Rumor: Sony’s next flagship ‘Sirius’ to feature MSM8974AB CPU, 3GB RAM and a 5.2-inch 1080p display

by: Andrew GrushJanuary 20, 2014

SONY Brand Shot logo CES 2014-2

It’s 2014 and that means a brand new year filled new Android flagships just on the horizon. Not only have we heard quite a few rumors about Samsung’s Galaxy S5, but then there’s also devices like the HTC M8 and the Sony Sirius. While we already seem to know a great deal the Galaxy S5 and even a fair amount about the HTC M8, a new report from Xperia Blog now spills some more details about what to expect from Sony’s next flagship device.

As also indicated by previous rumors, the Sony D6503 (aka Sirius) will feature a 2.3GHz Qualcomm MSM8974AB CPU, and reportedly will be accompanied an Adreno 330 GPU and 3GB of RAM. Other specs include a 20.7MP rear cam, 2.1MP front cam, a 5.2-inch 1080p display and Android 4.4 KitKat.

While these specs are incredibly good for a late-2013 flagship device, it’s now 2014 and there some folks that might be disappointed by the idea that Sony won’t be jumping on the QHD bandwagon. Before you get too down however, it’s unlikely that most users will really notice much of a difference between a so-called 2K display and a 1080p display on such small screens anyhow.

Ditching the super-high-resolution display expected in devices like the GS5 also comes with some clear advantages for Sony. Thanks to its less resource-hungry 1080p display, Sony Sirius should actually run faster than similar upcoming flagships with 2K displays and should also be much more battery efficient.

Now it’s important to keep in mind that these are unofficial specs and so speculation is advised. It’s also unclear when we’ll see the Sirius debut, though we wouldn’t be too surprised to see the handset unveiled at MWC next month.

If the specs are in fact legit, are you impressed by the Sirius? Do you feel that a 2K display is necessary or are you glad to see that Sony is steering clear of this feature?

  • Harry Bowen

    2k is unnecessary. I am willing to be proved wrong though. Give me a bigger battery. I’m impressed by the camera and the RAM.

    • MasterMuffin

      Everyone said that about 1080p :) I agree though!

      • Shark Bait

        i think i still think that! im unsure if i can tell the difference between my nexus 4 and 5

    • Bishop

      Maybe it isn’t necessary for you, but others will appreciate it. Same way as most cell phone owners don’t take advantage of the 30-50mbps speeds of 4G LTE, it really is an overkill for most people that mainly surf the web, get on social networks and stream videos. Yet, it’s a good feature to have for those people that may enjoy those speeds.

      If you were to watch 1080p content on a 2.5k/1440p phone, the difference won’t be noticeable. But the UI and the videos that are 2.5k or 4K, the difference will be noticeable on the QHD displays.

      They can provide a bigger battery, but they want to make these phones really thin :/

      • GuilleKnows

        Are you seriously comparing an Internet connection, which any change is very easy appreciable to something you don’t even see? More reasons to not buy a phone for uneducated people, I’ll buy the SONY

        • Bishop

          Yes, absolutely. How many people really need such high speeds on a mobile phone? Seriously? Even youtube or the highest quality Netflix could offer, wouldn’t top 10 mbps. Smaller group of people tather their 4G LTE, and even then, do they really need such high speeds? Not a lot of people actually use these 30-50mbps speeds on their mobile phones.

          But it doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t be included just because the majority of people won’t notice a difference between 20mbps or 60mbps. A small group of people do notice those speeds on a mobile phone and appreciate it.

          To say that the 2560×1440 resolution is something you don’t even see, it’s not correct. Maybe you won’t notice it, like the people that won’t notice the high speeds of 4G LTE, but there is are people who will see the increased resolution of the QHD display.

          You can buy the Sony phone because the visual experience isn’t a priority for you, others may not feel the same way you do. But people will have the options of buying FHD or QHD phones in 2014.

    • Henry

      Agreed! This is just me, but I dont think I’d notice the difference between 1080p and 2k on a 5-inch screen. What I WILL notice though, is the slowdown as a result of the added visual burden; if not with the current OS, then with later updates.

  • João Grácio

    1080p is good enough…Give me a decent battery life and fast OTA updates

  • Tay

    What’s interesting is last year people were not really convinced about 1080p screens but every manufacturer used them in their flagships and tbh there was a bit of a difference from previous 720p screens and people were now happy with 1080p panels.

    This time however Both HTC and Sony are rumoured to stick to 1080p screens while Samsung seems to go 2k. So the question is when some companies decide to stay at 1080p does that hint that it’s really not a huge difference using 2k screens on phones?

    Obviously no one knows until we see it but yeah..

    • João Grácio

      You can´t see more that +/-350 ppi with naked eye. The current flagships with 5 inches already have about 440ppi. So why not start to focus on battery life and perfomance rather than thing that you can´t see…

      • Bishop

        That’s only for a certain size phone and if you hold it at a far enough distance. That argument is mainly for the iphones and their retina marketing . It doesn’t mean that you can’t see beyond 320ppi on any device regardless of the screen size and viewing distance. If a 5.2 inch phone had a 350ppi, it will be extremely noticeable.

        The ppi of the same resolution will greatly change depending on the size of the phone. You also have to take content into consideration, which is why resolution is a better way to classify it over ppi.

        • João Grácio

          I think you are not right. For instance 350ppi will have the same amount of sharpness and detail on any display no matter if is 5` or 85`. However the resolution needed to achieve those values varies based on the screen size. Is like 1kg of cotton represents the same weigh of 1kg of steel

          • Bishop

            The resolution always remains the same regardless of screen size. A 5 inch 1920×1080 phone will have about 440ppi. A 50 inch 1920×1080 HDTV will have about 44ppi

            It’s just easier to go by the resolution, because it will be the same across all sizes. On the other hand, the ppi greatly changes based on the size of the displays. That’s why for videos and pictures, people don’t base it upon ppi, but on the resolution.

