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Sony Xperia SX

May 9, 2012
Market status


  • Fast mobile data support (4G)
  • HDMI connector for TV-out (via microUSB)
  • Small dimensions (4.53 x 2.13 x 0.37 inches)


  • Too little RAM memory (1024 MB RAM)




The Sony Xperia SX is officially the lightest LTE phone out there, but Sony is currently keeping the lightweight champ a Japan-only affair. It tips the scales at 3.35 ounces, or a mere 95 grams, and is 0.37-inch (9.4mm) thick. The light weight comes from a comparatively small, 3.7-inch qHD display (boosted with Sony’s BRAVIA engine for vibrant colors), resulting in a relatively compact body. Under the hood, a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor paired with 1GB of RAM powers Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Design wise, you’re looking at a rectangular, minimalistic slab available in black, white, orange and pink that should be universally appealing. Sony is also bringing an 8-megapixel sensor with its Exmor R technology for better low-light performance, and the camera is capable of taking 3D panoramic photos. A front-facing, VGA camera will make video calls easier. There’s 4 gigs of internal storage. The Xperia SX will come with the typical range of additions for the Japanese market - an infrared port, mobile TV and mobile wallet.

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  • Device type:
    • Smart phone
  • OS:
    • Android (4.0) Timescape UI
  • Dimensions:
    • 4.53 x 2.13 x 0.37 inches (115 x 54 x 9.4 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 3.35 oz (95 g)
      the average is 5.1 oz (146 g)


  • Physical size:
    • 3.7 inches
  • Resolution:
    • 540 x 960 pixels
  • Pixel density:

    Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

    • 298 ppi
  • Technology:

    Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

    • LCD
  • Screen-to-body ratio:
    • 60.63 %
  • Colors:
    • 16 777 216
  • Touchscreen:
      • Multi-touch
  • Features:
    • Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass


  • Camera:
      • 8 megapixels
    • Flash:
      • LED
    • Features:
      • Back-illuminated sensor (BSI), CMOS image sensor, Autofocus, Digital image stabilization, Touch to focus, Face detection, Smile detection, Geo tagging
    • Shooting Modes:
      • Panorama
  • Camcorder:
      • 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)
  • Front-facing camera:
      • 0.3 megapixels VGA


  • System chip:

    System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

    • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960
  • Processor:

    Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

    • Dual-core, 1500 MHz, Krait
  • Graphics processor:
      • Adreno 225
  • System memory:

    System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

    • 1024 MB RAM
  • Built-in storage:
    • 4 GB
  • Storage expansion:
    • microSD, microSDHC up to 32 GB


  • Talk time:
    • 6.00 hours
      the average is 13 h (796 min)
  • Stand-by time:
    • 11.7 days (280 hours)
      the average is 17 days (419 h)
  • Talk time (3G):
    • 5.80 hours
      the average is 15 h (908 min)
  • Stand-by time (3G):
    • 15.0 days (360 hours)
      the average is 24 days (577 h)
  • Capacity:
    • 1500 mAh


  • Music player:
    • Filter by:
      • Album, Artist, Playlists
    • Features:
      • Album art cover, Background playback
  • Radio:
      • FM, RDS
  • Speakers:
    • Earpiece, Loudspeaker
  • YouTube player:
    • Yes
  • Broadcast Mobile TV:
      • Yes

Internet browsing

  • Built-in online services support:
    • YouTube (upload), Picasa/Google+


  • GSM:
    • 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • UMTS:
    • 800, 2100 MHz
  • FDD LTE:
    • 2100 (band 1) MHz
  • Data:
    • LTE, HSDPA 14.4 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS
  • Positioning:

    Positioning - This field shows the positioning systems supported by the device. There are three main types: GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS. GPS - This is one of the most widespread global positioning technologies, developed and maintained by the U.S. government. It uses satellites in order to detect your location. Works best in clear weather. A-GPS - A-GPS stands for Assisted GPS and is the industry standard for positioning and navigation. “Assisted” means that it can use local wireless networks, in addition to satellites, for quicker and more precise localization. GLONASS - GLONASS is a global positioning system, developed by the Russian Federation. It’s very similar to GPS, but isn’t so popular in cell phones.

    • GPS, A-GPS, Glonass
  • Navigation:
    • Yes
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  • Bluetooth:
      • 3.1
  • Wi-Fi:
      • 802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz
    • Mobile hotspot:
      • Yes
  • USB:
      • USB 2.0
    • Connector:
      • microUSB
    • Features:
      • Mass storage device, USB charging
  • HDMI:
      • via microUSB
  • Other:
    • TV-Out, DLNA, MHL, Computer sync, OTA sync, Infrared

Other features

  • Notifications:
    • Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone
  • Additional microphone(s):
      • for Noise cancellation
  • Sensors:
      • Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass
    • Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording


  • Officially announced:
    • 09 May 2012

Shopping information

  • MSRP price:
    • $ 632

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This device is also known as Sony SO-05D

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