Sony LT29i Hayabusa flagship to come in June with Snapdragon S4 and no front buttons

Sony LT29i Hayabusa flagship to come in June with Snapdragon S4 and no front buttons
Remember that extensive roadmap of Sony's future phones that leaked in January? Well, it is starting to get fleshed out with the new Xperia NXT series phones that were announced last week at the MWC, so we have every reason to believe the rest of it is credible as well.

When it leaked, we told you that we are most interested in the expensive stuff, the snobs we are, and there were two handsets there north of $600 off-contract - the Hayabusa, listed for July launch, and the Mint I, for September.

Now September is too far away to know anything about the Mint I, but rumors about the LT29i Hayabusa are already starting. It will allegedly be powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 chipset, which is a Snapdragon S4 with Krait core and LTE connectivity.

This coincides with the hints given from Stephen Sneeden, Sony's Product Marketing Manager, at MWC last week, that Sony will skip quad-cores for now, until the battery efficiency kinks are ironed out, but out dual-core Cortex-A15 phones this year. 

So far the only LTE-equipped Sony phone of the new NXT lineup was the Sony Xperia ion exclusive for AT&T, but apparently things are about to change. The Sony LT29i Hayabusa, however, is expected to be announced and come to Japan and South Korea in June/July, so don't dismiss easily that Xperia S purchase intent just yet, as we don't know when the Hayabusa will be available globally. 

The 720p display of the Sony LT29i is said to be 4"+, which doesn't come as a huge surprise. More interesting is its screen resolution that the leaked NenaMark2 GPU test score on the left reveals. 

It says 720x1196 pixels of resolution, which might mean 84 pixels reserved for the Android ICS bottom navigational bar, hence no capacitive or physical buttons in the front. The bar on the Galaxy Nexus uses 720x84 pixels, so there you go.

It's all speculation for now, but with such a Hayabusa Sony will catch up with all the Tegra 3 or S4-powered flagships from the other Android manufacturers that will be available at that time, so it has all the incentives to release one in the summer. 

Just for comparison's sake, our NenaMark2 test of the Xperia S with 1.5GHz Snapdragon S3 with Adreno 220 GPU yielded 38fps, while with the LT29i and its Adreno 225 we see 45fps with a prototype unit, so we'll likely get some bump in graphics productivity as well with the Hayabusa.



1. 1701nino unregistered

Sony rocks!

2. rg987

Posts: 130; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

do not matter, bcoz if Sony is gonna out A HAYABUSA in summer than, Samsung is gonna blow them out of the battlefield by taking out its FERRARI i.e. Galaxy S3. no pieces of any sony phone will be left even the MINT I will be boomed by S3

3. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

if it doesn't matter then stop trolling and go buy your anorexic Samsung. I'd rather have Sony flagship if they get everything right..namely a big battery, s4 processor with adreno 320, 12mp camera and a screen of at least 4.5 inches. And I hope the "Mint" will fill all those boxes when my contract ends in october.

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

They are gonna release an S4 in what is probably the same month that the galaxyS3 is released? who thought of that roadmap?? lol. Sounds nice, but no thanks. Darac, you are in the minority buddy. The vast majority are waiting to see what the SGS3 brings as its going to be a lot more powerful than anything with an S4 chip in it. Cant get mad at us for comparing everything to the "biggest phone" of 2012, the same way people used to compare everything to an iphone. for all comparative purposes, the galaxy series is the "iphone" of the android world... the device which all others are measured against and found wanting.

5. ivanprskalo

Posts: 124; Member since: Dec 09, 2010

I think things are about to change (finaly and hopefuly). More and more manufacturers are closing the gap between Samsungs flagship and theirs. Sony is just one of them and I talk only in terms of mere specifications and numbers. Design and beauty is not something you can put on spec sheet. Think about it and try not to be (or at least try to be less of a) stupid fanboy and another consumer/sheep.

11. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

sorry, im not swayed by design. Im swayed by horsepower and a spectacular screen. Its amazing because I dont share some crazed notion of beauty over horsepower, im a "stupid fanboy". Got some evidence to back that claim up?

6. fraydoe

Posts: 57; Member since: Dec 27, 2011

lol at hayabusa vs ferrari, thats a good comparison as a ferrari (or samsung) wouldnt stand a chance. sony is a pretty solid company and most if not all their products impress me in every aspect, maybe they can replace my iphone.

7. Chronos

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

That's a lot of new electronics for the NXT series. Looks like Sony is going to release more than what is needed similar to Samsung and the Galaxy brand.

8. Firedrops

Posts: 254; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

For the months leading up to the Xperia S's release, it seemed to be a great phone, combining both physical aesthetics and powerhouse hardware, but when it actually came, quads were but a month away, making the S seem feeble with it's outdated GPU. I'm afraid the same thing will happen with the Hayabusa, where un-leaked phones currently in development would just appear and blow sony's flagship out of the water in terms of internal hardware.

9. fongy

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 09, 2010

As an owner of a GS2... And waiting like the rest of the world for the GS3 reveal on May 3rd... One thing that for me, that might just make the difference when my contract runs out at the end of the year... ADDED VALUE.. . It's all very well having a quad-core, etc. etc. but ultimately, after having GS1 and GS2, having a GS3 which is a bit bigger, sharper and faster is, well, underwhelming... WHEREAS What I am intrigued about with Sony is their Smart accessories - i.e. HD headset, watch and even NFC tags... it adds a different element to the mobile experience - something lacking with other manufacturers (I guess HTC have 'Beats Audio' - but no headphones with it) The only problem is that the Xperia S is so lacking (no expandable memory, etc.) that it's not worth the investment... Let's hope these two new ones are worthy competition... I'm happy to wait!

10. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

This is going to he one speedy ass phone. Think ill pass on the iON and buy this sleek phone

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