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Sony LT29i Hayabusa coming June with the new 13MP "stacked" camera sensor, quad-core LT30i pegged for October

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Sony LT29i Hayabusa coming June with the new 13MP
Remember the LT29i "Hayabusa" flagship from the leaked 2012 Sony roadmap? We were already pegging this one to be the best Sony smartphone for the summer season, when it is expected to land, but now a few more details leaked from a Baidu blog in China, that confirm our initial impressions.

First off, the phone is said to sport the new 13MP "stacked" camera sensor from Sony that we told you about in January, improving low-light performance, and introducing the "HDR Video" function, a sample of which you can see in the Sony promo video about the sensor, embedded below.

Sony LT29i Hayabusa prototype

Sony LT29i Hayabusa prototype

The rest of the specs will make you salivate too, as the LT29i Hayabusa is to come with a 4.55" HD Reality Display, and be powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 chipset, by which we were very pleasantly surprised in our HTC One S review. The phone is pegged to be just 7mm thin, yet pack a generous 2200mAh battery, potentially making it the best phone Sony has created so far.

As can be seen in the leaked picture of the handset's prototype on the right, it is likely going to be all-display at the front, and feature just the on-screen buttons of Android Ice Cream Sandwich for navigation. That's in line with what we heard about the Hayabusa handset last month, too.

AT&T might be receiving this sensor puppy in the LT28at, believed to be the Xperia ion, which was however announced with 12MP camera - to lounge about on its LTE network, and you can see a few leaked sample shots below for a ballpark estimate of the new Sony camera's capabilities.

Sony LT29i Hayabusa coming June with the new 13MP "stacked" camera sensor, quad-core LT30i pegged for October
Sony LT29i Hayabusa coming June with the new 13MP "stacked" camera sensor, quad-core LT30i pegged for October
Sony LT29i Hayabusa coming June with the new 13MP "stacked" camera sensor, quad-core LT30i pegged for October

The rumored Q3 launch for the Sony LT29i Hayabusa is now receiving a more specific release month, as the phone is claimed to be announced in June with this latest leak, and the sales to start in July, as listed in the original Sony roadmap. Forum rumors are that it might eventually be called Xperia GX.

As far as that expensive Mint I phone we were wondering about in the leaked 2012 Sony roadmap, the source now says there will be something arriving in October coded as the LT30i, which is to be Sony's first quad-core handset with an OLED display, fruit of its partnership with AUO on 4.3" AMOLEDs. The future seems pretty bright for Sony this year, even if only the LT29i and LT30i materialize.

source: Baidu (DarrenZhong) via AllAboutPhones

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posted on 27 Apr 2012, 04:57 19

1. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


Xperia S-customers just got trolled.

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 05:21 9

5. wendygarett (unregistered)


Hayabusa spec + xperia s design = epic!!!

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 18:43 1

61. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


Damn, I dunno what to get now! S3 or Hayabusa!!! I like the Qualcomm S4s better than quad-cores. I still believe quads are too much for now and dual-cores on 28nm are far more energy efficient.

Ohhhhh men..... what are you doing Sony and Samsung..... you're making my headache..

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 04:59 6

2. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


i hope this camera is at least a n8 equivalent. s4 is fine i guess, considering it;s damn sexy at 7mm with a beautiful battery.

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 08:27 1

34. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


keep dreamin')
you know why e.g. titan II suxx? Cheap optics, huge amount of mpx, lach of experience
taking into consideration cooperation with sony, sony won't let this phone to be better than xperia's family

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 08:52 2

37. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


the arc actually had a very good camera when compared to the other single cores, the xperia s had a better edge in megapixel count when compared to other dual cores (although MP is not everything) so I don't see a reason why they can't make a good camera since they actually have cybershot. - which is good. had a 5MP cybershot camera once, still beats the hell out of 8MP smartphones.

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 10:03 1

46. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


I know se or se if you prefer, can make a good camera. But why should they do that? Shooting its own foot?
They downgraded ray's camera in favor of arc.

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 09:47 4

43. jellytime (Posts: 135; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Htc made the titan so of course the camera will suck but sony makes amazing cameras. Sony made the camera on the iphone 4s

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 16:12

56. Atlas (Posts: 158; Member since: 15 Apr 2012)


And the Samsung GSII

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 05:08 2

3. cyborg009 (Posts: 92; Member since: 17 Sep 2011)


prototype has on screen keys i guess, no capacitive or phsyical buttons !!

