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Sony Working on 5-Inch, 6-Inch Phablets With Android OS?

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It looks like speculation has it that Sony will be the latest Android manufacturer to join the phablet game with a 5-inch and a 6-inch model in tow. A previously reported leak suggests that Sony’s ‘Odin’ handset may lead the Xperia smartphone lineup, but recent reports suggest that Odin may come with a large 5-inch display. This would put Odin in the same league as the popular Samsung Galaxy Note and Note II phablets, an unannounced HTC-made phablet that may be destined for Verizon Wireless, and the LG Intuition 4G for Verizon’s network.

bbbm-jpgOdin has a model number of C650X and is anticipated to be released with a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU clocked at 1.5 GHz, 2 GB RAM, and a 5-inch 1080p HD display.

Another high-end device was recently leaked codenamed Yuga and has the model number C660X, which Phone Arena is speculating may be a 6-inch phablet version of Odin.

Recently leaked benchmark results for Yuga shows that it will in fact have a 1.5 GHz CPU, presumably a quad-core one, as well as Android 4.1.1 installed out of the box. The quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor was confirmed by Xperia Blog; that site says that the same Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU is used for both Odin and Yuga.

At this time, Sony has not yet announced either devices. It looks like if 2011 was the year that Android tablets came into popularity–thanks to Android Honeycomb–2013 may be the year that phablets rise.

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