Sony Xperia LT30p Mint details and samples leak out: will this be Sony’s flagship for H2 2012?
The Xperia LT30p Mint is said to come with a big, 4.6-inch HD display, a Snapdragon S4 chip, but we don’t know whether it’d feature a dual-core or quad-core processor. There’s 1GB of RAM memory and 16 gigs of internal storage, expandable via microSD cards. The battery is non-removable, the phone comes with a microSIM card and there will be support for NFC.
It’s also said to come with the iconic arc design with a slight curve on the back. It’s also featuring some very interesting design decisions - all the physical buttons will be placed on the bottom right side of the device, making them easy to access with one hand. The Sony Xperia Mint will come with a lock button, a volume rocker and a dedicated camera shutter key. The handset will be plastic, but with a nice rubberized coating.
One of the biggest focuses of the device will be its awesome 13-megapixel camera. We expect Sony to include its new Exmor R sensor for better low-light performance, and the pictures you can see below don’t look bad at all.
The Xperia Mint will allegedly come with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on board with an update to 4.1 Jelly Bean expected to come soon after the launch. It’s also said to pack a couple of interesting tweaks to the stock UI, so for example when entering the multitasking screen, you can select to have a couple of widgets staying always on top, similarly to the feature on the Galaxy S III where you can watch a video and text at the same time.
Navigating will be handled by three capacitive on screen buttons, much like on the Galaxy Nexus. Check out the samples below and let us know what you think, could this be your next smartphone?
source: Nixanbal, IT168
Sony Xperia LT30p Mint samples
2. CharlieAtInfinity (Posts: 253; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)
Still the camera cant compete with the Nokia Pure View but this is quite an improvement over the existing camera quality of Xperia S this will probably the second best camera phone of 2012 or even 2013!!! and yeah Sony could have gone with 1.5GB or 2GB of RAM if they want to compete with the S3!
3. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)
but its future proof for 2 more android versions
11. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
808 Pure View can't be beat by any smartphones until 2013, that's a guarantee. Only another Pure View tech can beat it given the fact the Nokia already acquired Scalado.
But still those photos are stunning. When I saw then, i can't help but have that phone given it's specification.
And given those tasks that PA just mentioned, this phone will probably comes with a quad-core processor. Also, if ever they changed their mind, a 2gig of RAM can always be an option.
Kudos sony. Bring those old days back !
34. the_matchless (Posts: 35; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)
Yeah true! Pure view is a great photo phone but...
You can put a huge engine into a sleek sports car, make it look ugly (to say the least) and win any damn straight line drag race but on the track, in technology (that too upgradable), in style and on the pocket the GTR makes the most sense.
The point is that innovation is perhaps about keeping all the variables within the acceptable, credible limits (aesthetics included) (or creating an altogether new paradigm shift) while offering more punch to the product and that's the real challenge.
Sony could place their APSC (e.g. RX100, Nex5n etc.) Sensors inside (outside LOL) their phones, make them look ugly and put every camera phone to utmost shame. But that wont be so innovative, however, if they do somehow make it look like a 'COOL DEVICE' too, then yea that would be bloody innovative.
Hope you all get what I mean....
39. Hlorri (Posts: 39; Member since: 07 May 2008)
Actually, since you ask: No.
Care to be a bit more coherent?
21. k1ng617 (Posts: 251; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)
But do you really want a pureview? Everything else about it sucks IMO
23. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
yep, it's pureview dude. one of the best innovation in digital imaging. If it's on windows phone 8, WHY NOT?
26. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)
An exec from Nokia already leaked out their Plan B as going Android. So I guess it's better to ask for a droid with pureview!
40. Hlorri (Posts: 39; Member since: 07 May 2008)
Have you actually used one?
It's become a cliché to say it's all camera, nothing else. In reality, Symbian has come a long, long way - Nokia Belle is in many ways more usable than just about anything else out there! Take Nokia Maps vs. Google Maps, for instance: The former gives you far better coverage worldwide, allows you to save entire states/countries for offline use (in a very efficient vector data format), and even lets you use your own voice (or in my case, my then-4-year old son's voice) for navigation.
Application selection is not as wide as iOS or Android, but the most important stuff is there. Who needs 10 different Twitter clients, when Gravity beats anything else out there, on ANY platform? Nokia Internet Radio beats TuneIn any day (the latter doesn't even allow you to add custom streams, ferrcrsissakes!). Podcatcher certainly beats Google's Podcasting solution... The (real) Microsoft Office Mobile suite is included, for free. And so on.
But yea, seen as Elop has given the death sentence to the OS, the one remaining killer feature is definitely the camera.
4. FoneAddict (Posts: 206; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)
No 4.1 Jelly on release? Come on Sony you can do better than this! Nice to see Sony get their act together hardware wise but they need to improve on the software front.
10. adjou (Posts: 102; Member since: 06 Jul 2010)
At least they are not going to release this with GB...
Google only just released JB's source code to companies, think people need to give them some credit. Since google had been releasing different versions like there is no tomorrow. It is hard to make it your own while make it run smoothly and get it out on time before you lots go all psycho
14. CharlieAtInfinity (Posts: 253; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)
I would prefer Sony customized ICS than a Samsung customised Jelly!! Samsung customised phone suck.. i have a note and i don't like it!! my arc S on ICS looks and feels much better!!
