Models Pose with New 'Optimus G' Smartphones, Made by LG Electronics Inc, in Seoul
Models pose with new ''Optimus G'' smartphones, made by LG Electronics Inc, in Seoul, September 18, 2012.Reuters/Lee Jae-Won/Files

Sony's flagship phablet Xperia Z Ultra set its foot in the Indian market in late July, the very month when LG too had released its 5.5-inch Optimus G Pro in the country.

After a long time, the market has witnessed the rise of competitors to the reigning leader of phablet business, Samsung Galaxy Note series. If buyers are planning to get a hand on a newer and superior phablet other than the 2012 Samsung Galaxy Note 2 model, LG Optimus G Pro and Xperia Z ultra make a better buy.

Here is a brief description of Key features of Sony Xperia Z Ultra and LG Optimus G Pro:


LG Optimus G Pro features a 5.5-inch True HD IPS LCD screen with full HD (1920x1080p) resolution having pixel density of close to 400 ppi (pixel per inch). The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 2 shield.

On the other hand, Sony Xperia Z Ultra sports a mammoth 6.4-inch Triluminos TFT LCD screen with X-Reality For mobile and BRAVIA Engine 2 display technology having Full HD (1920x1080p) resolution and pixel density of 342 ppi. It features a shatter-proof and scratch resistant glass sheet on top of the screen.


In terms of power, the Sony Xperia phablet trumps the LG phone thanks to its superior new generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 series quad-core processor with 2.2GHz CPU speed. On the other hand, the Optimus G Pro packs a slower previous generation Snapdragon 600 series chipset with 1.7GHz clock speed.


In this aspect, Xperia Z Ultra once again pips the LG handset; even though Optimus G Pro boasts of a more superior 13.0-megapixel camera compared to Sony handset's 8.0-megapixel snapper. Xperia Z Ultra has an advantage that only a few smartphones in the industry can boast of. It features dust-proof and water-resistant certifications IP55/58, wherein a user can take pictures and video upto five feet underwater for close to 30 minutes.

LG Optimus G pro flaunts a 2.1-megapixel camera on the front side which can record 720p HD video, whereas Xperia XZ Ultra can take full HD (1080p) video with its 2.0-megapixel front camera.

Operating System:

In this aspect, both Sony and LG smartphones stand even as they run on the same Android OS platform. Optimus G Pro runs on the v4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS, whereas Xperia Z Ultra ships with Android v4.2 Jelly Bean.


According to recent reports, Sony Xperia Z costs around ₹44,690 and the price of LG Optimus G Pro is hovering around ₹38,500, almost ₹6000 less than the rival phablet.

Taking note of the overall specifications, Xperia Z Ultra justifies its exorbitant price-tag. However, considering that India is a price-sensitive market, many prospective buyers might go for the LG Optimus G Pro which is also a top-notch device.    

Key specifications of Sony Xperia Z Ultra and LG Optimus G Pro:

Model Sony Xperia Z Ultra LG Optimus G Pro
Display 6.44-inch Full HD Triluminos TFT LCD screen boasting X-Reality for Mobile display technology and BRAVIA Engine 2; also comes with shatter proof sheet along with scratch-resistant glass shield.Resolution: 1920x1080p

pixel density: 342 ppi (pixels per inch)

5.5-inch True HD IPS LCD screen with 1920 x 1080p resolution, Corning Gorilla Glass 2 shieldpixel density: 400 ppi (pixel per inches)
OS Android v4.2 Jelly Bean OS Android v4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 series quad-core processor with 2.2GHz CPU speed (chipset type: MSM8974) Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 series quad-core processor with 1.7GHz CPU speed
GPU Adreno 330 graphics engine Adreno 320 graphics engine
Storage capacity 16GB, expandable up to 64 GB via microSD card 16GB, expandable up to 64GB via microSD card
Camera Main: 8.0-megapixel camera with Exmor RS lens technology and 16X digital zoom, full HD video recordingFront: 2.0-megapixel camera  (can record full HD video) Main: 13.0-megapixel camera with LED flash, black illuminated sensor and full HD 1080p video recordingFront: 2.1-megapixel camera  with 720p HD video recording ability
Network 2G & 3G 2G & 3G
Battery Li-Ion battery with 3050 mAh power; (non-removable) Li-Ion battery with 3140 mAh power;
Add-ons Dust-proof and Water-resistant IP55/IP58 certifications, NFC, Bluetooth v4.0,A-GPS,Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi hotspot, micro-USB v2.0, MHL support Bluetooth v4.0, Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n), GPS, Smart Pause, dual-video recording, VR Panorama (full 360-degree angle photo capture),smart features-include, QRemote v2.0, QSlide v2.0, Qtranslator, QuickMemo
Dimensions 179.0 x 92.0 x 6.5 mm 150.2 x 76.1 x 9.4 mm
Weight 212 g 174 g
Price ₹44,690/- ₹38,690/-