Between iOS 8, Android 4.4.3, and the launch of new devices like Samsung’s first Tizen smartphone, the Samsung Z, yesterday was a big one for smartphones. But amidst all the major news, there were a few smaller developments, and one of those concerned Sony teasing a seemingly new device, one that appeared to be quite thin and also quite large. Sony advised us that we should “stay tuned for the next big thing this season,” which had us thinking that it would still be some time before full details on this model would be revealed. Instead, the manufacturer is jumping right into it, and has already gone public with its latest phablet, the Xperia T3.
When we saw Sony introduce the Xperia T2 Ultra back in January, it was very much a mid-ranger so far as phablets go, and the T3 doesn’t appear to be a greatly different story. That means that despite the large 5.3-inch display, we’re looking at just a 720p resolution. The phone’s silicon tells a similar tale of mid-range performance, with a quad-core Snapdragon 400 and just one gigabyte of RAM. The phablet also offers 8GB internal storage (with microSD support), an 8MP main camera with 1.1MP front-facer, and a 2500mAh battery.
So far, not much to write home about, right? Well, the T3 does have one trick up its sleeve: an incredibly thin build. At just 7mm thick, Sony says the T3 is the thinnest 5.3-incher around. Does that make up for the handset’s middling specs? We’ll leave it for the shoppers to decide, but considering how competitive the phablet space can be, Sony could have its work cut out for it.
Sales of the T3 begin around the world late next month, and will see the phone available in black, white, and purple.