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
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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Xperia GX
  • Display 4.6" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 1700 mAh



1. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Xperia S-customers just got trolled.

5. wendygarett unregistered

Hayabusa spec + xperia s design = epic!!!

61. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 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..

2. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 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.

34. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 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

37. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 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.

46. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 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.

43. jellytime

Posts: 135; Member since: Dec 05, 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

56. Atlas

Posts: 158; Member since: Apr 15, 2012

And the Samsung GSII

3. cyborg009

Posts: 119; Member since: Sep 17, 2011

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

4. CharlieAtInfinity

Posts: 253; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

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

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 :(

15. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

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

17. wendygarett unregistered

I will :D

40. saeen

Posts: 20; Member since: Dec 23, 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.

54. ph00ny

Posts: 2028; Member since: May 26, 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?

62. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 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

7. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

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

8. RamyRamz69

Posts: 390; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

s**tttttttttt R.I.P Galaxy S3 if this is true

64. SonyFTW2020

Posts: 311; Member since: May 03, 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 blew it with there flag ship this time...

9. Mube1

Posts: 153; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

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

10. adjou

Posts: 106; Member since: Jul 06, 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

42. -RVM-

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 19, 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.

11. Giggity

Posts: 147; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

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

12. rg987

Posts: 130; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

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

13. Mube1

Posts: 153; Member since: Sep 22, 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;-)

14. rg987

Posts: 130; Member since: Dec 29, 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

16. jopancy

Posts: 78; Member since: Apr 25, 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?

18. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 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

23. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

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

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