you'd need to stare at your phone from unnaturally close to actually perceive the improvement that comes with a 4K screen of such a tiny size.

We can't say which of the display panels will impress us the most before we actually get to test them out, as Huawei and LG also go well beyond Full HD. The P10 Plus sports a "modest" 2K 5.5-inch screen, while the G6 comes with a 5.7" IPS LCD panel that has an interesting QuadHD+ (2880 x 1440) resolution due to its unusual 18:9 (or 2:1) width-to-height ratio.

Performance: The latest silicon from Qualcomm vs Huawei's own in-house SoC

This is another department where hypothetically the Sony Xperia XZ Premium should have the upper hand. It is the first commercially available phone to host the most powerful silicon from Qualcomm to date - the Snapdragon 835. The 64-bit chipset's eight Kryo cores should provide enough power for even the most demanding apps and games. Additionally, you get 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB internal storage + MicroSD support and a 3,230 mAh battery with Sony's latest flagship. Some have expressed concerns that this power pack might be drained quickly by the 4K screen on the handset, but Sony's good track record with battery optimization and the power-efficient Snapdragon 835 should balance things out. 

The other performance heavyweight here is the Huawei P10 Plus. Huawei produces its own processors, and the company has equipped its leading smartphone with its latest Kirin 960 SoC. It features an octa-core CPU (clocked to max. 2.3GHz frequency), and the Mali-G71 GPU. The processor has a disadvantage over the Snapdragon 835 in that it's produced on an older, 16nm process, whereas Qualcomm's chipset is made at 10nm. Due to this, the processor will consume more power, but the Chinese manufacturer is taking care of that by putting in a hefty 3750 mAh battery on board. As for system memory and internal storage, you can get the P10 Plus with 4/6 GB of RAM and either 64 or 128 GB of built-in storage (with the option to add more via microSD). 

The obvious underdog in terms of performance is the LG G6. This year, LG will try to beat the competition by launching its flagship earlier. Thus, the firm has opted to equip the G6 with the older Snapdragon 821, rather than waiting for a sufficient number of SD 835 units to be produced. As a result, the device comes equipped with a quad-core processor and 4 GB of RAM, which should be more than enough for most consumers, but may displease some power users. Another disappointment here is the fact that the G6 will ship to most markets with 32 GB internal storage (excluding some Asian countries).  

Ultimately, real-life will tell us how these specs translate in the actual usage, but so far, this is what we have.

Cameras: Each company is betting on different equipment and features

In their efforts to allure customers, each of these manufacturers is betting on different camera features. So, what makes each setup stand out? 

Huawei is famous for putting photography as a huge selling point of its P line, and this tradition continues with its latest flagship. The dual camera arrangement on the back of the P10 Plus features two Leica lenses - a 20 MP monochrome sensor for optimal light sensitivity, and a 12 MP full-color sensor with optical stabilization. This may already sound impressive, but the software on the device has even more potential. Huawei has developed a new and improved Portrait mode which adds blurred backgrounds to pictures that will make people stand out. Another remarkable feature of the P10 Plus is that this time, Huawei has also included an 8 MP Leica sensor up front. 

LG follows the same dual-camera path, though the difference here is that rather than employing different sensors, the company has chosen to equip the G6 with two identical 13 MP ones instead. This translates to a wide, 125-degree angle similar to the human field of view. However, if you don't like the results from this feature, LG is giving you the option of turning it off. The sensor up front also uses a wide-angle lens (100 degrees), but is otherwise mediocre with its 5 MP.

As for the XZ Premium, you will find a single 19 MP main camera, measuring at 1/2.3" that should perform well in low-light conditions. Sony's history with dedicated camera software is a bit shaky, so we're not really sure how it will perform. The remarkable part here is that this new sensor can shoot videos at super slow-motion (960 fps), which sounds really entertaining. As for the selfie cam, Sony follows the standard Xperia protocol - 13 megapixels, with an aperture size of F/2.0.

Price and expectations

So, MWC's high-end hard hitters all look really promising, but which Android flagship will become the most popular? That's a really hard prediction to make, as they are all very impressive. Needless to say, the Galaxy S8 might eat their dinner when it eventually hits the shelves, but this year, most of us can agree that Samsung is facing strong competition.

Coming back to these three jewels, we suspect that the LG G6 might be crowned champion this time around due to its early and broad availability. Its global launch is set for March 10(first week of April for the US) and it is reported that it will cost about $700. Yes, it doesn't sport any truly groundbreaking features, but the G6 looks like a sturdy and reliable high-end smartphone with a few extra bells and whistles.

