Sony Xperia
Sony Xperia XZ smartphone is presented at the IFA Electronics show in Berlin, Germany, September 2, 2016. Reuters/Stefanie Loos

If latest reports are to be believed, Sony’s flagship device, the Xperia XZ Premium, is coming with a 4K HDR display. It also has an advanced camera technology that can record videos at an incredible 960fps. It will be interesting to see how the Sony smartphone fares against the LG G6.

While Sony has chosen to shock and surprise its fans with the XZ Premium, LG has gone the traditional way after last year’s G5, choosing to evolve, refine and develop the G6. Both are very different beasts, with Sony handset sporting a 5.5-inch display. Experts are of the opinion that the Sony flagship is probably the better-looking of the two, though looks is a matter of personal choice. It arguable has a better CPU too. However, the G6 also has a few tricks up its sleeves to win fans. The Sony handset is incredible as it ticks all the right boxes.

Moreover, it’s also way cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy S8 and upcoming Apple iPhone 8, priced at €649 (AU$910) in Europe. Many feel that the XZ Premium will put Sony back on the map, and head-to-head with top mobile manufacturers. The Sony smartphone has an IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with screen resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels. Multi-touch is enabled up to 10 fingers. It has a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, tri-luminous display, X-Reality engine and is HDR10 compliant.

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium runs on Android 7.1 Nougat operating system, and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset and Adreno 540 GPU. It has 64GB of internal storage, expandable up to 256GB via microSD card, and 4GB RAM. The primary camera is of 19MP with f/2.0, 25mm, EIS (gyro), predictive phase detection and laser autofocus and LED flash. Other features include 1/2.3" sensor size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR and panorama.

The selfie camera is of 13MP with f/2.0, 22mm, 1/3" sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size and 1080p. The rear camera is capable of recording 2160p videos at 30fps and 720p videos at 960fps. It’s HDR-enabled. Position of the fingerprint sensor is region-dependent but is mostly side-mounted. The XZ Premium has a non-removable Li-Ion 3,230 mAh battery. Meanwhile, the LG G6 has a 5.7-inch display with a screen resolution of 2880 × 1440 pixels. It has internal storage capacity of 32GB or 64GB and 4GB RAM.

The G6 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chip and Adreno 530 GPU and runs on Android 7.0 Nougat OS. There is a dual 13MP rear camera and 5MP front camera. It has a 3,300mAh battery. For more details, visit GSMArena. Thus, the choice is tough. If someone wants a smartphone primarily for picture taking, the G6 may be a better option. However, for heavy-duty gaming and app usage, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium shines.