Photos and Video of the Sony Xperia T & Sony Xperia V

Sony Xperia V

Revealed at IFA Berlin, the Xperia T and Xperia V represent an expansion in Sony’s handset range and an opportunity to gain a more substantial grip on the Android smartphone market.

 

Both handsets look similar and will be priced closely, but come armed with different specs and different features. Let’s take a closer look.

 

Sony Xperia T

The Xperia T is the bigger brother of the S, with a monstrous 13MP rear-facing camera pumping out photos at a 4128×3096 pixel resolution perhaps the highlight. The sharpness of the fully HD screen was seriously impressive – even without the obligatory video that accompanies every demo.

 

It’s armed with a dual-core 1.5GHz and ships with Android’s 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which I was told makes the handset quicker and more responsive than the Galaxy S3. It has 1GB RAM and 16GB storage on board, which can be expanded via a microSD card.

 

It’s only 1.5mm longer than the Xperia S, but has a larger screen – 4.6-inches against 4.3. This is primarily because Sony has lost the ridiculous light strip at the bottom of the handset, which added on extra millimetres to its size in return for zero functionality.

 

Sony Xperia T Bottom

 

Sony Xperia light strip

 

Sony Xperia V

Sony Xperia V BackThe Xperia V promises to set the cat among the smartphone pigeons for Sony and it used IFA Berlin to demonstrate just why. A super light handset, The Xperia V will support LTE in Europe, when the necessary bandwidth updates have been made. Alongside 4G compatibility, we have Sony’s superb 13MP rear-facing camera, a 4.3-inch screen and a dual-core 1.5GHz processor but even this doesn’t tell the full story.

 

This is because the Sony Xperia V is a dust proof and waterproof smart phone, passing tough regulations to achieve the IPx5/7 standards. I was reliably informed that the phone isn’t simply splash proof, but would happily cope under shallow water for around 3o minutes.

 

Check out the demo we recorded below, to demonstrate how it copes with a water shower:

 

 

Both handsets have Sony’s excellent standby to photograph feature, which allows you to fire up the camera from standby to take photographs in under 2 seconds. The quality of the 13MP camera cannot be overstated, capturing fine high-def photos and coping with light and movement better than any other smartphone camera.

 

I was told that both handsets would be priced in the €500 Euro range or upwards of £400.

 

Sony Xperia T Front

 

Sony Xperia T Back

 

Lead by the aforementioned S, three new Xperia smartphones were launched in January to favourable reviews. Their sharp, fully HD screens with the 12MP camera in the S gave enough USPs to win over reviewers, but perhaps not quite enough to tempt consumers to switch. With the HTC One range and the all conquering Samsung Galaxy SIII being announced and launched not long later, it proved to be bad timing for the Japanese electronics giant. With the iPhone 5 set to be announced on September 12, they’re hoping lightning doesn’t strike twice.

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