The latest info about the upcoming Sony flagship smartphone, the C6603 Yuga, is that it widely expected to feature glass panels in the front and back, a report by Xperia Blog states. The report claims that its sources are confident about the phone having this feature.

If this handset does indeed come with a glass rear panel, then it will follow in the footsteps of the iPhone 4/ 4S and the Google flagship smartphone, the Nexus 4.

5-inch smartphone from Sony in the works

5-inch smartphone from Sony itipped to have a glass back

The advantages of having a glass back are that it makes the design of the smartphone really good. However, there are many disadvantages that can outweigh that sole feature. Having a glass panel at the back makes the handset susceptible to cracks and damages. One will need to be extremely careful while handling this device.

A strange issue that had been noted some time ago was that the rear glass panel of the LG Nexus 4 cracked when the temperature suddenly changed. According to a report by Droid Life, one of the authors had experienced a rather weird situation. He says, “Both the Optimus G and Nexus 4 cracked in my possession without ever dropping them. You know what did it? Setting them down gently onto my room temperature stone countertop. That’s it. The temperature change after it went from my warm hand to a room temperature countertop was apparently enough to split both devices’ glass backs almost directly down the middle. To think, that deciding whether or not my device is going to crack just by laying it down gently, is something my mind doesn’t even want to entertain. But that’s where I’ll be should I decide that I want a Nexus 4 that no longer looks this way.”

This is not the first time we have heard about the Sony C6603 Yuga. An earlier report claimed that the handset will come equipped with features such as a 1.5GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. The camera used here is 12MP, while the display is 5 inches with a resolution of 1080p.

The earlier report stated, “The handset design looks elegant with a boxy shape (no arc or NXT features here) and a very thin bezel either side of the display. It has a striking chrome power button on the right side with volume rocker in the middle. A dedicated camera button is also present where you’d expect it to be.”

As for the software running on this handset, the report states that it is a prototype running Android v4.1.1, a new kernel version (3.4) as well as 10.1.A.0.XXX firmware, which is Jelly Bean.

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