Preview: Sony Xperia T

The Sony Xperia T is the company's flagship Android phone for 2012.

The Sony Xperia T is the company's flagship Android phone for 2012.

The highlight of the Sony Xperia T appears to be a toss up between a large 4.6in screen with a 720p resolution and a 13-megapixel camera. The 4.6in display is Sony's biggest yet on a smartphone and the 1280x720 resolution gives it a pixels per inch rating of 323ppi. This is more than the Samsung Galaxy S III and the HTC One X and a mere 3 ppi less than the iPhone 4S.

The Xperia T's 13-megapixel camera should also attract plenty of attention. It doubles as a full 1080p HD video recorder and has a LED flash. Sony says it has made some software improvements to the camera, too, and promises users will be able to go from sleep mode to capturing a photo in little more than a second. The Xperia T has a 1.3-megapixel front facing camera that can record 720p HD video.

The Xperia T appears to head in a different design direction to most of Sony's previous phones. Rather than use the distinctive, block, square design of models like the Xperia S or Xperia P, the Xperia T is heavy on curved edges and rounded corners. This should theoretically make it more comfortable to hold, though some potential users will be annoyed with the lack of removable battery. The Xperia T is shorter than both the Galaxy S III and the One X in width and length so it could be a little easier to hold than both of these phones. It's only 9.4mm thick, too, and weighs a mere 139g.

The Sony Xperia T is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, has 1GB of RAM and comes with 16GB of internal memory. Many consumers will immediately criticise the lack of a quad-core processor but Sony says "improved battery life" is the reason it did not opt for a quad-core chip. Thankfully, a microSD card slot is available for memory expansion.

Other features of the Sony Xperia T include NFC connectivity and PlayStation certification. Sony will also sell what it dubs an "Xperia TV Dock" which will connect through the MHL-enabled micro-USB port and enable users to view photos and videos on a TV.

The Sony Xperia T will ship with the 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich version of Google Android operating system, but Sony has promised an upgrade to the latest 4.1 Jelly Bean version "following launch". However, the company has not revealed any specific timing details around the upgrade. Sony has a poor track record when it comes to timely Android updates, so we can only hope this isn't the case with the Xperia T.

Sony has confirmed the Xperia T will be launched Down Under, but hasn't confirmed any details about pricing or availability. Curiously, the Xperia T will be James Bond's smartphone of choice in the upcoming 007 movie, Skyfall.

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