The success of Samsung in the phablet segment, inspired others to jump into the bandwagon. Here are the top 5 five-inchers worth waiting for.
Sony Xperia Z: Xperia Z is Sony's first smartphone to feature a 5-inch display. The new Xperia Z features a 5-inch HD Reality display with Mobile Bravia Engine 2, supporting 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution natively. Under the chassis, the smartphone has a quad-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro mobile processor and 2 GB RAM which is massive enough to drive the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean smoothly. At the back of the Xperia Z rests a 13 megapixel camera that carries the Exmore RS image sensor which also enables HDR videos for clear video recording as well. Needless to say that the camera would be capable enough to record full 1080p HD videos as well.Measuring mere 7.9mm slim, the Xperia Z has been constructed using tempered glass and anti-shatter film on both the sides. This phone also offers heavy resistance to the dust with IP55 certification and resistance to water with IP67 certification. Sony touts of the new OmniBalance design that offers subtle rounded edges and smooth reflective corners.
HTC Butterfly (HTC J): The Butterfly is the first 5 inch from HTC. It is based on Android 4.1 and has a full HD 5 inch display with a super resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels which translates to 441 pixels per inch, against Apple iPhone 5's 326 ppi pixel density. HTC has used the third generation Super LCD display clubbed with Corning Gorilla Glass 2 technology to create a slimmer and stronger touchscreen display in the Butterfly. The HTC Butterfly is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 mobile processor running at 1.5 GHz and the Adreno 320 graphics chip. To power it up, HTC has chosen Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system and the HTC Sense 4+ user interface. The smartphone carries 2 GB of RAM (again an industry first move) for smooth performance and has 16 GB of integrated memory (11 GB is available for users though) which can be further upped by 32 GB through a micro SD card. HTC has used an 8 megapixel camera with image stabilisation, auto focus, LED flash, and a backside illumination sensor along with HTC's own Image chip. In the front, there is a 2.1 megapixel camera which is also capable of recording full 1080p videos at 30 frames per second. HTC has packed a 2020 mAh battery in this smartphone which comes with Beats audio enhancement too. Despite all the top notch hardware the phone weighs about 140 grams and it is 9.1 mm thick only.
Micromax Canvas HD A116: Micromax has some time back launched its 5 inch Canvas II A110 smartphone which has been very popular with users. The Indian handset maker has now announced a new 5 inch smartphone but with a Quad Core processor, called Canvas HD A116. The Micromax Canvas HD comes with a 1.2 GHz quad core MediaTek MT6589 processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system and 1 GB of RAM. There is 4 GB of internal storage which is expandable to up to 32 through a micro SD card. Besides the phone has a huge 5 inch 720p HD display with (1280 x 720 pixel) resolution and it comes with dual cameras as well including an 8 megapixel rear camera and a 0.3 megapixel front unit. However it has only a 2100 mAh battery.
LG Optimus G Pro: LG has announced yet another Optimus G smartphone, called the Optimus G Pro, which comes with a 5 inch full HD display (1080p). The LG Optimus G Pro, despite having a large screen, has a very slim profile, measuring 139 mm x 70 mm x 10 mm. This means it is 8 mm shorter, 6.5 mm less wider than Micromax Canvas II which though has a 5 inch screen measures 147 x 76.5 x 9.7 mm. The LG Optimus G Pro weighs 160 grams. The handset will be available in Platinum White and Indigo Black, and runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Inside the LG Optimus G Pro, there is a 1.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of internal storage space. There's a micro SD slot for further expansion to accompany the ample internal storage. The battery is a high-capacity 3,000 mAh.
Sony Xperia ZL: Sony has also revealed Xperia ZL along with the Xperia Z. The Xperia ZL is expected to be cheaper given that it does not get IP57-certification for dust and water resistance as the Xperia Z. Xperia ZL will come with Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core 1.5GHz Krait processor along with Adreno 320 graphics and 2 GB of RAM. It features a 5 inch LED-backlit 1080p display with Mobile Bravia 2 Engine as well as a 13 megapixel Exmor RS camera sensor with 1080p video recording capability and HDR option. There is a micro SD slot in the Xperia ZL as well. The Xperia Z has a non-removable 2,330 mAh battery.