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LG G3 vs Sony Xperia Z2 Specs Head-to-Head

All the big players of the smartphone market have already released their flagships for 2014 and more will be coming soon, as IFA Berlin is right around the corner. LG’s G3 and Sony’s Xperia Z2 are no doubt two of the most powerful smartphones currently on the market, therefore we thought it’s about time to put them head to head in a LG G3 vs Sony Xperia Z2 specs battle.

Our loyal readers may know from our previous Versus articles that the LG G3 vs Sony Xperia Z2 specs battle will be divided in ten rounds. We will be judging the performance of the two smartphones when it comes to Display, Dimensions, Processor, Memory, Camera, Connectivity, Battery Life, Design, Operating System, and Price. Each price is worth one point and, at the end of the battle, the smartphone that manages to score most points is named winner.


The smartphone screens have grown in size almost every year, but the same happened with their resolution. Even though it was rumored that Android smartphones launched in the first half of the year will get Quad HD screens, LG’s G3 was actually the first mainstream flagship to take advantage of the new technology.

The LG G3 boasts about a 5.5-inch True HD IPS + LCD display with an impressive resolution of 1440 x 2560 and a pixel density of 534 ppi. It also arrives with Gorilla Glass 3 protection. On the other hand the Sony Xperia Z2 features a 5.2-inch IPS LCD Full HD screen with 1080 x 1920 resolution and 424 ppi.

As you may see, the LG G3 brings a higher resolution display, so it wins the Display round. The LG flagship wins the first round of the battle.


Because modern Android smartphones need to accommodate larger displays every year, they also grow in size. Fortunately, some manufacturers have found clever ways to keep the size of their smartphones as low as possible.

Despite being equipped with a 5.5-inch screen, the LG G3 measures 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm and has a weigh of 149 grams. The Xperia Z2 is 146.8 mm tall, 73.3 mm wide, and 8.2 mm thin, while weighing 163 grams.

The two handsets have similar sizes and even though the Z2 is a more compact we can’t give it the Dimensions point. This round ends as tie.


Qualcomm is currently dominating the smartphones market when it comes to processing solutions, as most manufacturers choose their solutions. The Xperia Z2 and LG G3 make no exception.

Sony Xperia Z2 is underpinned by a Qualcomm MSM8974AB Snapdragon 801 chipset with quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 CPU and Adreno 330 GPU. The LG G3 has a Qualcomm MSM8975AC Snapdragon 801 SoC based on four Krait 400 cores clocked at 2.5 GHz and Adreno 330 GPU.

Even though G3’s processor is clocked 200 MHz higher, the end user won’t be able to actually feel the difference. Another round ends as tie.


There are over 1.3 million apps available for download in Google Play Store as of August 2014 so you’ve got plenty to choose from. You’ll need a large amount of storage for your favorite apps and games, not to mention your music collection, favorite TV Shows, or the photos and videos you take with your smartphone.

The LG G3 is available with either 16 GB storage and 2 GB RAM or 32 GB storage and 3 GB of RAM. It also has support for microSD cards up to 128 GB. Sony’s Xperia Z2 arroves wotj 16 GB native storage, also expandable using microSD cards (up to 128 GB supported), and 3 GB of RAM.

Both smartphones come with almost identical specifications when it comes to storage and RAM, therefore we can’t choose a winner. The Memory round ends as tie.


I have always believed that the best camera is the camera you always carry with you. Because I’m always carrying my smartphone with me, I want it to feature an above-average camera.

The Sony Xperia Z2 features a 20.7 MP primary camera with autofocus, LED flash, 1/2.3” sensor size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, image stabilization, HDR, panorama, and 4K video recording support. The front-facing camera has a 2.2 MP sensor and it can record Full HD videos.

The LG G3 is equipped with a 13 MP main shooter with phase detection/laser autofocus, optical image stabilization, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, 1/3” sensor size, simultaneous video and image recording, geo-tagging, face detection, HDR, and 4K video recording capabilities. It also features a 2.1 MP user-facing camera with Full HD video recording support.

