Calling all 5-inchers: Full HD screen phones roundup
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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.
1. freebee269 (Posts: 496; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)
the sony xperia Z is the most intriguing to me of that bunch. more interested in the galaxy s4 though.
7. Fallout09 (Posts: 409; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
I have never seen a single person carrying a Sony device in all of my travels. My job takes me from NYC, Dallas, Charlotte, ect and not one Sony device. What does that tell you?
9. GTR722 (Posts: 209; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)
I bet you see a lot of iphones....What does that tell you ??
10. aokde (Posts: 185; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)
That you americans understand sh*t in technology and class.
Where i come from even little kids already heard about the XPERIA line...
11. smallworld (Posts: 371; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
You need glasses. (also the US does not represent the whole world)
14. Feanor (Posts: 273; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)
It tells us that Sony phones are not popular in the USA... yet. Kind of expected if they are not properly marketed. But there are a few more billion people outside of the US and apparently they have bought a lot of Sony smartphones recently as the latest sales figures indicate.
19. abhishek48 (Posts: 164; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)
Who said they are expected, they are not popular bcoz... No sony phone has overpower Samsung bench marks right now.. and they release TOO LATE.... by the time xperia s released... Galaxy s3 released in 2 months and crushed it bigtime.. and even galaxy s2 had better processor with better bench marks.. what to say more..
34. gboo2565 (Posts: 10; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)
I agree with your point about being late. If Sony say released late March that will surely be late April early May at best as per all previous phones..
35. Mittal (Posts: 426; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)
Thats true, but Fallout09 never generalized about the whole world. He was just saing what he has himself witnessed (or Not witnessed)
17. Katrina (Posts: 61; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)
lol @ fallout09, you dont know what a sony phone looks like. hahhaa
20. abhishek48 (Posts: 164; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)
Yes bcoz.. no one buys its in USA and its hardy seen any where , seriously, I travel a lot too and I haven't seen it any where...All i see mostly Iphone.. due to craze.. and samsung or HTC, or some moto.. but rarely any sony..
18. abhishek48 (Posts: 164; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)
Agree, Sony doesn't sells in USA at all, DROID DNA is released months ahead of these.. so owning a DNA makes sense right... XPERIA Z is too late sames specs
RIGHT NOW DNA IS BEST IN WORLD..
But here is my rating of all these phones.
1. Galaxy s4 and Optimus g2
2. Sony Xperia Z
3. ZTE grand s
6. Droid DNA ... it will be still competitive... so GET THE DNA if you want to buy now.. or wait for GS 4
22. xSamx (Posts: 5; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
droid dna? only LTE 700, only 16 GB (11 GB user available) without card slot, only 8 mp camera, only 2020 mah battery and it is near 1 cm bigger than SONY XPERIA ZL( and i cant even find it in my country).......thx but no thx i will w8 for the ZL.
30. abhishek48 (Posts: 164; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)
I use only LTE 700.. Verizon fastest and best carrier in the world.
Unlimited data and cloud services.. do not need a sd card..
1 cm bigeer... ahahahahahahaha... that makes no difference....
The battery performance is good for me and its TRUE Champion in stand by... and as its not in ur country I cant help it..
28. pyradark (Posts: 710; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)
Are you sure about that "Doesnt Sell"
so why on earth Sony become 3rd behind apple & sammy on Q3??
Plus Xperia is never been late, what ever Processor Sammy & others bought, Xperia Z design & build quality will kick them all :))
31. abhishek48 (Posts: 164; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)
what .... DNA has same processor and screen.. 3 months ahead.. how the hell are they not late... and XPERIA S could not even compete against.. Exonsys inside galaxy s2.. are you Drunk..?
38. Mittal (Posts: 426; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)
It is actually a matter of geographical dominance too!!
Here in India, if observation is anything to go by, i mainly see
Moto and LG are rare
29. joshOps85 (Posts: 31; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
gs4 ugly and lg cheap as...
1. Sony Xperia Z
2.HTC butterfly (or DNA if you must)
40. Aaron_R96 (Posts: 198; Member since: 22 Jan 2012)
"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."
