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Sony 'Yuga' flaunts 5-inch 1080p screen in leaked pics

A new Sony phone has surfaced online -- this 5-inch behemoth is tipped to sport a 12-megapixel camera, among other treats.

A whopping new Sony smart phone has leaked online, reportedly sporting a 5-inch display and a 12-megapixel camera, alongside other hardware treats.

The mystery mobile, codenamed 'Yuga' (the name of an epoch or era within a cycle of four ages in Hindu philosophy -- thanks, Wikipedia) has showed itself in a series of snaps on German-language site Android-Schweiz.

It's always wise to take unconfirmed leaks with a pinch of salt, though the Yuga certainly looks to feature Sony's familiar squarish design. It also looks to sport a prominent power button on its left flank.

The 5-inch screen is described as "full HD", which likely means a 1080p resolution -- a pixel count backed up by benchmark results that leaked last month.

On the inside, meanwhile, the Yuga is reckoned to feature a quad-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz and 2GB of RAM, and be powered by Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The battery appears to be non-removable, but it apparently plays host to a microSD card slot.

Put all that together, and it looks as though Sony could finally be bringing out the big guns in the smart phone war. The PlayStation-crafting firm's current flagship -- the Bond-bedazzling Xperia T -- is a decent mobile, but doesn't measure up to the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S3 or the HTC One X. Or the iPhone 5 or Google Nexus 4 for that matter. Or the Nokia Lumia 920. You get the idea.

An enormous 5-inch screen with a proper HD display, a mega-powerful processor and a recent version of Android sounds much more likely to tickle my gadget fancy. Here's hoping Sony can get the mysterious Yuga into shops as soon as possible -- I'd wager we'll see this phone making its debut at the CES trade show in January, or possibly at Mobile World Congress in February.

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Image credit: Android-Schweiz