Device reviews
    18 August 2014


    First impressions: Sony Xperia T3

    The Sony Xperia T3 was officially unveiled last week in Johannesburg and is aimed at those who appreciate style and design and want to stand out from the crowd.

    The 5.3-inch smartphone is super slim, measuring 7mm, and is quite light, weighing only 148g. The stylish T3 comes in three fashionable colours – black, white and purple.

    The mid-range handset runs on a quad-core 1.4GHz processor with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 32GB via microSD. Despite being a mid-range phone, it supports NFC and Miracast technology, and has LTE capabilities. The handset has a good battery capacity for its class – a 2 500mAh with Stamina mode, found on other premium Xperia handsets.

    The 5.3-inch HD Triluminos display uses the same technology as Bravia televisions and has a screen resolution of 1280 x 720. The handset is crafted from stainless steel, which doubles up as an antenna. It has a matte finish on the back, making it feel sturdy and less prone to slipping from your hand.

    Straight out of the box, the T3 runs on the latest Android KitKat 4.4 and comes preloaded with apps to get you up and running in no time. They include a selection of social networks, Google suite, WhatsApp, Evernote and other useful utilities.

    The 8-megapixel Cyber-shot camera has the same interface and experience as other high-end Xperia handsets with various modes like timeshift burst, AR effects, panorama, manual settings and social live – a feature that lets you broadcast live video footage to your Facebook friends. It’s capable of recording full 1080p HD videos, while the 1.1-megapixel camera shoots in 720p.