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

Sony Yuga 5
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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Xperia Z
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13.1 MP / 2.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2330 mAh(14h 3G talk time)

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47 Comments

1. Katrina

Posts: 84; Member since: Aug 17, 2012

SONY FTW!!!

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.

35. TheOldOne

Posts: 196; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

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

22. danny_a2005

Posts: 358; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

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

41. AnTuTu

Posts: 1603; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

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

2. wendygarett unregistered

I like the pic #24 and #31

3. half_21

Posts: 44; Member since: Nov 16, 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

11. skaar18

Posts: 33; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

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

27. half_21

Posts: 44; Member since: Nov 16, 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,

29. Insignificant

Posts: 192; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

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

38. Atlas

Posts: 158; Member since: Apr 15, 2012

International is said to be 2800-3000mah

47. mclaren_ferrari30

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 29, 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.

4. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

wow the design is really amazing!

6. wendygarett unregistered

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

5. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

SUPERB!

7. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 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.

10. skaar18

Posts: 33; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

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

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

28. AliNSiddiqui

Posts: 382; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

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39. Atlas

Posts: 158; Member since: Apr 15, 2012

International is 2800-3000, 2330 is US one

8. husfus

Posts: 62; Member since: Oct 21, 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

16. Retro-touch unregistered

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

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.

12. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

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

13. Mr.Alawi

Posts: 14; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

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

14. argiriano

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 30, 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. ;)

45. skaar18

Posts: 33; Member since: Oct 05, 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.

15. Lawliet

Posts: 160; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

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

18. bakhtawar

Posts: 41; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

awsome device :)

19. ryq24

Posts: 875; Member since: Oct 17, 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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