The LG G Pro Lite is a mid-range phablet from the Korean phone maker; after showing their newly-regained strength in the high-end smartphone segment with the G2. The G Pro Lite features a 5.5-inch IPS panel but with a relatively low 960 x 540 pixel resolution. One distinction between the original G Pro and this model is the presence of a stylus, that fits into the shell of the phone. The G Pro Lite is powered by a dual-core 1GHz Mediatek MT6577 chipset, typically found on Android smartphones built by Indian phone makers, and now even appearing on multi-national brand handsets like the Sony XPERIA C. But the variant used in the LG G Pro Lite is lower than the Mediatek MT6589 quad-core variety typically seen. Coupled with that is 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage.
Connectivity-wise, its got the basics covered — 3G with speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps, WiFi 802.11n and Bluetooth 3.0 and also comes in a dual-SIM variant. In the camera department, this smartphone has an 8 megapixel rear-facing sensor and a 1.3MP front-facing one. The phone can record 1080p HD videos. The phone also has stereo speakers at the base. There's a massive 3140 mAh battery powering this phone, and given the comparatively non-intensive hardware components, we hope the battery life should shine. Competition from phablets priced nearby would include the Huawei Ascend Mate and the Samsung Mega 5.8.
The Sony Xperia C is the Japanese manufacturer's way of trying to compete with the onslaught of large, mid-range phones by Indian phone makers. It maintains the same design philosophy of the Xperia lineup and has a big 5-inch display, but with a comparatively low qHD (960 x 540 pixel) resolution. It is a dual-SIM handset with software settings that allow you to automatically set which SIM should be used what time of the day. Instead of Qualcomm, which is used in almost all of Sony's Android smartphones, the Xperia C is powered by a Mediatek MT6589 chip (the same that powers phones like the Micromax Canvas 4). It is a quad-core 1.2GHz CPU, complemented by 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory (we trust about half of that should be available to the user). Using a microSD card, you can add up to 32GB more storage. The 3G speeds can soar as high as 42.2Mbps on this phone, and you have Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi 802.11n support too.
The 8 megapixel camera at the back can shoot videos in 1080p Full HD. There's a VGA front-facing camera too. Sony claims the Exmor R tech and support for HDR and other camera-related software tweaks will set it apart from the crowd. Delivering juice to the Xperia C is a reasonably large 2370 mAh battery, which along with Sony's "Stamina Mode" battery-saving software feature, should deliver good up-time. It runs the fairly recent Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.