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Sony Xperia GX officially announced, the new Sony flagship has 13MP "stacked" sensor and no front buttons

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Sony Xperia GX officially announced, the new Sony flagship has 13MP
Well, well, well, what do we have here? Out of the blue the Sony Xperia GX, previously codenamed LT29i "Hayabusa", just got officially annnounced by the Japanese this pretty London morning.

Everything we relayed to you about the newest Sony flagship turned out to be true, right down to the name and design concept, carrying over from the Xperia arc, but for now it is announced for Japan only, and arriving in the summer. We hope it will be making rounds worldwide come July, as that's the timeframe listed in the leaked 2012 Sony roadmap, along with a price in both Euros and US currency.

The handset will sport 4.6" HD Reality Display with the Mobile BRAVIA engine, a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, and this mysterious new 13MP Exmor R camera sensor with "stacked" technology, which should bring enhanced low-light performance, among many other goodies. Watch a demo of one of the sensor's many virtues called "HDR Video" in Sony's clip below.

The rest of the specs include 16GB of internal memory, 1700mAh battery, Android ICS out of the box, and LTE connectivity radio, allowing up to 75Mbps download speeds, if the network can deliver that, of course. At 5.16 x 2.72 x 0.4" (131 x 69 x 10.5 mm) or 0.34" (8.6mm) at its thinnest, and 4.48oz (127 g) of weight it will also be one of the smaller big-screen phones on the market, and rumors are the battery is replaceable. The phone will be available in black and white, as you can see from the pics below. Best of all - no front buttons, just pure unadulterated ICS on-screen navigational joy.

Sony Xperia GX officially announced, the new Sony flagship has 13MP "stacked" sensor and no front buttons
Sony Xperia GX officially announced, the new Sony flagship has 13MP "stacked" sensor and no front buttons


Sony will introduce three new media applications with the launch of the Xperia GX, which will apparently be making their way to all of the company's new Android phones:

The "WALKMAN" application integrates signature high quality audio technologies such as clear stereo, clear bass, VPT surround sound, manual equalizer and xLOUD(TM) with new innovative ways to play, discover and recommend music.

The "Album" application brings new intuitive ways to sort and browse high quality photos and videos in blazing speed, as well as providing instant viewing, commenting and sharing of photos on Facebook and other online albums, leveraging the great camera capabilities of Xperia GX and Xperia SX.

The "Movies" application streamlines the playback and viewing of movies in high quality audio and video with intelligent database search to discover more info about the movie for a rich and immersive experience.
We are already impatient for the eventual global availability in July - the MSRP in Sony's list was pegged at $632 SIM-free, which is about right for these specs, but, jeez, doesn't this smartphone season seem the toughest yet for choosing an Android flagship? Everybody is into the ring and fighting like an MMA champion on steroids.

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posted on 09 May 2012, 01:56 14

1. GeekMovement (Posts: 1499; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Nice Sony, can't wait to see the US release.

posted on 09 May 2012, 04:41

32. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Well, as for the international version, there are words it will be the same, just without the LTE
http://www.xperiablog.net/2012/05/09/xperia-gx-and -xperia-sx-announced-by-sony-mobile-japan/#more-67 48

..and as for the eventual US release, for now one can only guess and wish for the eventual availability, but assuming by logic it should be one of these options:
- the same internals as the Japanese version
- a version with S4 Pro processor instead("Mint"?)

Overall, this sounds like the best phone on the globe right now, but that doesn't mean much until we get some concrete info about Sony's global plans.

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 13:36

66. Extraneus (Posts: 10; Member since: 02 Jun 2012)


I don't know... The Xperia S looks great on paper, but I see little but dissatisfied customers on the net, and the 12 MP camera produces crap next to it's 8 MP competitors.

posted on 09 May 2012, 01:57 8

2. Dr.Phil (Posts: 893; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


I can't wait to see what Sony has in store for the "Mint I" codenamed device coming out in September.

posted on 09 May 2012, 04:21 5

27. sadaivadai (Posts: 156; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Please don't get too excited and expect too many things . Because if they are not there you will disappointed and blame the mobile and will call it waste . This is the same thing happened with SGS3 .

