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Rumor: LTE-enabled Sony Hayabusa to hit Japan and Korea in June

March 6, 2012 | by Adrian Diaconescu

Android Phones, Rumors, Sony Mobile

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The Xperia S has already started shipping to select markets, the P and U have just been unveiled at the MWC and are set to be made available in April, so one could think that Sony might take a break from releasing Android-based products.

However, we know from January that there were no less than 12 Android smartphones from Sony in the works for 2012, so it’s only natural to look for the future and start finding out things about the nine remaining gadgets of this year.

One of the most interesting of them all, the LT29i, also known as the Hayabusa, was initially set for a July release, but according to a fresh rumor, might actually be made available earlier. An official Sony source has apparently confirmed the Hayabusa as coming in Japan and Korea as soon as June, but it’s still unclear whether he was talking about the actual product release or the unveiling of the smartphone.

Either way, it’s nice to see that the guys at Sony don’t plan on stopping their Android charge anytime soon and that they want to offer us as many choices as possible for as many different needs as possible.

We still don’t know anything official about the Hayabusa’ s tech specs and features, but, if we are to trust a benchmark leaked a few days ago, the smartphone will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor (most likely a 1.5 GHz MSM8960) and will sport a 1280 x 720 pixels resolution screen.

The Hayabusa (or whatever the guys at Sony will call it upon its release) will of course run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, will come with LTE connectivity and should be made available for around 500 bucks in the US with no contract.

What do you guys think, could the Hayabusa be a success in the United States or is it too medium-end-ish to stand a chance in a direct battle with Tegra 3 quad-core powered smartphones?