Sony LT29i Hayabusa prototype hands-on pictures and video

by XB on 30th July 2012

in Featured Content, Hands On, Rumours, Videos, Xperia - Japan Models, Xperia T

ePrice has managed to get hands-on with an engineering prototype of the upcoming Sony LT29i ‘Hayabusa’ smartphone. The handset, which is the international version of the Japanese-bound Sony Xperia GX, is expected to be formally announced at IFA at the end of August 2012 and has many similarities with the LT30p ‘Mint’ that was also extensively previewed recently.

We’ve attached a number of photos from their hands-on session including a couple of preview videos that show the ‘Small app’ widget functionality to great effect. These small apps are widgets such as a calculator app that will run over existing apps. The prototype still carries the Sony Ericsson logo which will obviously be replaced on release. We also get to see the Xperia logo lit up in the pictures below along with a head-to-head viewing angle comparison against the HTC One X. So, having seen both handsets up close, which gets your vote – the LT29i ‘Hayabusa’ or LT30p ‘Mint’?

Sony LT29i ‘Hayabusa’ prototype videos

Sony LT29i ‘Hayabusa’ prototype photos

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NFC chip on the back cover

Sony LT29i Hayabusa

Xperia logo lights up

Sony LT29i Hayabusa

Viewing angles compared against the HTC One X

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Sony LT29i Hayabusa

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Sony LT29i About screen

Sony LT29i Hayabusa

Via ePrice.

  • owl

    Simple and elegant design. I like it.

  • thefaze

    The phone looks beautiful, but those head to head comparisons on the viewing angles was not good for Sony. :-/

  • Nasar Khan

    Looks nice but viewing angles are still very bad.  Its time Sony switched to OLED screens!

  • ????

  • Bulin3388

    Love the design. Anyone think will the Xperia Logo that lights up will be like xperia s transparent belt which can be use as notification alert? if yes, it will be cool.

  • Kotleta

    shut up and take my money. My next phone. or padphone ;)

  • Andrew Chukavin

    Arc 2012 

  • Still one question remains : What will be the GX score at the benchmark Quadrant ?

    One X, One S and GS3, which are the flaships of those brand, scored around 5000.

    If the GX gets 4800 or more, this will be sure my new device !

  • Vish

    Hmm. That BA750 battery is the same one that’s in my Arc S. If this phone has the same specs as the LT30 I think I’ll go for it when I’m due my next upgrade in a few months. I’d prefer a removable battery, and I’d have a spare too! That is, if they don’t change the prototype battery.

  • TheLoyalist

    It’s gonna look fantastic in white…

  • Truth Hurts

    OMG!! What the fuck is that BA750 doing in there??? I mean seriously!!! Comm’on..

  • Dtballer23

    Is that One X?  How come it has gold trim?  Anyone know what edition of One X that is?

  • The One X also uses LCD.

    I’m more excited about Sony’s CLCD

  • I think it can, but doesn’t do so out of the box. Just like with the three NXT phones.

  • B-E-A-utiful! Can’t wait for this to hit the markets!

  • Why the processor is, like the one of the Mint, still underclocked for the benchmarks ? It’s really annoying ! We can’t make decent comparison with the other flagships to make a purchasing choice ?

  • Tom

     What the **** have they done to the task manager?!

  • goldenblls

    I really don’t get why there is all this fuss about view angles.  

    Some people actually prefer narrow viewing angles because it makes for better privacy.  In this respect viewing angles are neither an advantage or a disadvantage.  

    Great looking device though – Eprice always manage to capture the beauty and desirability of any handset it previews – unlike mobile-review, who can’t even be bothered to wipe dust particles and smudges off the phone’s screen before they review it.  

    Lazy and unprofessional to say the least.

  • Stan

    What about the size ? please give some infos

  • Ambroos

    Hm. I don’t really know which one I prefer. Probably the Hayabusa, but it might get to be the Mint if the back is curvy enough. I’ll have to try them both at IFA before I make a decision :D

  • Sure, very annoying for the curious ones among us. But Sony probably does this to keep some secrets, as well as testing to see how the device manages under-clocked.

  • r41nier

     size? look at the comparison photos to HTC One X

  • BOB


  • wellwisher

    True beauty and htc looks like testicle gone flatter :D

  • All fine and dandy but I’d like to see a fysical home button.

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  • Guest

    The Japanese GX is spec’ed at 1700mAh.  This is odd.

