Sony’s 2013 flagship: 5″ 1080p display, quad-core, 3 GB RAM, 16 MP camera, 3,000 mAh battery?
Sony may have not one, but two 5-inch flagship smartphones in development, both due to launch next year. Or the company’s rumored Yuga device could have received a pretty significant spec bump before its official announcement.
Sony is apparently working on a flagship device for next year, one that will use a Samsung Exynos 5 quad-core processor. That would be the first time Sony has used a CPU from one of its rivals, the company has so far stuck to Qualcomm for supplying its high-end wares. Samsung has been selling its CPUs to other companies in the past, but until now mainly to some Chinese phone makers, and never to such a high-profile rival (at least in the electronics world, and in terms of brand recognition) as Sony.
Furthermore, this new device could come with (get ready for this…) 3 GB of RAM, 128 GB of built-in storage space, a 16 MP camera, and a 3,000 mAh battery. All that to nicely complement the 5-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen, of course. Oh, and one more thing: it will be dust and water proof too.
These specs are higher-end on almost all accounts compared to what the Yuga (model number C6603) was rumored to come with. Hence our dilemma. The truth is that at this point it’s impossible to tell whether the Yuga’s specs got significantly altered, or if this is another device altogether. Or maybe we’re just reporting on what a tech writer from China dreamed last night, and then proceeded to amuse the world with via MyDrivers.
But if this rumored phablet is not the Yuga, then it will probably be out towards the end of 2013, giving the Yuga a few months on the market as Sony’s highest-end offering. The Yuga may get unveiled at CES, and released shortly after that. Or, one of these handsets could be a US-only version, and the other its internationally-sold sibling (a la the Xperia Ion and Xperia S from the beginning of this year).
Or Sony could just keep doing what it’s been doing this year, releasing a new flagship device every 3-5 months, confusing people in the process (but growing market share, interestingly).
Either way, it certainly looks like the Japanese giant is slowly waking up and starting to really compete in the mobile space, after many years in which it felt like its participation in mobile was at best an afterthought. Now let’s hope Sony can get its act together with regard to software updates too.
We’ll let you know when we find out more about the Yuga or whatever else the device leaked today might be called in the future.