Earlier this year, we saw Sony’s NXT Series which features a unique transparent belt and this time they are bringing back the familiar arc design which was first featured on the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc. In the earlier models such as Xperia S, Xperia P and Xperia U, the absence of expansion micro SD memory slot was frown upon and it is good they have it included with the new series. All 4 are running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Jelly Bean update is expected to roll out eventually.
Apart from the return of the arc design with Sony branding, they have finally have given more hardware boost in terms of processor. Unlike its rivals that are pushing quad-core, Sony is still pushing dual-core processor smart phones but with better performance in a form of Qualcomm S4 Krait processors. Early benchmark result shows that the new dual-core S4 processors on the Xperia T, Xperia TX and Xperia V is much more superior than today’s quad-core smart phone rivals.
Sony Malaysia has shared that Malaysia will getting the Xperia J and Xperia TX but no pricing and availability dates have been provided at the moment.
A closer look at each device after the break.
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The long awaited high end Sony smart phone dubbed Hayabusa has taken its own sweet time to make an international appearance. Expected as a high-end addition to the Xperia line up, the device was launched as Xperia GX that’s exclusive to Japan. While there’s no new updates, someone has managed to get their hands on an engineering model of a supposed international version.
The LT29i Hayabusa which is intended for international markets shares the same design and specs as the Xperia GX. It maintains the similar Xperia arc design and it is slightly thinner with 8.6mm at the thinnest point (Xperia arc at 8.7mm). Powering the device is a dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 S4 processor, 1GB of RAM and it comes with a higher 13MP camera. Over at the front, it has a larger 4.6″ display that does 1184×720. The odd number is due to its additional screen real estate to cater for on-screen Android navigation buttons.
The GX comes with an all-black front and the Xperia logo is said to be illuminated, likely in the same fashion as current Xperia smart phones. Hopefully the illumination can be tweaked as a notification light. While phones without removable battery and memory expansions are getting popular, the LT29i fortunately comes with a accessible back for battery, microSIM & microSD slots.
Since this is an engineering model, there are a number of limitations such as a capped processor speed of 918
GMHz and the 1,700mAh battery included is said to be non-final. No news on availability but it is likely that Sony Mobile might reveal the LT29i along with other new entry smart phone models during IFA2012 that’s happening end of this month.
Head after the break for more photos and a hands-on video of the LT29i.
The Hayabusa mystery is finally unraveled as Sony lifts the covers off two of its latest Xperia phones both totting LTE connectivity – the 13MP Xperia GX (codenamed Hayabusa) and the Xperia SX which Sony claims is the lightest LTE smartphone.
The Sony Xperia GX packs a 4.6-inch HD Reality Display with 1280×720 pixel resolution (319ppi) and a “stacked” 13MP camera capable of shooting 1080p HD videos with a 1.3MP front camera. The device runs Ice Cream Sandwich and is powered by a 1.5Ghz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Qualcomm MSM8960 with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of on board memory. Battery capacity is 1,700mAh.
Meanwhile, the Sony Xperia SX boasts a 3.7-inch display with a resolution of 960×540 pixels (298ppi), an 8Mp camera with 1080p video, a 1.3MP front camera and 8GB of internal storage. In terms of processing power, the SX packs the same punch as the GX with a 1.5Ghz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Qualcomm MSM8960 mated to 1GB of RAM. On board storage however is half that of the GX at 8GB. Weighing in at just 95g Sony claims the SX is the lightest LTE phone on the planet. There’s also an infrared port and mobile TV support to cater for the Japanese market.
Speaking of the Japanese market, both Xperias, go on sale in Japan in June and by the low-key unveiling, we’re not expecting the GX and SX to make their way to Malaysia.
With the big boys releasing quad-core smart phones, Sony has to up their game with a new flagship device. The upcoming Hayabusa is expected to close the gap with its rivals with a 4.55″ 720p HD screen, faster dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm S4 processor & a better 13MP camera.
Earlier on, a purported photo of the device was spotted in the wild. This time, the blurry picture above is said to be a back shot of the Hayabusa. From the photo, it does seem to show some arc-like design at the sides with a subtle curve on the back. According to Xperia Blog, this could be the spiritual successor to the iconic Xperia arc that was introduced last year.
For those that felt today’s quad core smart phones doesn’t cut it in terms of design, we can probably expect something more refreshing from the Sony design team. Hopefully the Hayabusa will not fail to impress.
Earlier on we’ve seen some sample pics of the upcoming Sony LT29i and now it was recently spotted in the wild. From the blurry pic, the new device codename “Hayabusa” seems to be utilising on-screen buttons just like the Galaxy Nexus.
According to XperiaBlog, the LT29i will come with a 4.55″ screen pushing 1196×720, a dual-core 1.5GHz processor that could possibly be a Qualcomm S4 MSM8960 and a new improved 13MP camera. Other rumoured specs include a 16GB on board storage, microSD card support, 1GB of RAM, NFC, LTE and a 1,700mAh battery.
The LT29i is expected to be launched sometime in July with a higher price tag than the Xperia S.
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The Sony Xperia S which was launched in January is Sony’s current flagship model with dual core 1.5GHz. With the competition gearing up for quad-core smart phones, Sony isn’t taking things lightly. The next flagship device from Sony dubbed “Hayabusa” has somehow made an public appearance on Picasa. The sample shots are nothing to shout about but the EXIF data reveals a much newer firmware than the current versions. This time, it better be running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box.
In terms of specs, the LT29i is said to be running 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor and comes with a 4″ and above display that pushes 1196×720 pixel resolution. The weird resolution hints the usage of on-screen capacitive buttons like the Galaxy Nexus.
Based on earlier leaked Sony launch schedule, the Hayabusa will be launched sometime in July with a higher price tag than the Xperia S. After which, another high end device is expected to appear in September with the working model name of ‘Mint 1’.
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