Sony LT30p Mint previewed, sporting WhiteMagic display tech and 13MP "stacked" camera sensor

Sony LT30p Mint previewed, sporting WhiteMagic display tech and 13MP
Sony day today, just as we learned that it will hold an August 29 press event to unveil some new stuff, and here comes a thorough preview of one of the handsets that are up for unveiling - the flagship LT30p Mint. We've seen teases quite a few times, full specs laundry list, and even showed you camera samples from the new 13MP "stacked" sensor Sony will be using that can take HDR video, but now we have pics of the design, too.

The phone even gets sized up with the Galaxy S III, showing it is a tad smaller than Samsung's monster, and has no physical navigational buttons at the front. It seems that the WhiteMagic display tech will be utilized, just like on the Xperia P, but with 4.6" size this time, and HD resolution. The previewer notes some weak viewing angles and inaccurate color representation, which we noticed with this type of screen tech in the Xperia P as well, but on the other hand it hits almost 1000 nits of brightness, making it great for outdoor usage.

As for the design, it takes some cues from the Xperia GX, but seems to be less curvaceous on the sides. The LT30p Mint appears to have a unibody design with non-removable battery, but it does have a latch on the side for the SIM card and a microSD card for storage expansion.

Snapdragon S4 with Adreno 225 GPU is running the Android ICS show, with scores a bit less than the S III, the Note and the One S, but let's not forget this is a prototype unit still. Naturally, the most interesting thing is the novel 13MP camera sensor, which might set a new standard for non-PureView phones with its low-light sensitivity and HDR video mode, but we will spare judgement until we take some samples with the production version.

source: Mobile-Review

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Xperia T
  • Display 4.5" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1850 mAh(7h 3G talk time)



1. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

Yess Finally!!!!! The Mint

27. MeoCao unregistered

This phone has a serious flaw: it's difficult to hold in landscape for gaming. And the plastic does not look good. But other specs are fine especially the screen.

32. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

its not the final model ...

2. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Now I regret having the Xperia S. ROFL

3. wendygarett unregistered

LOL Xperia s is actually a good phone... dont regret please :)

5. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

I love my lil baby Xperia S but I keep having the same problem. As of yesterday the screen has started having a slight yellow tinge to it as my previous Xperia S had. It started off slight then it got so bad to the point that whites looked pissy, reds were green and greens looked blue. lol

9. wendygarett unregistered

Are you using the screen protector? If so try removed it and see... It's getting dusty I think :P

25. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Sony will replace your baby Xperia S. I had mine replaced the same day I saw the yellow tint. Next unit I got was ok. The only gripe I had with the Xperia S is the capacitive buttons are a joke, non-responsive and annoying at times! Picture-taking and general usage is pretty good though. :)

4. SonyFTW2020

Posts: 311; Member since: May 03, 2012

guys this may actually be the phone ive been looking for, for a long time now....Really hope they follow through..

6. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

hmm wonder if the xperia logo will glow like on xperia gx.?

7. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

Im expecting OLED screen, 4.6-4.8inch screen and 1.8Ghz dual core S4. hoping 2500mah bat. GO SONY

12. wendygarett unregistered

My guess till be 4.55inch, clearly smaller screen than sgs3 from the picture if you ask me :)

13. SonyFTW2020

Posts: 311; Member since: May 03, 2012

4.55 looks about right, and yea the white magic looks way better than the pentile

38. wsucoug13

Posts: 164; Member since: May 04, 2012

You mean white magic looks better than the Super AMOLED HD. You're comparing the wrong things, and there is NO WAY you could tell the SGSIII is pentile from that picture. you can't tell unless you put it in your face.

41. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012


8. wendygarett unregistered

the benchmark is expected low, but one thing i amazed that sony learn the mistake. from other. Compare to SGS3, both has less bezel, but sgs3 home and back button located TOO BOTTOM of the device, it is actually annoying that you may keep press it accidentally during watching video or playing apps. And Sony realise that. on-screen button is good because it is easily upgradable to jellybean with less R&D cost, because sony follow stock android. I love that :)

10. wendygarett unregistered

BTW, the #14 picture makes me laugh :D white magic VS pentile screen.... HAHAHA

11. ahomad

Posts: 175; Member since: May 15, 2012

I don't think the benchmark will be low, my xperia s scores the highest of any dual core phone in most tests (see its comparison with galaxy nexus and gs2) excluding dual-core A15 of course

14. SonyFTW2020

Posts: 311; Member since: May 03, 2012

How so? The Xperia S has a S3 chipset in it, There are plenty of dual core phones out that have the S4 Krait chip in them...So how does your xperia s score against the HTC one s if i may ask?

15. RamyRamz69

Posts: 390; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

"Excluding Dual-Core A15 of course" Learn to read...

16. SonyFTW2020

Posts: 311; Member since: May 03, 2012

Now correct me where im ignorant at, but what phone has an A15 cpu in it yet?? The Htc one S has S4 krait Adreno 225 so does the droid incredible 4g lte, the Htc One X and the Galaxy S3 (american versions)....So every dual core phone out (worth talking about anyway) has either a S3 scorpion 220 or a S4 krait adreno 225 in how can he say excluding A15 when there arent any phones out with it yet??

19. SonyFTW2020

Posts: 311; Member since: May 03, 2012

There is no "dual core A15" ......The arm cortex A15 is going to be made for quadcore phones probably around next year... There are only dual core A9 phones out right now bro..just sayin

35. Obie-Wan

Posts: 113; Member since: May 24, 2012

I think what ahomad n ramy meant to explain is that S4 Krait processors are Equivalent to the A15 Arm Architecture, so the performance level might bit similiar.

21. ahomad

Posts: 175; Member since: May 15, 2012

S4 Krait is dual core cpu based on ARM A15 architecture. most chips used in the current smartphones relies on ARM architecture but they have different names depending on the manufacturer, so what ARM does is just design, then licence their design to manufacturer to produce, including exynose, snapdragon and even apple chips. so S4 chip relies on ARM A15 design (architecture) but they called the actual cpu "Krait" instead of A15. the previous model which is used in the xperia s S3 chip called scorpion and is based on ARM A8 yet the xperia s is better than most phones with A9 based chips and score the highest in most benchmarks. I hope this made it clearer

22. SonyFTW2020

Posts: 311; Member since: May 03, 2012

thanks my friend because like i asked to correct me where i was ignorant at....When you check gsm arena or phone arena for inforamtion on the specs the list does not go into great detail like that so i was definitely ignorant in knowing that the krait chip was made by arm architecture....Thanks again for lettin me know..

24. ahomad

Posts: 175; Member since: May 15, 2012

no worries, we all learn

23. ahomad

Posts: 175; Member since: May 15, 2012

to clarify manufacturers rename the chip but do not usually rename the cpu itself, so exynose, snapdragon and apple Ax are names of the chips, but they usually say that they use "for example" A9 architecture, except for snapdragon, they rename the cpu as well and they call it Krait instead of A15. so Qualcomm is the name of the company, snapdragon the chips, S4 generation of the chips, Krait is the name of the cpu and adreno is the gpu.

26. ahomad

Posts: 175; Member since: May 15, 2012

if you looked closely to the quadrant score, you would see that the cpu score is less than galaxy nexus while this phone uses more powerful cpu, which mean that they underclocked it and you can confirm that with antutu results where it shows cpu frequency 1.1ghz, so if you clocked this phone at 1.5ghz, it would have better scores than other phones

17. Gaurav008

Posts: 328; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Have 2 convince my dad 2 buy this one for me this year...Design is superb...has pretty good specs...hopefully great cam...only thing of my concern is that it should have a good battery around 2200-2300 mah...would be cool..because white mahic nd hd resolution is power hungry...coupled with that the andoid os it would need a good battery life...

18. Gaurav008

Posts: 328; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

*android os nd *white magic...sorry fr the typos..

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