Even though the Z2 has a larger camera sensor, real life tests have shown that LG G3’s camera is capable of snapping higher-quality photos. The LG G3 wins the Camera round.


In the past couple of years, the high-end Android smartphones have brought almost identical connectivity options. Let’s have a look under the hood of the G3 and the Z2 anyway.

LG G3 comes with HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 21 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, infrared port, and microUSB 2.0. On the other hand, the Xperia Z2 features HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 21 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and microUSB 2.0.

If you haven’t spotted the difference yet, I will point it out to you: the infrared port of the LG smartphone. Anyway, this isn’t enough for the G3 to win the Connectivity round. This ends as tie.

Battery Life

Let’s face it, the battery life is the biggest issue of the modern smartphones. Fortunately, the manufacturers are putting in efforts to address that and the first signs are already showing.

The LG G3 features a Li-Ion 3,000 mAh battery while the Sony Xperia Z2 is kept alive by a Li-Ion 3,200 mAh cell. We are glad to announce you that both devices have above-average battery life. While most smartphones can barely stay awake for one day on a single charge, in our tests, both the G3 and the Z2 were capable of getting through about 48 hours of moderate usage on a single charge.


We are dealing with two smartphones that have different approaches when it comes to design and built materials. While the G3 is still using plastic, the Z2 has glass both on its front and its back.

The LG G3 is a reminiscent of its successor, the G2. It has a curved back, rounded corners, and even keeps the rear-mounted power and volume keys. Anyway, the most appealing element of G3’s design is the really thin bezel that surrounds it’s 5.5-inch display. Furthermore, it looks more premium than its successor, the metallic finishing of the rear cover amplifying this feeling.

The Sony Xperia Z2 is what you would call an elegant smartphone. It continues the design language introduced by its predecessors, the Xperia Z and the Xperia Z1, with sharp edges and less rounded corners and a glass back panel. It’s also worth noting that unlike the LG G3, the Sony Xperia Z2 is IP58 certified which means that it’s dust proof and water resistant over 1 meter and 30 minutes.

Even though the G3 is a good-looking smartphone, the Design round goes to the Xperia Z2. It has a classy look and it’s both water and dust resistant. The Sony flagship wins a point.

Operating System

As you may know, most Android OEMs are applying their own custom skins over Google’s Android. Even though we are dealing with two smartphones running Android 4.4.2 KitKat out of the box, they are quite different in terms of features and UI.

Just like the other Sony smartphones, the Xperia Z2 comes pre-loaded with the company’s proprietary UI. Even though Z2’s interface is capable of bringing a linear visual experience, Sony’s smartphone fails to impress when it comes to software features. Sony’s unique software features are all camera-centric. Just to name a few, Background Defocus, Timeshift Video, AR Effect, Timeshift Burst, and more. Anyway, what bothers me about Sony’s software are the native apps. From WALKMAN to Xperia Lounge, Play Station Mobile, Sony Select, and Sony Entertainment Network, all seem to want you to purchase content from the Japanese phone maker.

The G3 UI is surprising you in a good way from the first moment you look at it. It has a flat design and it’s full of useful features. The Smart Keyboard is size adjustable and, most important, pre-installed apps can be deleted to provide more free space. Smart Notice is some sort of personal assistant that can “suggest what you need, even before you need it.” Therefore you will be asked whether you want to erase apps you haven’t used in a while, it has a Call Log-based reminders system, and, among others, it can suggest to turn on battery saver when the battery is low. Anyway, the most appreciated feature of the G3 is Knock Code, which allows you to unlock your phone without touching the Unlock button. You can even save a knock pattern to secure your smartphone.

LG software additions to the G3 are more useful than Sony’s therefore we have to give the Operating System point to the South Korean smartphone. Sorry Sony fans!


