Sony Xperia T – we try James Bond’s new phone [IFA 2012]
Sony Xperia T – what is it?
Aside from being James Bond’s phone, it’s a 4.6-inch Android smartphone stuffed to the gills with all the latest tech – dual-core processor, high definition screen, 13Mp camera with Exmor R sensor, all the things that should make it go fast, look great and take good photos.
It’s also got NFC, Near Field Communication, built-in, the technology that lets data be sent to other devices through touch alone and allows things like mobile payments in shops.
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Below are first impressions based on a short time with the product, not a full review. Read our smartphone reviews for full reviews of the latest smartphones and to see which have the best battery life, clearest screens and best apps. Read about how we test smartphones for an in-depth breakdown of all our tablet tests.
Sony Xperia T – Andy’s first impressions
I reckon James Bond has chosen wisely with the Xperia T. Putting aside Android’s iffy security record, it’s got everything a budding spy needs, and a bunch of stuff they don’t, too.
Suffice it to say the screen looks great and it runs very fast – we’ve come to expect as much from flagship smartphones. Compared to the competition it’s not the most exciting phone to look at, but the gently curved rear is nice to hold and what it lacks in excitement it gains in not being ugly.
One interesting feature is what Sony calls ‘Sleep to Snap’. There’s a dedicated camera shutter button – a nice thing to have – which when held down will take the camera from sleep mode to a shade over a second. It’s not a feature unique to Sony, but it’s very useful all the same and the camera itself is equally quick. Whether or not it takes great photos we’ll have to wait for our full lab test to find out.
When can I buy it?
It’ll go in sale in the UK within the next few weeks, but there’s no word on pricing yet.
Sony Xperia J and Xperia V
Sony also announced two new Xperia phones, the J and V, to complement the flagship Xperia T. Read on for details on each.
Sony Xperia J – what’s new?
The Xperia J is a more affordable smartphone, that apparently attempts to offer a stylish approach to the Android operating system.
It has a smaller 4-inch screen, is 9.2mm thick and comes in a range of four colours – black, gold, white and pink.
The J also runs the Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android, but it only has a 5Mp camera and 1GHz single-core processor.
Sony Xperia V – will it make it to the UK?
The final phone Sony unveiled was the Xperia V, although it’s unlikely this one will be available in the UK. This is because it features 4G LTE connectivity which won’t be widely available in the UK until 2013.
For more information read our guide to what is 4G LTE?
As well as being 4G enabled the Xperia V is waterproof and has a 4.3-inch display. It is running Android Ice Cream Sandwich and has a 1.5GHz dual-core processor.
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