First design comparison shots and sample images from the Sony Xperia GX 13MP camera appear

First design comparison shots and sample images from the Sony Xperia GX 13MP camera appear
The highly-anticipated new flagship from Sony - the Xperia GX - has been lounging at NTT DoCoMo events for a week now that the carrier officially announced it last Wednesday, and an enthusiast took a few photos with its new 13MP Exmor R sensor.

The pics, which are of the photographer's Xperia arc sitting next to the Xperia GX display, and of the room insides, are taken with a non-final unit, which still had some kinks to be ironed out, says the person who took the shots, so the final firmware results are probably going to look different - these were with firmware dating back to May 9. 

Still, in these indoor conditions the camera performs pretty well, without excessive noise or softness, so we can't wait for the retail shots from the "stacked" RGBW sensor.

Best of all, the photographer said that these pics are taken with the international version of the Xperia GX, i.e., there was no DoCoMo logo in the front, which you can see in some of the pics we are posting in the slideshow below. We also get another confirmation that the phone swims opposite of the current trend, and will come with removable battery and a microSD slot.

The phone was also photographed in comparison with the Xperia arc, which is the inspiration for its slightly curved design. As you can see, despite the 4.6" Reality Display vs the 4.2" on the arc, the Xperia GX is not much larger, thanks in part to the use of entirely on-screen buttons, like on the Android 4.0 posterkid the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

The last two slides show footage of the Xperia GX mirroring its screen to a Sony TV, and being controlled from the TV remote itself, direct consequence of Sony's new One Sony and "Dot Switch" strategies that ensure interconnectivity between all of its electronic devices.

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Xperia GX
  • Display 4.6" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 1700 mAh



1. Jonathan41

Posts: 532; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

Why the S4 dual-core? I know it's a good processor and all but will it effectively get you though a 2 year contract? Seems a little weird considering this is Sony's flagship device. Going head to head with the HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy SIII. Nice camera though. Lets see how long before someone says "It's no match for the PureView's camera" lol

3. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

Lets see how long before someone says "It's no match for the PureView's camera" lol haha because its true! but still great camera! sony is, after all, a digital camera company too!

17. RamyRamz69

Posts: 390; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

The S4 chipset on the One S owned the s**t out of the Tegra 3 in the One X. And knowing Sony is like the best optimizing company out there(Assuming they got 3300+ out of the Snapdragon S3 chipset) the S4 chip on this one is gonna dominate the One X.

32. Jonathan41

Posts: 532; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

From what I've heard most benchmarks aren't optimized for quad-cores yet. In the AnTuTu score the One X destroys the One S.

27. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2482; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

There is no mention of the GX coming to any of the carriers here in the United States, so I don't know why you would be worrying about 2-year contracts. You can just buy the GX unlocked and use it for however long you deem necessary. Also, you won't really be seeing any quad-core processors on any phones released here in the U.S. until probably this fall due to the fact that the quad-core processors that are already released do not support LTE here in the U.S. If you really feel that you want a quad-core processor then I am almost certain that Sony will be releasing a quad-core S4 phone later this year.

2. josephnero

Posts: 787; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

for me S4 is enough

4. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

i had a question.. what is the difference on sony's android to samsung's or htc's? all i know is that samsung has its touchwiz and htc has its sense! what make sony or motorola different?

5. scnix

Posts: 41; Member since: Jul 01, 2010

Based off my experience, among the android phones; Sony has the best sound and borderline best camera and screen (Mobile Bravia really makes the screen shine) HTC has the best build in Interface functionality (SenseUI) and borderline best camera (HTC One X). Not too sure about its sound as I don't have a HTC device with Beats audio. Samsung has the best screen and processor. Never tried Motorola, so I'm not too sure.

6. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

When sony learns that picture quality doesn't depend on post processing and raw power and to achieve really great photo quality they need to use BIGGER sensor and BETTER optics...they will do really good camera. So far nothing stunning.

7. PackMan

Posts: 277; Member since: Mar 09, 2012

Idiot, Sony uses one of the best Sensor Sony Exmor R in its high-end smartphones.

9. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

talk like this to your relatives, midget. Exmor R is overrated and it has been proved so many times that I'm not going to repeat that one more time (just don't mention EISA award....please, don't be such a moron). HTC was always crap (with some exceptions like mytouch 4 g), one x makes pretty good photos but nothing to write home about. S III makes better photos than sony and magical exmor r sensor. Learn something about photography in general and photography in mobile realm. Then speak. Theretofore, shut up

10. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

galaxy SII &SIII use Sony's camera sensors! :) and FYI, the Xperia S' camera was praised without exception and is generally considered the best camera on an android phone

12. PackMan

Posts: 277; Member since: Mar 09, 2012

Galaxy Sii and iPhone 4s uses it too.

16. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

omnivision would be a smarter choice for apple. period

11. PackMan

Posts: 277; Member since: Mar 09, 2012

Lol, you behave as if you are the best photographer in the world troll. Who said Exmor R is magical sensor idiot but it is one of the better ones out on the market. SIII isn't even out on the market. Why don't you bring up pureview then? Stop speaking out of your ass and go f**k that rodent on your pp while you are at it.

14. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

yeah, and the best is that apple and samsung can do much more with those oh greatest exmor r than sony. I don't have to mention about pureview becuse it is obvious it's the best camera centric phone ever made. And statement made by sony was...ridiculous. Given your attitude and language you are using you're a truly troll. Oh have the right to be infallible. Yes, all trolls are infallible. That's the way it is. Xperia S is the best cameraphone in android realm? Please... Myth about se/sony great cameras fell down a long time ago. They are trying to rebuild it and it's great. But it's a long way to do that. Any of you has xperia S? Or S III? Or one x? Or mytouch 4g? No? So shut up. You judge pictures by looking at them. The same goes to samsung, sonyu, htc, nokia. And for me sony doesn't make the best cameraphones. S III is better (I don't believe saying that because i've never liked sammy). Just like you've said. One of the better ones, but not the best (what you stated earlier and your attitude only proves that). Petite (or cheap) sensor/optic won't give you good quality no matter how hard you try. Take some pills and keep your hair on kid.

15. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

18. PackMan

Posts: 277; Member since: Mar 09, 2012

Who said optics has nothing to do with image quality huh? Samsung Galaxy SIII's camera improvement not only has to do with sensors and optics but also the ISP. And lol jacka** keep believing what you like. Ovt sensors are not better than equivalent Exmor R sensors. So, you claim yourself as camera pundit based on Cnet articles. Ha ha you make me laugh. Go back under the bridge and sulk kid.

19. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

jesus christ. I gave you an example midget. You know what example is? Here. This time slower. E-X-A-M-P-L-E. Check dictionary. My knowledge about photography is based on my own experience with photography. I've been taking photos for life when you were still sucking your mom's nipple. Furthermore I've never said I'm an alfa and omega. That's your words so stay with it. And omnivision is better. Shame Apple didn't decide to cooperate with them. You're behaving like a rocky rooster.

25. PackMan

Posts: 277; Member since: Mar 09, 2012

You claim yourself as being older than me but you are getting worked up over some conversation over internet forum. Ha ha you may be older but i can say that you are nothing but pea brain. F**king idiot. Go back to your basement. You have lifetime experience in photography? Ha Ha then I am king of the Universe. You must be experienced in photographing your own penis and masturbating over it. Oh, and have you got hold of retail version of Galaxy SIII? Or are you scouring the internet to make the comparisons. Unlike you Mr. Internet . photographer I will hold my judgement on SIII until I test it with my own hands, even though i believe the camera is "one" the best. Now get off that computer chair, go out and have some fresh air you senile idiot.

31. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Given level of your iq ad the way you behave, EOT from my side. You're too miserable and meaningless to continue any discussion with you.

28. KaloqnYo

Posts: 22; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

anonymous 13 March, 2012 10:47 i just want to point out that as you have the Xperia S set to a 16:9 aspect ratio you are taking a 9 megapixel image and not a 12.1 megapixel image you would get from a 4:3 aspect ratio. This article as a result is not a true representation of the full capablities of the Xperia S. Phahaaha poor iCrap fans ! You know Xperia S is better than the iCrap 4s ! HAHAHAHA YOU ARE SOOO POOR :D !

22. Robottoe

Posts: 12; Member since: May 21, 2012

"achieve really great photo quality" = Use a DSLR, No point argue-ing about the photo quality, the main point of a phone is just to make calls and also messaging. Nowadays phone camera's are somewhat mediocre overall. But definitely Sony has the edge when it comes to photos due to the Bravia Engine and Exmor R sensor. There is a side by side comparison of all the phones vs Sony's camera and clearly you can see the difference

24. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

what's bravia engine has to do with photo quality???! Does it mean you tend to keep your photos only on sd card inside your phone? Why should I carry around dslr camera all the time when I can take a shoot using my phone? Stop bulls**tting about "phone is for calls and messages". It was a long time ago. 99% people wouldn't be able to see a difference between e.g. N8 or S III and a stand alone compact camera (I'm not taking about high end cameras).

33. Robottoe

Posts: 12; Member since: May 21, 2012

"Why should I carry a dslr all the time?" Well sir just f**k on all your lame excuse ,real photographers take their dslr everywhere with no compromise. I'm sorry to say you can't afford one dslr..really.. Besides have you not compared side by side Sony's bravia engine with other phones? Really it makes alot of difference. And about the phone is for call and messages sort of "crap" that I mentioned. What do you use your phone for? Playing unnecessary games and take lame ass pics with it and when there is emergency,ur phone has no battery left to call the police in case you get butt raped...

8. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Aside from a GPU that can handle top games that will be out in like two years, this phone has everything i need. It beats HTC hands down with camera(harware shutter on top), SD slot, removable battery..great job Sony

13. FoneAddict

Posts: 263; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

I hope Sony continues to improve like this. This can only be good for us mobile phone enthusiasts!

20. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Bring this phone to singapore now!

21. Robottoe

Posts: 12; Member since: May 21, 2012

Probably wont get this phone when it releases , but kinda wanna wait for the year end when Google is releasing the new Android 5.0 Jellybean which they too gonna release not 1, but 5 Nexus flagship devices from 5 different manufacturers. Hopefully Sony is one of them. If not, then definitely this GX

23. medomoo

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

What about HDMI Port, we see Dock connected to Tv But in the mobile there is no HDMI Port !!!!! Explain please

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