Camera

A very good 13 MP camera ups the ante in the phablet realm.

The 13 MP camera on the back of the T2 Ultra consists of Sony's Exmor RS sensor, with a 1/3.06” size and 1.12 micron pixels, coupled with lens that offer f/2.2 aperture. It is managed by all the bells and whistles you'd expect from Sony's Xperia UI camera app, like a Scene Recognition mode, that can fire 36 different scene presets automatically, including decisions on whether to shoot in an HDR mode or not, depending on the scene in front of the lens. We also get Augmented Reality overlays, and a bunch of manual scene modes like Panorama. By default the phablet shoots in a wide 16:9 aspect ratio, which is about 9 MP, so if you want to use the full 13 MP resolution of the camera, you have to change it to 4:3 manually from the app settings. The phone focuses and snaps quickly, for about a second, while the shot-to-shot times are average - about three to five seconds, depending on the scene, and whether the HDR mode is on or not. The Superior Auto mode gets the correct scene settings most of the time.

The white balance and exposure calculations of the camera/software combo are pretty spot-on the vast majority of the time, but on a few photos we noticed a slightly colder cast than in reality, both indoors and out. Otherwise, the pictures come out with rather accurate color representation, and are very pleasant to look at. The camera captures plenty of detail, in line with what one expects from a 13 MP shooter, too. Indoors the phablet also performed very well, keeping noise in check, and shooting clean and well-exposed photos. The white balance got thrown off a few times in a dark environment, resulting in an overly cold or warm cast veiled over the scene. The LED flash does a fine job in low-light scenarios, illuminating the scene quite evenly from about five feet (1.5m) distance



Taking a pic Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec) Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Sony Xperia T2 Ultra 4.5
5.7
377
348
Sony Xperia Z Ultra 2.7
3
929
No data
HTC One max 3.3
No data
562
389
LG G Pro 2 4
No data
362
301

We get smooth 30fps 1080p video recording from the T2 Ultra's camera. The device is quick to adjust the exposure when you are panning around with it, and doesn't skip frames or insert artifacts. The sound recorded with the video is strong and clean, too.


Multimedia


Sony uses its Album app in place of a stock gallery, and offers plenty of picture editing modes that can be used from within the app's interface. Your video collection goes in the Movies app, which also boasts a pretty interface with footage previews. There is an interesting Track ID TV mode, which serves as Shazam for video, pulling out information about the movie currently on TV based on the sound recorded from it.

The Xperia interface has one of the nicest music players from all manufacturer overlays out there. It is Walkman-branded, and offers a very appealing and easy to use interface, with plenty of categorization options and sound modes to choose from. The headset output is puny, which your ears might be thankful for, but the loudspeaker is rather deafening – we measured 81 dB, which puts in a tad stronger position even from such thumpers like the HTC One, or the Note 3. The sound output quality from the speaker is also very good, with no audible distortions, and a relatively full sound.

The default video player runs every popular format you throw at it, including DivX/Xvid/MKV files, up to 1080p in resolution. It also sports plenty of settings, like a loop mode, or subtitles support. The footage looks pretty on the large, bright display, too.

Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
Sony Xperia T2 Ultra 0.27
Sony Xperia Z Ultra 0.39
HTC One max 0.65
LG G Pro 2 0.58
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
Sony Xperia T2 Ultra 81
Sony Xperia Z Ultra 66
HTC One max 79
LG G Pro 2 78


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27 Comments

1. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

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

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.

3. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

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

4. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

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

5. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

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

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...

9. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Perfect mid range phablet.

12. hafini_27

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

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

13. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

Best Sony handset to date !

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

15. alumoyo

Posts: 391; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

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

16. yuepc000

Posts: 16; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

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

17. wildhammer

Posts: 56; Member since: Mar 16, 2014

I cant wait for T2 ultra vs desire 816

18. alumoyo

Posts: 391; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

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

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

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.

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!

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..

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.

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.....

25. Pranawan

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 26, 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.

26. peegee15

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

very cool phone!

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.
Xperia T2 Ultra
  • Display 6.0" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 1.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(24h 3G talk time)

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