Sony's T3 smartphone squeezes mid-range hardware into a razor-thin build
By Chris Wood
June 4, 2014
While Sony’s flagship Z-line handsets are all about high-end specs and waterproofing, it’s taking a slightly different approach with the mid-range sector. With the new T3 smartphone, Sony is providing one of the skinniest devices on the market, while still packing in some solid internals.
The handset is powered by a quad core 1.4 GHz Snapdragon CPU with 1 GB RAM and a mere 8 GB of internal storage. A microSD card slot is provided for expandability up to 32 GB, and the device runs on Android 4.4 KitKat. The T3 weighs in at 148 g (0.33 lbs), and at only 7 mm (0.28 in) thick, it’s thinner than most manufacturer’s flagship offerings.
Luckily, the device’s display doesn’t follow suit, coming in at an expansive 5.3-inches. The panel’s 1280 x 720 resolution is about what we’ve come to expect from mid-range smartphones, but given the large size of the T3’s screen, the compromise might be more noticeable. On the plus side, there is Mobile Bravia Engine 2 tech on board, and it’s an IPS panel, meaning the display should provide solid contrast and viewing angles.
Sony provides an 8 MP rear camera and 1.1 MP front-facing shooter. Not every mid-range phone has LTE radios, but this one does. There’s a 2,500 mAh battery powering things, which given the mid-range specs, should provide some solid battery life. Sony claims it will manage a little under 13 hours talk time.
In terms of styling, the handset’s square looks are in line with the rest of the Xperia line, but the thin nature of the T3, coupled with its stainless steel frame, makes it look that little bit more slick than its more expensive siblings.
The device comes in white, black and purple, and will be available in July. Sony is yet to announce pricing for the handset.