Sony Xperia GX and Xperia SX
A pair of smartphones heading exclusively to the Japanese market, the Sony Xperia GX and Sony Xperia SX are the first "Sony" branded Android smartphones to be sold in their own home market.
Both these devices are LTE capable, the GX is the bigger handset with a 4.6" display, the SX sports a more conventional 3.7" screen size.
Of these, the Xperia GX is the most interesting handset. Sporting a dual-core 1.5GHz CPU, a 13 megapixel camera with HD video recording and Exmor R technology, 16GB of internal flash storage and Android 4.0 ICS out of the box, this is a big, powerful beast. The GX has a nod to the Xperia Arc with an elegant curved design that makes it stand out from normal slabby offerings. Sony don't specify the resolution of the screen, other than to say that it is a "Reality Sony Xperia SX Display", although we imagine that it is a 1280 x 720 pixel panel. There's an HDMI port too, and with the high resolution HD display then this should be a pretty capable device when it comes to playback on the big screen.
The Xperia SX is billed as the world's lightest LTE smartphone, coming in at just 95 grams. There's a 3.7" display of unknown resolution on the front (perhaps 480 x 854 pixels), an 8 megapixel camera on the back, 8GB of internal flash storage and again a 1.5GHz dual core CPU.
Both devices integrate with Sony's online content services and include all the features that previous Sony Ericsson phones shipped with. They'll also do everything that every other Android phone will do, with the distinct advantage that they will ship with Android 4.0 out of the box rather than as an upgrade.
These handsets will ship in Japan only during the summer, but the GX in particular offers a tantalising glimpse of what might be a future flagship phone for the worldwide market.