Xperia TX: Think Xperia T with S3 Snapdragon and removable battery [Update]

by XB on 29th August 2012

in Featured Content, Xperia T

Sony Mobile’s new flagship is the Xperia T (LT30p ‘Mint’), but it confirmed that in certain markets Sony will instead launch the Xperia TX (LT29i ‘Hayabusa’). This is exactly what we previously speculated given the very close proximity in terms of specifications between the two handsets.

However, whilst Sony may be passing off the Xperia TX as a replacement for the Xperia T, it will sport an inferior processor. The Xperia TX will come with a 45nm Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 MSM8260 chipset (1.5GHz dual-core with Adreno 220 GPU), rather than the 28nm Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8260A chipset (1.5GHz dual-core with Adreno 225 GPU) found in the Xperia T.

The Xperia TX will also have a removable 1750mAh battery good for 6 hours and 40 minutes of GSM talk time. The Xperia T will have a higher capacity (1850mAh) embedded battery. In terms of size the Sony Xperia TX has dimensions of 131 x 68.6 x 8.6 mm and will weigh 127 grams. This makes it both thinner and lighter than the Xperia T which has dimensions of 129.4 x 67.3 x 9.35 mm and will weigh 139 grams.

Apart from these differences, the handset will feature the same 4.55-inch (720 x 1280) high resolution display, 16GB internal memory (2.5 GB of firmware, 2 GB of phone memory and 10.8 GB for media), microSD, micro SIM, 13MP camera, 1.3MP front camera, PlayStation Certification, NFC and MHL. The Sony Xperia TX will be available in three colours (black, pink and white) when it launches in select markets in the next few weeks. The Sony Xperia T will also be available in three colours (black, silver and white) but won’t come in pink.

Update: Sony Mobile has now updated the white paper which seems to suggest it will come with a S4 Snapdragon MSM8260A chipset (the same as the Xperia T). The product page is still referring to it with S3 Snapdragon MSM8260 chipset though. Hopefully ,the latter is a mistake though.

Xperia TX White Paper

Xperia TX

Xperia TX

Xperia TX

Xperia TX

Xperia TX

Via Sony Mobile Press (1 and 2) and Sony Mobile Developer.

  • KF

    it looks better than the T

  • cesar

    XPERIA is the latest in Sony Ericsson’s logo: (

  • Lewis Chiverton

    Very disappointed in Sony with this.

  • Sam

    Really disappointed with the S3 :(

  • ttt

    I was waiting – I expected GX – I am dissapointed
    Fuck you Sony – I am buying Samsung
    (I won’t wait till next year when maybe you will introduce some of this shitty phones to my country)

  • SomeBody

    What’s your problem with the Xperia T?

  • That’s not true. Look at the specs in white paper. It has the very same 1.5 GHz Qualcomm MSM8260-A Dual Core processor as Xperia T.

  • Also in Russia we will get both models in Q4. At least it’s what reps says.

  • pavel

    it has msm8260-a so it is S4 28nm,but with adreno 220 not 225!

  • Magicglob45

    Total shame for Sony ! A old-fashioned S3 processor (the one that equips the Galaxy S2) for that device ! Thanks Sony, i’ve made my finale choice. I will get the GS3 for 550 euros (676 USD) !

    Plus the device gets only 4044 on Quadrant. GS3 and One X get 5000+

  • trowfd

    Whats the point in this phone? Given the choice between T and TX who is going to buy the TX?

  • tfaffno

    The xperia T has the same processor as the US versions of the one x and sgs3. So the benchmark performance is going to be roughly the same

  • Pavel

    GUYS it has msm8260A-so it is S4 28nm,just with adreno 220 not 225!)

  • pavel

    GUYS check the white paper on official sony website at the developer world,it says msm 8260A!

  • lovebmw

    no lte not water proof

  • lovebmw

    so no white magic? did that technology suck at some point?

