We liked the sound of the Sony Xperia GX the moment we heard about it back in early May, and the LT29i Hayabusa –supposedly the international version of the handset – continues to pop up on the rumour mill to keep us interested.
The latest news is a crop of spy shots and camera samples from the device itself, plus an extensive preview to give us a better sense of what to look forward to.
Interestingly, the pics of the LT29i show the device carrying the Sony Ericsson logo, a no-brainer measure to keep curious eyes from peering too closely at what is otherwise a fairly standard take on the Xperia design language.
Whether that means the device itself is simply a placeholder and not just the logo remains to be seen – the site previewing it, Chinese blog ePrice, says it's an “engineering prototype”, but on the inside it seems it's pretty much identical to the Xperia GX that itself is still pending for its big launch in Japan.
That means a 4.6in (or 4.55in if you prefer) 720p display on the front of a button-free chassis that's just 8.6mm thick – we're talking serious wafer territory here, by the looks of it. Still, it's not unattractive at all, and we all know thin is the new... well, something.
Running the show is a dual-core 1.5GHz Krait-based Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 chipset, with an Adreno 225 GPU and 1GB of RAM.
The sample was underclocked to below 1GHz sadly, so ultimate performance obviously was impossible to judge, but we can't argue with the quality of the snaps taken with the on-board 13-megapixel camera. Very nice indeed.
The problem, as we so often find, is that what blew us away in theory when we first heard about it will likely be fairly ordinary once it finally hits the shelves.
The Xperia GX itself is still a week or so away from launching in Japan, while the Hayabusa may only land on local shores as late as October, which will be close to half a year after we first heard about it. Pity, really.