Sony Xperia T3 revealed as world’s thinnest 5.3″ smartphone
Earlier this year Sony announced the Xperia T2 Ultra midrange phablet, and now it’s apparently already time for us to meet the Xperia T3. No more Ultra branding this time around, and the T3 comes with a much more manageable screen size compared to the T2. Hence, we can’t really call the new T3 the successor to the T2, since they seem to be intended for different people. As always, Sony keeps confusing us with its naming scheme.
That aside, the Xperia T3 looks like a nice midranger, though in this day and age we probably shouldn’t refer to it as a phablet. That’s because it has a 5.3-inch touchscreen, so it’s just over there at the line – between phone and phablet. One thing Sony seems particularly proud of is that the Xperia T3 is the world’s slimmest 5.3-inch handset. That said, we don’t know very many other 5.3-inch devices on sale right now, so this is an easy prize to get.
The Sony Xperia T3 has 720p HD screen resolution, an 8 MP rear camera with LED flash, a 1.1 MP front camera, a 1.4 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, and a 2,500 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat. Its dimensions are 150.7x77x7 mm, and it weighs 148 grams.
Therein lies the problem. While it is impressively slim, undoubtedly, the Xperia T3 manages to be less than 1 mm narrower than the 5.5-inch Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo, which is also less tall than it. So aside from one measurement (that of thickness), the Xperia T3 certainly isn’t a very compact device – even compared to similar midrangers such as the Note 3 Neo. The LG G3, on the other hand, is 2.4 mm narrower and 4.4 mm less tall, while coming with a 5.5-inch display.
Sony expects to release the Xperia T3 globally at the end of July, offering it in black, white, and purple. Pricing hasn’t been announced, but we wouldn’t expect it to be extremely cheap compared to its competitors – for that would be a first for Sony.