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Sony Xperia T2 Ultra Review

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Sony Xperia T2 Ultra Review
Sony Xperia T2 Ultra Review
Sony Xperia T2 Ultra Review
Sony Xperia T2 Ultra Review
Sony Xperia T2 Ultra Review
Introduction


Last year marked the time when phablets ganged up on the 6” display diagonal barrier, and the barren at the time market niche, suddenly started teeming with competition from every major manufacturer, like Samsung, HTC, LG and Nokia. Sony outed the jaw-dropping 6.4” Z Ultra phablet then, cramming top-shelf specs in an ultrathin, waterproof body.

This year, Sony is on a quest to conquer the midrange in the category, with the Xperia T2 Ultra - a 6” handset with a more affordable price tag that features a 720p screen, and a Snapdragon 400 processor, but sweetens the pot with a 13 MP camera, and a large battery. Can this price-to-specs combination make the T2 Ultra take the phablet universe by storm? Let's find out...

In the box

  • In-ear stereo headphones
  • microUSB cable
  • Wall charger
  • Warranty and information leaflets

Design

There's no going around how big the T2 Ultra is – it is a 6” phablet. Thankfully, it's also thin and light.

There's no escaping the fact that the T2 Ultra is a giant handset, like the rest of its fellow 6-inchers. It is about the size of the HTC One max, and is taller, but less wide than the Lumia 1520. These phones' dimensions make the 5.9” G Pro 2 appear acceptable, for instance, and LG's phone is by no means something to carry around comfortably. Sony, however, made the phablet the slimmest of them all, at 0.3” (7.65mm), and comparatively light for such a big device, at 6 oz (172g), so at least lugging it around won't be a literal burden. You can forget about one-handed operation, though, this thing has to be held and managed with both palms the vast majority of the time spent with it.

The phone is all around plastic, with the side rim trying to imitate metal with limited success. There are two speaker grills at the front, but only the top one houses an earpiece, while the bottom grill just hides the main microphone, which is aided by a second one on the back, for noise-canceling purposes. The back cover is not removable, and the 3000 mAh battery is sealed inside. That same back cover is made of glossy plastic that is a fingerprint and pocket lint magnet, attracting every piece of thread thrown at it, so it has to be wiped often. We have the white version, so we can only imagine how the back of a black T2 Ultra will look like after some time spent with the handset. The T2 Ultra isn't waterproof like the Z Ultra, but Sony kept the protective flaps over the card slots for a more uniform look on the sides. We have the dual SIM version, so on the right are the two microSIM card slots, covered with a flap. Further down below are the power/lock key, the volume rocker, and the two-stage camera shutter key, all of which feel a bit cheap and flimsy, with shallow tactile feedback. The left houses the memory card slot, as well as an open microUSB port up top, which makes the phablet a bit uncomfortable to use with the charging cable plugged in.


Sony Xperia T2 Ultra
6.5 x 3.3 x 0.3 inches
165.2 x 83.8 x 7.65 mm
6.07 oz (172 g)

Sony Xperia T2 Ultra

Sony Xperia Z Ultra
7.06 x 3.63 x 0.26 inches
179.4 x 92.2 x 6.5 mm
7.48 oz (212 g)

Sony Xperia Z Ultra

HTC One max
6.48 x 3.25 x 0.41 inches
164.5 x 82.5 x 10.29 mm
7.65 oz (217 g)

HTC One max

LG G Pro 2
6.22 x 3.22 x 0.33 inches
157.9 x 81.9 x 8.3 mm
6.07 oz (172 g)

LG G Pro 2

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


Display

What the 6” screen lacks in pixel density, it somewhat makes up for in color presentation, brightness, and viewing angles.

