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
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.

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.


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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65 Comments

63. Sangeet

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

thank god i didnt got the Sony Xperia S, will wait for this..!!

60. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Where did you get those processing figures? I think Adreno 320 should be even more than 10x more capable than adreno 200, since it's stated to offer 3-4 times more speed than adreno 225. If you look through the adreno 200-205-220-225, each next chip was about 50-100 percent better than the previous. Anyway, If the Hayabusa really come with a Pro S4 then i'm buying it, although i want a 5inch screen after i tried the Note. The mint is out of the question for now - if the 4.3 inch screen is true, that is.

59. lpratas

Posts: 398; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

If they release this phone they go kill the PS Vita completely. Because PS Vita has a quad core cortex a9 cpu at 1GHz and a PowerVR SGX543MP4 gpu at 200MHz. And this phone has a Qualcomm Krait dual core processor which it's superior at every Cortex a9, being dual or quad. And has more powerful version of S4 GPU. The Adreno 320 instead of the regular Adreno 225 that usually makes part of this soc. It's the Snapdragon S4 Pro Soc. The gpu of the Ps Vita push a maximum of 133 millions triangles/sec. The Adreno 320 it's 10 times more powerful than Adreno 200 of the Snapdragon S1 and push a maximum of 225 millions of triangles/sec. For here we can see how powerful will be this Smartphone. Sony release an handheld console and a few months later release this beast of phone which sweeps with PS Vita and kill it and with the majority of the mobile concurrence.

58. redrooster13

Posts: 110; Member since: Feb 20, 2012

I think I just found my next phone. Alright AT&T you better pick this one up.

57. lpratas

Posts: 398; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

If they release this phone they go kill the PS Vita completely. Because PS Vita has a quad core cortex a9 cpu at 1GHz and a PowerVR SGX543MP4 gpu at 200MHz. And this phone has a Qualcomm Krait dual core processor which it's superior at every Cortex a9, being dual or quad. And has more powerful version of S4 GPU. The Adreno 320 instead of the regular Adreno 225 that costumes make part of this soc. It's the Snapdragon S4 Pro Soc. The gpu of the Ps Vita push a maximum of 133 millions triangles/sec. The Adreno 320 it's 10 times more powerful than Adreno 200 of the Snapdragon S1 and push a maximum of 225 millions of triangles/sec.

53. Chronos

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

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

52. ThreeFourSeven

Posts: 34; Member since: Nov 23, 2011

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

51. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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.

39. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

waiting for mint model :)

36. sonisoe

Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 2009

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

35. sonisoe

Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 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

49. schecter7

Posts: 99; Member since: Apr 20, 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.

50. Aaron_R96 unregistered

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

32. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

1st to want it!

30. jopancy

Posts: 78; Member since: Apr 25, 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.

33. Yusei

Posts: 13; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

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

55. Chronos

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

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

65. FunkyEyez

Posts: 10; Member since: Apr 21, 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

29. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

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

28. Yusei

Posts: 13; Member since: Apr 27, 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.

31. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

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

22. therooober

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 27, 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 :)

21. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 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

20. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 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

24. wendygarett unregistered

japanese wont sue japanese :)

26. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

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

19. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

25. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 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.

38. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

45. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 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)

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