  • dereknobuyuki

    I keep hitting refresh on this white paper
    but it still says 8260 with Adreno 220

    I hope it’s a mistake and they update it soon.
    It’s just weird if a phone that looks identical to my Xperia GX has drastically different innards.

  • Magicglob45

    I’m sorry but these are the results of this device at quadrant :

    Far behind GS3 and One X whih get 5000+

  • ttt

    It’ not GX.
    It’s ugly.
    It’s not available – and maybe I won’t ever be able to buy it due to that ‘certain markets’.

    They could just release GX globally – but instead they want to have whole alphabet of smartphones, ordered without any logic.

  • Nabil

    The Xperia GX is the same as the Xperia TX, only difference is that the TX will be available globally … I don’t understand why you’re complaining.

    Oh I know, you prefer the letter “G” isn’t it ? Too bad …

  • ttttt

    It’ not GX.
    It’s ugly.
    It’s not available – and maybe I won’t ever be able to buy it due to that ‘certain markets’.

    They could just release GX globally – but instead they want to have whole alphabet of smartphones, ordered without any logic.

  • Allen

    Pls?check the whitepaper on
    it said msm8260A just only a mistake with 220GPU
    But check from the Qualcomm, there is no 8260A with 220GPU
    So it must be the 8260A with 225 GPU
    and it also confirmed by sony China.

  • dereknobuyuki

    Other users showed their quadrant scores 4900-5000 for an S4 running Xperia’s ICS.
    I showed a Quadrant score of 4343 with a lot of other stuff running

    I just ran quadrant right now and got a score of 4838 (MSM8960+Xperia’s version of ICS on an Xperia GX)

    The Xperia T should have an S4 SoC (MSM8260A/Adreno225 or MSM8960/Adreno225 for LTE versions), same as the GX.

    I just rebooted my device and got a 5014 Quadrant score.

    I’d image the Xperia T should have similar performance.

  • Nabil

    Why the hell do you need more than 5000 score in quadrant ? … 4000 is far enough. The S4 might be not as good as the Tegra 3 and Exynos in terms of graphics (but it’s good enough to run any game available on android), but it’s way better in user performance (in the UI, etc …) and consumes less energy than the others …

    For me the S4 is the best processor you can get.

  • dereknobuyuki

    That’s great news! Hopefully they update the other sony mobile website with the official product listing

  • auto10335755

    Its a S4.

  • ttt

    You fail at math.

  • dereknobuyuki

    Plus it’s being reported that the TX does in fact have an S4 chip so the only difference between the TX and GX on the hardware side is LTE.

    The GX doesn’t even say GX on it so the only other difference physically aside from an LTE vs. non-LTE S4 SoC is the Sony Ericsson crystal energy ball logo and the Sony FeliCa (NFC technology) logo.

    So, they are essentially releasing the GX globally. Let’s hope it comes to your market because it’s a great device.

    Software wise, the GX will be quite different but there’s nothing software-wise beneficial to anyone not on the docomo carrier because it’s carrier service integration and dealing with other carrier stuff.

  • trowfd

    The link to the white paper in the main article says msm8260

  • iKnowThis
  • dereknobuyuki

    Look down a little bit and the user Allen has linked to the whitepaper from developer.sonymobile which lists it as an S4 MSM8260A.
    Hopefully that one is correct the one linked in the main article will be corrected (hopefully that and not vice-versa)

  • it’s just a typo

  • lovebmw

    now that the mistake has been corrected, the only difference is a removable battery?

  • mike_b

    i really hope that it was a mistake and it does have the S4, because i had my heart set on picking this up when it launch (something i never do), but there’s no way I’m paying full price for last years tech, even with that gorgeous design. please Sony don’t disappoint me.

  • silvereagon

    I want one in pink (if its spec is largely similar ti Xperia T)!!

