We came across some leaked images that show the international version of the Sony LT29i, codenamed Xperia Hayabusa. The images confirm a very close resemblance to the Japan-bound, LTE-capable Xperia GX, save for the lack of the FeliCa (Sony's NFC-based payment system in Japan) logo under the LED flash and the different chrome rim around the phone.
Pictures of the international Sony LT29i
Other details further fortify the belief that we'll see the LT29i Hayabusa as an international counterpart of the Xperia GX. The Sony LT29i has passed though the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the US. Information is still scarce but the LT29i will have a pentaband 3G radio with HSPA capabilities.
We've seen leaked images of the Xperia Hayabusa before - it's rumored to feature an HD (720 x 1280 pixels) display sized at 4.55 inches, one gig of RAM, a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor with an Adreno 320 GPU and a 13 MP camera. The Xperia GX, which was already unveiled as a Japan-exclusive, is similar but features LTE, a 4.6" display, and is powered by a dual-core 1.5GHz Krait processor with Adreno 225 GPU.
There's still no word on when to expect the LT29i Xperia Hayabusa to hit the global market, but we figure it will be before this year's end.