Sony Xperia T Hands-on (video)

Daniel Bader

November 7, 2012 6:43 pm


We had a chance to play with the upcoming Sony Xperia T — also known as the Bond Phone — at a media briefing today in Toronto. While it maintains the HD display and LTE connectivity of its ion predecessor, the Xperia T has a design sensibility that harkens back to the curved contours of the Xperia arc, and it’s all the better for it.

Preloaded with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, the Xperia T utilizes a few of Sony’s new brands to excellent effect: WALKMAN is back, showcasing a new audio player that combines with Music Unlimited for local or streaming music playback; Movies combines a gorgeous new media player with Video Unlimited, the company’s movie  and TV show ecosystem; and Album showcases Sony’s new Android Gallery software, complete with DLNA or HDMI sharing through MHL and a new feature called SensMe, which creates music based on your mood and pairs it with a moving slideshow.

Underneath the hood, the Xperia T has a 1.5Ghz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 SoC with an Adreno 225 GPU, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage (plus a microSD slot) ,a 13MP camera sensor on the back and a 1.3MP front-facing camera, an 1850mAh non-removable battery, LTE connectivity and NFC. The 4.55-inch screen is utilizes the Mobile Bravia Engine and has a resolution of 1280×720. The phone feels extremely comfortable in the hand and is a light 139 grams despite its all-aluminum body. From my limited time with the device, the screen seemed extremely sharp, and the handset felt more compact than other top-tier Android phones from LG, Samsung and HTC.

One of the selling points of the phone, besides the Bond branding and included promo material, is the 13MP camera. Sony has included a dedicated shutter button on many of their high-end devices, and the Xperia T ups the speed at which you can wake up the phone and shoot a photo. We tested the feature and found it to be significantly faster than the Xperia ion, and we look forward to testing it against other high-end devices in the coming weeks.

The phone comes with a bunch of preloaded content, both from the associated carrier and Sony itself. Most of it is useful stuff, like shortcuts to PlayStation Mobile (this is a PlayStation Certified device, of course), but there are the requisite game demos and other bloatware that we wish could be deleted.

At 9.4mm, the Xperia T is numerically thicker than many of the top current Android devices available, but you’d never be able to tell. The device slims considerably in the middle, and the curve accommodates the hand far better than some of the boxier choices out there. The aluminum finish makes the phone feel very premium, but after a few minutes with the Xperia T it was clear that the slate finish will be a fingerprint magnet.

We’ll be getting our hands on the Xperia T in the coming days, and will do comparisons to some of the more popular phones out there. Check out a few more photos of the device below.

The Sony Xperia T is coming to Rogers, Bell, Mobilicity and MTS on November 14th. Pricing will be released in the coming days by each carrier.

  • Tharan

    What’s up with the nail polish in one of the pics?
    The phone, meh…

    • Mr. Marcus

      I like this phone. I like the sony tags, I think its good that sony is trying to do something unique and different.

    • $73ARPU

      I stopped reading when you said Ice Cream Sandwich, mid November 2012!
      LOL!!!

      1-The phone has LTE and SD card but HALF THE RAM of the N4!
      2-If the upgrade was so close, why wouldn’t wait a few days/weeks and then release the phone with Android4.1?
      Answer: The upgrade will take longer, it always does.
      3-The only way that phone can compete this season will be with price put it at $350-399 and might sell.

      -Shaken, stirred and FAILED! phones like this simply prove why you SHOULD buy a Nexus phone (upgrades and price)

    • $73ARPU

      Good luck waiting and awaiting for the SONY Update, and then months later for the Specific operator upgrade (that “testing” is nothing more of a time buffer to push the expensive phones first then the others, then the upgrades)

      I have learned my lesson with Sony, Motorola and LG. Nexus phones from now on are a no brainer.

    • $73ARPU

      The phone comes with one of the Bond girls and Ice Cream Sandwich from 2011 (Not a Typo!)but the phone is still a FAIL!

  • Dilkatron

    Was geared up to buy this phone, then heard about the Sony Odin. May have to wait.

  • Eric

    LIKE!

