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5-inch HD screens, quad-core processors, 2 GB of DRAM -- these phones don't want for much

The super-phone is a term that began to be bandied about last year.  While somewhat impractical -- few apps can truly fully leverage the processing power these devices pack -- the notion of having the power of a desktop of a few years back in a device you hold in your palm is undeniably cool.  And those 5-inch displays sure do look gorgeous.

While most of the major Android and Windows Phone OEMs have announced or are planning such high-end flagship models for 2013, one of the sleeker entrants is Sony Corp.'s (TYO:6758Android "Yuga" and "Odin" super-phones, which broke cover last night, due to a possibly accidental auto-post to a Sony website.

The devices are expected to pack a 5-inch 1080p (1920x1080 pixel) S-LCD display, a 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor from Qualcomm, Inc. (QCOM), 2 GB of DRAM, a 13 megapixel Exmor RS imaging sensor on the rear, and an Adreno 320 GPU.

Sony Z and ZL
Sony Z (Yuga) [left]; Sony ZL (Odin) [right] [Image Source: Sony]

The Xperia Z (Yuga) is expected to be a slightly bulkier build and may ship first or sell at a lower price point.  The Xperia ZL (Odin) is a sleeker build packing identical hardware.  The front-facing imaging sensor (for video-chats, self-portraits, etc.) is position in the standard location with Yuga, but is shuffled down to the bottom-right corner (rather unusual) with Odin.

The pair of super-phones is expected to get official at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show next week in Las Vegas, Nevada, and by the looks of it they may help launch the OEM whose sleek designs once inspired Apple, Inc.'s (AAPL) iconic iPhone design to return to a leading role in an industry where it has struggled in more recent years.

Sources: Sony [1], [2], Engadget

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they look nice
By GulWestfale on 1/1/2013 1:24:40 PM , Rating: 1
and those corners sure aren't as rounded as they could be :)

any news on miracast support?
and the question one always must ask: will they be priced competitively compared to the nexus 4?

RE: they look nice
By GulWestfale on 1/1/13, Rating: -1
RE: they look nice
By GulWestfale on 1/1/2013 1:27:22 PM , Rating: 2
well jeez... i was just asking. it's always possible for them to come in at $400-450, which makes the competitive (they do have bigger higher res screens and presumably a micro SD card slot). but you're probably right, they'll cost upwards of 600 bucks.. i'll be sticking with my samsung galaxy S2x then.

RE: they look nice
By GulWestfale on 1/1/13, Rating: -1
RE: they look nice
By GulWestfale on 1/1/2013 1:30:03 PM , Rating: 2
well excuuuuse me, asshat. you're probably just jealous because you have an iphone, with a tiny screen. a tiny LCD screen, just like these here sonys. no advanced LED for you, ha! maybe thta is why your girlfriend left you last night, and you had to spend the evening drinking by yourself. and no sex for you either last night... well, no, your hand doesn't count. appletard.

RE: they look nice
By GulWestfale on 1/1/2013 1:30:21 PM , Rating: 2

RE: they look nice
By GulWestfale on 1/1/13, Rating: -1
RE: they look nice
By GulWestfale on 1/1/13, Rating: 0
RE: they look nice
By GulWestfale on 1/1/2013 1:35:03 PM , Rating: 4
ok, that's it for me today. need to lay off the tennessee honey for a while. and a good day to you all. new year's resolution: 1920x1080, same as last year. oh, and i must stop murdering prostitutes. well, maybe next year.

RE: they look nice
By Basilisk on 1/1/2013 1:55:52 PM , Rating: 4
Damn intermittent reinforcement! It's threads like this that keep me returning to the heavily polluted wasteland of DT comments.

LOL... many thanks!

RE: they look nice
By piroroadkill on 1/8/2013 4:13:57 AM , Rating: 2
The best part about this is someone must have taken it seriously, because now a few of the posts are downrated, hahah..

Just shows people don't actually read the posts before voting..

Separated at birth
By Nortel on 1/1/13, Rating: 0
RE: Separated at birth
By Bubbacub on 1/1/2013 5:03:02 PM , Rating: 4
sony is just circling the great toilet bowl of business before it goes down.....

what were they thinking you asked?

they were thinking that its still the early nineties and that everybody will pay more to have something worse with a sony badge.

RE: Separated at birth
By Breakfast Susej on 1/4/2013 9:31:34 AM , Rating: 2
People still do that for Apple devices, so you can hardly blame Sony for still thinking that way.

They simply haven't gotten the memo that they're out as far as being that kind of brand any longer in the eyes of the mob known as the consumers. The mob is fickle, and once you're out it's over fast.

That being said Apple's time in the sun won't be infinite either.

RE: Separated at birth
By nikon133 on 1/2/2013 3:28:53 PM , Rating: 2
Bigger battery on Yuga? Extra ports? Dual SIM, maybe?

But I agree, it doesn't make much sense, as presented.

How is it possible...
By MartyLK on 1/1/2013 7:14:20 PM , Rating: 2
...that Sony hasn't yet had a "WOW!" phone? Sony has always been *the* electronics company to wow the public with devices that looked beautiful and were high-end. But for some reason they have no had a winning smartphone. And the ones they have put out here in the US, the Ion and TL, are pretty much junk.

RE: How is it possible...
By GulWestfale on 1/1/2013 9:46:26 PM , Rating: 2
where have you been the last ten years?

RE: How is it possible...
By nikon133 on 1/2/2013 3:36:09 PM , Rating: 2
I personally like look and feel of recent Xpertias. They don't seem to have much inside to differentiate them from other Android phones from the same classes, but they do look nice much as I am concerned.

RE: How is it possible...
By Breakfast Susej on 1/4/2013 9:26:29 AM , Rating: 2
They could become that again if they shifted their focus from developing new increasingly painful and asinine DRM concepts to innovating in design.

See the current Sony patent app for rfid disc tagging to put the hatchet down on the neck of used game sales, in regards to the above.

By StevoLincolnite on 1/1/2013 1:24:08 PM , Rating: 2
Eh. Super Phone/Smart Phone, same thing in this case, just marketing has gotten the reigns this time.

RE: .
By chµck on 1/1/2013 2:57:07 PM , Rating: 2
good catch

By Bubbacub on 1/1/2013 5:00:41 PM , Rating: 2
that was a magnificent thread - i don't say this often but your post needs to be immortalised with a 6!

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