Difference between Sony Xperia S and LG Optimus G

Key difference: The Xperia S features a 4.3-inch TFT touch screen with shatter proof sheet on scratch-resistant glass. The display provides an impressive 342 ppi density and is powered by a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Dual-core processor. The LG Optimus G features a 4.7 inch screen and runs on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). In terms of hardware, it has a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064, 1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Krait with 2 GB RAM.

Sony is well-known electronics company that has made itself a popular manufacturer of smartphones. The company initially launched phones in collaboration with Ericsson, but it has parted ways with the company and has completely taken over the Xperia brand. The company announced a new line up of phones for the Xperia line-up, including Xperia S. The Xperia S was launched in February 2012 and was a high-range phone at that time, amount to approximately EUR 520.

The Xperia S features a 4.3-inch TFT touch screen with shatter proof sheet on scratch-resistant glass. The display provides an impressive 342 ppi density, which was the highest at the time of the phone’s release. The high density ensures that the viewers get nothing but hi-res display with clear, crisp images and absolutely no pixilation. The device is a little bulky and heavy at 144 grams. The phone is encased in a plastic chassis, which comes off as a little cheap looking. The phone also said to creak and make noises when pressure is put on it. The Xperia S is a bar phone, which features a clear plastic strip on the bottom side of the phone that has the Home, Back and Menu button imprints on it but don’t let the imprint fool you, the buttons are actually located on the top of the clear strip and not on the strip. The top of the device houses the power/unlock button with the 3.55mm jack. The right side of the phone has the volume rocker, an HDMI out socket and the physical camera button, while the left side has a USB charging/sync port.

The phone is powered by a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Dual-core processor, making it quite fast when operational. The processor allows the user to seamless shift between screens and apps on the phone. It can also handle hi-res games, movies and multi-tasking. The device comes with Android v2.3, which is upgradeable to Android v4.0. The company has announced a 4.1 update, but release date for the update is not yet revealed. The device is available with 32 GB internal storage capacity and 1 GB RAM. The device does not support MicroSD cards, which means that the user is stuck with only 32 GB storage and this also causes a problem for the user to transfer data on to the phone.

The device houses a 12.1 MP rear camera with autofocus and LED flash. The camera comes with Sony’s Exmor R for mobile technology and produces beautiful, colorful high-res images. The device is also capable of recording HD videos. The Xperia S also sports a 1.3 MP front camera for video calls, which is quite good compared to the other VGA and 1 MP cameras available on the other phones in the same price range. The Xperia S also comes with xLOUD Experience, clear stereo and clear bass and 3D surround sound for an amazing audio experience. The device is available with other features such as: Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA, NFC and USB On-the-go. The S has a non-removable Li-Ion 1750 mAh battery, that provides 8 hours 30 min talk-time and 420 hours of standby time on 3G according to the company.

The LG Optimus G features a 4.7 inch screen and runs on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). In terms of hardware, it has a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064, 1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Krait with 2 GB RAM. It has a 13 MP or an 8MP primary camera, which is dependent on the market. It has a 1.3 MP secondary front camera. It is available with a storage capacity of 32 GB. It will have 4G and NFC capabilities.

The phone can be identified by the glittery backside which makes the phone appear trendy.  However, the back panel is not removable, which may be a downside for some, as this means that the battery will not changeable. The phone has also been criticized for being a little on the heavier side.

The LG Optimus G features Smart Screen that keeps the screen on if the phone detects the user's eyes looking at it. It also allows users to choose the phone's default font and font size, change how long the capacitive keys backlight stays on, and customize the events that trigger the notification light to flash. The phone also features QSlide apps which include a web browser, Memo pad, Calendar, Calculator and a Video player. These allow the users to run two of these QSlide apps simultaneously with a slider allows user to focus on one of them.

