Many tend to assume that just because phablets are usually paired up with normal-sized mobiles means they automatically dominate the competition. But do the same rules apply for Sony and LG’s latest midrange phones? Let’s find out.
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The LG Q6 comes with a 5.5-inch LCD Corning Gorilla Glass display, while the Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra is covered by a massive 6.0-inch LCD 2.5D glass display. Despite the size differences, Sony’s phablet has the smaller resolution between the two at [1920×1080], whereas LG’s smaller device is packed with an astonishing [2160×1080] resolution display.
Although I personally find the XA1U’s larger display – coupled with its 2.5D glass display – better for my eyes, the larger resolution on the Q6’s graphics make it on par with the XA1 despite its size, if not even better, which you can see when both phones are placed side-by-side at maximum brightness. The details on the smaller phone look sharper compared to Sony’s phablet, and the fact that the overall display looks clear for its small size gives it an edge between the two.
Winner: LG Q6
Both phones have similar layouts overall, the only difference being the fact that the XA1 Ultra has a flash on the upper right side while its 16MP camera lens is found on the left. The Q6, meanwhile, has its 5MP front camera lens is found a bit farther to the left side of its upper panel, with its earpiece in the center of its upper panel.
With its metal unibody and curved edges, the Q6, which is coupled by its compact size and weight at 149 grams, feels just right when it sits in your hand, although it does wobble a bit when you set it down. However, being covered in metal means it’s prone to fingerprints and scratches. Its larger competitor, however, stands at a heavier 188gram aluminum frame, which, with rougher edges, make it a bit awkward to hold, although the size and build help keep it sturdy when placed on a flat surface. In terms of bezel size, the XA1U also has the least visible bezels between the two.
Found on the left side of the Q6 are its physical volume buttons, along with its microSD and dual sim slots, which you can only remove with the SIM pin that comes with the device. The XA1U, however, also has its SIM tray on the left side, but unlike the Q6, you can easily pull out of its slot without needing a pin.
Meanwhile, the right side of the Q6 has the power button, while the XA1U has both its power button and Volume button on the same side.
Unlike a lot of Android phones, both the Q6 and XA1U have function buttons onscreen, which means you can only use them when the phones are turned on. The XA1U’s keys onscreen consist of the Back and Overview buttons, found in-between the Home button. The Q6’s keys consist of the same functions, with an additional button that lets you switch SIMs.
Both phones also have 3.5mm headphone jacks, except the XA1U’s port is at the top border of the phone while the Q6’s jack is at the bottom, found near its USB Type-C port.
As for the back part of both phones, the layout is basically the same, with the Q6’s flash placed on the right side of its 13MP rear camera, while the XA1U’s flash is found underneath its 23MP camera.
In terms of overall design, I found that the metal-covered Q6 has better quality compared to the plastic-covered XA1U.
Winner: LG Q6
The smaller Q6’s rear camera is equipped with a 13MP lens with an f/2.2 aperture, while the bigger XA1U wields a whopping 23MP rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture. I noticed that the smaller LG phone captures the details and colors a bit more accurately than the XA1U, which you can clearly see from the photos. Despite its slightly higher aperture rate, I noticed that the Q6 took better low-lit photos than the XA1U, but the latter clearly adjusted to the environment faster than its smaller counterpart, whereas the Q6 initially struggled to find the right lighting for the pic before taking it.
Both front-facing cameras are different, however. The Q6 has a basic 5MP front camera with an f/2.2 aperture rate while the XA1 Ultra comes packed with a large 16MP front camera with the same f/2.0 aperture rate. When taking selfies, the difference in quality is pretty obvious and clearly the XA1 Ultra takes better front-facing photos.
But when it comes to photo quality and its emphasis on details, the Q6, which is coupled by its higher resolution display, performed better.
Winner: LG Q6
Both the Q6 and XA1U primarily use Android’s stock OS 7.1 Nougat, although since the XA1U is a Sony device, it also comes with Xperia UI that runs using a Mediatek MT6757 Helio P20 processor, which runs pretty well without any lags. Likewise, the Q6, despite not having any LG-made interface, also responds pretty quickly for a phone that runs using a Qualcomm 435 Snapdragon processor.
