With rumours circulating that an international version of the Sony Xperia GX will be launched later this year, as the original GX prepares for a Japanese-only release, we take a look at how this newcomer is expected to compete in the fiercely competitive smartphone market.
With very little difference reported between the Japanese and international Xperia GX, other than stylistic branding, the credentials of this Europe-bound device are impressive. The Xperia GX will be one of the latest handsets to be released from the post-Ericsson Sony – but how does it stand up against Sony’s other solo smartphone, the Xperia S?
Sony Xperia GX
The 4.6 inch display of the Xperia GX utilises the BRAVIA technology to good effect. This uses Sony’s ‘Reality Display’, which has been positioned as a direct rival to Apple’s retina display, offering enhanced colour and clarity.
Running on a 1.5GHz processor, there is plenty of power behind this smartphone too, and its 16GB storage capacity is ample. The phone operates on Google’s latest offering (Android 4.0 Ice-Cream Sandwich) – a clear benefit over the Xperia S, which was released with Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
In terms of media and entertainment, an impressive 13MP camera capable of HD video recording is fitted, complementing the phone’s bold aesthetics which see it available in classic colours of black or white.
Sony Xperia S
The Xperia S features a smaller screen (4.3 inches) than its newer brother, and was not released with the latest version of the Android operating system – something which came under heavy criticism.
Also featuring a 1.5GHz processor, the power credentials are still impressive for this phone, outperforming the like of the BlackBerry Bold 9790.
Its 12MP camera falls just behind the improved 13MP of the GX, making the newcomer marginally better in terms of operating systems and media but leaving the Xperia S evenly matched against rivals such as the Samsung Galaxy S3.
However, while these credentials are impressive on paper it will be interesting to see how the GX shapes up in real life, and whether the rumoured international model will be good enough to secure sales.