Sony Xperia T

79
Engadget
Score
79

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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Sony Xperia TL review: the company's second US flagship is much improved, but still imperfect

Summary

The Xperia TL is Sony's first true flagship for the US market. But despite its aggressive $99 on-contract pricing, the TL fails to overtake HTC's superior One X, casting it as a second-place budget option.

Pros
  • Fast, reliable performanceFantastic 13-megapixel camera Attractively priced
Cons
  • 720p display prone to washoutWeak battery life
Sony Xperia TL review: the company's second US flagship is much improved, but still imperfect

As Sony's second stab at the US mobile market, the Xperia TL arrives with a major corporate synergistic push: a 007 movie franchise tie-in. But an awkward distinction as the official Bond phone and a smattering of pre-loaded "Skyfall" multimedia content alone won't drive consumer adoption; the specs and pricing will. Following in the footsteps of the company's first stateside flagship, the Ion, this AT&T 4G LTE exclusive is priced aggressively at $99 on two-year contract, packing a 4.6-inch HD Reality display (1,280 x 720) powered by Mobile BRAVIA Engine, a dual-core Snapdragon S4 clocked at 1.5GHz, 16GB of storage (expandable up to 32GB via microSD), 1GB RAM, NFC, dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, as well as an integrated 1,850mAh battery.

With Ice Cream Sandwich running the show and a planned upgrade to Jelly Bean in the works, it has all the makings of a current-gen high-end offering. So will the Xperia TL help Sony build much-needed buzz for its mobile division here in the states? Can a sub-$100 price tag effectively lure consumers away from the bigger, faster and flashier Android phones AT&T has to offer? Or is this mainly one for Sony loyalists? Find out after the break as we put the TL through its paces.

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Scores

Engadget

79
 

Breakdown

Reception and call quality
7.1
Display
8.0
Battery life
6.7
Camera
8.1
Ease of use
7.1
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Specs

Xperia

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Talk time
2G, 3G
Camera
yes
Internal memory
16 GB
Screen size
4.6 inches
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Specs

Xperia

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Talk time
2G, 3G
Camera
yes
Internal memory
16 GB
Screen size
4.6 inches
View Full Specs
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