Report: Sony Super Phone Takes Aim at iPhone 5, Galaxy S III
November 16, 2012 7:11 AM
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(Source: Android Schweiz via Droid Arena)
New superphone is rumored to be 5-inch, quad-core "Yuga"
Sony Corp. (
) was rumored to be
in the running to make the next Nexus phone
for Google Inc. (
the Nexus 4 contract
was awarded to the Japanese firm's South Korean rival LG Electronics (
) who offered up a 4.7-inch, quad-core powered design.
Undeterred Sony, according to a
, 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. (
), 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 (
Galaxy S III
and Apple, Inc.'s (
-- 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. (
), 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
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".
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11/16/2012 12:05:51 PM
In the face of all the nasty haters on here I wish Sony well and I am commonly known as an Apple user (in reality I am pretty open minded to any platform).
Sony are historically a great, innovative company and anybody with an interest in technology and progress have a LOT to thank them for. To deny that they changed all of our lives with their products says more about the ignorance of the proclaimer than Sony.
I also respect them for original design and this is the main problem that I have with Samsung who really are just a "Monkey see, Monkey do" outfit that does not deserve to be outselling LG, HTC, Nokia or Sony in my opinion who at least embrace daring design, whether or not it's to the individual taste is irrelevant.
"This week I got an iPhone. This weekend I got four chargers so I can keep it charged everywhere I go and a land line so I can actually make phone calls." -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
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