Images of a new Sony handset have leaked online, suggesting that the Japanese manufacturer could launch a new flagship before the end of the year.
Pictures of the Sony LT29i, codenamed Xperia Hayabusa, were posted on the web by GSMArena which reports that the device will feature 3G and HSPA connectivity and a 4.5-inch, 720×1280 pixel HD display. Inside is rumoured to be a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor with an Adreno 320 GPU and 1GB of RAM.
Whilst the processor may not be of the highest spec for a flagship (with Samsung and HTC having already released quad-core devices) the new Xperia does have something to shout about where its camera is concerned. Rumours suggest that a 13 megapixel sensor, likely the same CMOS one that Sony unveiled in January, will be in situ. The new component makes the camera unit itself thinner and is capable of capturing HDR video.
The LT29i is said to resemble the Xperia GX, an LTE compatible handset which will only be available in Japan. The Xperia GX has a larger, 4.6-inch display, a lower-powered, 225 GPU and is configured for the FeliCa NFC payment system the manufacturer uses in some countries.
GSMArena notes that the FeliCa logo, which is branded on the back of the Xperia GX, is missing from the Hayabusa, although this doesn’t necessarily mean that the new device doesn’t feature NFC compatibility. FeliCa is only in used in Japan, Singapore and the US, so it could be that Sony is simply giving itself the option of linking the device to comparable NFC payment systems in other countries.
So far there is no word from Sony as to when the phone will get an official unveiling, although its speculated that it could appear before the end of 2012.