By the word "You" I did not mention you , just the people who did those . Don't mind this comment if you did not do those with SGS3 .

posted on 09 May 2012, 11:18 2

55. Aaron_R96 (Posts: 198; Member since: 22 Jan 2012)


Bad news for you here my friend, "The Xperia GX was previously using the codename ‘Mint’. The Sony LT29i ‘Hayabusa’ will be the same as the Xperia GX without LTE functionality." - XperiaBlog

So basically this is the Mint and the Hayabusa.. The LTE version (Mint) set to come in Q4 2012

posted on 10 May 2012, 00:38 1

59. Dr.Phil (Posts: 893; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


It says in the article that the GX has LTE already. So, how is it that it already has LTE connectivity and yet they are going to come out with one with LTE connectivity later this year? That just doesn't make sense unless this article is not accurate. Also, that is just one source that is saying that. I have not found any other article or source to back that claim up. I will still wait to see, because either way there will most likely be another flagship device for Q4 by Sony. I don't think they would just have this one device to hold people in all year.

posted on 09 May 2012, 02:07 3

3. scnix (Posts: 41; Member since: 01 Jul 2010)


"Sony Mobile Communications today announced two new Xperia™ Android smartphones designed specifically for the Japanese market."

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO~~ :(

posted on 09 May 2012, 02:08 1

4. AbhiD (Posts: 64; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


what about xperia SX ???
Sony has announced that too...!

posted on 09 May 2012, 02:08 3

5. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5554; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


this actually looks pretty good but i can't get over how...disproportional Sony's UI is.

posted on 09 May 2012, 02:12 8

7. AbhiD (Posts: 64; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


disproportional??? u must b kiddin'
it's really hard to find a nice UI like Sony in androids

posted on 09 May 2012, 02:35 2

13. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5554; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


do you even know what i'm talking about? xD

posted on 09 May 2012, 02:50 3

16. VJo003 (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Mar 2012)


Sony should start delivering their phone with stock Android

posted on 09 May 2012, 03:48 4

22. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5554; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


well it doesn't even have to be stock. i get that Sony wants to create a different kind of experience for their customers but i just think that the experience should be more seamless and unified. i'm pretty critical about these things and some of you are already like "what's with this guy? seriously?" but i can give you guys some examples of what things i think make the UI "disproportional".

this device is running ICS right? that status bar is looking way too Gingerbread to me. it doesn't use space nearly as efficiently as the new "holo" style on other ICS devices like on ICS for the Razr which is what i rock and that is an actual, noticeable improvement if only for the sake of aesthetics.

am i the only one that's bothered by the icons here? there's no theme going on at all here and if there is it's really bad. the App Drawer Icon is much too small next to the other Dock Icons and is just ridiculous. a few of the Icons here are offset and i hope that you guys have at least caught that the Phone Icon is nearly an exact replica of Sense's very own Phone Icon.

this is all just from a look at the homescreen. i realize these are just my opinions but i have a point behind them and you should take a sec to just hear me out instead of just attacking. it's not like i said it's baaad or anything. i like the look of the Phone and yay for on-screen function keys. i even like some of Sony's Widgets like that Clock Widget right there for instance. nice. i would slap a ROM straight on this though if i had gotten this phone by some circumstance because my OCD just would not allow for those flaws i pointed out. i personally like Moto's approach of squaring off the Icons to make them more dock friendly and proportionate. they still however need to work on the actual styles and the colors a little more though. the closest they had to get it down flat was in their builds of 2.3.4 on phones like the Droid 3 and the Droid Bionic and on their builds of 3.2 on the Xyboards. so there you have it. my never before seen views on Sony's UI. why is it the first? i don't usually go to Sony Articles. why did i come to this one? because this is an actually NICE. PHONE. okay?

posted on 09 May 2012, 04:31 5

29. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Man you are ridiculous - dismissing a phone just on the base of a home screen photo. Really?
Btw, you ever used a Sony phone?
Their UI is still the most elegant and functional to me. I tried all launcher apps but none of them beats the Sony UI, even on Ginerbread

posted on 09 May 2012, 04:47 1

34. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5554; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


well there was enough on just that home screen photo to turn me off. first impressions are key and you'd be a fool to dispute that logic because whether you realize it or not even you draw opinions on devices all the time with a mere glance. i did not dismiss the phone, i dismissed the UI OF the Phone based on the elements of it that pointed out. they my seem very minor to you but to me they are critical. my phone brings order and efficiency to my life and i want a look to match in every manner. i've looked at a Xperia Play but it was briefly and i didn't have an extensive enough look to really judge anything beyond the Launcher like i've already done here. on Gingerbread the only custom Manufacturer UI's that i liked were TW4 & Moto's UI, this time around with ICS the only ones i like even a little bit are Moto's and LG's new UI.

posted on 09 May 2012, 09:04

50. poddey (Posts: 75; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


I can see what you are saying but for me I don't have an issue with the app drawer icon being smaller because it doesn't have a label.

