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Sony LT30p Mint appears: Could this be the Xperia Z?

The Sony Xperia S has been taking point as Sony Mobile’s flagship in 2012, its dual-core processor and Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread OS dated rather quickly once the newer competition entered onto the scene. Talk of its successor is mounting and soon we may have a new flag bearer for the company.

Word of the Sony LT30i blipped on our radar back in April, but today we’ve caught wind of a similar device, the LT30p codenamed ‘Mint’. We’re unsure as to whether these devices are just iterations of the same eventual handset or similarly specc’d developmental devices. In this instance, sources from both Bulgarian site Nixanbal.com and Chinese message board Sebbs.com flesh out what sort of device the Mint is supposed to be, and by the looks if it, it could stand as a fitting successor to the Xperia S.

Xperia Z 13-megapixel sample?

The Mint is expected to ring in as Sony’s largest handset to date, with a 4.6-inch 720p HD display. As with the Xperia S, imaging is top of Sony’s list with an anticipated 13-megapixel camera, most likely complete with Sony’s new HDR video technology, set to arrive on the LT29i Hayabusa too (a sample still supposedly taken on the LT30p Mint is above).

It’s almost certain that upcoming Xperia handsets in general will make use of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 chipsets for the time being, but whether or not the Mint is to be a dual or quad-core handset is still unknown. User storage is set to be fixed at 16GB, so we can assume that a microSD slot will feature too and there’s 1GB of RAM. The Mint should also come running Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrading to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean in 2013.

It’s worth noting that when we say successor, we don’t mean the six month refresh handset that falls into Sony’s typical hardware update schedule, that space looks to be reserved for the Xperia SL. The Mint could well be part of the second true wave of NXT handsets, in a list previously submitted to XperiaBlog.net which lists the Xperia Z as the top dog, followed by the Xperia C, Xperia E and Xperia Y. No doubt the picture will be made clear in due time, but sources point to an August release for whatever next big thing Sony is cooking up here.

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