The screen is where it's at with those 6-inchers, but the 720x1280 pixels of resolution on the Triluminos display of the T2 Ultra would be disappointing for some. The panel is with a 245 ppi pixel density, which would be deemed decent just a year ago, but now is somewhat aging. Small detail and zoomed-out text in the browser appear jagged, and not as discernible as on a 1080p display. It's not that bad, though, as you'd be looking at the T2 Ultra further afar from your eyes than, say, you would do with a 5-incher, so for the general user this resolution would be fine – if not with small text, then with pictures and video.

We measured the screen's color temperature to be 7071K - pretty close to the reference 6500K, so the whites appears right on the spot and not cold. Color representation is slightly off on the phablet, predominantly with the greens, which appear a tad oversaturated, but overall the display looks good, and only a picky eye would notice. Another strong point is the screen's brightness, which we measured as 508 nits – on the high mark for a good LCD display. Unfortunately, the panel's coating is rather reflective, so outside under direct sunlight you may have too much light bouncing back to your eyes if you don't hold it at the right angle. The viewing angles are a bit more narrow than on the best IPS-LCD panels, but still very good, and a far cry from the poor ones on the Xperia Z or Z1.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Sony Xperia T2 Ultra 508
(Excellent)
26
(Poor)
1:1473
(Excellent)
7071
(Good)
2.9
5.39
(Average)
7.47
(Average)
HTC One max 469
(Good)
8
(Good)
1:1827
(Excellent)
6793
(Excellent)
2.23
6.47
(Average)
6.42
(Average)
Sony Xperia Z Ultra 425
(Good)
23
(Poor)
1:901
(Average)
6334
(Excellent)
2.07
4.43
(Average)
5.57
(Average)
LG G Pro 2 420
(Good)
7
(Good)
1:1257
(Excellent)
7949
(Average)
2.17
3.96
(Good)
5.2
(Average)
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posted on 30 Apr 2014, 04:11 4

1. pyradark (Posts: 784; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


Wow!!! Great job sony!!! Hoping z2 ultra is like this, then me buy

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 04:34 3

2. jhaw19 (Posts: 4; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


thanks PA. great review and great mid phablet!!!

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 06:40 2

10. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3620; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Great review, but such a great device with minor cons but still 8.8? 9.2 would have been great.

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 04:57 1

3. refillable (Posts: 680; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


At $400 surely this is going to kick the Mega!

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 05:06 7

4. Anshulonweb (Posts: 368; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


wow......look at the battery life..... awesome......

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 05:07 4

5. Anshulonweb (Posts: 368; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


and its active dual Sim.....sony certainly has impressed me....

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 05:24

6. YodhaMali (Posts: 41; Member since: 05 Jan 2013)


I like phones with large displays, but I'm not impressed with this due to its mediocre chipset and low RAM. A snapdragon 600 or S4 Pro processor with Adreno 320, and 2 Gigs of RAM would have been better.

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 05:41 6

7. apple4never (Posts: 974; Member since: 08 May 2013)


its a midranger, go get a z1 ultra

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 06:10

8. YodhaMali (Posts: 41; Member since: 05 Jan 2013)


S4 Pro is two years old and yet powerful than the currently touted mid-ranger Snapdragon 400. It's only logical that a previous generation's flagship will do more justice to the current generation's mid-range phones.

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 06:46 2

11. xtremeed27 (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Apr 2014)


The S4 Pro hasn't been in devices for 2 years.. The first devices using it didn't pop up until like 2 months before the end of 2012 such as the Optimus G which came out in the U.S. in November.. so it's much closer to 1.5 years.. More importantly the Snapdragon 400 and S4 Pro seem to be quite similar in performance with the S4 Pro slightly beating the 400 in most benchmarks. Compare the T2 Ultra's benchmarks here to the Xperia ZL's on this very same website.. If anything the 400's power is impressive considering it uses Cortex A7 cores vs the S4 Pro's Krait cores and slightly higher clockspeed(100mhz more in this case) and yet nearly equals its performance and it also has better battery life...

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 06:33 1

9. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3620; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Perfect mid range phablet.

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 07:04 5

12. hafini_27 (Posts: 317; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)


Woa, Sony surprised me with battery life. 10 hours screen on time? Damn!

