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
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 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:

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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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. GeekMovement unregistered

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

32. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Well, as for the international version, there are words it will be the same, just without the LTE -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.

66. Extraneus

Posts: 121; Member since: Jun 02, 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.

2. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2453; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

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

27. sadaivadai

Posts: 156; Member since: Nov 22, 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 .

55. Aaron_R96 unregistered

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

59. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2453; Member since: Feb 14, 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.

3. scnix

Posts: 41; Member since: Jul 01, 2010

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

4. AbhiD

Posts: 850; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

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

5. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

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

7. AbhiD

Posts: 850; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

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

13. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

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

16. VJo003

Posts: 365; Member since: Mar 11, 2012

Sony should start delivering their phone with stock Android

22. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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?

29. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 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

34. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

50. poddey

Posts: 77; Member since: Mar 22, 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. :)

56. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

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

33. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 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.

36. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

38. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 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.

39. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

43. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 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....

67. Extraneus

Posts: 121; Member since: Jun 02, 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!

6. tharag

Posts: 26; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

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

8. VJo003

Posts: 365; Member since: Mar 11, 2012

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

9. torr310

Posts: 1678; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

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

10. hafiy

Posts: 1; Member since: May 02, 2012

why sony not use xenon flash

11. Gusto

Posts: 28; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

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

12. FoneAddict

Posts: 263; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

Looks much better than Samsung Galaxy S3!

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