LG has launched the Optimus G in India for Rs 34,500, which is the second smartphone available in India with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Pro processor after the HTC Butterfly. Though LG has done well to price the product in a price range close to the Samsung Galaxy S III and the HTC One X, will it be able to survive in this tough high-end mobile market? We pit the Optimus G against the HTC Butterfly and the Sony Xperia Z in a spec comparison to find out.
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The Optimus G has been positioned at an interesting price point, which is bang in between that of devices like the Galaxy S III and the One X on the lower end and the HTC Butterfly at the other end of the spectrum. This makes it an interesting device, considering it has the top-of-the-line performance of the Butterfly and the Xperia Z but the display of the Galaxy S III and the One X. And this lack of a 1080p display is what stands out immediately. At a time when companies are providing big screens crammed with as many pixels as possible, LG’s 4.7-inch 720p screen loses out to the 5-inch 1080p display on both the Butterfly and the Xperia Z. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy J1 launching in India tomorrow via Amazon India, priced at Rs 7,190
Performance wise though there is no differentiating between them, as all the three are powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor clocked at 1.5GHz and a 2GB RAM. This should be enough to play any and every game in the market and watch HD videos smoothly.
When their photography prowess is compared the Optimus G features a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 1.3-megapixel front camera, while the Butterfly lags behind with an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front camera. But as a package, the Xpeira Z comes out on top with a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 1.9-megapixel front camera.
In the memory department, though the Optimus G provides more internal memory at 32GB, an absence of expandable memory sees it lose out to the other two, which provide 16GB of internal memory along with a microSD slot.
In the battery department there is very little that separates the three with the Xperia Z leading with a 2,330mAH battery followed by the Butterfly’s 2,020mAH battery and the Optimus G comes last with its 2,100mAH battery. That said, the other two need more battery to power the larger, higher resolution displays.
Software-wise the Optimus G leads from the front with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean out of the box while the other two come with Android 4.1 and will later be upgradable. However, the Optimus G does not provide any manner of water or dust resistance, which is an added bonus on the other two.
On paper then the LG Optimus G looks to lose out with the 720p screen, but what is important is the pricing of the device. At Rs 34,500, it is over Rs 10,000 cheaper than the Butterfly and with the Xperia also expected to be priced around that range, the Optimus G does look like a bargain. So for us price-conscious Indians who look at buying a phone from the perspective of value for money and don’t mind missing out on a full HD display, the Optimus G makes a strong case for itself. But if a 1080p display is what you desire, then there is hardly anything separating the Butterfly from the Xperia Z.
|Features||LG Optimus G||HTC Butterfly||Sony Xperia Z|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core 1.5GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core 1.5GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core 1.5GHz|
|Display||4.7-inch 720p||5-inch 1080p||5-inch 1080p|
|Memory||32GB, no memory slot||16GB, microSD card slot||16GB, microSD card slot|
|Camera||13-MP rear, 1.3-MP front||8-MP rear, 2-MP front||13-MP rear, 1.9-MP front|
|Operating System||Android 4.1.2||Android 4.1||Android 4.1|
|Price||Rs 34,500||Rs 45,000||–|