Sony Xperia GX launches in Japan: now we're talking

Sony Xperia GX launches in Japan: now we're talkingSony may have left the Ericsson part of Sony Ericsson behind, but what hasn't yet changed – despite the initial promise of the latest Xperia handsets – is the brand's place just behind the leading Android contenders.

But Sony's working hard at changing that, and has just announced two new LTE-enabled faces over in Japan, the Xperia GX and Xperia SX, that look mighty fine indeed from where we're standing.

Both will have Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on board when they touch down over the summer, with the main difference between them being size: the Xperia GX is a 4.6in screened effort, while the Xperia SX refreshes Sony's commitment to the sub-4in smartphone category with its display measuring 3.7in across.

It's the larger of the two that really catches our eye, however, and not just because of the Xperia GX's size. That 4.6in display is a Sony Bravia-infused Reality Display running at 720p, and comes packing a dual-core 1.5GHz processor (still no quad-core action yet from Sony).

The camera looks to be a bit of a corker too, with its 13-megapixel Exmor R sensor also capable of capturing full HD video, and the Xperia GX able to spread the love to the rest of your home cinema kit via either HDMI or DLNA.

The only real let-down that strikes us at first glance is the fact that you have just 16GB of internal storage on board, which may seem harsh but in truth it will fill up quickly and is less than the very best smartphones around typically offer.

For the record, the Xperia SX has the same processor and screen tech on board, but just an 8-megapixel camera and only 8GB of on-board storage.

Overall, the Sony Xperia GX manages to make the current Xperia S look ordinary, and we mean that to some extent quite literally – compare images of the two and that transparent strip on the Xperia S suddenly looks a little juvenile.

It's certainly a harder-hitting rival to take on the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S III. The bad news, though, is that with a Japanese roll-out only pencilled in for the summer, it'll likely be well into Q3 before we see these (or similar) handsets reaching us in the UK, by which time we'll no doubt have the iPhone 5 and a few other new high-end handsets to talk about.

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Pondlife  May. 9, 2012 at 14:24

Does look good, pity they hamstrung the smaller one with 8gb.

krogothnx  May. 10, 2012 at 08:21

I don't see problems with 16gb onboard storage. Yes, its nice to have more, but unless you're using your phone for recording an awful.lot of 1080p video or watching a lot of films, even 8gb is plenty of storage. I'd much rather have 8gb non-expandable internal storage than a microSD just 1 or 2gb which android doesn't seem to run well on these days.

Case in point; my missus has a wildfire s. It has a miserable amount.of.internal storage. It has a 4gb microsd in, but that internal memory keeps getting used up awfully fast by the system and apps that can't be installed to SD storage - which turns it from a zippy little phone into a stuttering mess.

This is without even considering the performance gain of internal memory being faster.

Pondlife  May. 12, 2012 at 01:21

Yeah but that's apples and oranges and the wildfire s is a low end miserable phone. This 16gb on board would be at a price comparable to the SGS3 and the One X.

I'd rather have 4gb internal and micro sd anytime, even 2gb at a push.


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