  • goldenblls

    There is not much difference between them apart from the design is there?

  • jx

    OMG! Mint and Habayusa the difference is only the design. No need to release both handset, and just release only one because if they release both with the same specs no market will buy this product. SONY i will remain a fan but  when you will show your real potential and power? Mint should have quad core and habayusa should have s4 so that both handset can compete with todays leaders in mobile (S3, OneX, OneS etc)

  • smoq hydra

    *Fap fap fap*

  • Absolutely no need for quad-core. That’s just a gimmick.

    But I do agree with not understanding why these two handsets are so alike.

  • reptile64

    The viewing angles are tragic at least!

  • TjaldidTjaldid

    What comes after Arm A15???

  • Truth Hurts

    U speaks the truth :)

  • Truth Hurts

    Thats true. I know its just a prototype but when saw that BA750 in there I wanted to slap my face.
    Hope thats not the retail battery :)

  • Truth Hurts

    ^^ yeah we dont need a quad phone now but what we need is a better battery and a jellybean out of the box. Ph company should be focusing in battery and up to date software rather than hardware bump.
    Launch date is still far away and this phone should come with JB, personal thought ;)

  • NFS2010

    Great design. I’m sort of disappointed with the display. There is a rumor that Sony is one of the suppliers of the SLCD2 screen on HOX. That makes me even sadder :(

  • jxPerience

     no, before i more into physical buttons, but know i much prefer the onscreen buttons compare to haptic keys. If you owned a tablet s or any android you know what i mean. On screen buttons is better for me.

  • jxPerience

    yeah we dont need quad core, but in today’s trend, quad core cpu must have for a flagship phones. Flagship is the father of all series and the front line of the company. If Sony’s flagship is still behind the competition, i think there is no way for boost android sales. For them to be able to sell they entry level to mid devices it should be carried by the company’s flagship with top of the line and updated specs. SONY should focus on flagship next time, flag bearer will lead all his comrades to become a must have handsets.

  • this is an awesome phone. I will buy white version. please release it quick sony.

  • jxPerience

     really? i dont think sony has slcd2 panel, sony do not produce any display panel anymore. the only panel produced by Sony is the white magic display

  • Killing Spree

    removable battery yay!

  •  I owned a Tablet S and currently an Xperia S. I’m not talking about the actual difference between pushing the buttons themselves, but you can’t unlock your screen with a touch button. You have to use the physical power button on top or on the sides and it irrates me to no end. It takes twice as long to unlock my S compared to my Arc S.

  • Guest

    There is reason to hope.  The 1st video showed a blue strip at the bottom of the BA750, seems like a space filler for the rest of the battery bay.  So may be they are making a new battery pack for it.  That little gap with 200mAh more capacity is definitely possible.  Of course would have preferred closer to 2000…

    BTW, the picture showing the corner where the camera button is has some visible gaps with the front and back covers.  Hope the final version is going to fix that.

  • weeeeee8888888888

    the video review kinda sux wasted 4 min for watch it :/

  • R Pedroso

    The ion lights up like the XPS also with the Illumination app

  • dereknobuyuki

    There is a notification light at the top right front though that has different colours.
    Odds are XDA people will cook something up for the Xperia Logo but it would only have a single colour.

  • Starpeter78

    i dont know how about you guys,but lt29 i like more than lt30p,what was recently previewed!For it is the best phone!)

  • mobiousO

    I’m in love <3

  • Brapi

    If mint would be slimmer than this than it can stand up to the beauty of this phone…

  • deeputj

    As the rumour Sony had xperia E,Y,C & Z in which they were going to use oled screens, s4 processer, & cyber shot camera from their T series…… What happened to that all rumoures, from these phones (LT29 & LT30) I’m really disappointed, I’m more disappointed becz Sony have technology to develop their phones even though they are not doing for example see Samsung they don’t have a good quality of camera sensor even though they take from Sony and yet they are no. 1 In mobile industry same for the apple iphone, why can’t you give us a good phones why,,,?
    I’m soooooooo disappointed

  • rafi

    Wow.. I love it… Dont even care about people bragging on view angles. Cause most of the time you will look st8 front of the screen. Only people which to bz body trying to spy on what we do with our smartphone just the only person cares about view angles. ;-)

  • betatesterz

    Removable battery and Micro SD!! AHHHhhh`111!~!!!!!