I'm surprised with your OCD you aren't complaining more about the fact that the browser icon and the walkman icon aren't the same size when both are circles, or that the camera icon is as short as the app drawer icon? What about the asymmetry there? I only noticed these now after reading your comment and looking at the home screen more closely. Still it doesn't bother me at all.

I also find it hard to believe that you actually like both Moto's new UI (which I might add does look rather sharp but that's only because it almost stock ICS) and Touchwiz 4? For the same reason, I'm not really a fan of LG's new UI but I have to say their new circular swipe to unlock is really cool. :)

posted on 09 May 2012, 12:59

56. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5554; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i noticed that too and i made a small mention about it in that comment.

posted on 09 May 2012, 04:43 1

33. snowgator (Posts: 3197; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


UI's on any Android manufacturer are a "hit -and-miss" kinda thing. I am betting you could easily find a couple things on your Moto you wouldn't mind changing, King. My son owns the "Play", and while this is a whole new generation of Sony on it's own, I dislike it's UI. It seems very incomplete and takes away from a otherwise fun device.

No manufacturer is going to compete against other Flagships without a UI. But, sometimes I wonder- with ICS, why not??? If LG or Sony, 2 manufacturers that are in need of hits, put all their efforts into the hardware experience and just trusted ICS for the fantastic Android experience it is, wouldn't that be something that set them apart? The Nexus was fine, but some of the hardware was lacking. I see an opening for a good sales pitch here.

posted on 09 May 2012, 04:56

36. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5554; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


as usual snowgator i completely agree with you. no UI is perfect, not even Moto's which i'm such a fan of. yes, incomplete is another way of describing it too i think.

if you'll take a good look at Moto's newest UI you might think that Moto is going ahead with that mode of thinking but a completely stock experience device would certainly be welcome. i think the most raw place for that in the U.S. would be with T-Mobile's G Series. i'm sure much of the modding crowd is still on the carrier due to the up til recently constant availability of the Nexus and i'm sure their miffed about not getting it this year. a G3x in the form of either LG's Optimus 4X HD or HTC's One X would fit the bill nicely.

posted on 09 May 2012, 05:00 2

38. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


There's a big difference between Xperia Play(Verizon, right?) and International Xperias, UI-wise.
The U.S. Play version is more like a stock GB.

posted on 09 May 2012, 05:08

39. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5554; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


AT&T's 4G version packs Sony's custom UI which is what i was refering to. of course i've used Verizon's version as well but like you i knew it was irrelevant to bring up because it runs nearly stock Gingerbread.

posted on 09 May 2012, 07:06 1

43. snowgator (Posts: 3197; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Yes, I am on AT&T. That was the UI that I was referring to. I did not know Verizon's version was more stock.

Learned something. Which most likely means I have forgotten something else....

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 13:39

67. Extraneus (Posts: 10; Member since: 02 Jun 2012)


I for one have yet to unlock any Xperia in the first try - damn annoying that you have to drag the unlock ALL THE WAY ACROSS the screen; it's actually rather difficult with a normal human thumb!

posted on 09 May 2012, 02:11 3

6. tharag (Posts: 26; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


if sony is releasing such capable device with no chaos aroind the launch then what will be the flagship device according to them....

posted on 09 May 2012, 02:13 5

8. VJo003 (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Mar 2012)


Mint I will really be a beast if Hayabusa has delivered these specs
Looking forward to it

posted on 09 May 2012, 02:20 2

9. torr310 (Posts: 349; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


"Best of all - no front buttons"
really? I found the front button is easier to wake up the phone from lock screen

posted on 09 May 2012, 02:24 2

10. hafiy (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 May 2012)


why sony not use xenon flash

posted on 09 May 2012, 02:32 3

11. Gusto (Posts: 28; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


Just hope this device will have a microSD slot, then it will be a serious candidate to be my next smartphone.

posted on 09 May 2012, 02:34 9

12. FoneAddict (Posts: 196; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


Looks much better than Samsung Galaxy S3!

posted on 10 May 2012, 19:12

62. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6191; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


That is why I'm buying myself a SONY phone as me next upgrade than the SG III

posted on 09 May 2012, 02:38

14. wendygarett (unregistered)


is it me or this device looks like nexus clone...

posted on 09 May 2012, 02:59 5

17. UnlimitedSkye03 (Posts: 23; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


where's the angle that it looks like a nexus clone?

posted on 09 May 2012, 03:06 1

18. wendygarett (unregistered)


no front buttons :D

posted on 09 May 2012, 03:19 5

20. UnlimitedSkye03 (Posts: 23; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


Geez, it's an ICS device waddya' expect haha :D

posted on 09 May 2012, 03:32 4

21. wendygarett (unregistered)


