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Moto X Style vs. LG G4: Which Android Smartphone Should You Buy?

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Motorola has outed its Moto X Style smartphone which promises to give competing Android smartphones sleepless nights, especially given the device's camera prowess.

The svelte-looking Moto X Style is set to hit the shelves next month and we take a look at how it matches up against the LG G4, one of the most popular Android smartphones around.

Dimensions

The new kid on the block Moto X Style measures 6.06 x 3.00 x 0.44 inches, making the smartphone a tad taller than the LG G4 which is 5.86 x 3.00 x 0.39 inches. The width of both the devices is the same, but the old warhorse LG G4 is thinner at 0.39 inch when compared to Moto X Style's 0.44 inch.

Display

The Moto X Style easily pips the LG G4 when it comes to screen size. So for those looking for a bigger display the Motorola offering is the go-to device of the two. The Moto X Style rocks a 5.7-inch QuadHD display vis-à-vis LG G4's 5.5-inch QuadHD one. Both the handsets have a display resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. However, the LG G4 has a higher pixel density of 538ppi compared to Moto X Style's 520ppi.

The LG G4's 5.5-inch display is an IPS Quantum one when compared to the Moto X Style's TFT LCD one. The Quantum panel deployed by LG supposedly gives users a higher color accuracy.

While the Moto X Style has an IP52 certification and is water resistant, the LG G4 too can survive under water for a maximum of two hours (as experiments have shown) despite no certification.

Processor and Memory

Both the smartphones house the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor, which clocks at 1.8GHz and Adreno 418 GPU. The two smartphones also have the same 3GB of RAM.

When it comes to on-board storage, the Moto X Style is the clear winner of the two as it is available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB memory options, whereas the LG G4 comes only in 32GB. For those thinking but the LG G4 has an expandable memory option (up to 128GB) - hold the thought - so does Moto X Style.

Battery

While both the Moto X Style and the LG G4 offer a 3000 mAh battery, the latter has a removable battery when compared to the former's non-removable one, which could sway customers in its favor.

The LG G4 offers support for 10 hours of talk time, the usage support for the Moto X Style is currently not known.

Both the devices offer fast charging and here the Motorola offering shines brighter as it can charge the device 34 percent in 15 minutes, whereas the LG G4 can charge 30 percent in the same period.

OS

The Motorola X Style comes pre-loaded with Android 5.1.1. While the LG G4 comes with Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box, it is rumored that the smartphone will skip Android 5.1.1 and jump to Android M directly instead.

Camera

If you're eyeing a smartphone that packs in incredible camera capabilities then you may have your answer in the Moto X Style. The device touts a 21MP primary camera with an F2.0 aperture. By comparison, the LG G4 has a 16MP rear-facing camera with a F1.8 aperture.

LG G4's camera is capable of simultaneous video and image recording. While both the smartphones have HDR, geo tagging and face detection - which are pretty commonplace for current-gen smartphones - the Moto X Style ups the ante with features such as closed loop processing, dual CCT flash and PDAF.

However, if you're a selfie lover, you may be inclined to buy the LG G4 over the two as it houses an 8MP front-facing camera, when compared to the Moto X Style's 5MP one.

Tech pundits, however, are lauding the Moto X Style's camera as we reported recently, calling it even better than that of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. 

Availability, Colors & Price

The LG G4 comes in either the leather or ceramic back finish and in a range of hues. Ceramic finish color options are: Metallic Gray, Ceramic White, Shiny Gold. The leather finish option is available in black, brown, red, beige, sky blue and yellow.

The Moto X Style will be available silicone, leather and wood finishes in the several hues.

The LG G4 is available from major U.S. carriers and retailers and costs $600 to $630 off-contract. The Moto X Style is anticipated to hit the shelves in September and will reportedly start at $399 outright.

The Moto X Style ticks off quite a few boxes, especially for those on the lookout for a phone with a fabulous camera. The LG G4, on the other hand, is tried and tested and encountered touchscreen issues, which may swing people toward the Motorola offering.

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