Gone are those days when the most compact handset would sell the highest. Smartphone users these days are looking for larger screen real estate, and when there is demand, there is supply. More and more manufacturers are launching smartphones with a screen of 5 or more inches. Galaxy Note 2 is a good example, and around 10 million units of the predecessor were sold before the launch of new version.
Other manufacturers are also gearing towards launching 5 inch smartphones. Recently, HTC launched HTC Droid DNA in the US, which is the American variant of HTC J Butterfly which was launched little earlier in Japan. The device comes with high end internals, and is powered by a 1.5-GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, but what makes it stand out of the 5 incher crowd is the screen which it is equipped with. It’s has a 5 inch screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080! Yes, the device comes with a 1080p HD display and has a pixel density of whopping 441 ppi. Putting the DNA’s screen into perspective, recently launched Samsung Galaxy Note II has a 5.5 inch screen and comes with a resolution of 1280 x 720. Screen real estate is a good thing, but the DNA is better put against the likes of Samsung Galaxy SIII rather than Note II because the latter is equipped with split screen view and Wacom screen that supports stylus, so that’s a different arena altogether.
The 5 inch market of course needs some better competing devices and Sony is rumored to have something in the labs, and it’s the Yuga and Odin. The Sony Xperia Yuga is anticipated to be Sony’s flagship device for 2013, and this device is going to be a good contender for HTC’s Droid DNA device because it comes with a 5 inch 1080p display, so the DNA won’t be the exclusive device to have that. Coming to the specs, the device is rumored to be powered by 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 2GB of RAM. Apart from that, it is expected to be equipped with an Exmor Camera sensor which can record 1080p HDR videos, so we expect the device to be very good in the camera department as opposed to Droid DNA which comes with an 8 megapixels camera. According to various sources, the battery will be a 2400mAh one.
Sony Yuga and Odin are apparently the same device with Yuga being the Asian version whereas Odin will be the global version. According to latest leaks, the Sony C650X “Odin” is expected to be 131.6mm x 69.7mm x 9.8mm thick, and weighs only 5.04oz (147g). The Sony C660X Yuga is said to be taller but thinner at 138.6mm x 71mm x 8.1mm, and weight only 140g, despite it having a waterproof cover.
Like Sony’s tablets, these devices are also said to be equipped with IR blaster. What are your thoughts on Sony Yuga and Sony Odin? Let us know in the comment section below.