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 05:11 6

4. CharlieAtInfinity (Posts: 253; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


Wow!! Thank god i didnt buy a Xperia S
THIS will be my next Sony Phone :D

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 05:23 4

6. wendygarett (unregistered)


there will be at least 20 iphone killers that can be found from android this year...
MAN!!! This just wanna make me to throw away my iToy 4s :(

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 06:17 3

15. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Sell your iphone 4s, then get a good android lol :) good luck to you my android friend!

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 06:28 2

17. wendygarett (unregistered)


I will :D

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 09:07 1

40. saeen (Posts: 17; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


Even though Android has better specs but iPhone has its place. Its easy, simple and small. Can't carry a phone in my front pocket always.

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 13:42 1

54. ph00ny (Posts: 605; Member since: 26 May 2011)


I see this all the time but what isn't easy and simple on android? You can't carry android phones in the front pocket?

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 08:11

62. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


I have a epic 4g touch and it fits snuggly in my pocket with its middling (used to be large lol) 4.52" screen

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 05:33 13

7. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Oh okay, Samsung and Apple - move aside and go fight in the backyard.
The battered giant SONY is striking back!!
Lol

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 05:36 14

8. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 390; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


s**tttttttttt

R.I.P Galaxy S3 if this is true

posted on 04 May 2012, 00:01 1

64. SonyFTW2020 (Posts: 305; Member since: 03 May 2012)


R.I.P to almost every phone period! if this is true, with the exception of one or two phones... Could this possibly be the first complete phone we all were looking for? The only other phone that would beat this phone would be the upcoming Motorola atrix 3 which is said to have Ridiculous specs and I am not a fanboy I go by the truth and facts... The Atrix 3 is said to have 4.3 in display, quadcore processor, 10mp camera, and ok wait for it........a 3300 mAh battery!! yes the same as the droid Razr Maxx wow Sony and Motorola definently For the winn... As far as the galaxy s3?? I feel sorry for the people that are buying it right now and about two months later they are gonna see phones that will demolish it!! Iphone 5 might even be better than the s3...samsung blew it with there flag ship this time...

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 05:38 1

9. Mube1 (Posts: 153; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


Pics look like ok but not better than nokia 808:-)

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 05:51 3

10. adjou (Posts: 102; Member since: 06 Jul 2010)


In terms of camera, yes you are right. But would I trade it with a crappy os? No.

Nokia 808, no thanks. If I want a good camera, I will just go and buy a camera

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 09:31 2

42. -RVM- (Posts: 329; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Well, but Belle FP1 on 808 isn't a crappy OS. The only downside is that it doesn't have as much applications as Android. But i prefer to have the best camera on smartphone available, and great video and sound recording than to have even more apps.

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 05:51 3

11. Giggity (Posts: 147; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


If the specs are true, then Sony just make Xperia S obsolete. Damn it Sony, stick to one high end smartphone per year.

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 06:13 13

12. rg987 (Posts: 130; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


bye bye to GALAXY S3, GONNA wait for MINT I and hayabusa they r just fabulous..............and i trust sony more than Samsung

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 06:14 1

13. Mube1 (Posts: 153; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


Yes u r right but it will b a gud deal if 808 cam+windows apollo os+hd screen and quad core chip inside;-)

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 06:16 7

14. rg987 (Posts: 130; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


bye bye to GALAXY S3, GONNA wait for MINT I and hayabusa they r just fabulous..............and i trust sony more than Samsung, bcoz their phones are sexier than Samsung and made of quality material

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 06:24 5

16. jopancy (Posts: 55; Member since: 25 Apr 2012)


I think it is interesting that today phones have dual & quad cores CPUs with GPUs, fantastic screen resolutions, incredible short battery lifes, but is no different from my old, very old, Sony ericsson K750 in terms of out-of-box basic functions- calling, texting, playing music, watching videos (irrespective of type of files supported) & taking pictures. Oh and playing games too.
On a 700Mhz CPU computer I could install photoshop application and use its full features; I could install MS Office and use all its features too, not some abridged versions for mobile; I could also plug in my keyboard and monitor and a printer, a scanner, and play CDs on the CD drive. All on a 700Mhz Processor and less than 1 Gb ram. Today's phones have 1.4 ghz quad core processors, with 512 mb - 1 gb ram size but still can't do any of those things.
So what's with the hype about mobile phones processors?

