The smartphone market is as competitive as ever with LG's new G3 about to hit the shops, but how does it compare to the Sony Xperia Z2?

LG G3 vs Sony Xperia Z2 review: Price

The Xperia Z2 is the older out of these two phones and so its price has come down since launch – Sony's official price is still £569. It's now available SIM-free for around £530 (at the time of writing) which is still a large sum, but not unsurprising for a current flagship model.

The LG G3 will go on sale at the beginning of July and despite being newer, will undercut the Xperia Z2 (and other rivals) at just £499. It's not quite the gap which LG managed with the G2 but is nevertheless impressive.

Read on to find out whether the LG G3 will continue to trump the Xperia Z2 or whether you should spend the extra on Sony's smartphone.

LG G3 vs Sony Xperia Z2 review: Design and build

Even though the G3 and Xperia Z2 have different screen sizes, the two handsets are very similar in size. In fact, LG has managed to make the G3 smaller in height and lighter than the Z2 and it's the one with a bigger screen – it's only marginally wider and thicker, too.
All this is down to very small bezels which LG showcased on the G2 and seems to do better than anyone else.

Sony gets one up in this area with the Z2's dust- and waterproof credentials which LG decided not to opt for with the G3. At the price of port covers (except the headphone), you can fully submerse the Xperia in water and it will also keep out dirt. It's handy for general wear and tear but also things like underwater photography.

LG G3 design

Both phones offer premium materials but used in different ways. Although the Z2 is heavier it uses a sleek and stylish combination of aluminium which is sandwiched between a glass front and rear. Meanwhile, the G3 has a similar metal frame around the edge and a plastic cover. The rear cover comes off but has a metallic skin (above) which gives it a premium look and feel.

Unless the waterproof feature is essential, the LG G3 is the winner here.

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