Sony G3121 given tour in new video leak

by XB on 28th January 2017

in Rumours, Videos


Sony is set to announce at least two mid-range handsets at the upcoming MWC tradeshow, running the MediaTek Helio P20 MT6757 chipset. This includes the Sony G31XX and Sony G32XX, the former handset is what is subject to a new video leak.

The video by YouTube user TechLover HD shows a full tour around the Sony G3121 confirming the use of a USB Type C port. The device looks similar to last year’s Xperia XA series, with thin side bezels but bigger bezels on the top and bottom of the phone. It is the same phone that we saw renders of last December.

It is clear we are looking at a mid-range device here as there is no fingerprint sensor and neither do we see Sony’s triple imaging sensors being used – only a single LED flash sits beside the camera. We previously confirmed that the Sony G31XX will have a 720p display and you can see the use of 2.5d curved glass.

Sony appears to be using a matte plastic for the device, which should keep the fingerprint marks away. The left side of the device has the SIM card and micro SD card slot, while the right side has the volume rocker, Sony’s signature power button and dedicated camera button.

Sony is using the same Xperia UI that we know and love – a minimal and clean skin compared to other manufacturer’s offerings. The phone is running Android 7.0 with firmware build number 40.0.A.0.137.

Other specs aren’t known for this model, but its bigger brother (Sony G32XX) is expected to have 4GB Ram, 64GB internal storage, 23MP rear camera and a 16MP front-facing camera according to a recent benchmark leak. So there is a chance that some of these specs might be shared. The title of the video suggests that the Sony G31XX will also have a 23MP camera, but this is not confirmed through the video.

Via GSMArena.

Thanks Diogo, Heung, KF, Max, Rony, Tobias and Zymo!

  • Butz007

    ugh same old- same old design!!!!sony just stop innovating when it comes to the design department

  • Omarion07

    It’s bezelicious!!!

  • joseph carmine nero

    Looks cool.unlike soap design everybody is using nowadays

  • Omer

    This makes me happy as Sony will probably use a new sensor for their top devices instead of that garbage 23 mp sensor. It takes grainy photos and the sides of the image are very blurry.

  • dragonsneeze

    If you’re using plastic, matte is the way to go. Looks nice, only if it was a tad shorter. And finally the volume button is where it belongs.

  • KarFar

    The X/XZ successor must have minimal bezels, look at the S8 and G6.

  • Khairul Shafiq

    looks like lenovo p70 from back

  • dragonsneeze

    To have that they reduced the battery according to rumors and have a gimmicky 18:9 resolutions. G6 looks thick also. Not really worth it.

  • Moisés

    It looks like Xz but corners are little bit different. This one probably has 5″ HD, 3gb ram, 32gb, 16mp/8 mp, usb C. Maybe waterproofing.
    The other one might be a Pro version. It cannot be the Ultra nor X. X is already more powerful.

  • Moisés

    Propably is the one with 5,5″ 4K

  • Samar Vaishampayan

    I had enough of samsung and sony nonsense. My next phone will be Nokia.

  • Moisés

    Nokia is just the name, not old Nokia.

  • Moisés

    People do not complain when chineses make an iphone style…
    Xiaomi Mi Mix is a copy of the Sharp Aquos Crystal launched in 2014.

  • BGDoesGaming

    the bezels are getting bigger and bigger WTF SONY?!!!

  • razorg

    The up/down bezels are still to large. Besides, the 23/20MP thing is just an advertising tool, and won’t be utilised properly. This has always been the case with Sony. My Z5C has 23MP sensor but the camera is set up for 8MP out of the box, for both Superior Auto and Manual. In Manual, it even disables some of the settings if you go higher than 8MP. And also, the time to take-and-process a picture is too much at 20/23MP, and not as instant as it is in 8MP (due to the large file size to be processed), and even our top-end S810 processor struggle to process the taken photo instantly, so I doubt it will be a better experience with Helio P20 processor…

  • Samar Vaishampayan

    I am waiting to try nokia 6 at local brick and mortar store. Video review looks promising. Higher end models to be launched this year. Maybe change my sony mobile next year.

