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Well, after months of prolonged delay, LG has officially released Optimus G in India at an event in Mumbai on Wednesday. Launched at
Rs 34,500, the handset is already available on online retailer sites as well. With the pricing and hardware, it is quite evident that the South Korean tech firm is aiming to take over all the flagship models.
Optimus G was first launched in South Korea back in September 2012 and was expected to hit global markets in November. However, LG delayed the launch and until now in India. The reason for the delay remains unknown, but, as it has come in a couple of days after the release of BlackBerry Z10, it can be said that LG is aiming to take over even the Canadian firm's offering.
When it comes to BlackBerry, after fighting a shaking off battle for a couple of years with the tech titans, the company has put in all its effort in launching BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 smartphones based on its new operating system.
While consumers were eagerly awaiting the launch of Z10 in India, BlackBerry has crashed all the expectations with its hefty price tag of Rs 43,490 for Z10. Such an amount is considered as a whopping investment for many, especially for a BlackBerry handset, the company which has not been in the market for a long time.
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Several analysts and tech experts have been predicted that Blackberry has missed the last chance to win the enterprise users with its Z10 due to its price tag. Moreover, when compared with the other flagship offerings, Z10 lacks many key elements, which again pulls it back to some extent.
However, as LG has come up as a competition to BlackBerry in India with both the handsets being released in the same week, Gizbot has decided to compare both Optimus G and Z10. Read it below.
Form Factor: Of the duo, Optimus G measuring 131.9 x 68.9 x 8.5 mm and weighing in at 145 grams is obviously heavier than Z10, which boasts a lighter dimension of 130 x 65.6 x 9 mm and weighs around 137.5 grams.
Speaking of display, Optimus G comes with a 4.7 inch True HD IPS+ LCD capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1280 x 768 and a pixel density of 318 ppi approximately.
On the other hand, Z10 has a 4.2 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels and approximately 355 ppi pixel density.
Optimus G features the Corning Gorilla Glass protection, which makes the display scratch resistant and protects it from everyday wear and tear. Also, the IPS+ display will offer wider viewing angles.
Processor: In this segment, Optimus G is equipped with a 1.5GHz quad core Qualcomm MDM9615/APQ8064 processor, while Z10 dual core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.
Theoretically, quad core processors offer efficient multi-tasking capability and hence, better performance.
Operating System: This is a contracting aspect of the comparison as Optimus G comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS and Z10 has BlackBerry 10 OS.
Detailing on software features, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS has features such as Project Butter, which offers faster, smoother and responsive performance, on-screen navigation buttons, expandable and contractible Android notifications, resizable App Widgets functionality, high resolution contact photos, Android Beam app and more.
At the same time, BlackBerry 10 OS comes with new features and enhancements including BlackBerry Hub, BlackBerry Flow, BBM, BlackBerry Balance, Story Maker, BlackBerry Remember, BlackBerry Safeguard and BlackBerry World.
Camera: In here, Optimus G is a sure winner with a 13MP rear camera accompanied by features including autofocus, LED flash and a 1.3MP front camera for video calling. In comparison, Z10 has an 8MP rear camera with autofocus and LED flash and a 2MP front camera.
Storage: When it comes to storage, Optimus G has 32GB internal storage and Z10 has 16GB and 2GB RAM. However, Optimus G lacks a micro SD card slot while Z10 has a micro SD card supporting up to 64GB.
Connectivity: Optimus G features Wi-Fi, Bluetooth with A2DP, NFC, HSDPA, HSUPA, LTE, GPRS/EDGE, micro USB 2.0 and USB Host.
On the other hand, Z10 also comes with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth with A2DP and EDR, NFC, HSDPA, HSUPA, LTE, GPRS/EDGE and micro USB 2.0.
Battery: In this segment, non-detachable Optimus G comes with a 2,100 mAh Li-Po battery offering up to 135 hours standby and 15 hours talk time, whereas, Z10 comes with a removable 1,800 mAh Li-ion battery delivering up to 10 hours talk time and 312 hours standby.
Price: On the pricing front, Optimus G is priced at Rs 34,500 and and BlackBerry Z10 is priced at a whopping Rs 43,490.
Other Features: When it comes to the software features, Optimus G comes with Dual Screen Dual Play capability, which allows mirroring of an image onscreen with a TV or monitor. The handset also has features including Qslide, which shows two different screens simultaneously and QuickMemo, allowing users to take notes using the finger as a stylus. At the same time, Z10 has integrated social networking, instant messaging features and 3X digiital zoom in front camera.
Both Optimus G and Z10 are high-end smartphones that come with impressive spec sheet and other features. However, these handsets will definitely have their pros and cons.
If the concern is better camera performance, big internal memory storage, quad core processor for increased performance and a relatively lower price tag, Optimus G might be the right choice.
On the other hand, if a light weight handset with expandable storage support and superior battery backup is your requirement, BlackBerry Z10 could be a better option.