Because the Sony Xperia Z2 is not in the offer of the big US carriers, we’ll have to compare the price of the unlocked G3 and Z2 variants. We have chosen Amazon as the place to grab the price from, being world’s biggest online retailer.

In the US, the LG G3 is available on-contract at a price of $99 with a Sprint or Verizon plan, or at $199 with an AT&T plan. On Amazon, you can grab the 16 GB model at a price of $530, while the 32 GB model is priced at $610. On the other hand, an unlocked Sony Xperia Z2 costs $530.

As you can see, the 16 GB variants of the two smartphones have the same price of $530 on Amazon. The Price round also ends as tie.


Here we are at the end of the LG G3 vs Sony Xperia Z2 specs battle. Now we will start counting points to see which smartphone has won the fight.

Not less than six rounds have ended as tie. Why? Because the two devices are equally matched when it comes to Dimensions, Processor, Memory, Connectivity, Battery Life, and Price.

The Sony Xperia Z2 has only managed to score one point. It has won the fight against the G3 in the Design round, mostly because of its IP58 certification.

The LG G3 outmatched its rival in the Display, Camera, and Operating System rounds, therefore winning three points. It came above because of its Quad HD screen, higher-quality photos, and useful software features.

In our opinion the South Korean flagship is the winner of the LG G3 vs Sony Xperia Z2 specs battle, but you are entitled to your opinion. Please prove us wrong in the comments section below.


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  • Kaostheory

    Would like to see a comparison of noise cancelling. Obviously the Z2 is the only one to have it built in, although rarely mentioned I’ve never seen it tested. I have the Z1 and can absolutely say once you get a waterproof device you will never go back.

    • I’ve tested the noise canceling. It works, its very cool. But I don’t think its so big of a feature to be a standalone point to compete in specs battle

      • Kaostheory

        Obviously you don’t use any type of transportation. Noise cancelling is huge for planes, trains and buses. I almost spent $300 for the Bose noise cancelling earbuds but when I saw it built in (no extra battery or electronics to wear) I decided to wait for my next upgrade. Still would like an actual comparison.

        • gabrielle

          really amazed when it cancelled out babies’ cries during one of my flights! lifesaver when you’re trying catch some sleep on the plane. 🙂

          • Kaostheory

            I still have a year on my Z1 but with not buying the Bose I can spend the $300 on an early upgrade. This feature is huge! These idiot bloggers will give more credit to stuff like the fingerprint sensors.

        • “Obviously you don’t use any type of transportation”

          Hahaha. You must be kidding me. I travel to work for the part 7 months with a noisy train. I’ve been on flights a couple of times. You spending money on noise canceling tech doesn’t make it a key feature in phones.

          Were you really willing to spend 300 bucks on noise canceling so you can listen to tracks in noisy environment? Just that? Oh c’mon, I’ll recommend you don’t follow these gimmick tech. They won’t increase your music listening pleasure nor will make music sound better than they actually were produced to be.

          • Kaostheory

            Actually yes. It’s one of my pet peeves. I fly a lot and have trouble hearing movies or TV that I load up for the trip. My girlfriend can’t hear me when she’s on the bus and often have to wait till she gets home to call. Also not 100% sure but I assume that it actually protects your hearing when using power tools. I work alone most of the time so I like my built in Fm radio.

          • Ooh that reminds me the z2 has radio support. I never opened the radio app, and even have the stock ROM wiped off, so to listen to radio, I’ll need an app from store then.

            I won’t make that mistake ever.

          • Kaostheory

            Not an app. Apps use data. Unless you get 10gig to unlimited per month and have LTE connection everywhere, radio from Internet is spotty and expensive.