Don't think your precious DNA is the best phone in the world right now, to be honest.
Also you don't know how good the gs4 or g2 will be, so that's really just speculation, they may also have 2gb RAM and a Full HD screen etc etc and be another one of these generic 5"'s at the minute for all we know..
36. linneti15 (Posts: 49; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
ehh it doesn't matter how many carry what phone for me, while i want a premium brand phone (not some brand no one has heard of or thinks is cheap), after that i will choose the best phone available :) sony, samsung, htc, motorola, lg, apple or nokia, doesn't matter which i will choose the best phone available.
43. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 390; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)
That Americans know nothing but s**t about technology. Proof? Vizio is the #1 TV company in the US. Not to mention Apple sales.
3. jibraihimi (Posts: 539; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)
Phonearena, you forgot to mention Alcatel Scribe X, and smartphone from Vizio. They both are also sporting 5" FullHD screens............
16. jibraihimi (Posts: 539; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)
Thanks Daniel, and good work.......thumbs up to you.......... I asked you to add those two phones also, as I wanted to save this page, for reference and comparing all the models at one place....... In future after mobile world congress you can add other new FullHD phones also to this very same list, so that we have all the FullHD phones on one page for comparing.......... Cheers and thanks again........ :)
4. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 390; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)
Xperia Z. You just can't compete with it.
32. abhishek48 (Posts: 164; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA...... dna HAS SAME CPU AND BETTER SCREEN.. gs4 and lg optimus will have better cpu even zte..lol.. you drunk..
39. Mittal (Posts: 426; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)
Dude u need to mellow down with the HAHAHAHA and other aggressive stuff!!
42. daftastic (Posts: 87; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)
Except HTC's have s**t designs. The Xperia Z beautiful.
44. abhishek48 (Posts: 164; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)
HTC has best design xperia is just a rectangle.. and you in love with it..lol
47. daftastic (Posts: 87; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)
I don't expect idiots to understand that simple designs can be the best.
45. kobainez (Posts: 292; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
FYI information XPERIA Z with BRAVIA ENGINE is the best screen on the market! Just see screen comparison on YOUTUBE XPERIA Z VS HTC BUTTERFLY and ull knw which one is better
6. shamataa (Posts: 202; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
Most of them are for China markets which is so sad I would love those phones hit the US carriers.
8. Aeires (unregistered)
Digging the form factor of the Oppo the most, too bad it'll probably never see a US T-Mobile roll out.
12. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
I can't help but wonder how stupid someone must be to carry around something as big as lenovo phone. Look at the photo. it's ridicolous. Call this a portable device?? A phone? Whoaa. No way. Sanity and logic say bye bye.
23. jwl3429 (Posts: 36; Member since: 28 Sep 2009)
The lenovo is the only one that lets you uninstall there skin, now that is a selling point. Also the phone is not much bigger then the note 2 phones ate getting big deal with it.
15. _Bone_ (Posts: 2061; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Still think the Oppo Find 5 is the best offering of the bunch, great form factor, slim design despite 2500mAh battery, Sony's 13MP sensor, clean Android JB design, friendly price point.
24. fanboy1974 (Posts: 997; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
Maybe phonearena should run a poll on how long it will take Apple to update the iPhone resolution and screen size (must be both). I'm saying 20 months.
25. MC1123 (Posts: 1220; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
sony offers the best!! and im pretty sure xLoud technology offers almost same quality as the beats audio of HTC DNA!
and also that oppo find 5, who would want that? especially that it is almost same spec as the DNA and also the price!
also the vizio phone! since it will be like suicide to buy a high end phone but no LTE radio on it!
but that alcatel phone will be the most affordable! and i got no problem with mediatek chips! and that new quadcore by mediatek will be alright even though its just cortex a7!
26. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5637; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Will the 5"phone phones please stand up
27. joshOps85 (Posts: 31; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
new glalaxy sIV is just as ugly as sIII, if thats what its going to look like
37. TheCynicalTechie (Posts: 54; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
The Lenovo Ideaphone K900 annihilates them all. No contest.
41. Jimstar (Posts: 259; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
This is NOT a good time to have small hands and be looking for a high end phone.