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Sony has struck a chord with the American public with its Sony Walkman of the 1990s; its recent Xperia Z smartphone announcement puts Sony back on the map after years of relative quiet regarding its products. With the smartphone wars pitting one manufacturer against another, Sony now claims that it will become the third-most popular manufacturer behind the likes of Apple and Samsung. Huawei and ZTE look to compete with Sony, with Huawei claiming that it will become the top manufacturer (over Apple and Samsung) within the next five years. Anything is possible, as long as innovation reigns supreme.
While Sony’s Xperia Z commercial has been a splash hit with some (myself included), Sony is not finished; rather, the Japanese company looks to emerge with a new smartphone this summer. Labeled “C670X,” the new Sony smartphone will have specs that compete with those of Samsung and HTC. Here are the following features and specs available:
* 4.8-inch display
* 1920 x 1080 screen resolution
* 1080p video recording
* 1.8Ghz, quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor
* 2GB RAM
* 32GB of internal memory storage
* OS: Android (4.2 Jelly Bean)
* 2-megapixel, front-facing camera
* 13-megapixel, rear-facing camera
Sony’s 4.8-inch display will match that of Samsung’s Galaxy S3, but Samsung will emerge with a 4.99-inch HD display for its Galaxy S4– the hottest Android smartphone of the year currently. Samsung looks to reveal its newest Galaxy addition on March 14 in New York.
The screen resolution on Sony’s C670X will match that of Samsung’s, since the Korean manufacturer will use the same full HD screen resolution in its Galaxy S4. Currently, the Galaxy S3 runs with a 1280 x 720 screen resolution. 1080p video recording will be featured in both of the new additions, a change from Samsung’s current 720p video recording in the Galaxy S3. It was said that Samsung would use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 processor in its phone, but, according to the IB Times, the latest benchmark tests reveal that Samsung intends to use the same Exynos 5 Octa processor for the American version that it uses for the European version, according to IB Times’s Kukil Bora:
“Citing a JPMorgan analyst, a report from Taiwanese Publication Taipei Times said last week that Samsung [sic] Galaxy S4 would feature multiple solutions for the application processors and baseband chips…the South Korean tech giant would likely incorporate Qualcomm Inc’s Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor…for the US variant of the Galaxy S4…but this piece of information has got [sic] refuted by a new Antutu benchmark result of the Galaxy S4…the Antutu benchmark result has revealed that the Galaxy S4 will be powered by an Exynos Octa 5410 CPU” (Kukil Bora, “Samsung Galaxy S4 Specifications Leaked as March 14 Date Nears”).
With that said, Sony and Samsung will not use the same processors in the phone, as had been previously stated. While we can be sure that SamMobile, responsible for the new information as of yesterday, we will continue to keep our fingers crossed that the octa-core processor will be installed into all versions of the Galaxy S4 phone.
As for Sony’s Xperia C, the internal memory storage is another feature that matches Samsung. Both Samsung and Sony will have one version of their smartphones to come with 32GB of internal memory storage; Samsung, on the other hand, will also have 16GB and 64GB versions of the Galaxy S4. Although Samsung likes to give variety, I like the fact that Sony provides 32GB of storage — even if it does not have a 64GB version. 32GB is enough storage space for applications such as social media sites, wallpapers, games, and so on. With Google’s Instant Upload and unlimited cloud storage, you can use your 32GB to do other things outside of storing photos.
The cameras of both the Galaxy S4 and the Xperia C will be the same. The 13-megapixel camera has become the new rear-facing camera standard for smartphones, replacing the 8-megapixel camera standard from 2012. HTC’s new One smartphone claims that it has a “4UMP” (ultra megapixel) camera; while HTC claims that “ultra-megapixel” cameras are better than “megapixel” cameras, both are forms of ultraHD resolution and either should work fine. The HTC One may have an extra ultraHD camera, but there is more to a smartphone than a state-of-the-art camera. An 8-megapixel camera on a smartphone from 2012 will do just fine, although you are free to buy an up-to-date smartphone if your contract is up or you are a lover of all things tech.
One other thing to note is that the Sony and Samsung smartphones will both run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Many consider the new Xperia C smartphone the competitor to Samsung’s Galaxy S4 because the Xperia Z smartphone runs only Android 4.1 out of the box. However, I think that Sony really wants to compete with Apple, and, since Apple will debut its supposed iPhone 5S this summer for its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), Sony’s summer hit will heat up the competition and give consumers much more to bargain for. Although I do not like the phrase, Sony is aiming to become “the Apple of Android” (blame Chris Smith of Android Authority for this phrase, not me!).
Sony’s Xperia Z smartphone and tablet were just made available for international orders, and sources say that Sony’s smartphone and tablet could debut in the US this April 2013. As for pricing, the smartphone will most likely cost $770-$800 (unlocked), while the tablet will cost $499 (16GB), $599 (32GB), and $699 (64GB), respectively. If Sony’s commercial and waterproof phones and tablets are any indication of the company’s success, Sony just made it twice as difficult for ZTE, LG, and Huawei to stand a chance in the smartphone/tablet wars.