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Sony Xperia GX/SX release dates confirmed

July 31, 2012
We’ve been waiting for Sony’s Xperia GX (aka Hayabusa) for quite some time now, hoping that it will be able to stir things up in the high-end phone niche. Anticipation grew gradually over the last few months, as we found out more and more about the handheld, and we now finally know when it will start selling.

As you might already know, the Xperia GX is the phone’s exclusive branding for Japan, where it will ship via NTT DoCoMo starting Thursday, August 9. One week before that (meaning the day after tomorrow), the carrier will open pre-orders for Sony’s new flagship, although the pricing details are still being kept under wraps.

The GX won’t hit the Land of the Rising Sun by itself and will be accompanied by a similarly designed phone whose specs make it fall right between the mid-range and high-end categories. The Sony Xperia SX will be up for pre-order on August 3 and will start shipping a week later, on the 10th. The 3.7-incher also has its price tag kept secret, but fortunately a revealing of that very important piece of information should happen in only a couple of days.

Unfortunately, NTT DoCoMo’s official listings for both the GX and SX do not clear the air about the phones’ global future. The SX is thought to remain a Japan-only device, though the information is unconfirmed, while the GX will most definitely spread to the US and Europe in the form of the “Hayabusa”.

This doesn’t have an official release date or pricing details attached to its name, but it’s very likely to be unveiled during Sony’s special Berlin event at the end of August.

Before that, though, we have a thing or two to make the waiting process easier. We’re talking about some high-quality sample photos supposedly taken with Hayabusa’s monster 13 MP rear-facing shooter. These aren’t the first ever leaked pics, but, unlike those from back May, they look very crisp and overall more impressive.

That’s not extremely surprising, as it was pretty clear that the Xperia GX used at the early photos was an “unpolished” test unit, while this Hayabusa is almost certainly a final model, ready to enter production. You can see all the new pics below (and one above), so don’t be afraid to leave a comment and let us know what you think about the future phone’s camera. Also, don’t hesitate to click on each photo and enlarge it to get a taste of its high-resolution crispness!