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  (Source: Android Schweiz via Droid Arena)
New superphone is rumored to be 5-inch, quad-core "Yuga"

Sony Corp. (TYO:6758) was rumored to be in the running to make the next Nexus phone for Google Inc. (GOOG).  Instead the Nexus 4 contract was awarded to the Japanese firm's South Korean rival LG Electronics (KSC:066570) who offered up a 4.7-inch, quad-core powered design.

Undeterred Sony, according to a Phone Arena report, will be releasing an Android superphone of its own.  The phone is expected to be a large screen design dubbed "Yuga".  Some sources say the 1080p display will be 6-inches (making it more of a phone-cum-tablet than a pure phone); others expect it to be a 5-inch 1080p unit.

Most sources point to it packing a quad-core Snapdragon 4 chip from Qualcomm, Inc. (QCOM), possibly the APQ8064, paired with 2 GB of DRAM.  It is expected to run Android Jelly Bean v1 (4.1.1) out of the box, with an upgraded to the second major version of Jelly Bean (v2) on the horizon.

Those snazzy specs would place it directly in the superphone discussion versus Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd.'s (KSC:005930) Galaxy S III and Apple, Inc.'s (AAPL) iPhone 5 -- the two handsets that currently post the highest unit sales.

Of course to get in that discussion Sony will have to beat out other potential challengers like the Droid DNA from HTC Corp. (TPE:2498), which is expected to be the flagship phone on America's largest carrier, Verizon Wireless.

Thus far Sony has released some interesting Android handsets such as the Gingerbread-powered Xperia Play 4G (aka "The PlayStation Phone") and the "Live With Walkman" music-minded handset.  While its lineup shows more variety and differentiation than most of the Android pack, lack of high end models have led to slow sales for the Asian OEM.

"Yuga" is a word from Hindu philosophy that refers to an "era" or "epoch".

Source: Phone Arena



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iphone a superphone?
By GulWestfale on 11/16/2012 9:58:39 AM , Rating: 1
so the dual-core, 4" non-HD screen, 1GB RAM iphone with it's outdated OS is a superphone in the same right as the new wave of quad-core, 720p/1080p screen, 2GB RAM android phones?

i think teh real competition here is the nexus 4, as it offers high-end specs at a mid-level price. sony will have to try to compete with that, and i'm pretty sure it's already eating into galaxy 3 sales. several news sites have reported that the nexus 4 was sold out within hours of its launch.




RE: iphone a superphone?
By cochy on 11/16/2012 10:39:21 AM , Rating: 2
Don't think of a "superphone" in terms of hardware specs. Think of it in terms of what the phone can do.

A new BB10 device might ship in a few month with a 6 core 5Ghz cpu with 8GB of RAM and a 50 megapixel camera but the thing has 5 apps and can't connect to a BES for email will you call that a superphone?


RE: iphone a superphone?
By DanNeely on 11/16/12, Rating: 0
RE: iphone a superphone?
By GulWestfale on 11/16/2012 12:38:48 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
Don't think of a "superphone" in terms of hardware specs. Think of it in terms of what the phone can do.


exactly; and the iphone with its small screen and outdated OS cannot do what android phones can do. no HD video playback, no widgets, no options for expandable storage (not all android have this, but quite a few do), still no micro-USB...

as far as apps are concerned: every useful app is available on all platforms. no developer limits itself to just apple. the bulk of all other apps, regardless of platform, is fart sounds and wallpapers.


RE: iphone a superphone?
By JasonMick (blog) on 11/16/2012 11:14:50 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
so the dual-core, 4" non-HD screen, 1GB RAM iphone with it's outdated OS is a superphone in the same right as the new wave of quad-core, 720p/1080p screen, 2GB RAM android phones?
I wouldn't call it a superphone, but I would say it does offer some advantages.

As I see it...

Apple:
............
+Battery Life
+App catalog (yes, this is shrinking, but the lead is still there)
+Body design
+Siri
+More stable OS upgrade cycle

Android:
..........
+Faster CPUs
+Bigger screens (yes not everyone wants a 5-inch screen, but some do)
+NFC
+Open & customizable
+Cheaper
+Best maps

Windows Phone
...............
+Best basic UI in terms of animated information
+Cheaper
+Unique body designs (maybe not as slick and minimalist as Apple's, but great from a colorful/poppy standpoint).
+Microsoft Office apps

RIM
..........
+Security
+Best physical keyboards
+Not much else...

