Sony LT29i Hayabusa to be called the Sony Xperia TX?

Sony LT29i Hayabusa to be called the Sony Xperia TX?I must admit, of all the weird and wonderful names phones get tagged with in the developmental phase, Hayabusa is for me one of the better ones.

But of course Sony's LT29i was never going to be called the Hayabusa on the store shelves, but thanks to Xperia Blog we can tell you what it will be called: the Sony Xperia TX.

Not the most evocative name, truth be told, but the Xperia TX has a decent enough spec to help it stand out from the crowd. The screen size is a hefty 4.6in across, and has a decent-quality 720p resolution to boot, which combined with Sony's display software prowess should make it one of the Xperia TX's biggest strengths.

But it won't be the only one: behind the display will sit a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, an SD-expandable 16GB of internal memory, an impressive-looking 13-megapixel camera and a 1700mAh battery, which seems on the low side for what apart from the processor is a power-hungry spec.

As you'd expect, operating system duties will be handled out of the box by Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich.

That's all good, and we look forward to the Sony Xperia TX finally seeing the light of day at IFA 2012 in Berlin at the end of the month, after a fairly public build-up over the past couple of months.

The question remains, of course, whether after all this waiting the Hayabusa can actually get off the ground against ever-stronger opposition, and whether it can distinguish itself from all the other similarly named Xperia handsets, not least the Xperia T (or the Mint), which is also on its way with a near-identical spec save a slightly smaller 4.3in display. We'll see.

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SuzukiHayabusa  Aug. 13, 2012 at 21:38

You're not familiar with the Suzuki Hayabusa then? http://www.suzuki-gb.co.uk/bike/gsx1300rl2/

The name certainly hasn't done sales of the bike any harm....

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 13, 2012 at 22:14

You're not familiar with the Suzuki Hayabusa then? http://www.suzuki-gb.co.uk/bike/gsx1300rl2/

The name certainly hasn't done sales of the bike any harm....

It's still an odd codename for a phone. The bike, the quickest in the world, I believe, was called that because "Hayabusa" translates to mean Peregrine Falcon, which is the name of the fastest animal on the planet.

This phone doesn't move under its own steam (as it's a phone, not a vehicle) and isn't the fastest phone in the world, the quad-core Exynos 4412 in the S3 is quicker than the dual-core Snapdragon S4 chip.

martinjjames / MOD  Aug. 13, 2012 at 22:15

I am indeed... great name for a bike, weird name for a phone. And a spaceship, while we're at it.

Not bad going for a name of a type of bird :)

Pondlife  Aug. 13, 2012 at 22:24

Successor to the Arc S it seems, nice curve look to it.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 13, 2012 at 22:28

Successor to the Arc S it seems, nice curve look to it.

You like it?
I haven't really fancied a Sony (Ericsson) design since the K750 and W900...
Oh, wait... for a ruggedy little phone I think the Xperia Go isn't all that bad.
But all their 4-inch + devices look awful in my opinion. But hey, that's taste.

Pondlife  Aug. 13, 2012 at 22:37

Yeah I like it, liked the Arc S styling too.. Just a touch different from normal slabs.
I don't really like the k750 design, did buy one though lol. The cover for the camera lens wasn't as good as it looked either. Almost always open when I took phone from pocket, explains why that idea fell by the wayside I guess

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 13, 2012 at 22:46

Yeah I like it, liked the Arc S styling too.. Just a touch different from normal slabs.
I don't really like the k750 design, did buy one though lol. The cover for the camera lens wasn't as good as it looked either. Almost always open when I took phone from pocket, explains why that idea fell by the wayside I guess


True, the cover was awful. But I liked that they put an effort into the design of the back to emphasize the camera's prowess. 2MP seems quaint these days, but at the time it was pretty good. Some of my favourite pics were taken with the K750. Of course, the cam cover aside, the 'joy stick' thingy was rubbish, too.

Anyhoo...

Pondlife  Aug. 13, 2012 at 23:00

Yeah the joystick pretty much giving up was reason the k750i was put away and got a new phone in the end. The camera and flash were solid and were why it got a few nights out even after replacement.

martinjjames / MOD  Aug. 13, 2012 at 23:12

Had both the C905 and W995 feature phones - the last generation of Cybershot and Walkman phones before SE brought everything back together. Seems like a liftetime ago, but they were pretty good for non-touch, non-smart devices.

Also had a k750 and loved it at the time. The joystick has survived even till now, but ye gods, the screen seems ridiculously small these days

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 13, 2012 at 23:16

I fee like I missed out :(. I once narrowed my next phone purchase down to either: K750, K800 or a Samsung D900i, the D900 won on price and the fact it wasn't a brick.

The only SE phone "we've" was a W890i (which was hideously ugly) that the Mrs had before she was officially "the Mrs".

Pondlife  Aug. 13, 2012 at 23:25

I remember the d600 (i think) was the d900 just an upgraded pebble style slider?

Was that W890i one of the horrible white and orange ones that they decided people wanted?

