Sony Xperia GX and SX headed for Japan, world hopes for an international release

Sony Xperia GXSony Mobile has announced two new Xperia smartphones, the GX and SX, both set to be released in Japan.

Despite being described as “designed specifically for the Japanese market,” there is a chance one or even both could be renamed and released internationally too.

The Xperia GX (pictured) is a potential competitor to the new Samsung Galaxy S III and the HTC One X, as it boasts a 4.6-inch high definition touchscreen, a 1.5Ghz Snapdragon S4 processor and 16GB of internal memory.

A 13-megapixel camera sits on the rear of the chassis, and not only records HD video, but has some new Sony software to improve its low-light performance too.

Other new Sony smartphones have been shipped with Android 2.3 Gingerbread recently, with owners forced to wait for an update to the latest version, but the GX will come with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich already installed.

The Xperia SX also comes with Android 4.0 and the same 1.5Ghz Snapdragon processor, but has a smaller 3.7-inch touchscreen and 8GB of internal memory, so will sit below the GX in the range.

Both devices will connect to Japan’s 4G LTE network and will go on sale in the summer.

As for an international release, the Xperia GX has previously been leaked under the codename Hayabusa, and was given an approximate cost in both euros and dollars at the time, so there’s a good chance it’ll make an appearance elsewhere. The Xperia SX is something of a rarity, a high power phone with a screen measuring less than 4-inches, and could also do well all over the world.

Sony Mobile has only made the Japanese release official at the moment, but we would certainly like these two new phones to get a wider release in the future.

About Andrew Boxall

Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be at least a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a freelance tech writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and drove a series of audacious cars