Sony has plans to unveil a new handset on August 29th, just before the start of the IFA in Berlin but it appears the lid has already been lifted as pictures of the new phone are already out and a full review of the phone already published at the Xperia blog. Mobile Review got its hands on the new Sony LT30p smartphone also called the Mint and wrote a review of its features including the full specs.
The new Sony LT30p Mint features an HD 4.3 inch 720p screen, a dual core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 CPU, 1GB RAM, 16GB inbuilt storage and a seal internal battery. The phone also has a microSD card slot, a microSIM slot, NFC, a MicroUSB slot capable of MHL output and is loaded with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating System. Although the review shows that the phone has a 4.3 inch screen, pictures show that the screen may be as large as 4.6 inches – not so fat from the 4.8 inches of Samsung’s Galaxy S3.
The show stopper though is what someone who is used to Sony’s phones would expect – the camera. Since Sony started producing the Cybershot phone models, they have been putting a lot of emphasis on the device cameras and the Mint is no exception. The phone comes with a 13 megapixel rear camera capable of taking full 1080p videos and a front facing camera capable of taking 720p pictures.
According to Mobile-Review, Mint’s hardware is smaller compared to that of Xperia S. This means that the phone can be used with one hand more easily. A major change Sony made on this phone from the NXT range phones is the removal of physical navigation buttons in favor of the onscreen Ice Cream Sandwich navigation keys. Other physical buttons have been displaced as well. The power button, volume rocker and the camera shutter buttons are all positioned on the right side of the phone and not the left. When it comes to software, the included Small Apps eases access to various applications from the Homescreen.