Sony’s latest batch of Xperia handsets feature some beautiful design work, but are unfortunately lacking when it comes to hardware. The best of the bunch, the Xperia S, sports a 720p HD display at 4.3-inches but on the processing side of things we get the dated Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 chip. It’s a fine dual-core processor, but devices are already being announced with the CPU maker’s next-gen S4 design (not to mention the debut of several quad-core devices at Mobile World Congress). Now rumors are tying Sony’s next big handset to that dual-core S4 processor.
The new CPU, which boasts better performance, improved battery life, and built-in LTE, will be featured in an “ultra high-end” handset to be released by Sony in June. Speculation ties the device to the LT29i Hayabusa codename. The only other information known about the device is that it will sport a 720p display similar to the Xperia S and see a release in Japan and South Korea first.
We’re pulling for Sony to blow us away with a new phone as we have been for years. They always seem to strike all the right notes when it comes to outward design but we’re still waiting for the hardware and software to catch up.