With smartphone flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 and upcoming iPhone 6 on everyone’s mind, it was a bit of a surprise to see Sony reveal the mid-range Xperia T3 this summer, in mind for a Q3 release.
Normally, manufacturers tend to try and avoid the entire third quarter portion of the year, in fear of going up against Apple’s now synonymous September iPhone release, but it looks like Sony isn’t worried.
So, can the Xperia T3 somehow avoid the Apple hustle and bustle and make the Xperia T3 a success? Let’s find out!
When it comes to power, the Xperia T3 isn’t a heavyweight, being aimed at the mid-range market, hence it’s Q3 release.
It’s a smart move from Sony, as if it released a flagship handset in the same timeframe it would likely get washed away in the iPhone hype, becoming a major flop.
Packing 8GB internal memory, a Snapdragon 400 chipset and quad-core 1.4GHz Processor, it’s safe to say that Apple and Sony shouldn’t be clashing too much this September on the power front.
For a mid-range handset though, the Xperia T3 is certainly impressive, offering plenty of power for the price range.
The display is nothing to be sneered at either, with the Xperia boasting a truly amazing 5.3” TRILUMINOS display which is really top of the range, even for a flagship handset.
Topping off the spec sheet is a 2500mAh battery and 1GB RAM, both of which are solid efforts for a mid-ranger and will make the Xperia T3 a great option for those looking to save some cash.
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Although the Xperia T3 is a mid-range handset under the hood, it definitely doesn’t look like one in its design.
Sporting the classic Sony style that we’ve seen in the likes of the Xperia Z2 and Z2 Compact, the T3 features an incredibly thin design and beautiful look from any angle.
With an aluminium trim edging all the way around the handset, the T3 has a truly premium look and feel, despite not being a real powerhouse behind the scenes.
The all-glass fascia sticks around from the Z2 as well, as do the colour options; making the T3 available in black, white and purple on release, with other colours sure to make an appearance at some point in the future.
The back side of the handset is slightly more down to earth, featuring a smooth plastic casing which has a great feel about it, reminding us of the Lumia 1020 feel; being smooth yet well-built.
If you’re only real worry about grabbing yourself a mid-range handset is its design, then you need not worry about that problem rearing its head with the Xperia T3.
If there’s one thing Sony knows, it’s how to make a stunning camera and we’re happy to say that this mantra translates over to the T3, despite not being the most powerful sounding snapper on the market.
Featuring ‘just’ 8 megapixels, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the T3 would be a bit of a disappointment on the camera front.
But thankfully Sony has worked its magic to create a stunning camera which easily outclasses many other mid-range cameras out there.
On the other side of the handset we find a 1.1 megapixel lens for all your selfie and snapchatting needs, and this lens again impresses more than it suggests.
Superior Auto, HDR, SteadyShot and many of the other classic Sony camera apps make their way into the T3, making it the ideal handset to let your creative side out, and with many more downloadable apps online, the camera fun never stops!
With specs like this, it’s quite easy to dismiss the Xperia T3 if you’re after a flagship powerhouse, but in terms of mid-range smartphones it’s very hard to find a phone as capable.
The design is astonishing, just as it is with pretty much every piece of Sony kit, and with a camera that is as good as any in its price range, you have to say that the Xperia T3 is arguably the best phone of its class.
Don’t expect it to make many headlines behind all of Apple’s glitz and glamour this September, but expect it to be a common sight in day-to-day life, as we’re tipping it to make some real noise on the sales chart for Sony.
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Written by Luke Hatfield