Less than 24 hours after news broke about the scheduling of a special Sony event in Berlin on August 29, one of the phones expected to be unveiled next month in Germany got its first leaked appearance.
While we didn’t know much about the Sony LT30p Mint until a few hours ago, we now have a very thorough preview on our hands, as well as a bunch of high-quality pics of the Mint's sexy body.
The guys over at Mobile-Review.com have been lucky enough to get their hands on a pre-release Mint unit. And, while they’ve compiled quite an impressive review, we have to stress the fact that the differences between the prototype tested by the Russians and the commercial version could be very significant.
That said, let’s quickly sum up Mobile-Review’s preview, starting with the Mint’s design. Set to be thinner and lighter than Sony’s Xperia S, this brand new high-end handheld looks pretty original. We think it will be easy to tell it apart of both the Xperia S and the other Sony “flagship” expected soon, the Hayabusa.
While not having the same sexy curves and rounded edges like the LT29i Hayabusa, the LT30p Mint looks elegant and classy. With a more industrial appearance and sharp edges, the Mint might not be a top choice for teens, but it might prove a breath of fresh air for more “serious” folks. The matte plastic rear is another distinctive element for the Mint, and one that I personally like very much.
The Mint might have some original traits regarding its looks, but when it comes to hardware, it’s basically mimicking the Hayabusa. The same 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 chipset will be powering the Mint, while the 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory are other elements shared by the two phones.
The LT30p will also have a 13 MP camera, a 720p front-facing webcam, NFC support, and a microSD card slot. As for the phone’s battery, its capacity is not yet known, but it seems that we will be dealing with a non-removable unit.
The phone’s display could be an element of controversy, according to Mobile-Review’s claims. The Russians are saying that the Mint sports a 4.3-inch screen with 1280 x 720 pixels resolution, but when putting it next to the S3 we can clearly see that the two phones’ displays are not that much different in size.
The S3 comes with a 4.8-inch panel, so it’s very likely that the Mint will be sporting a 4.6-inch screen after all, and that Mobile-Review simply made a typo. As for the display’s performance, this is described as “inferior” to the competition. The viewing angles and color reproduction are pointed out as the screen’s biggest downsides, but it’s possible that Sony will fix these issues (if it hasn’t done so already) before the phone’s launch.
Another part of the Mint preview that you shouldn’t take very seriously is the hardware comparison between the Mint, the Galaxy S3, the Galaxy Note, and the HTC One S. Mobile-Review put Sony’s new phone through some benchmark tests and compared the results with those of the competition, showing that the LT30p might have a small speed disadvantage, especially compared with the S3. However, there’s no way to know how advanced was the prototype tested by the Russian website and what changes and tweaks will Sony be operating on its hardware.
Finally, in terms of software, the Mint will be running Android 4.0.4 ICS, with a few exclusive tweaks and “enhancements”. One of these will be a function called “Small apps”, allowing users to place widgets on top of existing apps.
As you might imagine, Mint’s preview doesn’t offer any insight on the phone’s future pricing and availability. However, the September release date and the $700 price tag, rumored ever since January, seem to be gaining credibility once more.
There you have it, folks, the Sony LT30p Mint in all its splendor,with its stylish looks and powerful, but “conventional” hardware. Now it's up to you. Will your next high-end Android phone be the Mint, the Hayabusa, or neither of the two?