Right at this moment in smartphone time and space, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 SoC chipset is the de-facto standard for flagship devices. We cannot really compare the Sony Xperia Z to the HTC One or the Samsung Galaxy S4 as both of these devices use the next generation Snapdragon 600 chipsets whereas the Xperia Z uses the older generation snapdragon s4 Pro (which is by no means, a slouch). So I’ve been on the look out for a device using the same chipset from Sony.
According to rumors, Sony will be releasing 3 such devices, each one addressing a different form-factor demographic. These are just rumors, but we can only expect Sony to follow suit if they wish to survive in the mobile space. Its rumored that the Japanese wireless providers: NTT Docomo is expecting these devices soon. There is always the possibility that these devices will not look the same once they hit western shores.
One of these devices that is sparking my attention is the Xperia A (codenamed “Dogo”). It is rumored to have similar internals as the HTC One (Snapdragon 600, 2GB RAM, 32GB storage), have similar water and dust resistance to the Xperia Z, but here is the fresh part: it will have a 4.6 inch screen (with a 720p screen, which approximates to a very decent 319PPI). Now i don’t know about you guys, but I’m kinda getting tired of seeing really large screen phones that are no longer phones. Screen sizes have become ridiculously large, to the point where if you’re one of those skinny dudes who wears skinny jeans, has slightly dainty hands, and likes to hold a mocha latte in one hand while he surfs the web with his super powerful device on the other (which is basically, me), choices are limited. In fact, screen sizes have become the defining standard for processor power, and we’ve gotten to a point where, something in the screen size range of 4.3 and 4.7 inches will most likely not be a high end device (in the android world). So this will be a very welcome change in my books. I cannot wait for this device to come out. There’s definitely a market for it.
Another one of the devices is supposed to be a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 competitor and supposed to come with a 6.4 inch screen. I’ll keep an eye out for this as well.
I have to admit, there are certain things about Sony I really like. They sometimes really pay attention to the little things: like the dedicated camera button, processor-uncompromising screen size, camera quality, External SD Card and of course, better-than-average (not to mention unique) design aesthetics and quality, etc. Its these little things that are keeping Sony afloat in the sea of compromising handsets.