With only a few more days to go until HTC and Verizon reveal a new device together, which is widely expected to be the U.S. version of the 1080p J Butterfly from Japan, Sony’s 1080p challenger has been leaked.
Codename Yuga and wearing the model number C6603, it joins a long list of Android smartphones potentially boasting 1080p touchscreens, and it has been the subject of several leaks already. The latest comes from a Swiss Android website, and includes a selection of images to accompany the potential specification.
Believed to be sat at the top of Sony’s 2013 range, the Yuga shares a similar specification to other top-of-the-range phones, so expect a 1.5GHz, quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM and a monster 12-megapixel camera.
Of course, it’s the screen that will grab most of the attention. If the leaks are correct, it will measure 5-inches and have a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution. That’s 1080p, or Full HD as it’s often known, and is probably the same resolution as your TV. The 5-inch screen size also puts the Yuga into tablet/smartphone hybrid territory, which will see it go head-to-head with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 and if all goes as expected, HTC’s Droid DNA too.
The leaked pictures aren’t press-style glamor shots, but they show the phone running Android 4.1.1, plus a glass — or at least, very shiny — rear panel and a large power button on the side of the chassis. It’s probably because of the poor quality photo that it stands out like a, well, big silver button on a solid black slab, but if it is so prominent on the final version, it’s sure to split opinion.
As usual, it’s worth remembering this is a leak, and therefore may not show the final version of the hardware, or it could even be idle fantasy created by a bored fanboy.
If the Yuga is real, and judging by the amount of leaks, Sony’s certainly planning something along these lines, there’s a chance we’ll get to see it during CES 2013.