Sony’s Flagship Smartphone For 2013 To Bring 6-Inch 1080p Display, Quad-Core CPU [Rumor]

While Sony’s latest crop of Xperia smartphones haven’t exactly been terrible, none of them really stand out up against devices like the Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II, and the HTC One X and Droid DNA. Despite this, the Japanese company has been able to cement itself in second place when it comes to Android market share — sitting right beneath Samsung.

Rumor has it that Sony’s now looking to take advantage of that position with a new flagship “Xperia 6” handset for 2013. In addition to a 6-inch 1080p display, the device is expected to offer a 13-megapixel camera, 3GB of RAM, and a sizable 3,500 mAh battery. What’s more, it won’t be the only new handset from Sony in early 2013.

PhoneArena has obtained some details about Sony’s upcoming smartphone plans, and it has not just one, but a number of devices that could be noteworthy. The Xperia 6 is said to be the most impressive of the bunch, and it could do battle with other “phablet” devices like the Galaxy Note II with that 6-inch display.

Before we see the Xperia 6, however, Sony is expected to release a number of other smartphones. One, codenamed the “Odin/Yuga,” is expected to debut before the end of this year, with a 5-inch 1080p display, a quad-core A15 Cortex processor, 3GB of RAM, and a 3,000 mAh battery. It’s also said to feature a 16-megapixel camera.

Heading into 2013, Sony is reportedly lining up at least three handsets for the first half of the year. In addition to the Xperia 6, we could see an Xperia 4, a mid-range handset with a 720p display, a 12-megapixel camera, 1.5 GB of RAM, and an 1,800 mAh battery. And an Xperia 5R, which is said to feature a 5-inch 1080p display, a 13-megapixel camera, LTE connectivity, 2GB of RAM, and a 2,800 mAh battery.

The Xperia 6 is the most exciting of these devices, of course, but almost all of them appear to be very capable handsets. In fact, I’m quite excited to see what Sony has up its sleeve for early 2013.