Japan’s NTT DoCoMo announced its winter handset line-up earlier today. It officially confirmed that the Sony Xperia AX (SO-01E) would be headed to the network and announced plans to release the handset between November and December this year. This is a pretty vague launch date. It is already the middle of October, so we thought that by now Sony would be able to refine the release date down to one month rather than two.
However, what it suggests to us is that it will launch towards the end of November or early December, in line with what Swedish retailers are showing for the Sony Xperia V. If Sony Japan was confident of launching the Xperia AX in November it wouldn’t even mention December. Consumers are fickle and don’t like waiting. It appears that Sony will do its darnedest to get the handset out by the end of November, but as the deadline is tight they are using December as a fall-back.
To celebrate the official launch of the handset, Soy Mobile has released a number of promo videos for the handset (see below). If you want to see some hands-on photos of the Xperia AX in different colours then check out the IT Media and Watch Impress reports. The official Sony Xperia AX product page can be found here.
The water and dust-resistant Sony Xperia AX is the Japanese variant of the Xperia V. It has a 1.5GHz dual-core MSM8960 chipset, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, a 4.3-inch (720 x 1280) display, 13MP camera, VGA front camera, LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, MHL, 1700mAh battery and microSD memory card support. It will also come with some Japanese-specific features such as an infrared port, 1-Seg TV tuner and FeliCia NFC. The Xperia AX will have dimensions of 129 x 65 x 10.8mm and will weigh 120g. The phone will be available in four colours (black, pink, turquoise and white).