Xperia T

Sitting in on Sony's live IFA conference today, they've gone ahead and given the official stamp on three new devices. In order the Sony Xperia T, Xperia V, Xperia J will all be coming to market each offering their own individual features and price points. 

The Xperia T will be the flagship leader here and as we've seen in previous leaks runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with an upgrade to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean shortly after launch. It also has a 720p display, 13MP camera and built-in NFC along with a 1.5GHz dual core processor

The Xperia V will be coming with LTE connectivity and NFC that allows for interaction with a wide array of upcoming Sony accessories. A 13MP camera will allow for HD video recording while the 1.5GHz dual core processor will keep Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich going until it gets upgraded to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean and if that's not enough, it's also water and dust resistant.

To close out their smartphone announcements, Sony introduced the Xperia J, which is their entry level offering running Android 4.0 out of the box with a 5MP shooter and only 512MB of RAM. The display leaves a lot to be desired, as it does not share the Bravia engine powered like the others instead, packs a 4.0” FWVGA Display. Videos, full specs and more of all can be found below. Xperia T will launch globally over the next few weeks. Xperia V and Xperia J will launch globally in calendar Q4 2012.

Xperia T key features:

  • 4.6” HD Reality Display powered by the Mobile BRAVIA® Engine for razor sharp clarity
  • 13MP fast capture camera that goes from sleep mode to snap in just over a second
  • Full 1080p HD video recording capabilities and a 720p HD front camera for the highest quality content
  • Easy connectivity with ‘One-touch’ function enabled by NFC
  • PlayStation™ Certified
  • Latest generation 1.5GHz dual core processor for improved battery life, fast performance and ultra sharp graphics
  • Android version 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Will be upgraded to Android version 4.1 (Jelly Bean) following launch. Detailed timing to follow
  • MHL connectivity for viewing content on a big screen without the need for a charger
  • Use Xperia TV Dock with MHL to HDMI converter and charging connector to enjoy photos and videos on an HDMI enabled TV
  • In some markets Xperia T will be known as Xperia TX
  • Available in Black, Silver and White colours

Xperia V key features:

  • 4.3” HD Reality Display powered by the Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 for razor sharp clarity
  • 13 MP fast capture camera with full HD video recording.
  • Latest generation 1.5GHz dual core processor for improved battery life, fast performance and ultra sharp graphics
  • LTE for the fastest data download speeds (in markets where technology is available)
  • Easy connectivity with One-touch ‘One-touch’ enabled by NFC
  • Clear audio+ for the highest level of sound quality
  • PlayStation™ Certified
  • Android version 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Will be upgraded to Android version 4.1 (Jelly Bean) following launch. Detailed timing to follow
  • Highest levels of dust and water resistance in a smartphone (IP55/57+) ensure protection from the effects of immersion up to 1m for 30 minutes
  • MHL connectivity for viewing content on a big screen without the need for a charger
  • Available in Black, Pink and White colours

Xperia J key features:

  • 9.2mm slim stylish design
  • Large 4.0” FWVGA Display
  • Social media updates with illumination
  • 5MP AF camera
  • Front chat camera
  • Available in Black, Gold, White and Pink colours
 

Reader comments

Sony unveils three new devices at IFA - Xperia T, Xperia V, Xperia J

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Can someone explain why a forthcoming flagship device is runnign ICS and not JB? I don't understand why OEMs do these things.

It's easy.. and as noted they'll be upgrading them. The development cycle of these devices was started long ago, they were working with ICS and expected ICS to be what they would launch with, so they prepared it for ICS. Then, Google dropped Jelly Bean and with not enough time to make the needed changes they must launch with ICS and then late on upgrade to Jelly Bean.

Because it takes time to write code. They get the code from the current Nexus devices and then they need to adapt it to their phones, with their own code and then of course personalize it. That takes time.

They were working for a while on ICS, and that's what they're releasing because instead of waiting to launch the device even longer, they launch the device with the software it had been designed to run and this gives them more time to further develop and update the JB software and hand it over in the form of either a tethered update (via USB) or OTA update.

I think this is completely acceptable.

Im glad you think its acceptable. Sony's business sucks so who am I to argue. Samsung will have the GS3 updated to JB before these devices are even released. Sony should get out of the smartphone business.

Honestly, who even cares? These phones will never see the light of day in the US and if you want to get one unlocked, Im sure Sony will price them for 700+.

i used to love Sony products. now i buy nothing but Samsung. Sony dropped the ball and fell behind long ago.

Once again Sony launches new devices that are behind before they even come out, what with LG having already moved to the S4 pro.

Are all three models water resistant? Seems basic, but hard to find in a smartphone and a feature I'm quite interested in.

I don't think so, they make a big point of it with the V and don't mention it at all with the others.

I think there are a lot of people interested in that. I certainly hope it catches on because it's long overdue. I think Panasonic has been offering water resistance too. Then there was some Casio thing heavily advertised during last winter's X-Games which looked tough but the specs were terrible.

Water proof products can be taken under water or submerged in water without the fear of getting the product damaged. Water resistant products must not be submerged in water but can withstand environmental conditions like rain and snow (source: Differencebetween.net)

The scene at the end of the Xperia V commercial where the device falls into the fish bowl would all but destroy the phone since these devices are water resistant.

However, I want to be clear that I think a phone being water resistant is a huge plus. When I'm out running, it would be great if the device I had was water resistant. Because it's not I usually experience performance issues after a run.

There is no such thing as 100% waterproof, just different levels of resistance.

The Experia V is capable of withstanding being completely submerged in water at a depth of up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes according to their specs.

It should survive a fishbowl just fine.

Running with your unprotected phone is a bad idea. I answered mine once during a run and sweat got inside the screen. I was lucky that it dried out after a few days but I can still see the stains.

EVERY phone should be water resistant. It just makes sense given how they are used today.

If the Xperia T turns out to be the phone the rumored Sony Xperia Nexus is based on I would be very happy. Looks like good hardware.

"with an upgrade to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean shortly after launch."
Yeah we heard similar crap in the beginning of the year... Shame on Sony!