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It looks like HTC's J Butterfly and Droid DNA could have some competition in early 2013. Rumors of a 5-inch, quad-core Sony handset in development have been circulating for the past month or so, and today brings what could be the first images of the device, which apparently goes by the codename "Yuga."

The image above comes from a set obtained by Swiss Android site Android Schweiz, and is apparently a prototype for the next-gen Sony flagship. Along with the leaked pics, the site claims the prototype is running a 1.5GHz quad-core CPU -- most likely a Snapdragon S4 -- along with 2GB of RAM, a 12MP camera and a 5-inch 1080p display.

Physically, it's a pretty nondescript smartphone design. Earpiece, speaker and front-facing camera can be spotted in the shot above, and other images in the set show Xperia T-style on-screen buttons. The back of the device is difficult to make out, but seems to be at least partially reflective. The alleged prototype is running Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean along with Sony's Xperia UI, which looks almost identical to what we've used on the Xperia T and other late 2012 Sony handsets.

Remember that both hardware and software are likely pre-production, so even if this is a legitimate Sony device, the final product is likely to differ from what we see in these leaked pics. We got to see several Sony prototypes recently, and as you might expect, they often don't quite match up with the finalized designs.

Sony tends to reveal new products first at CES each January, so we wouldn't be surprised to see the "Yuga," or whatever it's eventually called, making its public debut in Las Vegas in a couple of months.

Source: Android Schweiz (Translated)


Reader comments

Purported Sony Yuga prototype shots emerge - 5-inch 1080p screen rumored


This looks and should be pretty soft not even in the same league as the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Matter of fact the Htc DNA and Htc Butterfly isn't in the same league as the Galaxy Note 2. These guys Htc/Sony need to stop pretending and come strong. The Galaxy Note 2 makes these handsets totally useless...

It isn't on Verizon so I'm not interested. Too bad sony doesn't want to release a CDMA phone. No I don't count the Xperia play.

awesome specs, but a rather bland design. HTC's smartphone with a 5 inch screen looks much nicer. this looks like another boring LG phone.

I am nervous about the next time I need to upgrade. I love having a phone with the best specs but at 4.7" my EVO LTE is bordering on too big. I am not sure what I will do if I can only get the best phone in 5+ inches next time.

by my observation looking a the screenshot above it appears to have a strange almost 4:3 aspect ratio. It definitely does not have a traditional 16:9 or even 16:10 ratio, maybe its just the way the picture looks but this is a different aspect ratio, it almost looks like a small ipad mini or something along those lines.

I love all the new phones coming out with S4 Pro processors, but I really don't see the need for 1080p on the screen. Even at 720p these phones are near the limit of what the eye can see. I mean, 1280x800 is fairly close to 720p, and it's still the primary resolution on 10in android tablets and you don't hear too big of complaints. Now while a 10in could benefit at 1080p (and they do, compare a transformer prime to a regular transformer,) there's no way 90% of the population could realistically see the difference on 5in.