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 08:14

13. livyatan (Posts: 753; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


Best Sony handset to date !

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 08:24

14. samraj (Posts: 5; Member since: 04 Feb 2014)


I am ardent Sony fan..I have played with T2 Ultra...Although i haven't tested its Outdoor camera performance, indoor photos came out quite noisy..noisy as hell..I was shocked to see so much noise in 13mp camera module of Sony..Sony seriously needs to up their game with software used for 13mp sensors considering the same 13mp sensor produces spectacular images in S4. Happy that Z2 has a quite nice cam though.. Waiting for Z2 in India..:D

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 10:36

15. alumoyo (Posts: 240; Member since: 26 Aug 2013)


I really really like this. Officially considering a phablet for the first time.

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 11:45

16. yuepc000 (Posts: 13; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


When is it available? I couldn't find it on store.sony.com yet.

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 12:23

17. wildhammer (Posts: 32; Member since: 16 Mar 2014)


I cant wait for T2 ultra vs desire 816

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 15:12

18. alumoyo (Posts: 240; Member since: 26 Aug 2013)


Better battery than iPad Air and Samsung Galaxy Note Pro - phablets really ARE killing tablets.

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 19:02

19. harsa27 (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Apr 2014)


hope sony improve camera quality, it seems camera quality of samsung's 8 MP better than this 13 MP camera

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 22:28

20. anleoflippy (Posts: 320; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)


I can vouch that the T2 Ultra is one of the best mid rangers because my mother actually bought the white version so I had chance to play around with it. I was sure that the Processor and 1gb of ram would bog it down but that is certainly not the case.

posted on 01 May 2014, 14:04

21. xche78x (Posts: 101; Member since: 11 Mar 2014)


Great phone! Now lets see leaks of Xperia V Ultra, 5.5" 1080p ips display, Arm64bit or just snapdragon 610/800, Android 5, 32gb +msd slot, 13megapixel Back cam with flash, 5megapixel front cam, very thin bezel like ZL, front blasting stereo speakers, 4000mah battery, waterproof, usb otg, latest bluetooth, wifi up to a/c. Microhdmi out would also be nice.

V could be any letter sony choose!

posted on 01 May 2014, 14:36

22. Soulsniffer (Posts: 5; Member since: 06 Nov 2012)


Where's the video review @Daniel. P? :)
Great review though! Are you sure the loudspeaker's pretty loud? I've heard many complain about its loudness though..

posted on 02 May 2014, 06:16

23. robocopvn (Posts: 219; Member since: 10 Mar 2010)


Snapdragon 400 with quad A7 cores is much slower than snapdragon 400 with dual krait. I think many phone makers intend to trick normal user with that.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 06:22

24. nadeem.ahmed (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Jun 2014)


Very bad phone...
Now i aware how can they launch a 6 inch phone in 25000

Hangs very soon & no call , msg ,mail all are struck..
after restarting the phone you getted a lots of miscall msgs , mails and etc.....

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 01:27

25. Pranawan (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Jul 2014)


Plz can anyone send me a sony xperia t2 ultra plz.i liked to have but we don't have much money.iam from srilanka.if anyone want to send me a sont xperia t2 ultra my email addrss
is Vpranawan@yahoo.com plzplzplzplzplzplzplz send .me.plzplzplzplzplzplzplzplzplzplzplzplzplzplzplpz​lpzlpzlpzlpzlpzlpzlplpzlpzlpzlplzlpzlplz.

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Sony Xperia T2 Ultra

Sony Xperia T2 Ultra

OS: Android 4.4.3 4.4.2 4.3
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Display6.0 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (245 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera13 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8928, Quad core, 1400 MHz, ARM Cortex-A7 processor
1024 MB RAM
Size6.50 x 3.30 x 0.30 inches
(165.2 x 83.8 x 7.65 mm)
6.07 oz  (172 g)
Battery3000 mAh, 14 hours talk time

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