We’ve reported on some crazy rumors before (some even very recently), but we can’t honestly remember something as outrageous as what we’re going to talk about today. The craziness of the speculation(s) is only exceeded by the far-fetched nature of the rumor however, so take everything you’re going to hear with much caution and a grain of salt the size of a phablet.
Ready? Here goes. According to an esato forum user going by the “codename” of coolkid8689, Sony is hard at work in prepping not one and not two high-end phones for 2013, but four. And a 4-incher that looks like it could nicely fit in that small gap between mid-range and top-tier.
Let’s take them one by one, shall we? First, there’s the 4-incher, dubbed Xperia 4 and equipped with a 720p display, a 12 MP rear-facing shooter, an MSM8960T processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, microSD support, 16 GB of on-board storage, and a 1,800 mAh battery.
Now I know what you’re going to say. How the fudge can I call this a mid-ranger? Well, I definitely can, because if this is a high-ender, the next ones are super-ultra-high-enders. Take the “Xperia 5”, for example.
This is said to come with a 1080p display, a 13 MP camera, an APQ8064 Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, LTE, 2 GB of RAM, microSD support, 32 GB of internal memory and a 2,400 mAh battery. Much better than the 4-incher, don’t you think?
The Xperia 5R is the second high-end Sony phone planned to come out in 2013, but it will not differ from the Xperia 5 all that much. The only notable upgrades will be a beefier 2,800 mAh battery and water resistance, so it’s a good chance this’ll be a regional version of the Xperia 5 (probably for Asia).
So, is this enough to pique your interest and start considering Sony a worthy competitor for Samsung? No? Well, how about if we throw an “Xperia 6” in the mix, with a 1080p 6-inch panel, a 13 MP cam, an S4 Pro CPU, LTE, 3 GB of RAM (say whaaaat?!?!), microSD, 32 GB of storage, and a whopping 3,500 mAh battery.
Dayum, that sounds like one hot beast of a phone, but wait, there’s more. How can there be more? There just is, because, according to speculations, Sony’s already thinking two steps ahead with a 5-inch flagship for Q4 2013 in the works.
This is in “early design phase” though, so the spec sheet is preliminary and possibly subject to drastic changes. That said, brace yourselves, because the unnamed device is said to be coming with a yet to be released quad-core A15 CPU, 3 GB of RAM, a 3,000 mAh battery and a 16 MP rear-facing camera. Out of words? I know I am.
Hate to do this to you after all that sensational news, but daydreaming aside, we have to be honest – there’s little to no evidence backing these rumors and the source is definitely not one we can call trustworthy.
The only details that seem to check out in the entire story are Xperia 5’s specs, which are very similar to the ones leaked for the Odin. That would probably make the Yuga the same device as the 5R, but the other three are nothing more than wild cards. Oh, right, and the naming scheme is not to be trusted either as much sense as it would make.
So, all things considered, who here thinks Sony might have all this madness prepped? And who thinks the “intel” is complete and utter nonsense?