It’s looking like the tail end of this, and early next, year are going to provide our first experience of a full-HD resolution smartphone screen. Well, we say smartphone, but as all the examples we’ve heard about so far have measured 5-inches, so strictly the devices would be classed as smartphone/tablet hybrids.
Just to recap, LG has said it’s working hard on a 5-inch 1080p screen, and it’s looking likely HTC is too (perhaps ready for release as the One X5/One DLX), while Oppo has already half-confirmed its 1080p Find 5 device, plus Sharp has announced it has begun producing 5-inch, 1080p panels already.
Joining the party now is Sony, whose C660X – codename Yuga – has shown up in some benchmark results boasting that all important 1080p, or 1920 x 1080, pixel resolution. The figures also showed the Yuga as running Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, and an unnamed 1.5GHz processor with an Adreno 320 graphics chip.
The Adreno 320 GPU is most often associated with the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chip, the new super-fast quad-core processor that’s about to make its debut in the LG Optimus G. If Sony has adopted the S4 Pro, it’s slightly earlier than expected, as the company had previously stated it was planning to stick with dual-core phones for a little while longer.
However, any phone with a 1080p screen will need plenty of horsepower to drive it – and the S4 Pro is built to handle such a high resolution – meaning plans for adopting quad-core power may have been brought forward.
Of course, just because we’ve seen some benchmark figures doesn’t mean the phone is anywhere near release, and it could still be a prototype. Regardless of this though, it does show the battle to be the first mainstream manufacturer with a 1080p mobile screen is well and truly on.