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Sony Yuga 5" Full HD phone gets previewed, your microSD prayers are answered

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Eldar Murtazin promised yesterday that he will be ready with a preview of a wild Sony Yuga prototype today, and kept it. We get to see the design, specs are confirmed, and some benchmarks are thrown in, but unfortunately he says the camera samples were not that great, and, since this is still a preproduction model, he kept them to himself.

Now for the specs - a 5" 1080x1920 pixels display with Mobile BRAVIA engine, a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro clocked at 1.5 GHz, 2 GB of RAM, 12 MP Exmor RS camera on the back, and 16 GB of internal memory. A lot of firsts for Sony, but so far nothing to set the phone apart from the Droid DNA, for example, or the barrage of Full HD 5-inchers that are coming from Samsung, LG and others.

Well, not really, there is one very key difference here - Sony managed to find place for a microSD card slot on the side of the unibody chassis, and even threw in a microHDMI port for hooking it up to a TV, how's that for a well-rounded device.

Murtazin says the screen resolution and colors with the Mobile BRAVIA engine are great, but they seem a bit off in the interface, and viewing angles are weak - something we've observed with most high-res mobile screen from Sony this year. Still, this is a minor gripe considering you get a very compact and reportedly water tight unibody with micro SIM, microSD and microHDMI slots around it, protected with rubber lids.

The Sony C6603 Yuga was rumored to come with a glass chassis, like the Optimus G/Nexus 4, but Eldar mentions that it looks like plastic with a shiny glass-looking coat on top of it, so the jury is still out on it, but he mentions that it looks and feels premium. Sony achieved such compact dimensions by eschewing the usual physical or capacitive buttons underneath the display, using on-screen navigation for getting around the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean interface, which is definitely the way to go with such big-screen handsets.

As far as the lofty camera expectations, Murtazin shoots them down mentioning that despite all the marketing terms behind the new Exmor RS BSI sensor, the 12 MP camera takes no better pics than the Xperia T, for instance, which means nothing to write home about, and low light photos are trouble. Still, he acknowledges that this is a prototype version, so he didn't post any samples, and comments that the hardwired HDR video mode is a first on a phone and yields pretty good results. We'd have to add that there are some new camera UI options, like Superior Auto and Pet modes, as well as more color effects.



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posted on 18 Dec 2012, 02:41 20

1. Katrina (Posts: 84; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)


SONY FTW!!!

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 03:09 5

9. MeoCao (unregistered)


This design looks great (except the round power button), but i prefer DNA design as it's easier to handle.

Sony camera sensors are great but they must improve the software as the reports about Sony cameras are not good.

It looks very promising unless Sony will release the phone too late.

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 09:12

35. TheOldOne (Posts: 194; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


wait a minute! it is a square with round corners...

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 06:43 4

22. danny_a2005 (Posts: 167; Member since: 06 Oct 2011)


I'm getting one as soon as it comes out... I hope it comes out in white... waterproof phone... yeah!!

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 13:05 1

41. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Well done Sony...Pretty good specs and a very powerful beast...!!

Best of luck

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 02:42 2

2. wendygarett (unregistered)


I like the pic #24 and #31

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 02:45 7

3. half_21 (Posts: 44; Member since: 16 Nov 2012)


Nice..the micro sd card slot is a huge thing for users and increases the chance of sony yuga being the choice of many buyers..and now it all comes downto the final battery size..hope they increase it to at least 3000

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 03:16 6

11. skaar18 (Posts: 33; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Sorry :(

Yuga visited FCC... And the battery was 2330 mAh :( it was an article about it on Phonearena

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 07:23

27. half_21 (Posts: 44; Member since: 16 Nov 2012)


Is there still any chance that they can improve the battery, yeah i know 2330mah is a decent battery that could probably last a day on a medium use, but if possible iwant something that could last a whole day or more on heavy usage...well i guess u just can't have everything that u want...but still a great phone from sony,

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 07:47

29. Insignificant (Posts: 192; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


2330mAh is the US model. The world-wide one is significantly larger. And bear in mind, this was just an early prototype.

