Specs Comparison: Sony Xperia Ion vs. LG Optimus 4X HD

LG recently released its first quad core phone into the market – the Optimus 4X HD. LG desperately needs a reboot at the end of the smartphone market and the slim quad core handset seems to step up to the plate. On the other hand, Sony too released one of its prized phones that was announced in the CES 2012 – the Sony Xperia Ion. Both the phones come with a long list of impressive specs. So, here is a comparison between the two phones.

Sony Xperia Ion vs. LG Optimus 4X HD


The Xperia Ion measures 133 mm lengthwise, 68 mm breadthwise and 10.8 mm in thickness. It weighs 144 g. The LG Optimus 4X HD measures 132.4 mm in length, 68.1 mm in breadth and 8.9 mm in thickness. It weighs 133 g. The Xperia Ion features a LED backlit LCD display of 4.55 inches of resolution720 * 1280 pixels. The Optimus 4X HD sports a true LD IPS LCD touchscreen of 4.7 inches and the same resolution as that of the Xperia Ion. Since LG is known for making some of the best TVs a great job in the screen is expected. However, there was one shortcoming which stopped the Optimus 4X HD screen from being an almost too-perfect display. On the Optimus 4X HD, there is a huge gap between the screen and the glass. This implies that one can almost see the gap when the phone is held at an angle and also some of the amazing clarity is lost in the ether.


The Xperia Ion and the Optimus 4X HD run on Android operating system. The Optimus 4X HD runs on v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) while the Xperia Ion has the old version, v2.3 (Gingerbread). The Xperia Ion is driven by a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset processor clocked at 1.5 GHz. The Optimus 4X HD runs on a quad core processor packing an Nvidia Tegra 3 clocking at 1.5 GHz.


The Xperia Ion and the Optimus 4X HD have 16 GB of storage along with 1 GB of RAM. They have micro SD slots that can house up to 32 GB.


The Optimus 4X HD has an 8 MP primary camera with features such as LED flash, geo tagging, etc. The Xperia Ion has a higher resolution 12 MP shooter in the rear with the same features and also that of 3D sweep panorama. The phone cameras can capture videos of a quality of 1080p and a frame rate of 30 fps. The phones have secondary cameras of 1.3 MP. The Xperia Ion’s front camera can shoot 720p video.


The Xperia Ion comes with 4G network enabled by LTE 700 MHz in addition to the 2G and 3G networks. The phones have GPRS and EDGE features. Wireless networking is enabled via Wi-Fi 802.11, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, etc. Local area connection is available via Bluetooth, NFC and micro USB v2.0.

Battery Life:

The Optimus 4X HD is fuelled by a Li-Ion battery rated at 2150 mAh. The Xperia Ion is powered by a Li-Ion battery rated at 1900 mAh.


The Xperia Ion costs around $650. The Optimus 4X HD is available around $600.

Wrap Up:

This is basically a tie between the two phones. The LG Optimus 4X HD is an amazing phone and pushes the boundaries of LG smartphones and establishes itself as a serious player in the Android field. The design is impressive, the interface is nice and customizable and in a world where the gods like the Samsung galaxy S III and the HTC One X don’t exist; this phone is definitely the best. The Xperia Ion has impressed us beyond doubt. It was one of the first Ericsson-free handsets and has some astonishing features.

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