  • Ryuzaki Raiga

    this new design just introduce last year, where the hell is old design???

  • Snorky112

    still make the best pictures x) (at least for flagships)

  • Bashar Shehab

    Design rate: 5/10
    Wtf is happening with those bezels there is not any speaker up there to make for it

  • Amirul Jeffry

    That bottom bezel though

  • Daniel Johanzon

    why should they make new phones when they’re not ready to update those mobiles that will have Android 7.0

  • Genorok

    Well there are speakers up there (I couldn’t tell on the bottom from the video but the previous leak showed one down there too). This phone has the old Z2 speaker setup. I’m not a fan of how tall it is either. The cheaper parts they put in must be larger.

  • Butz007

    Ryuzaki i know, its from last year… from xperia xz and xperia x compact – design style… what im trying to say regarding on innovating ideas atleast it should makes people “Wow” a bit… or even make the phone total bezel less all over this time… they really make a breakthrough when they started on xperia z and the sales is phenomenal… then they create a multiple series pertaining to that design the sales goes down… and the history will repeat itself to this kind of style… Im a sony fan boy Ryuzaki… from sony xperia sola (first phone without the Erickson brand, first innovation on glove touch technology) Sony xperia V (first phone water proofing) Sony Xperia Z Ultra (first phone that actually able to used any ordinary of stylus, like ordinary pencil) and xperia z5 the first finger print phone sony….. so yeah im looking for innovation this time… and nothing yet new from sony…

  • Butz007

    I like iphone a lot… overal design, ui, the simplicity etc etc…. so when the Chinese created something out of this design concept… some people would buy it… coz its cheap than iphone… you cannot blame them economically speaking…. and you cannot take away that iphone still a better looking phone …. because of its simplicity, perhaps the trending design factor of this phone to be look good is having a no logo brand on the front of the phone… proven to be great on apple and surprisingly on Xiaomi Mi Mix now…. it makes the design… simple, elegant and yet very techy on the back… with all those branding and other insignia… this should be a winning factor for cellphone manufacture out there

  • Bezels for the win !

    “Wow” it’s low end – midrange phone .

  • Bezels for the win !

    haven’t seen you here on XB for a long time , where is your friend Timel ?

  • Butz007

    not on that time…

  • Battel

    Rounded corners are the best for one hand usage, these Sony narrowed corners will be pain in the ass for one hand usage, try it for your self before comment .

  • Emil Oskarsson

    Yeah just did and it doesnt bother me at all, still feels good in the hand :)

  • Battel

    I suppose you own XZ or XA !
    could you tell us the Pros and the cons of your device ?

  • Battel

    The sensors are fine, it’s Sony image programming algorithm that’s used for the sensor’s causing the blurry and heat issue !

  • Omer

    I dont think that it makes the best pictures. They are extremely grainy. When you ZOOM in you can see the dirtiness

  • Omer

    This is controversial issue(sides of the images blurry). Someone says like you its caused by software,the others including me says its about hardware. As this is the first time I see that issue on xperia. Z-Z3+ or M5 or C5 or XA etc. none of them have this problem. X-XZ-Z5 all have this issue and use same sensor so it can be caused by this extremely wide angle sensor

  • dragonsneeze

    Lens, sensor and module are different concepts altough connected. Blurry corners are a hardware issue that the lens(es) create.

  • Omer

    It is possible you are right.

  • Dilipkumar

    Ur questions is 100% correct?

  • Bashar Shehab

    They never put stereo speakers in mid rangers and this is no exception, that’s not a speaker, that’s just an ear piece. This bezel is unacceptable.

  • Moisés

    Nobody would sell new phones.
    The new Galaxy A come with Android 6.
    Even S7 has 7.0 but not everywhere

  • Moisés

    When they do not use stereo, they place the second speaker near usb.

  • Bashar Shehab

    Actually they never did that.

  • Paul L

    Is Sony just increasing bezel size every year now until there’s no screen left?

  • ryq24

    Most model in this segment already made fingerprint sensor a standard feature. Sony should at least made this waterproof if they won’t include the fingerprint sensor.

