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Sony 'Hayabusa' may be 4.5-inch flagship handset

Expected to arrive in July, the Sony LT29i Hayabusa has the makings of a top-notch Android.

Sony's next big Android should be the Hayabusa. BriefMobile

The last, and only, time we spoke of the Sony LT29i, we saw it listed on a leaked 2012 road map.

With an expected price of 493 euros ($650 U.S.), I can assume only that it would be something worthy of flagship status. And if today's rumored details prove to be correct, then that is exactly what we'll be getting this summer.

Said to be powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the LT29i, aka the Hayabusa, is pegged with a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chipset with an upgraded graphics processor unit. The battery is listed as being 2,200mAh, which puts it slightly above most of today's Android smartphones. As impressive as this all sounds, consider that Sony is rumored to squeeze this into a 7mm case.

What's more, BriefMobile is reporting that the LT29i will feature a 4.55-inch 720p HD display and boast a 13-megapixel camera with high dynamic range video. For Sony it would be its largest screen and highest-resolution camera so far.

I'll be curious to see how Sony approaches this model in terms of release and availability. Will it simply scatter the phone across the globe in a seemingly random manner or will it attack the market with multiple carriers per region? We'll soon find out as the Hayabusa is now rumored with a June announcement and July release.