Comparison - Sony Xperia S vs Xperia TX

October 7, 2012
By Loh Ving Sung GooglePlus


We are lining up two Sony flagships - one old and one new against each other. Let’s see their differences and see what Sony added to the TX.

Sony Xperia S vs Xperia TX

 


Usability


Sony has changed the TX’s design with a curved and slim body. It has a slightly larger 4.55-inch screen compared to the Xperia S, which sports a unibody design, along with a glass piece on the bottom.


The TX also managed to shed 2mm when compared to the 10.6mm Xperia S and the TX is noticeably lighter too. Shedding the girth and weight means that the TX takes a hit on its internal memory – the Xperia S with 32GB has twice as much as the TX.


We often lauded Sony’s touchscreens with Bravia display technology, and the Xperia S and TX both come with it. The TX has the larger 4.55-inch compared to the 4.3-inch on the Xperia. The screens share the same resolution, but the S’ smaller screen means you get denser pixels per inch.


They both come with dual-core 1.5GHz processor along with 1GHz RAM. So we doubt there are noticeable differences when it comes to their performance. They both use microSIMs too.


Software          


Sony has taken up the Android operating system since its Ericsson days, so both the Xperia TX and S are powered with Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and 2.3 (Gingerbread), respectively. So opting for TX might net you a few UI improvements, but there is no need to split hairs about it, as the S is upgradable to ICS. Sony also threw on their own TimeScape UI on top of the Android operating system.


Camera


Forget 8-megapixel cameras, both phones come with imagers that shoot over 10-megapixels. The Xperia S starts off with a whopping 12-megapixel camera while the TX has a 13-megapixel camera with a f/2.4 aperture. The camera are both equipped with Exmor R technology, which helps with low-light shots and record full HD 1080p video too.


As for their front-facing cameras, the Xperia S and TX comes with a 1.3-megapixel front facing camera that records 720p videos.


Connectivity


The phones share connectivity options from HSPA, WiFi, and WiFi hotspot connectivity. There is also A-GPS and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. The TX also boast NFC functionality, but so does the Xperia S, which you can likely use with Sony’s SmartTags. Tags you can set to a specific function, for example, the tag you leave at the side of the bedroom can be set to silent your phone, simply by tapping your Xperia on it.


Verdict


We are hard-pressed to recommend the Sony Xperia TX to owners of the Xperia S, and while Sony managed to pack a number of features into the TX, like a larger touchscreen and that whopping 13-megapixel camera into a very slim body, it is hardly a major change that will woo current  Xperia S users.


New Sony converts can look forward to a phone James Bond is using in his next adventure Skyfall. And while we’ve yet to see a confirmed price point for the TX, we expect it to be priced similarly to S$848 Xperia S.



 



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