Unlike Samsung, Sony’s Android phones haven’t exactly been a run away hit. But as time creeps on, as it tends to do, the struggling consumer electronics company seems to be slowly crawling their way out off the grave, at least when it comes to product quality. And although we can’t attest to them making a full and complete resurrection, it would seem that their latest flagship device, the Xperia T, is a step in the right direction.
The T should ship sometime later this year, and when it does expect it will pack Android 4.0, though Sony says Jelly Bean will follow shortly after its debut. At the center of the device is a 4.55-inch HD Reality display powered by Sony’s Mobile Bravia Engine. And while it can capture full HD video thanks to its 13-megapixel camera, its display is limited to 1280×720, which is nothing to snub your nose at – there is also a front facing 1.3MP camera. Furthering that is a “shatter proof sheet on scratch-resistant glass” that is not Corning’s Gorilla Glass, and a Sony function called “Sleep to Snap”, which reportedly allows the phone to go from a sleeping state to snapping a photo in an “instant”.
Nevertheless, other features include Playstation certification, FM radio with RDS, GPS, NFC, 1GB of RAM, a microSD card slot with support up to 32GB and 16GB of built-in memory, and a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Krait MSM8260-A dual-core processor. Sony says the 1,850mAh battery is capable of 7 hours of talk time, or 450 hours of standby time.
The Xperia T’s design is relatively simple – not flashy, and not too understated. For those concerned about the bulge in their pocket, it measures 5.1 x 2.6 x 0.4 inches, and weights 4.8oz.
No word on when the phone will officially launch, but when it does you’ll be able to pick it up in black, white, or silver.