The information for the detailed table about the two phones has been taken from Sony Mobile website, the LG website and GSMArena.com


Sony Xperia S

LG Optimus G

Launch Date

February 2012

November 2012



LG Electronics


128.0 x 64.0 x 10.6 mm

131.9 x 68.9 x 8.5 mm (5.19 x 2.71 x 0.33 in)


4.3-inch scratch-resistant TFT touchscreen

True HD-IPS + LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors


1280 x 720 pixels (~342 ppi pixel density), 16 million colors

768 x 1280 pixels, 4.7 inches (~318 ppi pixel density)


Shatter proof sheet on scratch-resistant glass

Corning Gorilla Glass


144 grams

145g (5.11 oz)

2G Network

GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

3G Network

UMTS HSPA 850, 900, 1900, 2100

HSDPA 900 / 2100

4G Network


LTE Cat. 3 CSFB 700/1700


Timescape UI

LG Optimus UI v3.0

CPU speed

1.5 GHz Qualcomm Dual-core processor

Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait


Adreno 220

Adreno 320


Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread), v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), planned upgrade to v4.1 (Jelly Bean)

Android OS, v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), upgradable to v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)


Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon

Qualcomm MDM9615/APQ8064


1 GB


SIM Size



Internal Memory

32 GB

32 GB

Expandable Memory




Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Magnetometer and Gyroscope.

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass


GSM GPRS Up to 86 kbps;

GSM EDGE Up to 237 kbps; Wi-Fi hotspot; Wi-Fi, DLNA, NFC, USB.

Network, Bluetooth Version, Mobile Hotspot, Wi-Fi Connectivity, GPS, AT&T 4G LTE Network, 4.0+LE, Share a 4G data connection with other compatible wireless devices, 802.11b/g/n, S-GPS For Enhanced Location Accuracy


GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, NFC, USB.



UMTS HSPA cat 6 (upload) Up to 5.8 Mbps; UMTS HSPA cat 10(download) Up to 14.4 Mbps



Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot


Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, EDR

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP


microUSB v2.0, USB On-the-go

microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB Host

Primary Camera

12.1 MP autofocus rear camera

13 MP/8 MP (market dependent), autofocus, LED flash (depending on the market)

Secondary Camera

1.3 MP, 720 pixels front camera

1.3 MP


HD video recording (1080p)

[email protected], LED video light

Camera Features

16x digital zoom, LED flash, Touchfocus, Sony’s Exmor R for mobile CMOS sensor, f/2.4 Aperture, 3D Sweep Panorama, Face recognition and Smile Shutter

Geo-tagging, face detection, image stabilization

Sound Enhancement

xLOUD Experience

Clear stereo and clear bass

3D surround sound

Dolby mobile sound enhancement

SNS applications

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Audio supported formats

MP3, 3GPP, MP4, SMF, WAV, OTA, Ogg vorbis


Video supported formats


MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV/DviX player

Battery Capacity

Non-removable Li-Ion 1750 mAh battery

Non-removable Li-Po 2100 mAh battery

Talk time

2G: 7 hours 30 min

3G: 8 hours 30 min

Up to 10 hours


2G: 450 hours

3G: 420 hours

Up to 13.5 days

Available Colors

Black, White



SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email

SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS


HTML5, Adobe Flash

HTML5, Adobe Flash


Stereo FM radio with RDS

Stereo FM radio with RDS


GPS with A-GPS support and GLONASS

with A-GPS support and GLONASS


Java via Java MIDP emulator

Java MIDP emulator

Additional Features

  • Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine
  • 3D and motion gaming
  • Timescape with Twitter integrated
  • PlayStation Certified
  • TV launcher
  • HDMI Support
  • DLNA Certified
  • Screenshot capturing
  • Native USB tethering, NFC, ANT+
  • Google Voice Search, Google Talk with video chat, Google Mail, Google Calendar, Google Gallery 3D, Google Maps with Street View and Latitude
  • SNS integration
  • Document viewer
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input
  • Network
  • Bluetooth Version
  • Mobile Hotspot
  • Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • GPS
  • AT&T 4G LTE Network
  • 4.0+LE
  • Share a 4G data connection with other compatible wireless devices
  • 802.11b/g/n
  • S-GPS For Enhanced Location Accuracy
  • Zerogap Touch
  • QSlide
  • QuickMemo
  • Android Beam
  • LG Tag+
  • Wise Ringtone
  • AT&T Messages
  • AT&T Navigator
  • Eco Mode
  • Connect to Social Networks
  • TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
  • Photo viewer/editor
  • Document viewer/editor
  • Organizer
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input

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