  • George K

    Their skin looks really bad. Seeing it set against elements of the default ICS skin makes it really stand out. For example, the part of the videos where it’s showing the storage settings; you see the modern, vibrant look of ICS in the settings themselves then you have the dated, cheesy looking faux gloss header.

  • Logical

    What a device indeed! Pricing will be the main issue here. Robellus will rob-the-hell-out-of-us I am assuming.

  • kris

    one of the main thing that sucks about sonys new phones with HD screens is the horrible viewing angles. theres alot of washout and fading. its very odd seeing how sony makes the screen on the one x which has the best viewing angles ever. they are clearly sourcing their better panels to competition.

  • HighClassFrenchCricket

    very ugly back design, no thanks –this will go straight to the walmart mobile aisle like its uglier brother the ion

  • John Marshall

    If I wasn’t holding out for a Windows Phone 8, this might be pretty appealing.

  • Osama

    so what are you gonna get French? theres not too much out there other than LG, do you feel that lucky?

  • Bri

    I like how Sony tries to be innovative and etc that the os actually stands out from others.
    But software update is always the issue…
    Nice phone though

  • simon

    And I suppose you prefer amoled with its saturated radioactive colours and screen burn? Lol

  • simon

    This is the phone to beat imo.

    Sure its screen doesnt have as good viewing angles as the amoled sreen but it doesnt have ridiculous saturated and radioactive colours either. Not to mention screen burn either.
    Its playstation store is going to be awesome with a synced up wireless ps3 pad and hdmi input to a hd tv.
    Lets not forget that its new processor is out performimg quadcore phones.
    Its got nfc, ‘facebook inside xperia’ ajd the sexy arc design too. I am so getting this.

  • umamaheswarao

    what is the cost of sony xperia

  • Osama

    this phone would have been perfect if it had 2 GB of ram, and a more solid exterior like the x10. I agree with Cricket, the back looks walmartish, but im not looking at the back, im looking at the screen. As long as it is fast enough to run JB and play 16GBs of media, and it takes good pictures, and good display, im sold!

  • carlisso

    This phone (non LTE) is selling unlocked on http://www.clove.co.uk for 315GBP, which is around $500.00 CND.

  • Bryan MacKenzie

    since when is this LTE?

  • squirrel_masher

    All the the software mentioned is already on ARCs and IONs that moved to ICS.

    So I guess speed and curves is about all you get extra. Glad to see they kept the shutter button though

  • tbone

    How on Earth is this phone “nice”? It barely competes with the GS3 (almost a 6 month old device) and with the Nexus 4 around the corner with the Quadcore S4 Pro, this phone is a complete scam if priced anywhere above $400.

    Just cuz it’s doing something “different” doesn’t make it better.

    • Henry

      Because not every phone is competing for the top spot in the mobile industry.

      Galaxy S3 was designed to be the benchmark for Android and to beat iPhone 5.

      Nexus 4 is made for developer for running their apps with pure android expereince coupled with decent spec to last them a year or 2.

      Xperia T was made to be the bond phone with Sony Ericsson design. The decision was made before Sony took over Ericsson. So with all the money invested, Sony need to release it and make a business out of it. They can’t do with the the spec and software then they do with the James Bond marketing.

  • Osama

    why does a phone need a quad core and 2 GB of RAM? I guess if you’re a hardcore gamer, you will need a GS3. But if you just use the phone as a phone and media centre, 1 GB of RAM and 1.5Ghz Dual core should be more than enough, considering I have 256MB RAM, 1.0Ghz, this will be a huge upgrade for me!

  • Kurt

    Don’t mind If I do.

  • CHETAN KUMAR

    LET ME WIN PLSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

  • K.Sashidhar Reddy

    Lucky me?

  • Saqib

    LOve the phone..honest and nice review.. nothing exaggerated. WOudd love even more when i win it.. haha :)

  • Tim

    Hey guys…

    In the review he mention’s that the phone material is made of Aluminum… Hmmm this is the first time I’d heard from anyone that the phone is metal???

    Can anyone confirm this?

    Thanks

  • cody morrison

    My phone is so crappy I would absolutley be extatic if I won this!

  • Sai Tarun Meka

    I love this Bond phone.. wish i get to win one in the mobilesyrup Bell xperia T contest..