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 06:49

18. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


They could, they just don't typically do printer, scanners,cd's, and monitors because they don't have room for so many usb ports, you want that functionality buy a tab

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 07:09 4

23. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Haha, you know what?
SE K750 had a PRINT OVER BLUETOOTH option for photos!

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 07:33

27. alpinejason (Posts: 262; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


you are right a desktop with the same specs will blow the smartphone out of the water the fastest phone can only load the pa home page in what 30 seconds+ sorry that is NOT FAST when my 4 year old dell can do it in less than 5 seconds another thing to remember is the processors and ram they use are not desktop grade nor do any use any kind of graphics cards

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 09:30 2

41. dmn666 (Posts: 194; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Yep....these are ARM processors, my friend - performance is ridiculously weak compared to x86 based intel/amd PC processors. But they are way less power hungry - so still better choice for cellphones and other portable devices. It's like you wanna get a lot of stuff done quickly (and eventually run out of battery charge) - you need intel processors, or you wanna take it easy on battery and do stuff slowly over 1/2 days - you need ARM. I'd love to see what Intel has to offer in the coming days - as they are working to modify their architecture for mobile applications to improve power consumption.

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 09:55 1

44. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Where are you guys coming from, lol.
You have x86 on a phone already - Intel Atom(Medfield) with 1.6Ghz and 1GB RAM - it got trashed in comparison with ARM based Krait processor.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5770/lava-xolo-x900-review-the-first-intel-medfield-phone

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 10:24

47. dmn666 (Posts: 194; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


That's why I said ....in the coming days - didn't I? It was their first effort and it's actually an evolution of their atom line - which doesn't pack the actual x86 muscle (i*, core2duo, etc.)

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 06:50 5

19. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


now if sony would just quit with their pricing hygnx that keeps them off of most carriers, they would have a real shot at a great selling phone.
What many people dont realize is that they price their products into the stratosphere and wont come down to normal pricing for carriers. Thats why you dont see a lot of carrier discounted sony phones. They want apple's money without apple's popularity.

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 07:18 2

25. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


You got it wrong - Sony Ericsson never took a real shot at U.S. market because they were traditionally, like Nokia, oriented on European and Asian market.
They are still the fourth most popular brand in Europe, all things considered, and xperias are a very common thing here.
SE was a company that lacked cohesion, efficiency and guidance, the joint venture that never really ignited properly,

But now it's a whole other ball game with Sony taking over.
They have cut the development time in half, and are giving all they got into these phones.
You see the first results of that now.

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 08:54 1

38. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Thats not true at all. I talked to the SE reps that came through my stores. They were in talks to get the experia and/or other devices way back when, but SE and Tmobile could not come to terms with bulk pricing for their phones. SE was demanding way too much per device and Tmobile couldnt/wouldnt swing it. Most of the carriers balked at their super high price demands, which is why they are hard to find subsidized in america. They were demanding a brand premium for a phone brand no one knew/cared about. That was before even Samsung really took off with the galaxy line, so no one but apple was getting that kind of crazy pricing back then.

That was from the SE rep's mouth.

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 10:03 3

45. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Well, that's odd.
SE phones in Europe were never the most expensive(that title always went to Nokias), and were, and still are, sold on every carrier.

I know that SE had three phones carried in US - Vivaz(it was destined to fail with it's resistive screen and Symbian), Xperia X10(doomed with teething plagued software), and Xperia Play(a half baked niche device that haven't had success on any market)

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 10:42

48. schecter7 (Posts: 99; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


It makes sense unless you're talking about Xperia X1 (which was pretty expensive all over the world). Again the weird thing is their unlocked phones in the US are very reasonably priced. I mean you simply can't get a better deal with other brands. So I've always wondered why they can't get their phones subsidized here. It has something to do with SE brand as you said - I think.

Now that Ericsson part is gone and Sony has a way better brand recognition in the US - I hope to see more Sony phones being offered by the carriers.

