Sony buttonless with fresh Mint

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Sony's next major Xperia smartphone release will ditch the hardware buttons on previous releases and use Google's on-screen controls instead.

The new, buttonless Sony Xperia, codenamed "Mint".

Going by the codename Mint, images of the new phone have leaked, showing a softer design compared with the Xperia range we've seen so far this year. The phone shown in the leak is running on Android Ice Cream Sandwich, though with time before it hits stores, Sony may be able to sneak a Jelly Bean update on to the device before we have a chance to play with it.

On paper, the Mint looks to be among the most powerful Xperias to date, sporting a new dual-core Qualcomm Krait CPU and 1GB of RAM. It will apparently include a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, 16GB of storage with a micro-SD card slot and a screen comparable to the one we saw on the Xperia S earlier this year: 4.3 inches with a 720p HD resolution.

Official details of this new phone are expected to come on 29 August, when Sony plans to hold a press conference in Berlin just days before the doors open on the annual IFA electronics expo in the same city.

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pr1234 posted a comment   

slide to unlock and the camera button --- watch out for the Apple legal team.


Maverick_John posted a comment   

-_-' it looks like my old Desire HD,without the aluminium back


blaah posted a comment   
New Zealand

so how would you turn this thing on?


AlexV1 posted a comment   

A little bland... An Aluminium Unibody or a Faux carbon fibre would be nice..


Joseph Hanlon posted a reply   

Yeah, but I do like the rounded corners. The Xperia S looks nice but it doesn't feel nice.


AlexV1 posted a reply   

Certainly any improvements to the ergonomics of it are great but it just really needs something to give it some character...A bit of oomph ( That's the technical term ) haha


DominicC posted a reply   

If it runs on pure android, it might have a better chance of success. Just wish they could push the bezel at the bottom xperia logo and bit lower so it is the same bezel thickness as the top.

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