Interface and functionality

Sony's Xperia UI is one of the more basic Android overlays, but on the T2 Ultra it has features for easier one-handed operation, along with some multitasking options.

As any other popular Android smartphone manufacturer, Sony has its own, custom Xperia UI user interface, running on a version-old Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. It doesn't go as far in repainting Android, as HTC Sense, or Samsung's TouchWiz, but is an OK overlay. In order to achieve differentiation, Sony bets on a few branded apps, like the Walkman music player, or the Timescape social aggregator widget, and that's about it. All of the essential apps like Phone, Contacts, Messaging and so on have been customized, too. They are quite simplistic and straightforward, which isn't a bad thing.

Unfortunately, this Xperia UI doesn't offer extra multitasking functions like Samsung's Multi Window, or LG's Dual Window modes, which are very useful on a phablet. Sony, however, still offers its Small Apps suite, available when you hit the active tasks key at the right of the home button icon. By default there are five apps in the bar, like a calculator, or a browser window, and you can add more apps or widgets either from the tablet, or from the Play Store. They hover on top of anything else you are doing underneath, and you can fire up to five such resizable windows, which is a decent way to multitask on the 6” phablet, if needed.

As any self-respecting phablet maker, Sony has also added interface options that help you use the T2 Ultra with one hand. These include the usual “scooching” of the keyboard, dialer or calculator left or right, so you can supposedly reach them with your thumb only, when holding the phone with one palm. Moreover, Sony lets you pull down the status bar by double-tapping the on-screen home button, and thus read your notifications there without having to prop the phone with the other hand, and then scroll the bar downwards. It helps, but the effort you make for simply balancing the phablet with one hand is still significant.

Processor and memory

A midrange Snapdragon processor makes for an adequate, but not silky smooth performance.

A 1.4 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 CPU is what powers the T2 Ultra, with an Adreno 305 graphics crunching unit. This chipset occupies the lower midrange realm of Qualcomm's mobile silicon line, so don't expect any performance wonders, moreso when Sony has paired it with 1 GB of RAM. This combination simply does the job - the interface behavior is adequate, without choppy movements or annoying lag, but it's not buttery smooth either. The T2 Ultra comes with 8 GB of internal storage, of which only about 4 GB are user-available, but you have a microSD card slot on the left for memory expansion, covered with a protective flap.

Quadrant Higher is better
Sony Xperia T2 Ultra 9785.6
Sony Xperia Z Ultra 18158
HTC One max 12067
LG G Pro 2 19490
AnTuTu Higher is better
Sony Xperia T2 Ultra 19422.3
Sony Xperia Z Ultra 29732
HTC One max 26320
LG G Pro 2 28615
Vellamo Metal Higher is better
Sony Xperia T2 Ultra 582
Sony Xperia Z Ultra 1153
HTC One max 762
LG G Pro 2 1269
Vellamo HTML 5 Higher is better
Sony Xperia T2 Ultra 1923
Sony Xperia Z Ultra 2937
HTC One max 2558
LG G Pro 2 1692
Sunspider Lower is better
Sony Xperia T2 Ultra 1408.4
LG G Pro 2 818.3
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
Sony Xperia T2 Ultra 4.1
LG G Pro 2 8.9
Basemark OS II Higher is better
Sony Xperia T2 Ultra 447
LG G Pro 2 1050.6

Internet and connectivity

The T2 Ultra flaunts a dual SIM Active option and Asian LTE bands, which sounds like a recipe for success there.

Sony uses Android's default Chrome browser on the T2 Ultra, whose performance is adequate when it comes to panning, scrolling or zooming. The pixel density is a minor annoyance, compared with all those 1080p displays, as the text here looks less detailed and legible when zoomed out, and a tad jagged even when zoomed in.

The phone offers up to 42 Mbps HSPA+ download speeds, but its modem doesn't have support for the 1700/2100 MHz AWS spectrum of T-Mobile in the US, for instance. In addition, we get hexaband 4G LTE connectivity, which again eschews American carriers for European/Asian frequencies, as that's the dual SIM phone's target market. We get a dedicated SIM card management app, which lets you assign a primary one, rename the two cards, or set roaming and data download preferences for each. The T2 Ultra is a dual SIM active device, meaning that it comes with two transceivers, letting you receive calls on both SIM cards. The handset offers a full set - Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, and DLNA connectivity, throwing in NFC, and even FM radio with RDS for a good measure. Wired connectivity is supplied via the MHL port at the right side of the handset for TV-out purposes.



27. evansngothi

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 26, 2016

My God !!!forget about this phone. I had one for 4 months now, it says it in an airplane mode, and will not make calls and not even Sony support can fix it! They even say they can't have it for a checkup. Its just a SCAM!!!! don't buy this crap.

26. peegee15

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

very cool phone!

25. Pranawan

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 26, 2014

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24. nadeem.ahmed

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 05, 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.....

23. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 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.

22. Soulsniffer

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 06, 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..

21. xche78x

Posts: 101; Member since: Mar 11, 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!

20. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 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.

19. harsa27

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 30, 2014

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

18. alumoyo

Posts: 392; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

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

17. wildhammer

Posts: 56; Member since: Mar 16, 2014

I cant wait for T2 ultra vs desire 816

16. yuepc000

Posts: 16; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

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

15. alumoyo

Posts: 392; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

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

14. samraj

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 04, 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

13. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

Best Sony handset to date !

12. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

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

9. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Perfect mid range phablet.

6. YodhaMali

Posts: 49; Member since: Jan 05, 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.

7. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

its a midranger, go get a z1 ultra

8. YodhaMali

Posts: 49; Member since: Jan 05, 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.

11. xtremeed27

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 26, 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...

5. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

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

4. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

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

3. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

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

2. jhaw19

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

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

10. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

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

1. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

Wow!!! Great job sony!!! Hoping z2 ultra is like this, then me buy
Xperia T2 Ultra
  • Display 6.0 inches
    1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera)
    1.1 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 8GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 5.0 Lollipop

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