It’s official, 4G is no longer just a feature of high end smartphones. A number of mid-range handsets have already hit the market with 4G credentials and now another trio are on the way.
But while they all have 4G in common, the Sony Xperia M2, Huawei Ascend G6 and Samsung Galaxy Core LTE also have a number of differences. Read on for the low-down on those differences and to find out which is the best.
The Sony Xperia M2 looks a lot like a plastic version of the Xperia Z2. The shape and general design are the same but rather than a metal frame and glass back it’s all plastic other than the distinctive metal power button. It looks good though as mid range phones go.
The Huawei Ascend G6 is an odd one. Its design is fairly ugly thanks to large bezels above and below the screen, but it has a curved edge running along the bottom which helps it stand out while its metallic edging at least makes it look a little higher end.
The Samsung Galaxy Core LTE looks almost exactly like the Samsung Galaxy S4 with the same curved plastic design. However it has a textured matte back, which feels nice in the hand even if it doesn’t look great.
All in all the Sony Xperia M2 is the best looking of the three while the Ascend G6 is the ugliest but the most distinctive. In terms of build quality there’s little to choose, they all feel solid enough but they’re all equally plastic.
The Xperia M2 has a 4.8 inch 540 x 960 display with a pixel density of 229 pixels per inch, while the Ascend G6 and Galaxy Core LTE both have slightly smaller 4.5 inch 540 x 960 screens with pixel densities of 245 pixels per inch. That makes the latter two a little sharper than the Sony, but more than that they have richer colours. There’s little to choose between the two but they both beat the Xperia M2.
The Xperia M2 and Ascend G6 both have a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM, while the Galaxy Core LTE has a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. A dual-core chip really is a bit underpowered in this day and age and despite having the same RAM as the other two the Galaxy Core LTE is far less powerful overall.
Both the Xperia M2 and the Ascend G6 have 8 megapixel main cameras, but the Xperia M2 has superior video skills as it can shoot 1080p video while the Ascend G6 can only shoot 720p. On the other hand the Ascend G6 has a 5 megapixel front facing camera and while we don’t yet know the spec of the Xperia M2’s front facing snapper it’s unlikely to be that high.
The Samsung Galaxy Core LTE only has a 5 megapixel main camera, 720p video recording capabilities and a 0.3 megapixel front facing camera, so while it’s still capable of taking some acceptable quality photos it can’t compete with the other two handsets.
The Sony Xperia M2 has a 2300 mAh battery capable of up to 633 hours of standby time, 14 hours and 36 minutes of talk time or 58 hours and 25 minutes of music playback, which is just above average overall. The Ascend G6 has a 2000 mAh battery and while no stats have been given on it we’d expect similar performance, as the phone is similarly powerful but has a slightly smaller screen. The Galaxy Core LTE has a 2100 mAh battery and again no stats have yet been given for it, but given that it only has a dual-core processor it’s likely to be the longest lasting of the three.
The Xperia M2 has 8GB of built in storage along with support for 32GB microSD cards, the Ascend G6 has just 4GB of storage built in and the same 32GB microSD card support and the Galaxy Core LTE has 8GB of storage and support for microSD cards of up to 64GB, giving it the most potential storage overall.
All three handsets support 4G LTE of course, as that’s one of their biggest selling points. They also all support Wi-Fi, 3G and Bluetooth 4.0, while the Xperia M2 and Galaxy Core LTE also support NFC.
The Sony Xperia M2 and the Huawei Ascend G6 are quite evenly matched. They’re equally powerful, have similarly capable cameras and in all likelihood similar battery life. On the other hand the Ascend G6 has a slightly better screen, while the Xperia M2 has more storage, NFC support and a more attractive build, which is enough for it to edge the win.
The Samsung Galaxy Core LTE is undeniably the worst of the three. It’s far less powerful and has a substantially worse camera, but it’s not a total write-off as it’s likely to have decent battery life, plus it also has NFC support, lots of storage potential and a slightly better screen than the Xperia M2.
Price will be a factor too, but we can’t comment on that yet as no pricing details have yet been confirmed. Assuming they have similar price tags though the Xperia M2 is the one to go for if you can live with its slightly underwhelming screen. If you can’t then the Ascend G6 is the clear choice.
Or if you’re not fussed about 4G then forget all these phones and buy the Motorola Moto G instead, as that’s still the mid-ranger to beat.
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