  • Srijan Chawla

    I own a XZ, the screen feels such a joy with rounded edges but it’s a pain in the arse to find even a decent screen protector that covers the edges.

  • ZeRo+

    Upper indented, very big.

  • Solano89

    I like it! With the rigth price it can be a it for those who don’t want a flagship!

  • dragonsneeze

    He means that it’s a low end phone. It doesn’t have to wow with anything.

  • Svnjay

    This issue is on ever Xperia from Z to XZ. The includes the M4 and Z3+ which I have both owned.

  • Battel
  • Ates

    Wow fix it…is for your XZ! Safeguarding for your displey! Find on youtube and look!

  • TimmY

    Make the actual display smaller and the bezels bigger!! You go Sony!! :)

  • Butz007

    yeah, that’s why i replied contrary to his belief “not on that time…” meaning… its totally not a “low end phone” or “mid range phone” – during its time, during its initial release… and so silly comparing it to the high end phone nowadays…

  • Alex Norris

    Looks good but, why so huge bezels Sony.?

  • Moisés

    E5, XA Ultra, M5 and XA

  • Moisés

    I do not think it is right to launch a phone that looks exactly the same of one from another brand.

    Iphone SE is cute, but 6 and 7 are kinda ugly. Take a look at Galaxy C7 of 2016.. It is the iphone 6.
    Many Huawei look like Galaxy Note 5 and 7. And even more expensive than the originals.
    If you compare z3+ and z5 is hard to recognize, but when someone says that X and XZ look the same this person is doing that to be mean.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d5723a6d859bdf0b01f78783b8305cb912733e3762ae6c9fd096e04350a76bd9.jpg

  • Moisés

    I told you it is not the old Nokia.
    HDM and Foxconn are behind the project. They are paying Nokia to use the name, so they can have more success.

    Who would buy any HDM / Foxconn phone?

  • dragonsneeze

    You got it wrong. He means XA 2017 not your old phones. He is joking. Get your sarcasm radar checked. Lol.

  • Bashar Shehab

    These phones don’t have stereo speakers, the only speaker they have is the one ob the bottom next to USB port, and that’s diffrent than what we are talking about.

  • johala02

    HMD Global is based in Finland with lot of old Nokia people. And Nokia got a board member in that company to. Yes Foxconn will manufacturing the devices, but Nokia will of course have some input in the process and design.

    I own a Sony Xperia XZ now, but if the succesor still will have huge bezels I might change brand. Time will tell how it goes.

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  • Butz007

    Geez I never actually dig that… Thanks mate

  • mUSICA

    its a budget phone

  • mUSICA

    its a budget phone so chill guys

  • azzido

    Still waiting for proper flagship with proper cyber shot camera. Not interested in low ends…

  • Moisés

    The new one will have less.
    Speakers on the edge like z5.

  • Moisés

    That is what I say.
    When Sony does not provide stereo, they move the speaker to the bottom.

  • Anze. ro

    This reminded me the famous Lumia 800 I owned before. Personally I like this rectangular

  • Omer

    I’ve used Z2 it did not have this problem. Also z1-z3-z3+ dont have this issue I’m sure.

  • Svnjay

    They all do as it is a software issue.

    Sony phones have megeapixel count in such small sensors. As a result, they have small photodiodes which captures little light. This causes images to be dark, have lots of noise and ramp up the ISO in low light. The picture graininess is a product of Sony’s aggressive noise reduction algorithms.

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  • iia3ezu

    Mediatek crap, while other brands are showcasing their Snapdragon 835 flagships in Q1 2017.

  • Moisés

    There are 5 devices expected this year.
    This one is the cheapest.

    There will be 1 or 2 with sd835

  • Moisés

    The new XA looks like XZ

  • Moisés

    To keep battery size without going big screen…

  • Moisés

    Same 5″ of XA…

    This is not new xz

  • Moisés

    Sony zoom is 5x, others use 2x

  • Moisés

    Even on manual, when i use 8 mp + hdr looks better than 20 mp

  • Moisés

    Since z3+ they say it is Gorilla Glass 4. I do not trust.
    My old Xperia C does not have screen protector.
    You can feel its display is much stronger than on z3+.

