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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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RE: The iPhone Isn't a Super Phone
By kleinma on 11/16/2012 10:08:58 AM , Rating: 2
I am no Apple fan (not even a little), but i am also not an idiot who denies reality.

That reality is that there are millions and millions of iPhones in the hands of all types and all ages.

Depending on which stat sheet you look at, the iPhone is #1, #2, or #3 in sales for whatever demographic you are looking at. That sure makes for a lot of hipsters and seniors world wide...

RE: The iPhone Isn't a Super Phone
By superflex on 11/16/2012 10:15:10 AM , Rating: 5
Don't forget all the girls from 6th grade through college who's mommies buy them iPhones so they can keep up with the Kardashians.

RE: The iPhone Isn't a Super Phone
By mellomonk on 11/16/12, Rating: -1
By elleehswon on 11/16/2012 1:55:44 PM , Rating: 5
1. I have a wife, a 2 year old, and another boy on the way(due in march)(i'm no basement dweller)
2. I've modified roms to my liking and used others' too.
3. We have 2 cars though i tend to car-pool to save on gas.
4. Speed and feed is a machining term referring to the amount of material you can remove with a certain type of tool according to the material you're cutting.......not an electronics term.

most of us aren't basement dwellers. Are there zealots pro/against xx company/methodology here? sure! Thanks for the stereotyping though.

RE: The iPhone Isn't a Super Phone
By tng on 11/16/2012 11:09:00 AM , Rating: 2
So true!

RE: The iPhone Isn't a Super Phone
By macca007 on 11/16/2012 8:27:51 PM , Rating: 2
Which data sheet are you looking at, Latest one I seen Gartner report shows Android mobile smartphone sales now over 72.4% and growing up from 52.5% last year.
While IOS went from 15% to 13.9%.
Now if you take into account tablets as well then Android is over 90% market penetration may drop off a bit now that Windows 8 devices are out but time will tell.

Android is about to steal another IOS customer now that my dream phone has finally been released where I am, Galaxy Note II.
The reality is it's the same no matter which device you use, Android is used by all ages as well you know.

RE: The iPhone Isn't a Super Phone
By macca007 on 11/16/2012 8:39:43 PM , Rating: 2
Android now at 75%, IOS at 14.9%.
3% growth on Android and only 1% on IOS, How many millions more customers is 3% over 1%?

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