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Sony unveils the Sony Xperia T flagship smartphone

Sony unveils its latest flagship smartphone at IFA 2012: the Sony Xperia T, which boasts a dual core 1.5 Ghz S4 processor, 4.6" HD screen, NFC and a 13 MP camera with an Exmor R sensor. Unfortunately, it will only arrive with Android 4.0, but Sony promises a quick upgrade to Jelly Bean.
August 29, 2012

Today, at IFA, Sony unveiled three new smartphones, each for a certain price range and category: Sony Xperia T, Sony Xperia V, and Sony Xperia J. Out of these three, the Sony Xperia T  (Sony LT30) is the high-end flagship device. Let’s see what we can get with this phone.

As far as specs go, we get a dual core 1.5 Ghz S4 processor, the same one that is available in the HTC One X and the Galaxy S3 in the US, a 13 MP camera with an Exmor R sensor, a 1.3 MP front-facing camera, a 4.6″ display with an HD 1280×720 resolution, 16 GB of storage, microSD expansion, MHL connectivity, and a 1,850mAh battery.

The specs look good, especially the camera, but Sony has yet to release a phone with a cutting-edge processor. So I’m hoping for another flagship by the end of the year (perhaps the Xperia S successor?) to come out at least with S4 Pro, like LG’s upcoming flagship.

As far as software goes, they also seem to fall behind a little, launching it with Android 4.0, considering the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will launch with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Sony promises the Jelly Bean upgrade will be available shortly after the phone’s launch, but we would’ve been a lot more impressed if it came directly with it.

Sony’s skin doesn’t seem to be too deep, with slight customizations and some custom apps of their own, so it shouldn’t be too hard to upgrade from ICS to Jelly Bean. Here’s hoping that the upgrade will arrive weeks and not months after the phone’s release.

I think Sony is making some very solid phones lately, and they could easily make a  Nexus phone, especially with Google’s guidance. It’s actually something I’d like to see, because of Sony’s more unique designs compared to everyone else (although they are starting to use them a little too often), because of their cameras, which I think are the best on the market as fast as “normal” phone cameras go, and their high-quality sound, thanks to their Walkman history.

It’s important to note that Sony also announced a Sony Xperia TX variant (Sony LT29) that has mostly the same specs, but with a dual core S3 processor instead. The TX comes in pink, and it will be available in some specific markets.