  • Pablo

    I disagree about the operating system, the Z2 includes Sony’s Smart Connect app that triggers actions based on time or device connection, it also features the Stamina mode that extends battery life by automatically activating preselected actions. The native smart keyboard is also size adjustable (normal, compact and phonepad modes) with integrated smileys and with current and next word prediction in 2 preselected languages at the same time. The screen can be turned on by double tapping it anywhere. But the most useful feature of the Z2 is the Small Apps, little apps/widgets that can be open and working at the same time making the Z2 a real multi-tasking device. I have tried up to 10 mini apps working at the same time but it doesn’t look like there is a limit, this is by far a better solution than Samsung’s approach to multi-tasking. Regarding the native apps like Walkman you don’t need to use them and you are not obligated to buy anything from them, you just have additional options. I do think that you should be able to delete them if you don’t want them.

  • Guest

    Yes you forget to mention the big benefits of the Sony Xperia Z2. It has stereospeakers compared to the G3’s back facing monospeaker. It also has built in noisecancellation technology, which you obviously dodged to mention. The Camera on the Xperia Z2 can be much better, if you shoot in manual mode. What ‘tests’ prove it shoots higher quality pictures, how can you put that in your review as accurate, unless of course you test them yourself. The Sony Xperia Z2 is set to auto mode on default. Did you hear a guy in the UK won a photographpy contest, using a Xperia Z1 compact, beating out DLSRS. The Xperia Z2 also has Trumillious, X-reality display engine. The Screen on the G3 isn’t as great it seems to be, terrible contrast, brightness. The Z2 also has double tap to wake, small apps, customizable UI theme packs, a lighter skin, which performance will be better, and it’s a shatterproof Dragontail glass Aluminum sexy waterproof beast.

  • roeshak

    It’s no surprise that the few people who’ve read this ridiculous comparison totally disagree with it.
    The g3 only wins the dimensions round. End of!
    Display goes to the Sony hands down. The added resolution is barely noticeable but you certainly notice the beautiful colours of the z2’s display as opposed to the washed out looking g3.
    Battery life is also easily a clear win for the z2. The g3 has average battery life at best. The z2’s in the exceptional class in this respect.
    Camera win for the g3? Don’t make me laugh, you’ve obviously been spending too much time at gsmarena and the superior auto pixel peeing nonsense!
    Operating system also goes to the z2 for being closer to stock and not lagging anywhere near as much as lg’s offering.
    Specwise they may be tied on paper but the qhd display and 801 cpu don’t seem to sit happily together. The g3’s known for its above average lag and poor performance especially when undertaking graphically intensive tasks.
    Add to all this the ip 58 certification, stereo speakers and built in noise cancellation technology, and you see a clear winner emerging here and it ain’t the FLIPPING LG G3!!!!!
    LG must be one of your sponsors to write up such drivel!

    • Kaostheory

      Can’t find mhl support for the G3 either. As I travel, I love the fact I can easily download any shows and watch on hotel TV’s. Also great for preloading and bringing to friends houses.

  • For me, I don’t think there’s anything I would take from this article.

    The best part of the z2 is the hardware and what capabilities it has and its potential. However, the software on it isn’t anything good to write home about..

    After using Sony for some two months I thought I had thrown my money away for the software part. I wish I could go for a refund for that part

    • rob damiani

      Just root and install CyanogenMod

  • Phillip Lee

    The only edge I’d give the Sony device is build quality. Other than that all other features important to a smartphone is won by the G3.

  • Rahat

    This guy who wrote this article he just took money from LG because he is so stupid overlap lot of Z 2 signature features and also wins LG by forcefully. I just said stupid when I saw he wrote battery life is same for both devices OMG how come 200 mah is the difference, then next to camera sony shooting 4k camera 20mp and worlds largest mobile camera sensor, i can say this guy is drunk

  • O GEE

    Terrible conclusion, camera lg g3 the biggest joke of the Century that’s for sure. No way the lg g3 beats the Sony in any area apart from screen resolution and slimmer bezels and that’s cause it’s not water proof. It’s a gud thing there are several real reviews and comparisons of both phones available.

  • rob damiani

    G3 wins the camera round?? Are you employed by LG????? Worst review/comparison ever.