  • Moisés

    The design is based on what costumers in Japan like.

  • Mustafa Sezer

    Nice design

  • Wilhelm-Bernhard Trometer

    Is just a rumor but sony may will also anounce a new flagship with a 4 k display and 5.5 inch screen and snapdragon sd 835 chipset that is going to be very intressting if that is thrue the galaxy s8 is not on my list this phone is to big but 5.5 inch screen with 4 k display and new camera sensor that is something to look forward to but this new flagship wont be release for before july becourse samsung has reserve that chipset for it self until the s8 is release which is to bad but until now everything is just a rumor so let see what sony brings to the table

  • Battel

    Check the samples on the web for all devices you’v mentioned (use computer screen not your phone), and ask your self why other competitors who’s used the same Sony’s sensor didn’t have the same problem ?

  • penubag

    why are there no leaks of a flagship sony yet? Are we sure it exists?

  • Omer

    The garbage camera software of Sony mobile is well known for a long time it is not the point. What I mean is that for instance Xperia M5 takes much better images even if it uses sony software. Also, we cant say that the competitors use Sony sensor they dont have that issue so all Sony sensor is great. Only Sony use 23mp IMX300 sensor as I know. Such a big pixel count 23 mp is too much for such small sensor. This should be changed this megapixel count means nothing everyone learned it. So, they shouldnt go on with this sensor on new flagship device.

  • Omer

    HDR from scene modes or you hust open HDR option on settings?

  • Omer

    Unfortunately this is right I can see this as a big Sony fan :( They solved front camera problems it is fnatastic now on XZ but rear camera is still garbage.

  • Omer

    It doesnt mean that it makes the best pictures.

  • Moisés

    I did not say that.. It means when you zoom in you will see it grainy. Because Sony’s zoom is 5x.

  • Moisés

    Scenes mode…

  • Emil Oskarsson

    Actually i do have the X Performance :) Only con with it is the battery :p Much better with the nougat update though :)

  • Samar Vaishampayan

    Yeah, need to give an try and then decide…..

  • 3_nity

    Stop complain about bezel!

  • Abdusselam Şahin

    big bezels and on screen
    cmon sony whyyyy

  • Battel

    XP doesn’t have any narrowed edges, i was referring to XZ and the new XA design !

  • Moisés

    Yes, there will be a device to replace z5 premium.

  • azzido

    Sony, can we expect Windows 10 ultrabook /tablet that will be better than surface pro? Bigger screen, bigger battery, camera and interfaces would be perfect. I am looking for such device for mobile work, Android is good for entertainment only, not for business…

  • mixedfish

    Kind of ruined the perfect balance of the original XA, IMO that was the best phone design of 2016, just a shame it was low end otherwise I would’ve bought it.

  • Battel

    Galaxsy S6 & Note 4 & 5 = Sony IMX240
    Galaxy S7 & Note7 = Sony IMX260
    Huawei P9 = Dual Sony IMX 286
    LG V20 = Sony IMX298
    Iphone 6S = Sony IMX 328
    Iphone 7 = Sony (Don’t know the model) but it’s 8.10 mm big sensor
    Nexus 6P = Sony IMX377
    Google Pixel = Sony IMX378

    Samsung had used it’s own camera sensor and Sony sensor on S6/7 & Note5/7 and you can’t tell the different even Apple had used Sony sensor and LG sensor on Iphone 7 and also we don’r see them have had the same Problem we’r having with Sony camera sens Xperia Z !

    Sad to see the Pupils outdo their Master :)

  • mrhangover Rox

    I’ll pass this time, no manual focus..

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  • Nandish Punter

    So Experia XA receiving Nougat should be in some corner?

  • Warren Chang

    my wife’s x performance’s battery life seems worse on nougat, it very decent on marshmellow at around 1.5 days, now it’s around 24 hours of regular usage

  • Emil Oskarsson

    I have like 1-1.5 h more screen on time with nougat xD

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