Back at CES and MWC, Sony announced a trio of new phones, which form a part of its Xperia NXT line-up. However, its flagship phone, the Xperia S, did not really felt like a true 2012 flagship handset. Not only did it sport an older generation Qualcomm S3 dual-core processor, its main selling point – the 12MP camera – was nothing to write home about. Most importantly, the Xperia S runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which is a strict no-no for a 2012 flagship handset.
However, ever since Sony has taken over Ericsson’s share, the company’s CEO has shown some serious promise about the company’s future. It looks like Sony is working on releasing a new flagship device sometime in early Q3 of this year, codenamed “Hayabusa”. According to rumors, the “Hayabusa” will sport a 4.55-inch 720p display, and will be powered by the next-generation Qualcomm S4 Pro processor that packs in an Adreno 320 GPU.
If the device indeed uses the S4 Pro SoC, then expect it to be stacked against the Galaxy S III which is expected to trump all other Android phones in benchmarks. The camera at the back of the device is rumored to be a 12/13MP backside illuminated sensor, all packed inside a slim 7mm body with a 2000+mah battery.
If the rumored specs of the device is true, and Sony manages to release the handset sometime in early Q3, it might just be able to bounce back in the stiff competition among Android handset makers.
Via – Phandroid