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 buttons
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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