With the dawn of new companies in the Indian smartphone market, big brands like Sony, HTC and Samsung have had to change their strategies to stay in the game. Every other smartphone company is trying to offer full featured phones at cutthroat prices. And the buyers, being Indian are not minding the lessened brand value till they’re getting big screens, fast processors and good cameras. Henceforth, to maintain their stature and capital, bigger companies are settling for lower priced phones with decent specs too. Sony recently launched its Xperia T3 which is a slim smartphone with a balanced set of specifications on paper. However, it is still priced a little above that other smartphones with almost similar specifications.
Look and Feel
The phone has been given with Sony’s Omnibalance design that debuted with the Xperia Z series of smartphones. Since then the brand has been incorporating the well received design in most of its smartphones. The phone sports a matte plastic back panel and a stainless steel rim that runs along the sides of the phone to give it a premium look. The Sony Xperia T3 is available in the usual Sony palette of Black, White and Purple.
Probably the slimmest Sony smartphone yet, the Xperia T3 measures 150.7x77x7 mm and weighs 148 grams. Neither shockproof nor water resistant, the T3 flaunts thick bezels around its already huge 5.3 inch display that actually help make the phone easy to handle.
The right edge is pretty crowded with a power button, volume rocker and a dedicated camera key. The left edge has slots for SIM and microSD card. The rear doesn’t come off and features a loudspeaker grille and the primary camera along with flash.
The Xperia T3 is powered by a quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with integrated Adreno 305 graphics and sports a gigabyte of RAM. The phone comes with 8 GB of internal storage and can support microSD card of up to 32 GB of capacity, which comes as a downer.
The display of the T3 is a 5.3 inch screen with a resolution of 720p and pixel density of 277 ppi. The Mobile Bravia Engine 2 ensures rightly saturated colours and the screen looks quite sharp. The primary camera is rated at 8 megapixels and can shoot videos at 1080p. There is a 1.1 megapixel front camera onboard that is capable of shooting at 720p.
On the connectivity front the Xperia T3 sports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 along with NFC. The Indian variant of the smartphone is incapable of connecting to 4G, however 3G is available. The phone is backed up by a large 2,500 mAh battery.
The Xperia T3 runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat. The phone comes with a Sony skin on top which is different than what has been mostly seen on Sony smartphones. There are loads of apps and bloatware which is a bit annoying.
The phone is priced at Rs. 27,990 which feels a little disappointing. There are other smartphones available in the market with similar specs and lesser cost. However, if you absolutely love Sony and you need a great camera and battery life, this handset can be considered.
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