Living the 5in 1080p smartphone dream

Living the 5in 1080p smartphone dreamBefore we get down to business, I should explain that I’m not living the 5in 1080p smartphone dream. Not personally. No, I’m very much still rocking my iPhone 5 (Android sUkz LaWlz).

What I’m saying in the headline is that we – you, me, that guy over there – are living in a world that’s suddenly chock full of 5in 1080p smartphones. You can’t move for the blasted things.

The slightly disappointing thing is that many of them prob’ly won’t make it to the United Kingdom, but in any case, I figured I’d take a moment to recap on what’s what.

Ready? I count no less than seven 5in 1080p smartphones. Let’s dance.

Living the 5in 1080p smartphone dreamOppo Find 5

Amusingly, the Oppo Find 5 was made official just six months after Martin dismissed the idea of a 1080p mobile device, describing the achievement as  “a bit of a Holy Grail for smartphone makers”.

Yep, the Oppo Find 5’s claim to fame is being the world’s first 1080p smartphone, debuting the now familiar 440 PPI.

Other highlights on the Oppo Find 5 spec sheet include a quad-core processor at 1.5GHz, 12MP rear camera, and 2GB of RAM.

Any sign of the Oppo Find 5 over here? Don’t be silly. Though, having said that, it has been launched in the US.

Living the 5in 1080p smartphone dreamHTC J Butterfly

Following fairly hot on the heels of the Oppo Find 5 was HTC’s first 1080p smartphone, namely the J Butterfly.

The HTC J Butterfly is a successor of sorts to Japan’s HTC Butterfly, which was a variant of our HTC One S.

HTC J Butterfly specs had us drooling, and include a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor at 1.5GHz, 8MP rear camera, 2GB of RAM, and a 2,020mAh battery.

Unfortunately, while the HTC J Butterfly kinda materialised in the US as the Droid DNA, there’s still no sign of it over here.

However, consensus is that the HTC M7 will be unveiled at Mobile World Congress next month, with a 4.7in 1080p display. Sounds good to us.

Living the 5in 1080p smartphone dreamHuawei Ascend D2

CES 2013 saw a handful of 1080p smartphones unleashed, including the Huawei Ascend D2.

The Chinese manufacturer claimed that the original Huawei Ascend D1 Quad was the “world’s fastest smartphone”, not that we’d know anything about that in the west. Sigh.

With the Ascend D2, Huawei boldly claims to offer the “world’s most powerful smartphone”. Specs include a 1.5GHz K3V2 quad-core processor, 13MP rear camera, and 3,000mAh battery with “fast charging technology”.

Again, we won’t get our hopes up for seeing the Huawei Ascend D2 in the UK, though the Chinese chaps still seem keen to make inroads in the west, so you never know…

Living the 5in 1080p smartphone dreamLenovo IdeaPhone K900

Another CES 2013 attendee here, the Lenovo IdeaPhone K900 is the odd one out as it has a 5.5in 1080p display.

Also worth mentioning is that it’s powered by – no, not a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, but – a 2GHz dual-core Intel Atom processor. Say what?

The Lenovo IdeaPhone K900 also rocks a 13MP rear camera, and squishes all its components into a device just 6.9mm thick. Impressive.

China is expected to see the Lenovo IdeaPhone K900 come April 2013, but – you guessed it – there’s no word on a UK release. Don’t hold your breath, dudes.

Living the 5in 1080p smartphone dreamZTE Grand S

Number five on our list is the ZTE Grand S, whose claim to fame is being the “world’s thinnest 5in 1080p smartphone”. At 6.9mm, it’s actually the same thickness as the Lenovo IdeaPhone K900. Hmm.

Anyway! ZTE Grand S specs are suitably impressive, but fairly typical of the phones listed here.

You’re looking at a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor clocked at 1.7GHz, 13MP rear camera, and 2GB of RAM.

Disappointingly, the ZTE Grand S battery is just 1,780mAh. See what happens when you make phones too thin?

Living the 5in 1080p smartphone dreamSony Xperia Z

If you’re desperate for 5in 1080p smartphone action in the UK, the Sony Xperia Z is – correct me if I’m wrong– the only such device confirmed for release here.

Funny to think that Sony (Ericsson) was miles behind when it came to dual-core smartphones, but it’s one of the first big names to go 5in 1080p – arguably second only to HTC (no offense Oppo, Lenovo, ZTE, Huawei…).

Similar to the ZTE Grand S, we have a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor at 1.5GHz, 13MP rear camera, and 2GB of RAM. Interestingly, the Sony Xperia Z is also waterproof to 1m and dust-resistant. Nice.

Fancy it? Carphone Warehouse reckons the Sony Xperia Z will touch down next month.

Living the 5in 1080p smartphone dreamLG Optimus G Pro

Phew! The final entry in our 5in 1080p smartphone list was unveiled just a couple of days ago.

I speak of the LG Optimus G Pro, successor to the LG Optimus G, which – incidentally – is finally coming to the UK.

No prizes for guessing that LG Optimus G Pro specs encompass a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM and a 13MP rear camera.

One of the standout/unique LG Optimus G Pro features is something called Dual Video, which sees the front and rear video cameras combine to record picture-in-picture clips.

And that concludes our list. Have I missed anything? Let rip in the comments, brother.

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8 comments

mrew42  Jan. 23, 2013 at 13:15

Too much choice
Too little difference
Brand, Build quality, battery life, software support, availability and price will define the 'winner' here

AhmadCentral  Jan. 23, 2013 at 13:17

I think Huawei need to release this in other territories asap and at a cheaper price than others. Get networks to range and market it as well (like EE did with the P1 for a bit)

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 23, 2013 at 13:35

Too much choice
Too little difference
Brand, Build quality, battery life, software support, availability and price will define the 'winner' here

Unless Samsung monumentally c*ck up the Galaxy S4, my money is on that being the widely accepted "Android Phone of the Year 2013". The S2 and S3 have been 2011 and 2012's best phones, and the original Galaxy S was only let down by awful software bugs, something Samsung have long since fixed.

Pondlife  Jan. 23, 2013 at 16:44

Thought you'd say the Note 2 was 2012 best phone...

Anyone tell me a use for dual video..

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 23, 2013 at 17:04

Thought you'd say the Note 2 was 2012 best phone...

Anyone tell me a use for dual video..

The Note will never be widely accepted as a better phone than the flagship Galaxy S model, simply due to the Note's size (though the S4 will only be 0.3" smaller screen-wise than the Note 1).

i1ikecandy  Jan. 24, 2013 at 20:49

i have the droid dna (u.s. version of htc butterfly) and there is a pretty significant difference in the display. however if you dont plan to watch video or look at a lot of HD media its really just hype.

an1  Mar. 5, 2013 at 00:03

Hmm, so the S4 won't be 1080p? I had the impression it would be.

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 5, 2013 at 00:33

Hmm, so the S4 won't be 1080p? I had the impression it would be.
It most likely will be...

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