LG Optimus G Pro vs. Sony Xperia Z – Fight!

by Jerry D on March 19, 2013

If you rank the LG Optimus G Pro and the Sony Xperia Z against each other, which one wins? Is the 5.5-inch screen on the Optimus G Pro boast better tech than the Xperia Z’s? Is its quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor newer and faster? Are we keen to have a play with the Xperia Z’s 13.0MP camera? All of these questions are answered in the table that follows…

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LG Optimus G Pro vs. Sony Xperia Z: stat-fight

Here’s how the two phones compare. If you you want more information on any of the technologies that you see mentioned, click on a highlighted term to find out more about it. Or view our FAQs.

LG Optimus G Pro VS Sony Xperia Z
Display 5.5-inch Full HD-IPS LCD 5.0-inch Reality
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
(400.545 PPI)
1080 x 1920 pixels
(440.6 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.7GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 1.5GHz quad core Qualcomm APQ8064
Software Android 4.1 Android 4.1.2
Storage 32GB internal, microSD cards up to 32GB 16GB internal, microSD cards up to 32GB
Rear
camera
13.0 Megapixels with autofocus, touch focus, image stabilization, face detection, geo-tagging, dual recording, VR panormama and 1080p video recording 13.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, face/smile detection, touch focus, image stabilization and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 2.1MP Yes, 2.2MP
4G LTE LTE
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP 4.0 with A2DP
Size 76.1 x 150.2 x 9.4mm 71.0 x 139.0 x 7.9mm
Weight 160g 146g
Talktime TBC 14.0 hours
Standby TBC 530 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, acclerometer, digital compass, gyroscope, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot functionality, TV out and Dolby Mobile GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, TV-out, Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2, DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality

 

LG Optimus G Pro vs. Sony Xperia Z analysis

You’ve seen the specs for the two phones above. But that doesn’t immediately tell you which one is technically superior. Here’s how this LG Optimus G Pro vs. Sony Xperia Z fight plays out…

LG Optimus G Pro vs. Sony Xperia Z – Connectivity

Good wireless connectivity is vital. The Optimus G Pro features NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP. It also has 4G. The Xperia Z packs NFC, 3G/HSDPA, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. And 4G? Yes, that’s in there too.
— It’s a tie, a point to each phone (1-1)

LG Optimus G Pro vs. Sony Xperia Z – Size/Weight

The spec sheets make interesting reading. There’s not much between the two – the Optimus G Pro is 150.2 x 76.1 x 9.4mm, the Xperia Z is 139.0 x 71.0 x 7.9mm. The Xperia Z is the more compact handset. Checking on weight, the Optimus G Pro weighs 160g, while the Sony Xperia Z is 146g. The Xperia Z takes the lead.
— The Xperia Z wins (1-2)

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LG Optimus G Pro vs. Sony Xperia Z – Camera/Video

The Optimus G Pro is equipped with a 13.0 Megapixel camera (4208 x 3120 pixels) with autofocus, touch focus, image stabilization, face detection, geo-tagging, dual recording, VR panorama and 1080p video recording. There’s also a front-facing 2.1MP camera for video calls.

The Xperia Z also sports a 13.0 Megapixel camera (with autofocus, LED flash, face/smile detection, touch focus, image stabilization and 1080p video recording), so there’s no real difference in camera quality. A second 2.2MP camera on the front can be used for video calling.
— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (2-3)

LG Optimus G Pro vs. Sony Xperia Z – Display

The Optimus G Pro incorporates a touch-sensitive Full HD-IPS LCD display, 5.5 inches in size and with a resolution of 1080 x 1920. With its 5.5-inch display and an excellent overall pixel count of 2073600, the Optimus G Pro has a pixels per inch rating of 400.545.

XXXX pointy arrow The LG Optimus G Pro features a 5.5-inch Full HD-IPS LCD display with a quoted resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 400.545.

In contrast, the 5.0-inch touch-sensitive Reality display on Sony’s phone is only 0.5 inches smaller. Like the Optimus G Pro, its screen has a 1080 by 1920 resolution. With 2073600 pixels onscreen, the pixel density is a big league 440.6 pixels per inch.
— The Xperia Z wins (2-4)

LG Optimus G Pro vs. Sony Xperia Z – Processor

In the CPU battle, the Optimus G Pro boasts a 1.7GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor. The Xperia Z, meanwhile, has an quad core Qualcomm APQ8064 chip, rated at 1.5GHz.
— The Optimus G Pro wins (3-4)

Half-time: LG Optimus G Pro vs. Sony Xperia Z

As we take a break for some half-time oranges, the Xperia Z has a narrow 1 point lead. The Optimus G Pro is still in this fight. But it might be tough to claw back enough points to beat Sony’s phone…

LG Optimus G Pro vs. Sony Xperia Z – Software

Neither phone wins this Android 4.1 vs. Android 4.1.2 battle. So…
— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (4-5)

LG Optimus G Pro vs. Sony Xperia Z – Applications

It’s Google Play vs. Google Play and there’s no winner here. Which means… There are three rounds to go and the Xperia Z is still in the lead. Three crucial rounds left…
— The two phones share the points (5-6)

LG Optimus G Pro vs. Sony Xperia Z – Storage

Onto the storage battle… The Optimus G Pro includes 32GB of storage. The Sony Xperia Z only comes in one version, which packs in 16GB of storage. Here, the 32GB in the Optimus G Pro trumps the 16GB capacity of the Xperia Z. The Optimus G Pro also boasts a microSD slot to increase the maximum capacity to 64GB. Likewise, a microSD slot on the Xperia Z further boosts the overall memory on Sony’s phone to 48GB.
— The Optimus G Pro wins (6-6)

LG Optimus G Pro vs. Sony Xperia Z – Battery Life

We can’t score this round until we have full talk and standby time information for both phones.
— Tie. The Optimus G Pro and the Xperia Z share the points (7-7)

LG Optimus G Pro vs. Sony Xperia Z – Extras

Finally, the Optimus G Pro also includes GPS/A-GPS, NFC, acclerometer, digital compass, gyroscope, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot functionality, TV out and Dolby Mobile. In comparison, the Xperia Z is packed with GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, a gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, TV-out, Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot functionality and IP57-rated ruggedness that makes it water resistant to a depth of one metre.
— The Xperia Z wins (7-8)

BPF Verdict: The Sony Xperia Z wins! (7-8)

The Sony Xperia Z wins this match-up. It beats the LG Optimus G Pro, taking 3 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 5 and losing 2. Here’s a summary of where this fight was won and lost:

The best connectivity: Comparable
The best size/weight: Yes
The best camera/video: Comparable
The best display: Yes
The best processor: No
The best software: Comparable
The most applications: Comparable
The most storage: No
The best extras: Yes

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