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 10:42

38. Atlas (Posts: 158; Member since: 15 Apr 2012)


International is said to be 2800-3000mah

posted on 29 Dec 2012, 23:50

47. mclaren_ferrari30 (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Dec 2012)


bro, if you want aawesome backup from sony, do not fear.. i have been on sony since foreva and trust me they do not lose power on anything else as fast as they lose while talking....lol.. once i managed to play radio for like 3 hrs with 5 % battery.heheh
and on android if you want, you can even get one and half day with this fon, just turn of the google location and gps services, i bet it just doubles the sony battery life.!!!
call less ,but if u wanna call too much go for something else. otherwise multimedia..no darn problem. you will never regret my review.

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 02:45 14

4. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


wow the design is really amazing!

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 02:59 3

6. wendygarett (unregistered)


Let's hope this as my second android phone lol :)

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 02:50 8

5. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


SUPERB!

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 03:06

7. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


I like what I see. Still prefer the Oppo Find 5 due to the more attractive design, but this is basically the same thing plus an SD card slot, which is important.

Any news on battery? I ain't buying no HD phone under 2500mAh.

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 03:15

10. skaar18 (Posts: 33; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Sorry :(

Yuga visited FCC... And the battery was 2330 mAh :( it was an article about it on Phonearena

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 04:15 4

17. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


that still isnt a let down man if the DNA's battery is only 2020 and it was reported a pretty decent one........so this should be noticebly better.............hopefully

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 07:29

28. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 382; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


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posted on 18 Dec 2012, 10:43

39. Atlas (Posts: 158; Member since: 15 Apr 2012)


International is 2800-3000, 2330 is US one

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 03:06 13

8. husfus (Posts: 62; Member since: 21 Oct 2012)


I wish sony to sell more yuga than galaxy Siv . It's really unfair that samsung makes more profits when sony put all of their eggs into android

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 04:15 7

16. Retro-touch (Posts: 273; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


Not to mention Sony contributions to open source which makes it guaranteed you can get latest Android via Cyanogenmod very quickly with few issues, Samsung lied that they would be dev friendly OTOH

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 06:55 1

24. MeoCao (unregistered)


I think Sony only have themselves to blame, how come Xperia T was release w/o JB? and how come their camera sucks when they are the top manufacturer of sensors and DSLR?

Hopefully Sony will do better next year.

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 03:52 4

12. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


Definitely the phone to watch out for. Having said that, Sony are taking way too long to release it.

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 03:58 7

13. Mr.Alawi (Posts: 14; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


Also there is BURST MODE up to 999 photos in camera and you can Capture photos while recording video :D

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 03:59 5

14. argiriano (Posts: 3; Member since: 30 Nov 2012)


Well Phonearena when you talking about microSD in the title you should mention in the article that Sony Yuga is actually supporting SDXC cards up to 128GB, which is very important for the users.
Also C660x works with Qualcomm's MDM9615 modem which means it will be the first true world-LTE phone out there supporting all available LTE bands. ;)

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 05:32

45. skaar18 (Posts: 33; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


when you have a micro SDXC slot it actually support up to 2 TB..... Yeah (2048GB)... Only problem is that you can't buy a 2 TB micro sd card atm... And for the 128gb.. it is not available.. it might be in CES or 1Q of 2013 though.

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 04:11 1

15. Lawliet (Posts: 160; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)


Damn, could be my next phone if I can hold it (really need real experience)

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 04:38 1

18. bakhtawar (Posts: 41; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)


awsome device :)

posted on 18 Dec 2012, 05:12 2

19. ryq24 (Posts: 739; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


samsung will still beat sony by coming out with the galaxy grand first in the market. sony is slow in introducing their phones in the market. and even if they were able to make it available at once, it is only on selected market unlike samsung which can release their unit simultaneously in several countries regardless whether that market is a big or small market.

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