While in the low and medium-end parts of the smartphone world Sony has made quite the efforts to gain traction over the last few months, the high-tech involvement of the Japanese company has been (officially) almost completely non-existent.
Unofficially, however, we’ve known for a while that Sony is preparing something big, in the form of a phone that has gone through more codenames and secret identities than Daniel Craig’s James Bond. The LT29i, aka Hayabusa, aka Xperia GX, aka SO-04D, has been rumored for many months and has now made a “gala” appearance over at the FCC.
Before taking a look at the FCC’s filing and what do the Commission’s documents reveal about the smartphone, we should explain a bit about those four codenames and how they are tied together in a very exciting intrigue.
First, there was the LT29i, or the Hayabusa, which appeared in a leaked release schedule for 2012 with an ETA set for July and a rumored price of around $600. There was very little known about the phone at that time, but it was pretty obvious that Sony intended it to compete head-to-head against the snappiest high-end devices around.
Several months later, Sony officially introduced the Xperia GX (or the SO-04D), a high-end phone thought to be made available as a Japanese-only device. It didn’t take long for some GX pictures and video clips to surface, though, which made it almost clear that the phone was in fact the same one as the LT29i “Hayabusa”.
Now that we’ve cleared that up (hopefully), let’s turn our attention back to the LT29i FCC filing and see what that’s all about. Unfortunately, the FCC documents approving the phone for a US release are even more mysterious than usual, and the only technical detail that we can find out about the upcoming phone is the pentaband HSPA-capable 3G support.
Other than that, we know nothing certain about the “Hayabusa”, which in itself, however, makes something almost certain. That expected July release date from some time ago will most likely not be honored outside Japan, with US and European tech users probably having to wait at least until mid-August for the “beast”.
As for the future phone’s spec sheet, we know for sure how will the Japanese Xperia GX be equipped, but there’s no way to know if there’ll be any differences between it and the global LT29i. Be that as it may, it's worth mentioning that the GX will feature a 4.6-inch LCD touchscreen with 1280 x 720 pixels resolution, a dual-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 “Krait” processor, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of on-board memory, a microSD card slot, a 13 MP rear-facing camera, a 1,700 mAh battery, NFC, and the running of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box.
Is anyone eager to see this high-end monster released? Could it have what it takes to challenge the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X?