My mistake :D

posted on 10 May 2012, 19:11

61. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6191; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


SONY design THEIR OWN PHONES. How the hell does this looks like A NEXUS PHONE? This is a bit thinner than the NEXUS

posted on 09 May 2012, 02:39 11

15. shadez10 (Posts: 396; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


i think its better than SGS3... but lets wait for more specs... =D

posted on 09 May 2012, 04:08 2

24. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


yea yea...another magical cmos sensor with super duper low light capabilities...get over it sony. back to the desk and design something really innovative

posted on 10 May 2012, 07:13

60. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 801; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


Do you even have an idea as to why they're focusing on the improvement of the camera's low light performance? It is because at this moment point and shoot cameras are still better at producing image in low light conditions. Now then imagine as to what would happen if this new sensor matches the low light performance of the point & shoots. . . Think about it. . . Also Sony's Xperia phones are marketed as multi media phones, what'd you expect a laser guided messile? ^__^

posted on 09 May 2012, 04:17

25. sadaivadai (Posts: 156; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


10.5 mm at its thinnest point ?

posted on 09 May 2012, 04:18 2

26. wendygarett (unregistered)


thinnest point is 8.6mm

posted on 11 May 2012, 16:18

63. Atlas (Posts: 157; Member since: 15 Apr 2012)


8.6 at thinnest

posted on 09 May 2012, 04:29 2

28. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 413; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


i have a feeling that the "Mint I" will have a dual core S4 PRO Snapdragon with adreno 320

posted on 09 May 2012, 04:35

30. jibraihimi (Posts: 667; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


Does this phone has micro sd card slot..........??????

posted on 09 May 2012, 04:53

35. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


No info about it just yet.
If they somehow make that omission of not giving an SD slot with just 16Gb of internal space - it would be unforgivable.
Greatest fail ever.
But lets just wait and see.

posted on 09 May 2012, 04:58 1

37. adjou (Posts: 102; Member since: 06 Jul 2010)


Yes it does. up to 32GB

posted on 09 May 2012, 05:15 2

41. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Alright, then that's it.
When Xperia Ion got announced my wishes were - less size and weight, better design, ICS, S4 instead of S3.
It all came true with this phone, PLUS it got even better camera on top.
They shouldn't even bother releasing the Ion anymore! : /

posted on 09 May 2012, 07:19

45. adjou (Posts: 102; Member since: 06 Jul 2010)


The ion is long overdue. At&t should just replace it with this one.

posted on 09 May 2012, 04:38 5

31. ffaarrooqq (Posts: 64; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Sony Xperia GX is a phone for Humans
Samsung S3 is only for Childrens (Plastic)
This phone can beat s3 in everything except battery.

posted on 09 May 2012, 05:12 2

40. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5554; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


if we're separating Humans and Children..what kind of Children are we talking about? *CUES LOST TWIST PLOT FLOATY WORD SOUND* O.O

posted on 09 May 2012, 07:09 1

44. snowgator (Posts: 3197; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


:-D

Thanks buddy, I needed that. Humor is one thing lacking from our fellow posters these days.

posted on 09 May 2012, 07:00 1

42. grif_ (Posts: 61; Member since: 28 Apr 2012)


Looks good and will have a great camera bt 16gb storage and 1700mah battery isnt good enough.

posted on 09 May 2012, 07:56

46. hunted (Posts: 312; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)


hey does it have expandable memory card slot

posted on 09 May 2012, 08:04 6

47. Xquisite (Posts: 87; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)


Soon we'll be seeing an Xperia Nexus.

posted on 09 May 2012, 08:22 1

48. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 801; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


Looks like the GPU & battery is the main let down for me. I could still be wrong about the GPU though.

posted on 09 May 2012, 08:35 1

49. Suts_97 (Posts: 124; Member since: 05 May 2012)


I feel that Sony is doing a very good job with its smartphones currently!

posted on 09 May 2012, 09:09

52. poddey (Posts: 75; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


I think I am in love with the GX! Oh my...

I hope Sony is going to release an identical international version of it in June.

posted on 09 May 2012, 09:08

51. yt6nin (Posts: 100; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


Sony, nice!!! But I could see a little more effort done with the phone, esp with the internal memory and battery size... I would love them to have designed it w/32GB and @ least a 2,000mAh battery... may be they can try a much more powerful version???

posted on 09 May 2012, 09:52

53. Jyakotu (Posts: 817; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


The phone looks amazing and, honestly, I always found Sony's customized UI to be the best looking and the most functional. I definitely want another Sony phone in the future, but alas, I'm a current Sprint customer and they won't be getting a Sony phone any time soon. :(

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