LG G5 is finally official following its announcement in February during the MWC 2016 event. Even though the phone has top-of-the-table specs and features, it won’t be easy for LG to outshine current players in the market, for instance, Sony’s Xperia Z5 Premium, which offers equally top-of-the-table specs as well as features.
With this in mind, here is a head-to-head comparison of the specs and features offered by the new LG G5 and last year’s Xperia Z5 Premium.
Similarities between LG G5 and Xperia Z5 Premium
Given that LG G5 and Sony Xperia Z5 compete for the same market, they have quite a number of features they share in common. The first thing you’ll notice is an almost equal physical size, but Sony’s model is slightly larger than its South Korean counterpart. As a result, the Xperia Z5 Premium has a 5.5-inch while the LG G5 has a 5.3-inch display. Unlike Samsung’s OLED, the two make use of IPS LCD technology. In addition, Qualcomm is a common chip manufacturer for the two; however, since LG G5 is the latest to be released, it features the latest chipset to be released by the American chipmaker.
Onboard storage remains at 32GB in both models and they all support expandable storage. Other things such as high-quality camera, fingerprint sensor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC as well as fast charging capabilities are present in both models; however, the newer LG G5 comes with USB Type-C while the older Z5 Premium has a microUSB port.
Differences between LG G5 and Xperia Z5 Premium
Despite the similarities, there are quite tremendous differences that put these two smartphones apart. As mentioned earlier, these two have slightly differing display sizes. However, these screens differ even more when it comes to their display resolutions. Sony’s Xperia Z5 Premium rocks a 3840 by 2160 pixels screen with 4K display resolution that manages a massive pixel density of 806ppi. However, the phone only shoots to this resolution when needed; otherwise, it stays at Full HD or 1080p.
On the other hand, the LG G5 comes in with a magnificent modular design that undeniably beats expectations. The company’s first all-metal flagship comes in with a 5.3-inch IPS LCD screen with a QHD resolution of 2560 by 1440 pixels and a pixel density of 554ppi. There is an additional feature known as Always On for users of the new LG flagship.
Since Sony released the Xperia Z5 Premium last year, it makes use of 2015’s flagship chipset in the shape of Snapdragon 810 and has a RAM of 3GB. On internal storage, the phone features 32GB, which can be expanded using a microSD card of up to 200GB. Inside the LG G5 is this year’s flagship chipset in the shape of Snapdragon 820 and the phone packs a RAM of 4GB. It gets even better when it comes to internal storage. Although it offers the same 32GB as the Z5 Premium, those using the LG G5 can expand the memory using a microSD card of up to 2TB.
These are not the only changes made by LG. The camera got even better, coming in with a dual-camera system offering two sensors – one with 16MP and another with 8MP. The latter takes care of wider angle views where users are allowed to capture more information in the image. On the front of the G5 is a decent 8MP sensor and the phone also keeps the removable battery used in the LG G4, but it is slightly smaller at 2800mAh.
Sony is known for its heroics in camera matters. This can be seen in the Xperia Z5 Premium’s 23MP sensor on the rear that comes with phase detection autofocus. This snapper gives decent photos even when in low-lighting conditions thanks to the f/2.0 aperture and LED flash. On the front is a 5.1MP sensor that features wide-angle views for better selfies and video calls. Sony’s phone has a better battery unit than LG G5, rocking a massive 3430mAh capacity, however, it is not removable like LG’s.
LG G5 gets an upper hand when it comes to its modular design that allows users to slide in several modules from the phone’s bottom. You can add more battery power, camera controls, and better sound quality and so on.
It is the pricing aspect that might be a little shocking for many. The LG G5 has the latest features, hardware as well as specs yet it still costs lower – about $625 – when compared to the slightly older Xperia Z5 Premium, which cost about $800 at launch.