by Anton Shilov
12/18/2012 | 06:32 PM
Starting next year Sony Corp. is projected to start selling smartphones and super-phones that will compete directly against Apple iPhone, Samsung Galaxy S and other high-end handsets. One of the first of such devices will be Sony Yuga C660, which be positioned for users seeking for ultra-large 5” high-quality screens as well as high processing power.
Sony Yuga C660 will be based on Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 APQ8064 application processor that features four Qualcomm Krait (Cortex-A9-like with 3 decoders, 11 stage pipeline, VFPv4 FPU, 128-bit NEON accelerator, L2 2MB cache [512KB per core]), powerful Adreno 320 graphics processing unit (unified shader architecture; supports Direct3D 11 feature level 9_3, OpenGL ES 3.0, OpenGL ES 2.0, OpenGL ES 1.1, OpenVG 1.1, EGL 1.4, Direct3D Mobile, SVGT 1.2), dual-channel memory controller and so on.
The main breakthrough that Sony Yuga will bring will be extraordinary 5” screen with 1920*1080 resolution (440 pixels per inch) that surpasses everything that is on the market today from Apple, Samsung or LG.
Reviewers from Mobile-Review web-site have managed to get a preliminary version of the product and even benchmark it, which quickly revealed that the smartphone not only provides faster performance than today’s most-powerful smartphones powered by Nvidia Tegra 3 application processor, but even manages to leave media tablets behind.
Sony Yuga C660 is made of high-quality glossy plastic that feels like glass as well as stainless steel. The device is very slim and very stylish; unfortunately, in its current state it is produces too much heat, which makes it uncomfortable to use.
With extreme-performance application processor and ultra-high-quality screen, Sony Yuga will clearly become one of the most impressive and desired handsets, when it reaches the market in Spring or Summer. However, to gain a lot of customers, Sony will need to fight minor disadvantages of the device, such as excessive heat levels and short battery life.