Sony’s Yuga and Odin have been rumored for quite some time now. And as Sony takes great care of its devices which results in the inevitable delay of their flagships, the device only made rounds in the rumor mill and never really arrived. But Eldar Murtazin of Mobile-Review.com has managed to get his hands on a unit of the Xperia Yuga prior to the announcement of the device. He has actually submitted a full review of the device, which means he has had some time to spend with the bad boy. It’s surprising as to how he was able to access the device even before the device is announced, which makes us feel if this was all deliberate to build the hype for the device. Regardless, it’s good that we finally have some info on the device.
He revealed that the device does in fact come with a 5-inch 1080p display panel with a pixel density of 440ppi, the same as the HTC Butterfly/Droid DNA. The reviewer mentioned that the device had a brilliant display but that most apps weren’t supported for the resolution. However, he found no complaints with the apps which utilize the Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine. Other apps might require some tweaking to support Full HD smartphones, and since there’s still some time for the launch, I think Sony and the app developers will figure it out by then. The device also comes with a 12MP camera sensor apparently, which can capture images and videos in HDR mode, the first time that a smartphone can do both. So Sony makes no compromises when it comes to the camera of their flagship smartphones. The Yuga packs a decent 1.7 GHz quad core Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset inside with 2GB of RAM. The device runs Android 4.1.2 out of the box apparently and there are a few screenshots of the UI which look pretty impressive. Those three onscreen keys remind us a lot of the Nexus devices, which isn’t a bad thing at all. As for connectivity, the Yuga comes with 4G LTE and Bluetooth 4.0 on board. It comes with a micro HDMI port, micro USB port and a microSD card slot which can also take SDXC cards. So that deals with the hardware of the device.
The first impressions of Eldar weren’t all that great, as the screen was believed to be very reflective and it apparently had poor viewing angles too. It’s a little harsh to expect the viewing angles we get from AMOLED panels with the LCD on the device, however, it has been noted that LCD panels have superior sunlight visibility compared to AMOLED displays. So I guess it’s a double edged sword. Now for the most important aspect of a smartphone, i.e. the battery. Well, the reviewer suggested that the device is very power hungry, which doesn’t surprise us at all. Although, the real concern apparently is that the device gets heated up with usage. This is something which Sony will certainly want to look into. That being said, what we have here could well be a pre release prototype of the Xperia Yuga. So it makes sense that Sony would send a unit in the wild to test out its features and improve the device accordingly in time for the official announcement and mass production. Regardless of its flaws, this new offering from Sony has certainly gotten me excited and there are plenty of people out there who are eagerly awaiting the release of this new droid.