I got a chance to play with the Sony Xperia T. The T is known as the James Bond Phone because he uses one in the new Bond Flick thatís launching soon.
Spec-wise the T is similar to the Galaxy S III and HTC One X (the LTE versions). Dual-core 1.5Ghz Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB built-in storage plus a Micro SD slot, 1850mAh battery, 4.6Ē LCD display and 12.8/1.3MP cameras. It also supports Mira-cast (video out via WiFi). It ships with Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich).
Itís launching on Rogers, TELUS, Bell, Mobilicity, Videotron, MTS plus they mentioned Wind too (though Iím not sure if they got confused). Kudos to Sony for getting it on most carriers!
The circle on the back below the camera is where the NFC antenna is located. Most of the back is metal so I guess they needed to put something plastic over since metal would block the signal.
I love how Sony ditched the micro HDMI port and is now only using a MHL micro USB port. That means they no longer have those awful port covers on the USB.
It launches with Ice Cream Sandwich and utilizes ICSís on-screen soft keys so there are no hardware buttons at the bottom.
left to right: Motorola RAZR HD LTE , HTC One X, Sony Xperia T, LG Optimus G, Samsung Galaxy S III
Size-wise the lack of hardware buttons allows the T to be a pretty compact phone. It feels noticeably smaller than the GS III, One X, RAZR HD LTE, etc.
top to bottom: RAZR HD LTE, One X, Xperia T, Optimus G, GS3
It fits well in my hands, and is solid.
Compared to the Xperia ION which was a bit of a brick the T feels much more special. Most of the back is metal but it painted. It has a matte finish that looks awesome.
I also love how itís curved - very interesting looking plus it's very tactile.
All Android manufacturers have to play the hardware game so Iím a little disappointed that the T isnít launching with something more cutting-edge. The S4 processor is in the process of being supplanted by a couple of quad-core chips. At 1850mAh the battery also also seems a little on the small side.
Sony is really pushing the James Bondishness of phone. It will come preloaded with trailers, pictures, wallpapers and other media related to the new flim. It will actually come in a special limited edition box. The box is retro, it harkens back to a time when the size of a box indicated how fancy a phone was.
Besides the Bond angle Sony was showing the new media interface. Itís basically a fancy gallery app for your pictures and videos. You can pinch zoom when youíre viewing all your pictures (neat) plus you can view where you took your pictures in a map (like the iPhone) but the T also allows you to view your pictures on a 3D globe.
They pushed the angle where you can dock your T with a cradle to use it with your TV. It looks cool but I doubt many people will use their T this way. Especially when the dock costs 90 bucks.
Another thing that Sony is trying to push is the NFC angle of the T with some other Sony products including a pair of NFC enabled headphones (NFC helps make pairing easier) plus you can buy NFC tags which you can use for automation from Sony.
I'll have a full review in a few days.