iPhone 6 vs LG G3 – The upcoming smartphone battle of the year
Two of the most impressive devices to ever grace the smartphone market will go in a head-to-head battle later this year. While the LG G3 has been released in South Korea last month, the iPhone 6 is still in the works and will only be arriving around September according to multiple sources. Apple has done a good job at keeping its upcoming flagship behind closed doors, but the inevitable flow of leaks and rumors still came eventually. As soon as the flood gates were opened, we’ve seen dozens of reports speculating on the handset’s features, display, and specifications. We browsed through most of these reports and took into consideration only what seems the most believable in order to compare the iPhone 6 with the LG G3, one of the best smartphones currently available.
The Korean company announced a couple of days ago that their latest flagship will be making its worldwide debut on June 27th. LG G3 will first be released in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, and the Philippines, and then move on to the rest of Asia, Europe, and the Middle East next month. LG didn’t reveal a US release date, but both Sprint and Verizon confirmed that the handset will be available for purchase in July, most likely on the 17th. The iPhone 6 on the other hand is only expected to arrive sometime during September. Rumor has is that Apple is restricting holidays during that month for employees working at its German stores, which suggests that a new device will be launched then. Furthermore, the iOS 8 is also said to release is September so that would fit in nicely with the flagship’s launch.
Screen-wise, the LG G3 offers an impressive 5.5-inch QHD display running at 2560 x 1440 resolution and 534 ppi. The iPhone 6 is believed to come with a 5.5-inch sapphire glass screen although further details about it are unreliable. But rumor has it that Apple is looking to launch two versions of their upcoming flagship. The 5.5-inch will apparently be aimed at the premium markets while a 4.7-inch variant is said to target the average consumers. The latter will presumably come with a 1704 x 960 resolution display, 416 ppi and 16:9 aspect ratio. LG G3’s display looks vastly superior to the 4.7-inch model and we assume that it will also trump the 5.5-inch when it comes to resolution and pixel density. However, reports are still sketchy in regards to the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 so we’ll have to wait until more details are revealed to say for certain.
On the hardware side, Cupertino is rumored to equip the iPhone 6 with either a quad-core A8 processor or an improved A7. The device is said to come with the best iPhone camera to date, which will be a 13-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture and optical image stabilization, but only for the 5.5-inch version. This is similar to the LG G3’s shooter, which also comes at 13MP and features OIS. Aside from processor and camera, not much else is known about the iPhone 6’s specs. Some sketchy reports are claiming that the flagship will only come with 1GB of RAM, just like the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s. On the other hand, the 5.5-inch handset is said to offer 128GB of storage while the 4.7-inch will be capped at 64GB. By comparison, the LG G3 can also reach 128GB via microSD, but only features 16GB/32GB options by default. LG’s flagship also comes in 2GB/3GB variants and includes a massive 3.000 mAh removable battery.
There is no word on the iPhone 6’s battery, but Apple will be hard pressed to come up with something better than what LG offers. The G3 might lose the battle when it comes to storage if the iPhone comes right out of the box with more than 32GB. One the flip side, it seems like it will definitely win when it comes to RAM and possibly battery life as well. Another important aspect to take into consideration will be the operating system. iPhone 6 is likely to run on the upcoming iOS 8, which is said to come with many new features and improvements over the previous version. LG G3 currently runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat and there is no news on whether the 4.4.3 version will be available to the device.
Last but not least, the price will also play a key role in the upcoming confrontation. It’s estimated that the LG G3 will cost about $700 when it will be released in the US. This is the exact price we can expect for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 as well, according to some analysts. The bigger version however is believed to add at least $100 more to that price tag. All in all, Apple’s premium variant of the flagship might end up being a bit more expensive, but will it be worth it? We can’t say for certain because we don’t have a complete specs list yet, but from what we’re seeing the iPhone 6 will likely be somewhat less powerful than the LG G3. Also, the display might end up not being up to par either.
But at the end of the day this will all come down to the classic Android vs iOS battle so it all boils down to preference. Android 5.0 L was announced recently during the Google I/O so the iOS 8 will not be the only new operating system in town. It all depends if the LG G3 can be upgraded to the next version once it comes out. If it can, the device will most likely win the battle as it also comes with overall better specs and a cheaper price tag. But if not, I think that many consumers will choose the iPhone 6 just because it comes with the newer OS and that’s always appealing to a lot of people.