Our Opinion

The LG Q6 is a slightly better phone than the Sony Xperia XA1, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the LG Q6!

LG Q6  Sony Xperia XA1 
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Excellence Score
25.6
24.8
Value for Money Score
67.4
55.2
Price ₹ 10,999 onwards ₹ 15,250 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2017 Apr, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.1 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 7.0 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.5 inches 5 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2160 pixels (~ 439 pixels per inch) 720x1280 pixels (~ 294 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features FullVision Display, Comfort View N/A
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.4 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 Mediatek MT6757 Helio P20
GPU Adreno 505 Mali-T880MP2
RAM 3 GB 3 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Camera 13.0 MP 23.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama F/2.0 Aperture, 24mm Focal Length, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Laser Autofocus, SteadyShot, 1/2.3" Sensor Size, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face/Smile Detection, HDR, Panorama
Secondary Camera 5.0 MP 8.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features 100-degree Wide Angle Lens F/2.0 Aperture, 23mm Focal Lenght, Autofocus, 1/4" Sensor Size, SteadyShot, Full HD Video Recording
Internal Memory 32 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 2 TB up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.1 mm 8 mm
Weight 149 gm 143 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh 2300 mAh
Battery Standby N/A 560 hrs
Battery Standby (3G) N/A 603 hrs
Battery Talktime N/A 11.00 hrs
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A 10.00 hrs
Fast Charging Yes, Pump Express+ 2.0
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor
Other Features MIL-STD 810G (Military Certified); Face Recognition; Knock Code; NFC; USB On-The-Go; WiFi Direct; Noise Filtration Fast Battery Charging (Pump Express+ 2.0); NFC; WiFi Direct; USB Type-C; USB On-The-Go; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Well built, and feel quite sturdy in hand
  • Beautiful design - arguably the best looking device in the sub Rs 20k price category - in fact looks like a miniaturised version of LG's premium flagship G6 - the metal side rails, along with the glossy plastic back give the phone an upmarket look
  • The edges are metallic and rounded, which makes the phone easier to grip - it is also well weighted and very ergonomic for the screen size it offers
  • Has the same Full Vision display that's found in the LG G6, that will make it a conversation starter every time you take it out of your pocket - essentially, the display is a little taller than the standard 1080p resolution - it has a 2160 x 1080p resolution, which takes the aspect ratio from the standard 16:9 to 18:9 - in tandem, the top and bottom bezels have been drastically minimised, which adds to the phone’s unique look - moreover, the Full Vision display not only makes the phone look good, but makes the whole footprint smaller - this means, the LG Q6 with its 5.5-inch display, is just a hair bigger than say the 5-inch Lenovo Z2 Plus
  • As for the display quality, it is pretty good too, and one of the best in the category - viewing angles are very good, it is easily viewable outdoors and under direct sunlight, and with luminance readings of 605 lux, offers ample brightness as well - the display also has Gorilla Glass 3 protection on top for scratch protection and the touch response is quite good too
  • LG's UI is decent in terms of aesthetics and functionality
  • Decent rear camera - images have ample details and sharpness
  • The 1080p video recording is sharp and detailed, with good colors and excellent audio
  • Decent call quality
  • Decent battery life - lasts a day with moderate use
  • Decent (though not exceptional) charging speed - 0 to 100 in a little over 2 hours
  • On the whole, the Q6 is a good option for more casual users, who put more stock in design than internal hardware specs - but for users looking for more heavy-use apps/games, better performers like the Moto G5 Plus, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, Honor 6X, Samsung Galaxy On Max etc will make more sense - all these smartphones offer better gaming performance (although day-to-day performance is pretty much same)
  • Nice, understated looks and premium build quality
  • The narrow body aids adds comfort in single-handed use
  • The taller body aspect ratio feels especially nice when you are holding the phone to your ear
  • Decent display - above average brightness and reasonably sharp
  • The user experience is typical Xperia - near-stock Android with extensive theming support and a few added features like the Stamina battery saving modes
  • Sony's multimedia apps are especially good - TrackID nicely complements the FM radio
  • The Helio P20 chipset is a snappy performer in both CPU and GPU-intense tasks - its performance is on par with the likes of Snapdragon 625, Exynos 7880 and Kirin 658 and it's also nicely power efficient in comparison to the Helio P10
  • The single loudspeaker is decent though could have been louder
  • Good 23MP primary camera - colors are accurate, dynamic range is adequately wide, and detail levels are good
  • The 8MP front-facing camera is decent too, as long as light conditions are good
  • Good all-day battery life
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • No fingerprint scanner
  • The phone does come with a “face unlock” feature - but it is a little slow
  • No notification LED
  • The plastic back tends to scratch easily (so you will want to use a case)
  • The UI is decent but LG does include a lot of duplicate apps for pre-built Android functionality - all this bloatware could have been avoided
  • Although day-to-day performance is decent, performance with processor-intensive apps/games is definitely behind the competition
  • The camera app is pretty bare bones apart from panorama and food mode, the phone doesn't really let you tweak settings further
  • Average front facing camera - both dynamic range, and detail level are lacking
  • The speaker is located on the back side which means it can easily get muffled if you place the phone on a table or couch, face up - it also tends to sound tinny at high volumes
  • Uses micro-USB port instead of the more modern USB-C standard
  • The massive chin and forehead design may not be everyone's cup of tea
  • No fingerprint scanner
  • The 1080p video recording quality is pretty average - videos turn out quite soft and noisy
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