Sony's 2013 flagships tipped, Q4 might see a quad-core Cortex-A15 beast with a huge battery

Sony's 2013 flagships tipped, Q4 might see a quad-core Cortex-A15 beast with a huge battery
Sony already rose to prominence among Android manufactures this year, snatching the 2nd place from HTC, with just the almighty Samsung before it. If the rumored Sony Yuga/Odin flagships for the first half of next year are any indication, it might also carry this trend into 2013.

After all, the leaks point to 5-inchers with Full HD displays, quad-core processors and 13 MP Exmor RS cameras on the back, which won't be something to sniff at even in the summer of next year.

Now a user in the leaky Sony forum for their upcoming machines, is confirming the specs we expect for the Odin/Yuga, but throws a few more devices in the mix, if Google's translation is to be trusted:

One is a mid-ranger destined for H1, with a gig and a half of RAM, and the other a 6" handset with 3 GB of RAM and the mind-boggling 3,500 mAh battery. We've heard rumors about a 6" phone from Sony, and we've had Toshiba demonstrate one high-res panel of this size before. Sony and Toshiba are partners in the Japan Display Co undertaking, so anything is possible, but a 6" size seems too much already, unless it is devoid of the bezel.

The most interesting part of the tip, however, is the Q4 flasghip of Sony, said to be intended for an October release. It is listed as a quad-core Cortez-A15 endeavor, but neither Qualcomm, nor NVIDIA with Tegra 4 are in the mix. It is also claimed to feature 3 GB of RAM, 16 MP camera, and 3,000 mAh battery, all worthy ingredients. The overall size is said to be around the Yuga, with the final design still being decided upon. 

Now that phone would be a sight to behold - between the 5" of the Droid DNA and eventually Galaxy S IV, the rumored 5.5" Optimus G2, and the claimed 5/6" Sony flagships, next year is shaping up to push the final limits of smartphone screen size and resolution.

source: IT168

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1. Thephonegeek

Posts: 118; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

Holy cow. Samsung is gonna have a stronger competitor after all. Sony is really getting the competition over the limit. And I am a sony fan. Yay Sony.

12. MeoCao unregistered

This is great, I can already see Sony elbow SS from top spot of Android world. I know that Sony is busy with software thing this year, and next year will be the year of Sony comeback. It will be 4 horse race Sony - SS - LG - HTC I guess.

15. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

Don't under estimate the companies from China (Huawei, ZTE & Lenovo) their phones are somewhat equally spec to those by the Big Boys ( Samsung, Sony, LG, HTC) but they're more affordable. A real bang for buck I say. Tho in the states they'll probably won't grab that much attention. . .

22. MeoCao unregistered

Sony, and now HTC have learned from SS example: specs and design is easy part, the hard part is software optimisation and marketing. The Chinese have great potential but I guess it will take them a few years before they can compete in top end of the market.

23. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

Agree, I'm actually seeing Android dominating more come 2013 in the mobile space thanks to those Chinese Company's ultra aggressive pricing.

24. blingblingthing

Posts: 971; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Exactly. Give us the hardware and a few tricks. And for all of our sakes give it an ad so everyone knows of it.

32. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

Precisely. Ad's, informative Ad's.

33. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

By saying "quarterly flagship machine" Sony has confirmed that they'll be releasing a new flagship every three months or so (which they have already been doing for at least a year). Not sure if this is a good thing or not. It obviously hasn't worked for HTC in the past, and Samsung and Apple both only release one major flagship per year to tremendous success.

36. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Sammy will basically be announcing their flagship 2013 phone next month and probably shipping in April-May-June timeframe. Nothing like sucking all of the oxygen out of the room.... Sony needs to step up it's game. Even Apple is feeling the heat from Sammy.

38. MeoCao unregistered

This is 1 of many possibilities, this is early stage of mobile market development and things will change wildly. I think there will be several big players coexist in the Android ecosystem similar to HP, Lenovo, Dell... in Windows PC.

41. oister85 unregistered

Actually sony is learning from Samsung . Sammy just to release phones every 3 month low end To mid range to high end I think that is a strategy.

59. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

I hope the "1.5" GB in the Xperia 4 mean 1.5 GigaBytes of ram, NOT storage (cuz some phones actually have that) JUST 4 any buyers sake.

76. thethirdelric

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

It did say RAM

21. pankajgupta

Posts: 59; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Gonna be a monster of a phone... Best of All. :) SONY FTW :)


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Daniel.P don't you have anything to say on this article or posts....? ™®©

51. htc_prep

Posts: 303; Member since: Oct 09, 2009

@thephonegeek you are very very true sony has had a beautiful line up of devices i would love to spend my money on, BUT the only way that Sony can contend with Sammy is if they break into the US market. one device sprinkled on 1 or 2 carriers every now and again.

54. richardyarrell2011

Posts: 510; Member since: Mar 16, 2011

Samsung welcomes all challengers any time. Samsung owns this space and you can bank on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 having 6inch flexible screen, 1080p resolution, 2.0ghz quadcore Exynos 5 processor, 3gb of ram, 16megipix camera, 32 or 64gb of internal storage, 64gb micro sd card slot, 3.0 front facing camera. Rest assured nobody who is not in this space today will make a threat to Samsung they own this smartphone/tablet market. The Galaxy Note 2 is leading the way. Software and features alone makes Samsung the best manufacturer period.

2. redmd

Posts: 1939; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Apple should also up their game. iPhone 6 should have a 5 inch 1080p screen. I can only wish.

9. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

and that would be called, cornea display? or optic nerve display? :))

11. wendygarett unregistered

Please don't, I'm enjoying the 3.5 inches screen tho :( If Apple wanna to, release another called iPhone giant...

14. redmd

Posts: 1939; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

it's optic nerve display. Apple should patent that. lol

37. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Not gonna happen. Apple's strategy is to suppress competitors through lawsuits. They need to update their UI more than anything.


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Big SONY fan to, but the Exynos are much better. SONY welcome back, wish you all the very best™®©

4. wendygarett unregistered

Not another beast phone :( I'm tired to see such monsterios spec, they actually kill me tho...

7. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

hush. Stick with the iPhones they're not beastly (well probably).

79. jstahl

Posts: 79; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

are you chinese?

5. gazmatic

Posts: 809; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

dafuq!!!!! way to go sony! hope you deliver finally battery... the only spec i care about

6. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

Holy smokes, SGS4 rumors + LG Optimus G2 rumors then this one? Deymmm. . . . . .

8. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

XPERIA 5R! it's like acro S but way better. HIGH-END IP57 certified phone, that's epic!

10. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

Apir! hahaha

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