Each platform has some merits from an non-emotional purely technical perspective.


RE: iphone a superphone?
By FITCamaro on 11/16/2012 11:41:17 AM , Rating: 2
What I love about Siri is the default setting for her is to let anyone do pretty much anything to your phone without unlocking it.

So you can mess with people's facebook statuses without having to unlock the phone.


RE: iphone a superphone?
By JasonMick (blog) on 11/16/2012 11:46:14 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
What I love about Siri is the default setting for her is to let anyone do pretty much anything to your phone without unlocking it.

So you can mess with people's facebook statuses without having to unlock the phone.
Yea if I was making a list of minuses Apple's quality control (or lack thereof) would be definitely on there.

I honestly wonder if the company field tests its major core apps at all... evidence would certainly suggest it doesn't or at least very little.

I guess that's the price of paranoia?


RE: iphone a superphone?
By messele on 11/16/12, Rating: 0
RE: iphone a superphone?
By ksherman on 11/16/2012 11:44:43 AM , Rating: 3
Also, many are forgetting that Apple's A6 dual core CPU didn't have any trouble besting the performance of just about all the Android smarthphones out there: http://www.anandtech.com/show/6330/the-iphone-5-re...

Just because it has a smaller screen does not disqualify the iPhone 5 from "superphone" status.


RE: iphone a superphone?
By messele on 11/16/12, Rating: 0
RE: iphone a superphone?
By BillyBatson on 11/16/2012 5:10:13 PM , Rating: 2
Hey Jason, what do you mean by best apps on android? In the last two years there hasn't been 1 app that I've had available on my iPhone that wasn't also available on any of my friends androids and vise-versa. Do you mean best standard apps ie. maps and YouTube? If that were the case I would agree.


RE: iphone a superphone?
By macca007 on 11/16/2012 7:04:56 PM , Rating: 2
Apple battery life? Don't think so.

Motorola Droid Razor
Samsung Galaxy Note II

Android wins there


RE: iphone a superphone?
By TakinYourPoints on 11/16/2012 9:44:35 PM , Rating: 2
Make any phone (or phablet) gigantic and you'll get amazing battery life due to larger batteries. Compare it with something closer in size like the Galaxy S3 and the differences go the other way, with the iPhone 5 having double the LTE and wifi browsing time.


RE: iphone a superphone?
By spread on 11/16/2012 11:02:14 PM , Rating: 2
The iphone is already gigantic. It's fairly thick and the battery takes up a huge portion of it.


RE: iphone a superphone?
By TakinYourPoints on 11/17/2012 2:43:49 AM , Rating: 2
Hoping that you're being sarcastic, the iPhone 5 is among the smallest smartphones out there. It is thinner than the S3 and is much smaller in height and width. It also weighs much less. The Droid Razr and Note II are gargantuan compared to either of those phones.

The battery does take up a huge portion of it, but that goes for all smartphones. Its all about how much battery you can fit into each chassis.


RE: iphone a superphone?
By macca007 on 11/17/2012 7:33:42 PM , Rating: 2
Gigantic?
Not really Galaxy Note 2 is thinner than my current phone Iphone 3GS by quite a significant amount.
Screen size is gigantic but some people like that, Reason I am gonna ditch Apple screen is too small to do anything on.


RE: iphone a superphone?
By TakinYourPoints on 11/16/2012 9:42:05 PM , Rating: 4
quote:
Android:
..........
+Faster CPUs


I'd expect that a tech site would know that performance != CPU clock speed.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/6425/google-nexus-4-...

Otherwise the list of pros and cons between platform is pretty balanced.


RE: iphone a superphone?
By TheJian on 11/18/2012 12:18:09 PM , Rating: 2
siri vs google voice
Google that...I don't see anyone saying siri is better than google's voice helper and there are vids you can watch to prove it.

Google's already has an answer while apple is saying "would you like me to search for that?"...LOL.

The OS cycle is debatable, body design too. I'm definitely not fond of things getting thinner. Keep thickness and add more battery.


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