Sony’s rumored Xperia Z (Yuga) and Xperia ZL (Odin) haven’t exactly been elusive. Already, photos and specifications of Sony’s new flagship devices have been leaked all over the internet, revealing a slim, chiseled body combined with sharp lines and a minimalistic profile. Its clean black face is only interrupted by the Sony logo beneath the earpiece, giving it a very professional look that doesn’t scream for attention. The difference between the two brothers is the size; Yuga has a longer body than Odin, but both are equally slick. Don’t let the simplicity of the appearance deceive you though, both phones pack a serious punch:
- 5 inch screen bolstering a full HD resolution (1920 x 1080)
- Quad core S4 Snapdragon Pro processor with Adreno 320 graphics
- 2 GB of RAM
- Micro USB and HDMI ports
- 13 megapixel rear camera
- Micro SD expansion slot
The 5 inch screen is of the LCD variety, packing a whopping 440 PPI in the 5 inch frame. Unfortunately, a Full HD resolution doesn’t negate early reports of inadequate color reproduction and below-average viewing angles. However, this phone’s pixel-dense display is still one worthy of noting as one of the best displays on the market thus far.
To be expected, the Yuga blazes through Android 4.1.2 earning a Quadrant score of 7991. In comparison, the LG Optimus G running the same chipset scores 7559 albeit running Ice Cream Sandwich.
The 2GB of RAM is enough to keep you running for a long time, while NFC and the Micro SD expansion slot is a nice touch.
HTC’s Droid DNA is the only real competitor stateside; both phones have the same chipset, amount of RAM, and similar screens but Sony really outshines HTC in two aspects- the higher megapixel camera and Micro SD expansion slot. The chipset and screen set it apart from the current generation of Androids, but will it be able to compete with the new Galaxy and One flagships? Only time can tell, but the DNA’s Verizon exclusiveness might not hurt quite as much when Sony’s new tag-team is announced at CES.