We’ve been writing about the Sony Yuga for what feels like months. It’s allegedly going to be the Japanese smartphone maker’s flagship device for 2013. It’ll have a quad core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, just like the Nexus 4, 2 GB of RAM, again, just like the Nexus 4, and a 12 megapixel camera. What makes it special is the display: 5 inches diagonal with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. So far we only know of one legitimate smartphone with that display, the HTC J Butterfly. That’s going to launch in Japan by the end of year, and we have a strong feeling that it’s going to be announced next week on Verizon Wireless as the Droid DNA.
Today’s “news”, if you even want to call it that, is that a Swiss website called Android-Schweiz has somehow managed to get several photos of the Yuga in the wild. First thing you’ll immediately notice about the phone is that it uses glass on both the front and the back of the device. The sleek design sadly comes at a cost, there’s no removable battery. The power button is also quite … interesting. It’s side mounted, like on a Samsung smartphone, but it’s gigantic and made out of a shiny plastic that looks incredibly tacky. Here’s hoping Sony decides to go with something a little bit more classy before they start producing retail units.
Now as for the questions you really care about: How much is the Yuga going to cost? We have no idea. When will you be able to buy it? Again, we have no idea. Chances are it’s going to be announced either at CES in January or MWC in February, and then it’ll land on store shelves in March or April. That’s typically what Sony does. And what version of Android is it going to run? These new photos say 4.1 Jelly Bean.
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1080p display in a phone of this form factor! It’s either made by Toshiba, or by Japan Display. Either way, it’s very impressive. We won’t see this kind of resolution in Samsung’s AMOLED’s for at least 2 quarters.
I think you meant Sharp or Japan Display. Japan Display is a JV between Sony, Hitachi, and Toshiba. As for Samsung’s response, that’s the great unknown question. We should know the answer to that in less than six months when the GS4 is shown off.
Curved glass? Sour Apple will sue them! :o(
I am pretty sure that Sony will supply the display for this little fella, since they’ve got one from Japan Display consortium where Sony is member. It would be strange at best if they would use a one from competition (Sharp) although it seems that latter one have an edge in picture quality.