Meanwhile, the P10 Plus is guaranteed to sell well in Europe and Asia, but its a real shame that it won't be coming to the Unites States. Every year Huawei's phones get better and better, so this unusual absence from one of the biggest markets on the planet will hopefully disappear soon. You'll be able to grab the 64 GB storage + 4 GB RAM version of the P10 Plus for €700, while the variant with 128 GB storage + 6GB RAM will be up for €800 when the device premieres in March. 

As for Sony, this year's Xperia XZ Premium looks absolutely fantastic. Its 4K display, powerful processor, and super slow-motion video capabilities are bound to attract attention, so we're really excited to see how this phone will be received. Sony has not unveiled an official price for the device, but considering that the smaller XZs will cost around $699, expect a price tag of at least $799 for the XZ Premium. You can expect the phone in Q2 2017, but it is advisable for Sony to release it earlier than the Galaxy 8.

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Sony at MWC 2017 (11 updates)



1. liberalsnowflake

Posts: 273; Member since: Feb 24, 2017

Sony stole the show with that hdr 4k display and 19 mp camera with motion eye feature.

7. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Sony ftw! I wonder when will they do dual cam setup? Everyone thinks XZp will sport dual cam but no. But still that Motion Eye can do wonders.

11. sgodsell

Posts: 7594; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Sony's is the only one in this bunch that has cat 16 LTE (gigabit), Bluetooth 5.0, and WiFi ad. Plus it's USB-C is USB 3.1 speed.

2. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Sony ftw.

3. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Sony FTW+1. Also I'm very interested in Huawei P10, but only have IPX3 water resistance, and same IPS screen technology. (P10 Plus only upgrade to 2k screen, seriously?)

4. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

I would take the XZ Premium since LG cheaped out on storage, camera sensor (2015 1/3" sensor), the Quad DAC and even the processor. Wish the XZp had a bigger battery though..

12. sgodsell

Posts: 7594; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The SD 835 is really efficient, plus it supports the new LPDDR4X ram which is only 0.6 volts. Not to mention the SD 835 also supports UFS 2.1 storage.

18. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

SD 835 is not special thing to have if by the time they sell it many phone will have it too.

5. Amir123a

Posts: 126; Member since: Aug 27, 2016

Predictions so far for first half, best all around device: s8/8+>p10 plus 6 gb version>xz premium>g6.

6. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Well, I disagree with you. I think xz > p10

8. Amir123a

Posts: 126; Member since: Aug 27, 2016

p10 advantages outweigh xz premium afaic: much bigger battery and very good software optimization, dual leica lens, 1.8 aperture, ois, etc. much more worthy for me than slower slow mo and 19mp and waterproofing. You can bet p10 plus will have better low light results - a deal breaker in terms of camera, that's for sure, p10 plus has 6gb version, QHD display which gives its glory in all modes, unlike xzp 4k hdr that works only in supported photos and videos, kirin processor is on par with s835, p10p has smaller body, has stereo speakers as well, released in march as opposed to xzp that will truly apear for sale only on june/july and than all current new flags will cost less and the second half flags will be around the corner. s8/s8+ should bit p10p though, afaic, if to judge by the leaks.

13. sgodsell

Posts: 7594; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Wrong, so wrong. The P10 is not on the same level at all. The SD 835 supports the new LPDDR4X ram, which is much more power efficient at 0.6 volts vs the 1.1 volts for LPDDR4 ram. Plus the SD 835 supports LTE cat 16, WiFi ad, and Bluetooth 5.0. All of which is missing from the P10. Not to mention the SD 835 can sustain a 4k display at 60 fps. The P10 can't. Hands down the SD 835 is a much better SoC. As far as software is concerned. Huawei always puts their twist on the software. Sony's is much closer to stock than Huawei. Hands down Sony's is better.

19. Amir123a

Posts: 126; Member since: Aug 27, 2016

The battery life of the p10 plus is better for sure than of xz premium because p10 plus has bigger battery and better optimization even without s835. Huawei track record for battery life is amazing and its obvious the latest kirin is unrivaled in its unique software optimization. These both alone are enough to make p10 plus more attractive in terms of processor afaic. Besides that, i listed p10 plus pros in my previous comment. Its pretty easy for me to choose p10 plus for second pick, though, s8+ is going to rule it all as how things look but its always nice to have a second best which is no doubt p10 plus for me.

