Hayabusa and Tapioca: two new Sony smartphones sighted

April 28, 2012
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sony logo Ian Muttoo

If new leaks about Sony’s upcoming super phone are accurate, the ongoing battle between high-end Android smartphones will get even more exciting in the second half of the year. According to a member of the Chinese Baidu forum, the Japanese’ secret weapon is the LT29i, a device packing some impressive specs, that goes by the codename Hayabusa (Japanese for Peregrine Falcon).

According to sources, Sony LT29i will come with a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, which packs the upgraded Adreno 320 GPU. If you’ve been longing for a bigger screen on your Sony Xperia smartphone, you’ll appreciate the Hayabusa’s 4.55-inch HD Reality display. Other specs include a 13MP rear camera with HDR video recording, a 2200mAH battery and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. For such top of the line specs, it’s astounding that Sony can cram them into a 7 mm thin body.

Rumor has it the Sony LT29i Hayabusa might get an official introduction as early as June, and the device should supposedly be ready to launch by July. It’s very probable that Sony will add the phone to its Xperia line, and rename it the Sony Xperia GX.

The second rumored Sony phone for today is the Sony ST21i, with bears as a codename the more-down-to-earth Tapioca. With its ho-hum 3.2-inch HVGA display, 800MHz processor, 512MB RAM, and 3MP rear camera, the ST21i will cater towards the lower end of the Android spectrum. The silver lining? It’s expected to come with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The launch date for the Tapioca is still unknown at this point.

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There you have it – two supposedly new phones from Sony that should satisfy a wide range of demographics in the market. Are you a fan of how Sony is doing so far?

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