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 06:52 1

20. tigermcm (Posts: 727; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)


I have one question......is suzuki going to try and sue for using Hayabusa? I bet they will say its causing confusion to their customers

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 07:12 8

24. wendygarett (unregistered)


japanese wont sue japanese :)

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 07:22 6

26. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


That is just a codename.
Besides, Hayabusa is a Japanese falcon ;)

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 06:59 3

21. rawbow (Posts: 428; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


But sir can you do all of that on the go from your pocket...I believe u are yet to experience the true smartphone experience..and a touch interface makes the keyboard and the mouse obsolete..and if u must know..to get high def videos to work as they should u require a good processor

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 07:01 9

22. therooober (Posts: 3; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


F***k iphone 5, i am getting this when it first comes out, that's what i was waiting for from a long time. Some innovation from Sony that would kick the ass of many other smartphone manufactures as i am a loyal Sony Ericsson fan and know that Sony has many cool stuff up its sleeve. I just hope that its battery does not suck and that its super thin. Because i am looking for a smartphone that is sleek and has great battery performance and off course a cool display, cannot wait for this when it comes out if its true :)

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 07:42 5

28. Yusei (Posts: 13; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


Now i'm confused...

I've bought Xperia S in Portugal launch date, it's a very cool phone, very responsive, great display and camera.
But by September/October i'll change my phone again, but i've 4 models in my head now, Hayabusa,Mint,GSIII and iPhone5.

It will be a difficult choice.

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 08:00 6

31. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 803; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


All above mentioned device will be spectacular, except for the iPhone5's limited functionality compared to those Androids.

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 07:55 1

29. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 803; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


Okay I'm gonna wait and see until December and decide which phone is to replace my battle tested Xperia Arc. . .

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 07:58 5

30. jopancy (Posts: 55; Member since: 25 Apr 2012)


You know, some of us will never buy a great phone. Not because they don't want to. But because when they are saving to buy the phone with the greatest specs and all, just about when the money is complete a new ''greatest'' phone comes out but a bit expensive. And the saving continues. And, it continues. And continues.

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 08:05 1

33. Yusei (Posts: 13; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


True, first time i spent 550€ in a smartphone (XperiaS) even after 2 months they announce another flagship.

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 13:43

55. Chronos (Posts: 258; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


That's why it's best to only stick with one flagship series until you end up liking another flagship series even more.

posted on 05 May 2012, 03:23

65. FunkyEyez (Posts: 9; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


True... some keep waiting for the phone with greatest spec.. but when it come to tech we don't know where they gonna stop..so they keep on waiting and as the awaited phone is released another flagship with greater spec is announced and here goes the wait again

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 08:05 1

32. mercorp (Posts: 971; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


1st to want it!

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 08:31 1

35. sonisoe (Posts: 329; Member since: 06 May 2009)


bought xperia s, very disappointed... i think i got a first-wave phone with a yellowish screen and colors are noticeably washed out... battery sucks but i guess that's because the screen is fantastically visible under sunlight unlike my sgs2 which you can barely see... something has to give.. i guess despite 2200maH, doesnt mean it'll last all day... lets see tho

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 11:02 1

49. schecter7 (Posts: 99; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


Just in case you've missed it - Sony promised to replace all Xperia S units with yellowish screens. So just call them and ask for a replacement.

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 11:06 1

50. Aaron_R96 (Posts: 198; Member since: 22 Jan 2012)


I had the issue but it was swapped free of charge by my carrier who presumably then just hand it back to Sony, only a very limited amount of XS's had the issue though, as did the sgs2 when it was released

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 08:50 3

36. sonisoe (Posts: 329; Member since: 06 May 2009)


htc, take note, thin but packs a lot more juice

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 08:58 2

39. hunted (Posts: 336; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)


waiting for mint model :)

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 11:17

51. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6579; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


I think ill pass on the iON and get this Hayabusa. I mean LOOK @ THE BATTERY SIZE!! Beat the SG III N ONE X DAMN.

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 11:38 1

52. ThreeFourSeven (Posts: 34; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)


My problem with Sony is actual release date. By the time they release their products. Its about 6 months too late.

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 13:40

53. Chronos (Posts: 258; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


Looks and sounds great. The Mint I sounds even better.

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