  • Feanor

    Ok, now we’re entering the twilight zone. Taking under consideration that the S3 info is wrong (it must be, the GX is the same phone and sports an S4), can someone please explain on what grounds most markets will prefer the T and some select will prefer the TX? Can Sony please produce an Xperia TSX with front camera 0,03Mpx bigger than the one on the T exclusively for my village?

  • qualcomm s3 for lusers

  • HarryL

    Can Clear audio + and Bravia engine 2 be downloadable. I mean they apk’s ?so that in time every sony phone will have that…??

  • Kot

    Tmobiel AWS is on board!!!! Hallelujah!! Been awhile SONY, Welcome back to T MOBILE AGAIN

  • surethom

    1750mAh battery Very Very Very Poor. :(

  • Rubenos

    The three big stooges compared (TX/T/V):

  • Tzereen

    I really don’t understand the point of those two phones? Why release both?
    They are doing way too many models now.

  • InspectorGadget80


  • Brapicoco

    Gsmarena says 1.5GHz MSM8260 S4 “Scorpion” I thought S4 chipsets are based on new “Krait” architecture? Scorpion is based on S3 and it’s the predecessor of Krait

  • dereknobuyuki

    and design of course =)
    Sola looking designs vs. Arc meets Ion design.
    If you see both devices in the same market, they’d likely be on rival carriers.Hopefully the one you like better will be on your carrier(I’m glad the GX was on my carrier over the T)

  • dereknobuyuki

    In the end, isn’t up to carriers to determine which device they will pick up?

  • Oh yess great i was about to get the v but i saw it was an error :) !!!!!!!

  • i’m GAMER

    we need xperia play 2 :( why you never hear us sony ???!!

  • for real?

  • Brapicoco

    White paper just got edited again, please go to sonymobile site then do these steps
    click on their phones>click xperia TX>Specifications>white paper
    and you’ll see that the white paper was edited it only says that the processor is only
    1.5GHz Qualcomm MSM8260. the A was removed.


    so, now there is no difference between T and TX except for
    1) design???
    2) LTE availability?????

  • uidesigner_sony

    Future users of XPERIA 2012(T/TX) are going to have the first possible advantages in UI:

  • Nabil

    Does anyone know if the TX will comme to Belgium ? I really prefer it to the T, and since the V won’t be available here, I could only chose between the T and the J is the TX won’t come to Belgium.

  • Jedidah

    According to xperia tx white paper it has qualcomm snapdragon s4 1.5 GHz MSM8260-A dual core proccesor

  • simaha

    when it wil be available to singapore?

  • optimismprime

    1.) Battery: T = embedded, non-userreplaceable 1850 mAh / TX= replaceable battery under backcover 1750 mAh
    2.) Buttons: T= all 4 (power, vol up/down, camera) on right side / TX= Power, Camera right & vol up/down left
    3.) SIM & µSD: T = behind a flap on the right / TX = under battery covery
    4.) LTE: T = NO on international, yes on at&t version called Xperia TL / NO on any announced TX versions (you’ll have to get the J for LTE outside the US it seems).

  • optimismprime

    Thank God in germany all 4 major carriers are using the same bands and every phone sold here works on every carrier, and i haven’t seen simlocks or netlocks in half a decade except for chepo prepaid cell-/feature phones

  • optimismprime

    people that like user-replaceable batteries?

  • optimismprime

    The Xperia Play sold so poorly that it doesn’t make sense for them to develop, let alone release a successor.
    It’s the same thing as with the 3D Smartphones. comparing the HTC EVO 3D GSM with the HTC Sensation GSM, they both had the exact same CPU, same screen size, same resolution. The EVO had more RAM (1GB vs 768 MB), the screen was glasses free 3D, it had 2 cameras on the back to shoot 3D fotos and 3D video. But it didn’t sell worth shit
    4 months ago you still had to shell out > 500 EUR for the Sensation, which was released WAY earlier than the EVO, while the EVO sold for 249, because noone was buying the damn thing (granted, it did look kinda ugly) where i live.

  • Ste

    They aint the same, VERY similar, but slightly different

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