Sony Xperia T Android phone (preview)

A 12-megapixel camera and a large 4.6in screen are the two key features of Sony's Xperia T.

Sony has just taken the wraps of its latest flagship Android phone, the Xperia T. It includes a 13-megapixel camera, a large 4.6in screen and NFC connectivity as its key features. The Xperia T also appears to head in a different design direction to many of Sony's previous phones thanks to an emphasis on curved, rather than squared, edges.

The highlight of the Sony Xperia T appears to be a toss up between a large 4.6in screen with a 720p resolution and a 13-megapixel camera. The 4.6in display is Sony's biggest yet on a smartphone and the 1280x720 resolution gives it a pixels per inch rating of 323ppi. This is more than the Samsung Galaxy S III and the HTC One X and a mere 3 ppi less than the iPhone 4S.

The Xperia T's 13-megapixel camera should also attract plenty of attention. It doubles as a full 1080p HD video recorder and has a LED flash. Sony says it has made some software improvements to the camera, too, and promises users will be able to go from sleep mode to capturing a photo in little more than a second. The Xperia T has a 1.3-megapixel front facing camera that can record 720p HD video.

The Xperia T appears to head in a different design direction to most of Sony's previous phones. Rather than use the distinctive, block, square design of models like the Xperia S or Xperia P, the Xperia T is heavy on curved edges and rounded corners. This should theoretically make it more comfortable to hold, though some potential users will be annoyed with the lack of removable battery. The Xperia T is shorter than both the Galaxy S III and the One X in width and length so it could be a little easier to hold than both of these phones. It's only 9.4mm thick, too, and weighs a mere 139g.

The Sony Xperia T is heavy on curved edges and rounded corners, so it's a new direction from previous Sony smartphones.
The Sony Xperia T is heavy on curved edges and rounded corners, so it's a new direction from previous Sony smartphones.

The Sony Xperia T is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, has 1GB of RAM and comes with 16GB of internal memory. Many consumers will immediately criticise the lack of a quad-core processor but Sony says "improved battery life" is the reason it did not opt for a quad-core chip. Thankfully, a microSD card slot is available for memory expansion.

Other features of the Sony Xperia T include NFC connectivity and PlayStation certification. Sony will also sell what it dubs an "Xperia TV Dock" which will connect through the MHL-enabled micro-USB port and enable users to view photos and videos on a TV.

The Sony Xperia T will ship with the 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich version of Google Android operating system, but Sony has promised an upgrade to the latest 4.1 Jelly Bean version "following launch". However, the company has not revealed any specific timing details around the upgrade. Sony has a poor track record when it comes to timely Android updates, so we can only hope this isn't the case with the Xperia T.

Sony has confirmed the Xperia T will be launched Down Under, but hasn't confirmed any details about pricing or availability. Curiously, the Xperia T will be James Bond's smartphone of choice in the upcoming 007 movie, Skyfall.

Related content

Sony Xperia S review
Sony admits 'retail disadvantage' with Gingerbread Android phones
Sony Xperia P review
Sony Xperia Tablet S preview

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Ross Catanzariti

Ross Catanzariti

PC World
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?