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Rumours are surfacing suggesting that Sony is planning to unveil a new smartphone to compete with high end offerings from Samsung and HTC. The Song Xperia C670X will, according to our sources, have a 4.8 inch 1080p HD screen, 13 megapixel camera, 2GB RAM, 32GB storage, a 1.8GHz Snapdragon 600 processor and Adreno 320 graphics – all running on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

Sony has been left behind in recent years by the dominance of HTC and Samsung in the high end Android smartphone market. But the Japanese electronics giant isn’t content to take the scraps of the market is seems determined to fight back with this latest phone, which apparently should appear this summer.

It’s not yet apparent if Sony will take a more glass or aluminium dominated design, but one blog has apparently received a render of the phone showing front facing camera, notification light and sensors. Still it’s early days and renders that come out of any phone this far from rumoured launch are obviously subject to change and the photo could turn out to be one of an early prototype. Indeed some have suggested the photo in question is just a generic placeholder photo used by Sony.

This thing really is a high end machine, with one of the fastest processors we’ve seen in a smartphone to date. It’s likely to signal that 2GHz processors will start appearing in our devices by the end of the year. For those who think they’re current smartphones feel snappy already, get ready to be able to do far more simultaneously with your machine in future.

Some have been surprised Sony didn’t use this week’s Mobile World Conference in Barcelona to unveil the device, so it’s possible the rumours are a deliberate leak to wet our appetites for when they’ve finalised the details and are ready to launch. With many other smartphones leaked or unveiled in the last few weeks, Sony might be holding their cards close to ensure they put out the best phone on the market after they know what the competitors are doing rather than being constrained by what they officially announce.

The specs on the phone currently look very similar to HTC One, the top model from the Taiwanese smartphone giant. Sony’s model will use a 1.8GHz processor as opposed to HTC’s 1.7GHz, both using the same manufacturer. The speed difference between the two won’t be┬ánoticeable┬áto most users, but the prestige for Sony might earn it more sales on this alone. Sony’s current main selling point for their Xperia range of phones has been their impressive waterproofing which prevents accidental water damage which has for years plagued smartphone owners caught out in the rain (if you don’t currently have insurance, here is an appropriate place to strongly suggest you look into investing in it). It’s not yet apparent if the new model, currently named C670X but likely to have a more consumer friendly name by the summer, will contain the same technology but if it does we think Sony could be onto a real winner with this model.