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 13, 2012 at 23:34

D900i:
http://cdn9.fonearena.com/photos/albums/userpics/10001/3/D900i-2.jpg

W890i:
http://www.myworldphone.com/mmMYWORLDPHONE/Images/w890isparklingsilverbig.jpg

martinjjames / MOD  Aug. 13, 2012 at 23:49

That side profile view reminded me of the glory days of that daft twin-prong charger/headphone socket. And MemoryStick M2/Micro etc.

Gotta love Sony...

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 13, 2012 at 23:50

Ah, the W890i :D It looked lovely. Until you realised it wasn't far, far away but actually tiny :p
By the way - what was the Samsung that had optical zoom? G800?
I hated all W-models - except for the rather rare, expensive and excentric W900.

Pondlife  Aug. 13, 2012 at 23:52

Quite like the look of the Sony tbh, nice metal look to it. Mind you back better than front which isn't ideal lol
Remember the D900 now :) Had the advantage of not needing sony memory stick too.
I miss flip phones too, phone styles far blander now. That said not giving up my touchscreen easily.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 14, 2012 at 00:37

The W890i was actually made of metal (aluminium, I assume), I remember the, soon to be, Mrs denting hers when she dropped it. The proprietary headphones were a standard feature on phones back in the day, though only Sony took it to a whole new level with proprietary memory cards, too. I actually still have a 2GB Sony M2 memory card, no reader, though :p.

The D900i was a great phone, my favourite (joint with the Tocco Ultra Edition) feature phone I've ever used. The only weird thing was the torch/flashlight was only usable by recording a video and setting the flash to "on" whilst the video recorded haha :D.

Jan, yes the G800 had an optical zoom. I just looked on eBay and you can pick one up for the not too ridiculous price of £65 unlocked from Hong Kong. Why you'd want the brick that is the G800 is beyond me, though. The G600 was ugly enough :p.

Pondlife  Aug. 14, 2012 at 01:39

Yeah I guess dents were the big issue with metal. I've still got 4gb m2 and did have an adaptor but only took it upto another memory stick format hmmm

Sounds odd not sure if the Sony was more flashlight friendly though as never tried. Came close to getting the Tocca Ultra.

Yeah not convinced I'd want g800, but optical zoom would still be nice.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 14, 2012 at 01:51

Yeah, it dented quite easily. It may have been metal, but that doesn't mean it was thick, quality metal. I don't even know what's on my M2 card, I don't have a phone to put it in or a reader to use it with a PC, I bet it's full of my OH's several year old music :p.

My friend had a W810 and that had a torch "app". So, yeah, I think SE were a little more flashlight friendly. The Tocco Ultra was great apart from there was no arrow buttons to make typing the next, same key letter easier in a text, and the touchscreen wasn't accurate enough to do the job.

Proper optical zoom is the one area in which phone cameras have always lacked, and until they acquire it, they'll be useless (IMO) as an all-round point and shoot.

IndianaBlues  Aug. 14, 2012 at 11:12

The original gunmetal-grey T68 (before Ericsson got into bed with Sony and created the white and blue T68i) was the best phone ever. One of the first to support MMS, one of the first with a colour screen...even had a clip-on camera. I loved that phone, until it was stolen and the insurance replaced it with a T68i...

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 14, 2012 at 11:14

The original gunmetal-grey T68 (before Ericsson got into bed with Sony and created the white and blue T68i) was the best phone ever. One of the first to support MMS, one of the first with a colour screen...even had a clip-on camera. I loved that phone, until it was stolen and the insurance replaced it with a T68i...
~£50 and you can reminisce to your hearts content.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Sony-ericsson-T68-UNLOCKED-EXCELLENT-CONDITION-/221047693751?pt=UK_Mobile_Phones&hash=item33777821b7#ht_2729wt_930

Pondlife  Aug. 14, 2012 at 12:56

Trying to see how a clip on camera is an advantage. Very briefly had one like that but quickly sent it back. Horrible idea.
Didn't like the t68 anyway.

IndianaBlues  Aug. 14, 2012 at 14:32

Trying to see how a clip on camera is an advantage. Very briefly had one like that but quickly sent it back. Horrible idea.
Didn't like the t68 anyway.


It was good, for example, if you work somewhere that doesn't permit cameras, that way you can still carry your phone with you. Even if it was only a VGA camera.

£50, am sure these were less than that last time I looked...yes, I have looked :) There was an entire forum dedicated to that one phone for a few years, can't remember what it was called now other than having t68 in the title...

Pondlife  Aug. 14, 2012 at 14:41

That's a pretty limited market I'd say.

IndianaBlues  Aug. 14, 2012 at 15:37

That's a pretty limited market I'd say.

Lol, now it would be - back then, most government buildings had rules forbidding cameras (it was only 12 years after the end of the cold war, and just after 9-11), so with the advent of the camera-phone most HMG employees ended up inadvertently breaking the rules by carrying their mobile with them...as far as I'm aware nothing was ever done to stop them...

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