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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: 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
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.

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