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Sony Xperia T review

New top-end phone enters the fray at Sony

The Sony Xperia T has a rear-facing 13MP camera which is definitely one of its top features.

Both the quality of the photos, and the range of features included are superb. You also have a 1.3MP front-facing camera, capable of 720p HD, for video calls or Skype chats.

If you want to shoot in the standard 16:9 aspect ratio you have to drop down to 10MP, but as any photographer will tell you, there's more to a camera than just the number of megapixels.

Sony Xperia T review

A few of the usual settings are available, including red eye reduction, geotagging, smile detection and a self timer.

The Sony Xperia T features an f/2.4 aperture which is about standard for top-tier smartphones at the moment.

Interestingly, some of the more advanced features like white balance and ISO settings aren't included on the Xperia T. We've seen these on other phones – particularly the Nokia Lumia 900 – and photography buffs might take issue with this.

Sony Xperia T review

A couple of other notable features have made it onto the Xperia T such as the panorama shot. You pan the camera across from left to right and the Xperia T will stitch the result together to create a sweeping panoramic vista.

A feature Sony are keen to emphasis is the quick capture option that debuted with with Sony Xperia S last year.

This enables you to hold down the shutter button – even when the phone is locked – and it will fire up and take a picture in under a second.

In practice this works very well and means you won't miss the vital picture because you're too busy unlocking the handset and loading up the camera app.

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This picture shows plenty of detail in the fading light, and was taken without a flash with the Xperia T set to the 10MP 16:9 aspect ratio.

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Detail hasn't been much increased by switching to 13MP and 4.3 format here, although the photo is noticeably brighter, particularly in the background.

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Close ups come out well, and although there's no macro mode, the auto-sensor does a good job of picking out the detail.

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The Panorama mode is a nice feature that works particularly well with landscapes. The quality is good, but if you zoom in - particularly on the pavilion in this photo - the stitching is slightly wonky.

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In low light conditions, the Sony Xperia T does a decent job, although the flash isn't the most powerful we've seen in a smartphone.

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The flash works fine in low light for close ups like this.

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Without the flash in low light conditions, the Sony Xperia T will struggle to pick up any detail.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory16 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEDGE, GPRS, HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS, HSPA+
SAR Value0.85 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyXperia T
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1700, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution13 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSony Mobile
Battery Talk Time7 Hour
Screen Size11.6 cm (4.6")
Screen Resolution1280 x 720
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)139 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.1
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density323 ppi
Height129.4 mm
Width67.3 mm
Depth9.4 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time450 Hour
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product NameXperia T Smartphone
Processor Speed1.50 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Product LineXperia T
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Gyro Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass, Orientation Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part Number1265-8787
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

Capture

Save the moment with an HD phone

A first-class kick into goal. A golden sunset worth more than the plane ticket. Video chats so crisp the miles between you disappear. The 13 MP HD camera from Sony with full 1080p HD video recording captures it all in stunning detail. And since the most unforgettable moments are often unexpected, you'll be glad the fast capture camera goes from sleep to snap in just over a second.

Remember

Re-play it in vivid detail

Need an instant re-play to settle the score, or just feeling nostalgic? Flip through your personalised photo album - with the "Album" app you easily sort, browse and share your photos and videos. Choose your most recent HD video or browse the globe to find the pictures you took in Spain. Who's that in the background? Zoom in super-fast to see. Re-live it all on the 4.6" touchscreen with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine. Your videos and pictures are crisp in every detail with no jagged edges or blurry faces.