      • smokebomb

        Because they have to USE ALL THE PIXELS!

      • Kash Gummaraju

        That is actually false. Apple determined this using only one age group and did the traditional eye test by having people read the letters from a distance. Apple failed to have multiple age groups be tested. The human eye can see over 900ppi. Even an Apple dedicated blog talks about how the whole 300-400 ppi is the limit for us is all wrong.

  • Jaun Lombard

    But if Sony made 2k and Samsung only 1080p…then people would have torn Samsung to pieces because then they can’t keep up with the competition…

    • Tuấn Ankh

      Haha. That’s quite true.

    • GuilleKnows

      JDI, which uses SONY technology as daily basis have those displays and better, like the crazy high-resolution oled displays you find on some SONY’s cameras (over 2000ppi). In addition, Samsung will likely use a SHARP display.

  • Brendon Brown

    Hopefully they launch it with a newer processor. No need for 2k to be honest, 1080p is already technically 2k :P

  • Amadeus Klein

    Too bad a CDMA version won’t happen…. Sony has come a long way, Their quality levels are now on par with the top manufacturers… I would readily consider a sony device if I has the option….

  • Ben

    Sive me a Sony that Verizon will finally carry & I don’t care as much about 1080 vs. 2K!!

  • RanRu

    I thought QHD stood for “Quarter HD,” or 540×960.
    Either way, I remain dubious of the benefits of 1440p, especially when weighed against the larger drain on the battery and the strain it would put on the processor.
    I just want to see more Sony devices in the States. I would definitely be interested in a device like this if it were available.

    • Andrew Grush

      qHD is quarter HD, or 960×540. QHD is ‘quad’ HD. Yah, confusing marketing terms to say the least. :)

  • asdf

    5.2 inches?!?!/ Really?!?!? Screen sizes got to stop gowing, its gone too far. The type of phones that need to come out are 5 inch screens on galaxy s2 sized devices, not 5.2+inch screen on a xperia z1 body….

    • Kash Gummaraju

      why? Companies are reducing bezel sizes and fitting the screens in an s4 sized package. The iphone 4S can fit a 4.5 inch screen with room to spare for camera, sensors, and that grill thing. If an Iphone can do that a Sony Xperia can fit 5.5 in its current size.

      • asdf

        The thing you and many others don’t understand is phones are big. This may not sound like much, but LOTS of people complain that they are too big. If you wondering, why they would buy them if the size gets annoying sometimes, the answer is that they want the screen size, they want the specs, they want the features. Sure, they willing to take handle the extra size in order for those things, but they would prefer a smaller size if available. I know people like you have a hard time understanding, so ill say it once more. NO ONE BUYS A PHONE BECAUSE THEY LIKE BIG PHONES, THEY BUY IT BECAUSE OF A BIG SCREEN OR WHATEVER OTHER GOODNESS THE PHONE HAS.


  • William Beattie

    If it’s a waterproof body, then I will buy it. I love my Xperia Z, dropped, washed it, bashed it about…. still fully working and like brand new. I’d definitely upgrade to another sony phone.

  • arcwindz

    Just give me a battery that can last for days, and i will be perfectly fine even if it’s early 2013 specs

  • Cal Rankin

    Hell. Yes.

  • Amine Elouakil

    “Sony Sirius should actually run faster than similar upcoming flagships
    with 2K displays and should also be much more battery efficient”
    2K is wrong you mean QHD or 1440p even 2.5K would have been better ….

  • John-Phillip Saayman

    I don’t care much about Sony phones at the moment. But that’s just my liking. Either way, it could be better to have better battery life than it is to have a QHD display. But still, I wanna see the Galaxy s5 display. By July we should know if it was worth going for that huge resolution

  • Jayfeather787

    I think 2k is a great idea, but it is not necessary on this phone if it has good battery life and a price. 2K in my opinion is not worth a whole lot more. On a screen of that size, I see 2K as a battery hog, and a slower phone because it has more pixels to push around.

  • Kash Gummaraju

    Here’s how 2k is practical and how the whole 300ppi is the limit is wrong

    • apianist16

      Agree with you totally! However, I doubt that Apple is going to upgrade their “retina” displays anytime soon.

  • ichuck7

    4k is overkill. That’s like making a car that can go 500 mph. No thanks, can I just have better battery life/gas mileage please?

  • candlelarbra5212

    I remember everyone saying “There will be no difference between 720p and 1080p, You can’t notice the difference on a screen that small and its just going to slow down the phone and reduce battery life… blah blah blah”.

    I sure as hell notice the difference between the S3/HTC One X and the S4/Xperia Z. You will notice the difference between QHD and Full HD, at least I will (granted I have decent eye sight) and all the manufactures will be putting QHD in their flagships by the end of 2014. Then we can have the argument again when they move from QHD to 4K in 2015.

    • You will notice the difference, I agree 1000%. I have my old S3 and now I have the Note3.
      For would be buyers, I suggest you must consider the resolution specs.

  • Mokhtar Mouhib

    Its all about marketing, when u say to some one its a qhd phone he will be surprised, but if sony made a wonderfull display than this not important at all, all i want is a slow motion, and some.air gesture features, and the important for me.the camera, sony will make a 4k + ois, 20 mp g lens, so this will be insaaaaaaaane

  • Andrew White

    Nice screen size and ideal resolution. All I want is a quality outcome similar to LG’s G2 display.

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