Perhaps a case of...If you can release something that's less sophisticated and make more profit...
My impression with Japan and Korea (at least recently) is that people are willing to pay more for things than in some other countries (e.g. U.S.) -- this might be the case seeing as both of these countries appear to be much more uniform than say the U.S., so it's easier to tailor to larger audiences. I don't know if this is true, but may be it's a factor.
Maybe. But people are dying to pay for it here, and they won't sell it. I just wonder why. We're not that uniform, but I bet the market here is comparable to whatever they are getting in Asia. I don't really know these things.
I checked a couple of other sites. It's not just me. people really want the SX. It's the very first time a top-shelf quality android phone has been released that is a small phone, latest cell tech (LTE), and not missing any of the "expensive" features like lots of megapixels, cpu, and whatever else companie's cut corners on the their cheap phones.
And it's an aesthetic thing. Geeks like me love small, sturdy, powerful gadgets. Design wise, the iphone is the best out there. Why? The shape is perfect. Pretty much perfect size, beautiful rectangle and corners (lol, I know, but it is). And it's got a very good heft to it. Feels like what it costs. Mass is important to me, I don't know why. If I'm going to pay big bucks, I want metal, not plastic. The Samsun S3 is a top shelf phone. But aesthetically, it's super lame. It's too light, feels too cheap. Compared to the iphone, it feels like a kid's toy. And the stupid weird rounded stuff is ugly and not great to hold either, sorry. The bottom with the rounded concave body, yuck. The overly rounded corners. Eww. It's too thin relative to it's length/width. I don't feel special holding it.
But this SX is different. I don't even have to hold it to know it will have the proper amount of heft. I just know it will, you can see it. Lovely shape, beautiful simple, elegant rectangle. Slightly smaller than the iphone, even more perfect! Android! Perfect! LTE! quad-core blah blah, basically, all the latest good stuff. This is it.
because when it comes down to it, there isn't much functionally distinguishing a lot of these phones. You may say I'm making a big deal about corners and weight, but these little things are the only remaining distinguishable characteristics. It's not like there's a circular vs. rectangle shape. So if they're all rectangles, then the rounded corners become a distinguishing feature. And it's not like there's a Linux alternative to android and ios, so you just have to pick one. And they are ALL 4-point-whatever inches, so until now, there wasn't even a "small" option. This screen is better than that screen, big deal, I don't give a shit. This has snapdragon, oh my god, this other one is still on 1.3 Hz, or some shit like that. I don't give a shit!! is it faster or something, is that what you're saying? And what exactly is faster? Does swiping take 5 milliseconds less on the slow one? Is dialing a number more instant on quad core vs duo core? Oh, I'm being silly, sorry. Maybe some people use the phone for heavy computing tasks like playing call of duty on a 4" screen. Or maybe you're watching a 4GB 1080p...on your 4" screen. I mean, I really get tired of seeing the same damn four and a half inch rectangle being compared to a slightly different four and a half inch rectangle. I just want a smaller phone. I mean, a good phone that is a smaller phone.