20. Amir123a

Posts: 126; Member since: Aug 27, 2016

I've taken a look in the spec comparison again. the great dual leica lens, 1.8 aperture, ois which is greatly benefiting in low light, QHD display which works in all modes, better battery life for bigger battery despite not having s835 (if to judge by huawei almost unrivaled battery life), kirin 960 with its unrivaled software optimization, 128 gb, 6gb ram, etc, close the deal for me. Xz premium can't freaking touch this, not a chance, afaic. Huawei got in check more important features. I would get xzp over g6, yes, but not over p10 plus 6 gb+128 gb storage version.

10. Amir123a

Posts: 126; Member since: Aug 27, 2016

Moreover, p10p has the world's best and fastest fingerprint reader as opposed to the mediocre xperia reader and not ergonomic placement (and won't even be enabled in the usa mind you).

14. sgodsell

Posts: 7594; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The fingerprint scanner can be enabled later through software. Especially since all the hardware is intact.

15. Lyngdoh

Posts: 319; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

Some differences that you forgot to mention Bluetooth 5.0 vs 4.2 USB 3.1 vs 2.0 Android 7.1 vs 7.0 Stereo speakers vs Mono And there's HDR display. Any source to support for best fingerprint sensor?

9. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

The xzp is the best phone out right now. The only problem is the battery tbh.. While lg decided to cheapen out of every single component except the display. Whats worse, they even lost the ir blaster that only them were offering and the fm radio is probably now region dependent. As for the p10, heck it isnt even the best huawei device available. That honour belongs to the honor v9. The V9 and the XZ are the best phone on the planet as at today along with the iphone 7 plus and the galaxy S7 edge.

16. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I do like Sony and this sounds like a great phone. They do need to do something about the huge top and bottom bezels.

17. Reybanz88

Posts: 102; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

Sony is terrible at making phones, they always look beautiful but performance is always crap. I had the Z1 Z2 and Z3 everyone had a different issue that the other didn't have. The Z3 was by far the worst of the three. It had terrible battery and even worse signal performance than cheap $100 phones.

21. Nkukza

Posts: 53; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

Between these three I would take the best phone and hit the ground running, and that is none either then Huawei's P10 plus. The seller for me is that unrivaled battery life with 6GB of RAM this device is no slouch, while some don't like Huawei's Kirin I believe that this socket provides one of the balances in terms of battery life and performance in the market and this is evident even in the cheapest Honor 5C, the performance offered is only rivaled by Samsung. In terms of optimization Huawei and Samsung are the leaders in the business. I would not touch the Sony and LG because of one common problem between the two, pathetic battery life, and lack of optimization in my experience with 2 Sony flagships 2 LG Flagships and 2 LG mid range devices I have found these two to be a total fail when it comes to optimizing RAM usage, their phones like rebooting on their own, freezing, bootloops and so on, even with 4GB of Ram. Battery Life on LG and Sony's is insanely bad as much as beautiful their devices might be they are just not practical and the latest LG G5 and Sony's XA line proves it. I would not be surprised to see the Huawei take the camera crown too even with the specs the other two have, LG and Sony's sells gimmicks for dummies to be honest, while Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi, Apple and even the likes of Meizu, One plus and the come back kid Moto of Lenovo are serious about business. Never had a problem with 6 Huawei phones and 5 Samsung devices. The only jibe I have with Huawei is the lack of update delivery. I'm not being a fanboy, I'm for real and I wish HTC, Nokia and Blackberry a speedy recovery and for Sony and LG to wake up and catch the wave.

22. Nkukza

Posts: 53; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

Oh I forgot I also still have Sony's biggest phone lying in my closet, in the form of the 2013 Xperia Z Ultra. It is the biggest trust me but it's battery and camera is probably the worst I have had second to the 2013 Optimus G pro E988. I have kept these two because I had high hopes for them and that updates would improve them Lollipop did nothing to improve the battery in Z Ultra but it's big sreen is one of the best. I rooted my G pro and installed Cyanogen mod 12.1 still hoping for a new release from the newly formed Lineage OS to at least Marshmallow if Ithey don't release it, I will flash stock on this phone and give it away. Both these phones batteries last for two hours without even internet (data activity) serious I get so pissed. LG improved a bit though after custom ROM. So make that 3 sony flagships I have had instead of that 2 I mentioned in my last post. Sony's interface is nice though on lollipop probably the reason I kept the Z Ultra.

23. Nkukza

Posts: 53; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

Ooh and I'm getting the might be old to others but practical to Moto Z Play to give some stiff competition to my Honor 5C and Xiaomi Redmi Note 3. Not that you care but I'm so excited but will probably sell the other two anyway after test driving the Moto Z Play. Those 2 are the bang best of the best bang for the buck trust me. Will miss them a lot.

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