5. 1234review4321 (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)
If it has:
-4.6'(+) HD display
-Dual core S4
= Industry Standard for High End in 2012
If it has the above plus:
-Quad(instead of Dual) Core S4
= Contention for Best Phone of the Year in 2012
13. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 702; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)
S3 already here ................ so dont say Best
16. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
lol CONTENTION for Best Phone. Don't be a fan boy.
18. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 702; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)
i m sony boy.... i have xperia arc s ...... its sony best fone and first duel core....
28. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4022; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
The Arc S has a single core 1.4 GHz processor if I'm not mistake... And Sony's first dual-core phone was the Xperia S, right? I might be wrong
29. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4022; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
If you bump up the RAM a little, then yes.
1.5-2 GB of RAM
13 MP Sony camera
4.5'+ HD display
Decently sized battery
Traditionally great Sony build quality
It will be up there for the best smartphone is 2012. The only thing you could say it lacks in is software, but Sony's custom UI is pretty sleek...
6. smartphonemad (Posts: 42; Member since: 10 Jul 2012)
Im now regretting getting my HTC one s instead of waiting a few months :/
12. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
Nahhh. Don't regret. One S is still one of the bests phones today. It can even beat s3 and one x on benchmark tests. Just stick to it and try saving money until 2013. Where quadcore processors will be a standard for phones. :D
25. smartphonemad (Posts: 42; Member since: 10 Jul 2012)
Im stuck in a 24month contract so itl be 2014 :L
30. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4022; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
That's why he said to save money, so you can upgrade your phone early :D That's what I'm doing, I passed up the One S for a Galaxy Blaze, just until the next Nexus comes out, then I'm gonna buy that unlocked.
8. remtothemax (Posts: 234; Member since: 02 May 2012)
okay, not trying to flame here, but it seems like if this progresses at the standard sony speed, it won't come out until some time in the middle/end of next year when it is just a mid-tier phone
maybe it is just me, but i feel like sony always announces something slick looking and cutting edge and then sits on it until nobody cares and it launces with a $50 or maybe $99 price tag
9. adjou (Posts: 102; Member since: 06 Jul 2010)
The mint is also rumoured to be in the next Bond film, which is coming out November. So yes, it will come sometime in the middle of next year. *sarcasm
15. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
If I'm not mistaken, this phone already exists in japanese shores.
so the delay have already happened. If God is good, after the announcement, sales will follow immediately. Hoping it will be like S3's sale which came not that long after the announcement.
22. adjou (Posts: 102; Member since: 06 Jul 2010)
1.) GX is the japanese version of LT29i a.k.a. hayabusa. Not the Mint
2.) Most phones from Sony are Japan exclusive for 3 months. It is not a delay...
3.) Even if they release Mint right after the announcement, their sale will still be inferior to GS3's, because of stock
17. 09wbd03516 (banned) (Posts: 140; Member since: 30 May 2012)
nice rubberized coat?? Still a cheap plastic!!!
19. rg987 (Posts: 130; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
classy camera........looks must be awesome as its a Sony phone.......hardware is good but where it will lag behind others will be BATTERY DEPT. and 2GB RAM........as in H2 2012, all companies will shift focus to 2GB RAM for their flagships......but Sony......its a f**k FACE
31. Miquel_1987 (Posts: 21; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)
The specs are (if true) amazing. What will make this my phone is up to the design of the phone (iconic arc design) Hell yeah :)
32. hitechredneck (Posts: 55; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
Nice phones coming out wonder if they're going to make this waterproof and dustproof like the Arco HD which really is the experia S with out the waterproofing. That would definitely be something different for the american market. Since Panasonic has been making phones like that for the Japanese market. Like the Panasonic P-02D with a 13.2 megapixel camera with panasonic's venus engine. Android 2.3 dual core TI OMAP4 and a gig of ram. You got the Atrix HD getting released in like 9 days. Glad I waited for something better than the ION as much as I wanted it thought it'd be more like the Experia S but surprisingly enough the speaker and call quality aren't there.
37. Thohean (Posts: 3; Member since: 19 Jul 2012)
or the Fujitsu IS12T (dust proof/water proof). I'd love to get a Sony phone, but they all run android now. I'm still rocking an Xperia X1a with WiMo 6.5. If Sony put out a WP7/8 phone right now, I'd buy it in a second. I like Sony for their design and build quality, but I don't like android. I'm trying to get my hands on a Fujitsu IS12T.
33. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6497; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
PLEASE COME TO AT&t before i buy the ion!!!!
36. Dknightxs (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)
:)... for some reason i feel very happy when i find out that Sony is stepping up their game... I love sony.. Best customer support of all the cell phone companies,
Bring back the Cybershot days sony when K800i blew the market away from every other cell phone. :)
Id definitly buy this phone
38. Thohean (Posts: 3; Member since: 19 Jul 2012)
I'm really surprised Sony hasn't made any Cybershot smart phones. The k790/k800 was amazing for the time when it was released. high megapixel sensor (3.2 isn't much now, but it was crazy for a cell phone) xenon flash(most phones still only have an led photo light)
The c-series of 'feature' phones are nice, but in a smartphone era, it's hard to attract people to a non-smart phone just to get a good camera.