Using benchmarking tools, we gaged both phones based on how well they perform accordingly and got the following results:
AnTuTu – 41856
Geekbench: Single Core – 622; Multi-core – 2092
PCMark – 3385
Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra
Antutu – 64587
Geekbench – Single Core: 893; Multi Core: 3753
PCMark – 3884
In terms of performance rates overall, the XA1U completely dominated the comparison and trumped the LG Q6’s performance results hands-down.
Winner: Sony XPeria XA1 Ultra
Both LG and Sony devices placed their speakers at the bottom half of their phones. Although the Q6 has pretty good speakers for a tiny device, they pale in comparison with Sony’s giant phablet in terms of quality, which you can tell when you play both at maximum volume.
Then again, audio quality has always been Sony’s specialty, so this round goes to the phablet.
Winner: Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra
The Q6 is packed with a non-removable 3000mAh battery while the bigger Sony phablet is equipped with a surprisingly smaller 2700mAh battery.
Unlike the Q6, the XA1U supports Quick Charging, which we noticed when we charged both devices to 100% at the same time. Even though the LG Q6 took three hours and twenty minutes to charge to 100%, the XA1U only took that same amount of time for it to charge from 0% to 100%.
Using our ManilaShaker Battery Rating, we can confirm the following overall battery life of both devices, which aren’t so far from each other:
XA1 Ultra: 31 hours, 12 minutes
LG Q6: 33 hours, 16 minutes
Despite the lack of Quick Charging capabilities, the LG Q6 still has the longer battery life overall, which isn’t surprising, considering it does have the higher battery power between the two.
Winner: LG Q6
Both the Q6 and the XA1 Ultra come in 32GB, with the Q6 offering 3GB worth of RAM, while the XA1U offers 4GB of RAM. Both are also expandable up to 256GB through microSD cards. The only difference is that the XA1U also offers a 64GB version, which might appeal to others who also want a larger memory.
Winner: Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra
Although it may have looked as though the XA1U had the upper hand thanks to its higher specs, the LG Q6 wins this comparison with a resounding 4-3 score!
The LG Q6 and Sony XPeria XA1 Ultra are available in local and online stores. The LG Q6 costs P13,990 while the XA1 Ultra will be at P21,990.
LG Q6 vs Sony XPeria XA1 Ultra Comparison, Full Specs, Philippines Pricing
|SPECS, PH Price||LG Q6||Sony XPeria XA1 Ultra|
|Display||[2160 x 1080]|
5.5-inch IPS LCD capacitive display, 442ppi
6.0-inch IPS LCD display, 367ppi
|Size||142.5 x 69.3 x 8.1mm, 149g weight||165 x 79 x 8.1 mm, 188g|
|Design||Metal unibody, Corning Gorilla Glass Display 3||aluminum frame, plastic body, 2.5D Glass|
|Colors||Astro Black / Ice Platinum / Mystic White / Terra Gold||Rainbow White, Black, Gold, Pink|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 435||Mediatek MT6757 Helio P20|
|Processor||Octa-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53||4×2.3 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.6 GHz Cortex-A53|
|Memory||32 GB internal, 3GB RAM (expandable up to 256GB with microSD)||32/64GB internal, 4GB RAM (expandable up to 256GB with microSD)|
|Main Camera||13 MP, f/2.2, autofocus, LED flash||23 MP, 1/2.3″ Exmor™ RS sensor, f/2.0, phase detection and laser autofocus, LED flash|
|Multimedia||1080@30fps||1080p@30fps, stereo audio rec., HDR|
|Front camera||5 MP, f/2.2, 1/5″ sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size||16 MP, f/2.0, 23mm, 1/2.6″ sensor size, OIS, autofocus, LED flash, 1080p|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g, n / Bluetooth 4.2 / NFC / USB Type-B 2.0||GSM/HSPA/LTE|
WiFi n, Bt 4.2, A2DP, aptX, LE, A-GPS
|OS||Android 7.1 Nougat||Android 7.0 Nougat, Xperia UI|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery||Non-removable 2,700mAh Li-ion (quick charge)|
|Ports||microUSB 2.0, USB On-The-Go, 3.5mm headphone jack||USB 2.0 Type-C 1.0, 3.5mm headphone jack|
|Official PH Price||PHP 13,990||PhP 21,990|
|Availability date||July 2017||July 2017|
|Where to buy||Local and online stores||Sony Centres, Sony Mobile Stores, and authorized retailers|