Sony Xperia Z aka Mint aka LT30 could star in a James Bond movie and sport a metal back just for AT&T

Sony Xperia Z aka Mint aka LT30 could star in a James Bond movie and sport a metal back just for AT&T
Yesterday we showed you photos taken with the Sony LT30p, codenamed "Mint", which is expected to end up as the flagship Xperia Z when it hits shelves later in the year.

If the leaks are true, the handset is slightly more compact than the Xperia GX slated for release in Japan next week, a bit heavier, and will share almost the same specs, with an altered exterior, easing one-handed access to the side buttons. It is also said to have a sealed battery, unlike its Japanese counterpart.

Now a few more details have been tipped about it - it is expected to come to the US as an AT&T exclusive, dubbed the LT30at, and feature a metal back cover, whereas the international HSPA+ version LT30p we saw pictures from yesterday, is said to keep the soft-touch plastic on the back.

Most interesting is that Sony plans to launch a big marketing campaign for the handset, considering the Xperia Z will end up being its flagship for the year, and has even managed to do a product placement for it in the upcoming James Bond movie, Skyfall.

With this kind of marketing effort behind a very compact device with a Snapdragon S4 processor, 4.6" HD Bravia display and 13MP camera with a stacked sensor capable of HDR video capture, success seems very likely. It might have to battle LG and HTC's new quad-core Snapdragons, though, and, if you read our quick observation on their graphics prowess, it will have an uphill battle in terms of raw power. Benchmarks are just a small part of the whole experience, though, so we can't wait to put the eventual Z through its paces.

source: XperiaBlog



1. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2455; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I may just buy this device unlocked. I'm sure it will sport a very cool design. It would be an added bonus if it came with the quad-core S4, but dual-core S4 will be fine. And I like the idea of it having a metal back.

2. remtothemax

Posts: 260; Member since: May 02, 2012

i like the idea of sony finally seeming like a real competitor in the smartphone market they usually have pretty good looking phones just they are always playing catch-up with specs

3. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

hmmm I think i should wait for this baby. phone is a monsters.

4. ryq24

Posts: 875; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

hope it does not disappoint just like the ion.

7. SonyFTW2020

Posts: 311; Member since: May 03, 2012

The Ion would of been perfect, IF, and only If sony would have given it the S4 chip instead of the old S3 :( It is seriously about time phone companies stop going HALF way with these phones... People are dying for one complete phone...

5. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 607; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Loving the specs of the shooter should be some pretty good comp. Its about time Sony step their game up cause they're slowly losing what ground they did have prior to E3 in the gaming category.

6. BabyWade

Posts: 43; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

If this phone comes with S4 pro,16/32 gb interntal storage, 2300 mAh or higher battery, a microsd card slot & most important a good design I would buy it in a heartbeat.

8. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

looks awsome

9. Genorok

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 24, 2012

Darn, it's disappointing that AT&T seems to get all the best phones to make up for their crappy service (that I switched from a few years back). Really wish that Sony would take some of these phones to Verizon instead of those terrible Motorola Phones that Verizon tries to sell.

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