After a so-so year, in which it has consolidated its mid-range position, but failed to really charge the high-end niche, Sony’s finally ready to throw in some big guns in the smartphone competition. Rumors about the “Odin” and “Yuga” have piled up over the past weeks, but now it’s time to draw the line and see what’s likely to happen and what’s not.

Thanks to notorious Russian leaker Eldar Murtazin from, we can now (almost) certainly say the Xperia Yuga (aka C6603) will be coming sporting a 5-inch LCD panel with a 1080p resolution and a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU.

Not only Murtazin claims to have already handled a Yuga prototype, but he also shows off a couple of pics with the phone that look pretty legit, so we’re inclined to give his intel the thumbs up. It also helps that what he reveals is not as far-fetched as some rumors that have surfaced lately and is actually on-par with some of the earlier leaks.

The Russian journalist doesn’t mention any other Yuga specs, but he does call the phone a “fantastic device”, saying that the large display and powerful Qualcomm chip make for “a fabulous combination”. On the flipside, he does say that the handheld can get “warm as a stove”, which might have something to do with Yuga’s water protection.

Wrapping up his report in style, Murtazin encourages us to keep in touch with today, when a “first look” article starring the Yuga should go live. We’ll definitely do that and keep you posted, but in the meantime let us know what you think about the newly revealed pics and specs. Does the Yuga look like a “fantastic device” to you?