  • Rune Christiansen

    What’s the release name on this? Is it the Xperia GX or what? And do we have any international release dates for these?

  • Simao_lucio

    Please someone tells me that the bad viewing angle is because it’s a prototype.

    I already sold my Xperia S because of this failure and until then I was waiting for a good substitute.

    And about the people that don’t understand why someone would care about it, that’s simple,
    I need good viewing angle because I like:
    – to show some photos/videos to my family
    – to play some games with friends like Battle Ludo in a table at lunch
    – to watch movies with my wife in bed

    So if you have a flagship, one thing that you should expect: good screen with viewing angle.
    Come on, this is Sony after all!. One leader in the Tv industry!!
    How they can’t provide a better viewing experience in their flagship???

  • Carl

    About the viewing angles.. Is it really worse that the Sony goes bright, than it is for the htc to go dark? From what I can tell they both lose about as much viewability..

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  • That’s what I thought as well at first! But now I kind of like how it only takes up part of your screen, kind of like how it looks on a tablet.

  • CLCD? What kind of LCD technology is that?

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  • Why believe in rumours so much? They could be completely made up by anybody for whatever reason or no reason at all. Still I know what you mean. I want to see all of Sony’s top tech in their flagship phone. Maybe we will only see the first true Sony phone next year as the GX & SX both started as SE prototypes, when hopefully  Sony will finally have gained some momentum with the recent restructure after the Ericsson buyout.

  • LCD-IPS please!!

  • Simao_lucio

    You must be joking!!!

    This is not about going dark, white or whatever color.
    This is about losing a lot of contraste!

    Each device lose constraste when viewing from an angle.
    Some goes dark, some goes white. It doesn’t matter!
    What matters, is that some lose a lot of constrast like this Prototype 
    others lose a very little constraste like this Htc

    Please people, let’s not excuse Sony for its bad choice. If not, he’ll repeat over and over

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  • betatesterz

    IMHO design wise it’s looking really ARCish~ Which is a good thing! =D

    But the front’s a tad bit bland though =/

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  • If Sony repeat it over and over, I still not care. I dont find my Ray or ArcS or this one screen bad, as long as the color not change when change view angle – I’m good.

  • Meant CLED. It’s where instead of tradtitional LCD where there is a white LED backlighting and the pixels are in front, letting light from the LED shine through, it does it by each sub-pixel is a colored LED in itself. Thereby getting the same contrast and black levels of OLED, but with richer colours, better whites and no burn in.

    Sony should be releasing TVs with this tech eartly next year I reckon. 

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  • now then…..Is “Mint” comin with adreno 320 graphics?…if yes then may be Mint.. but look wise..”GX” rocks! 

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  • miki69

     Totally agree! While viewing angles are important for TV (where you have more people watching it), for phone screen I see no reason why this should be important except maybe for bragging rights. Now, color reproduction, if blacks are really blacks…. is something we can discuss, but viewing angle – I don’t see any point to it.


  • Bulin3388

    That would be cool to hear this. Thx for reply guys. Might intro this phone to buy gf as she love my xps. Thx

  • goldenblls


    You’d have to be a bit silly to choose one phone over another because of it’s pesky viewing angle.  Unless six people are going to sit and watch a movie on the same phone screen, which will never happen, why bother even mentioning it Miki.

    Colour reproduction, contrast and sunlight legibility are the main things we should be worried about.

  • goldenblls

    I really don’t think we have anything to worry about as far as the display is concerned.

  • goldenblls

    Wasn’t there an article recently which explained to us that Android, as we see on phones such as this, doesn’t take advantage of quad core devices?

    It’s a selling point, I admit,  but right now not a real advantage in userbility terms.

  • Actually the pixels are tiny crystals that produce their own light and since they are silicon based not organic based the colors will stay vibrant after years whereas OLED looks good then 1 year later everything is way off

  • Arc_windz

    Lt29i with removable battery vs lt30P with sealed battery
    Well, i’ll go for lt29i for sure. There’s no point in havIng better gpu when you need a power terminal just to enjoy it to the fullest

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  • obviously smaller than the One X
    not my upgrade from Arc S then
    I want huge screen like One X ot GS III

  • Fishy

    last week a friend showed me his new Galaxy S3 and I put him to shame by showing that my 18 month old IGHz single core Xperia Arc are zippier than his quadcore Galaxy S3. Of course my Arc has custom ROM and Kernel

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