Calling all 5-inchers: Full HD screen phones roundup
The biggest concern we had about such crazy pixel density was battery life, but it now seems that the engineers have done their homework on that aspect, and these 1920x1080 panels are not the power hogs we thought they would be.
The only gripe about the DNA is the lack of a memory expansion slot, as with such a screen you'd love to carry a few high quality movies with you for when you have to kill time.
2. Oppo Find 5
The rest is nothing to sniff at, too, with a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro making it tick, a 13 MP camera with "stacked" sensor and 120 fps video capture with HDR video capabilities (read Sony Exmor RS), and 2 GB of RAM.
Unfortunately, there is 16 GB of internal storage, but no microSD slot for expansion. The unibody design supposes a non-removable battery, and it is indeed the case, with the unit carrying 2,500 mAh capacity, which is decent for the specs. Add to this the Dirac HD audio usually reserved for home cinema systems, and the Oppo turns into a Gangnam Style phone, at least on paper.
The high-end model is a 5" 1080 device with a dual-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm processor and 2GB of RAM, and dual SIM slots. Decent looking handsets, but Vizio CTO Matt McRae admits that it is easier for the company to sell directly to customers in China, and it doesn't seem like the company has plans to try again in the US.
The Scribe X also offers a 1.4GHz quad-core processor, a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a front-facing shooter capable of recording 720p video. Alcatel hasn’t revealed specifics about its RAM, internal storage, or battery size just yet.
Its name is Ascend D2, and, following in the footsteps of the D last year, it also features a homemade quad-core K3V2 processor - an upgrade from last year's V1, which according to Huawei makes it "the fastest smartphone", but we'd have to see benchmarks to believe it. The phone also sports 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage, 13 MP rear camera, and runs Android 4.1, so it is squarely aimed at the high-end of the market.
The best part - a 3,000 mAh battery, which Huawei says is good for full two days of Android-ing, which we are inclined to believe, as the company has put some efforts to introduce power-saving technologies as well, like the Automated Discontinuous Reception (ADRX) which helps achieve 30% power savings. The battery is also of the fast-charging variety you might have encountered in some Sony Xperia flagships.
The Z sports the obligatory high-res 5" display, but adds a premium material glass chassis in a color as exotic as purple, if you are so inclined, and, despite its waterproof unibody chassis, has a microSD card slot - something that the ones before it can't brag with.
Add the 13 MP Exmor RS camera with HDR video capabilities, and the Xperia Z will very well climb on top of the smartphone ladder when it launches this quarter.
8. ZTE Grand S
2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of expandable storage, and a 13 MP camera round up the enticing offering, but the 1,780 mAh battery has obviously sacrificed some capacity to achieve that sexy body of the Grand S.
The 5.5" display will clock in at the now standard high-end resolution of 1080p, which means it has 400PPI. The chassis is built with stainless steel and polycarbonate, customizable with four different metal back covers, and measures just 6.9mm thick, which Lenovo claims is the thinnest for its class, but its only the K900 in the 5.5" class, while the Grand S has the same thickness amongst the 5-inchers.
It sounds like Lenovo actually bought some camera lenses from Sony, because the K900 has a 13MP Sony Exmor backside illuminated sensor.
The build on display was running Android 4.1 with Lenovo's customized UI. The K900 will be available in April in China. No word on pricing or potential availability in North America.
10. LG Optimus G2
LG has demonstrated a Full HD 5-incher of its own making, which you see in the picture, and given Lenovo IdeaPhone K900's 5.5" 1920x1080 screen, the second rumor is also entirely plausible.
The other rumored specs for the G2 are a 2 GHz quad-core of the Snapdragon S4 family, 2 GB of RAM, 13 MP camera, and a 3rd-gen LTE radio inside.
The rumored specs for the Galaxy S IV include the 4.99 inch Super AMOLED Full HD screen with 1080 x 1920 resolution which should provde a pixel density of around 441ppi, a powerful quad-core 2GHz Exynos 5450 processor with 2GB of RAM aboard. The Mali-T658 GPU crunches the graphics and the rear and front cameras weigh in at 13MP and 2MP respectively. Android 4.2.1 is pre-installed on the phone, right out of the box.