We’ve had a recent release from the Chinese company Xiaomi of its flagship handset: the Mi 4. Today we thought we would compare it to the G3 smartphone from LG, since they share some similarities and might we say – they both swim in the same waters. The G3 is a quite recent addition to the market as well: it first hit the markets in South Korea in the month of May, then in July it got to the U.S. and just this month in Australia.
We hear from an analyst of Woori Investment, Sophia Kim, that the LG G3 is expected to exceed the sales and popularity of its predecessor, the LG G2. Xiaomi had a lot of success with the predecessor of Mi 4 as well, so we expect nothing less from this smartphone. Let’s see what exactly these two have to offer and if the Xiaomi Mi 4 has any chances at surpassing the LG G3.
We’ll start with the pros of LG’s handset.
This handset comes with a very large screen, 5.5 inches to be exact, and it is quite amazing. Being a Quad HD IPS model, it can render a screen resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. Not only is the screen resolution great, but the pixel density is of 538 pixels per inch. This splendid pack of good visuals is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 – which you won’t see with the Chinese product. Regarding camera, both handsets come with a 13 MP primary camera, but LG comes with some very special features like laser autofocus and gyroscope sensors (which help with image stabilization). We see LED flash on both cameras, but LG’s device features 2 LED lights, where as the Xiaomi shows off only one. We have to admit, the Xiaomi has more megapixels on its front camera, 8 MP to be exact. But the 2.1 MP camera of the LG G3 can do many great things like taking photos in low lighting conditions without any trouble. If the phone detects any vibrations, it then corrects the movement even before taking the picture. We also like the slow motion videos you can shoot with this handset – seeing how Xiaomi didn’t make this feature available. What else? The LG G3 comes with a microSD card slot which is extremely convenient, wireless charging feature and even a removable battery.
Now that we praised the LG G3, why don’t we take a look at what the Xiaomi Mi 4 has to bring to the table?
The dimensions of this handset are: 139.2 x 68.5 x 8.9 mm. Why are we giving you this information? We’re explaining that the handset is not only smaller (so portability friendly) but also thinner than the LG G3. The display has a unique feature, that of responding to touch even if you use a wet finger. We have to praise the camera for delivering some high quality videos and images, with the help of features like video lighting and autofocus tracking. The battery capacity of Xiaomi’s Mi 4 is better than the one seen on the LG G3, at 3080 mAh (Li-Po model). The LG G3 comes with a 3000 mAh Li-Ion battery unit, but is more of a battery drainer. Regarding the internal storage capacity, the Xiaomi Mi 4 comes with a beautiful capacity of 64 GB, while the LG G3 only lets you choose between 16 GB and 32 GB.
The LG G3 runs on Android KitKat, while the operating system for the Xiaomi Mi 4 is MIUI 5.
After seeing the differences between the two, let’s refer to the similarities we’ve noticed with these two handsets. Both devices are powered by the same combination of processor, chipset and GPU: Krait 400 processor (quad core working at 2500 MHz) + Snapdragon 801 chipset from Qualcomm + Adreno 330 GPU. For a smooth performance, both the Chinese and Korean company provided 3 GB of RAM.
The Xiaomi Mi 4 can be bought at around $459.99. The LG G3 is a little pricier, having a price tag of $599.99.
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