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Sony Xperia T2 Ultra Review

Sony Xperia T2 Ultra 8.8

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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

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Camera speed

Taking a pic (sec)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
Sony Xperia Z Ultra 2.7
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HTC One max 3.3
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LG G Pro 2 4
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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.


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.

Audio output

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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posted on 30 Apr 2014, 04:11 4

1. pyradark (Posts: 882; 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: 3689; 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: 1070; 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: 432; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)

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

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 05:07 4

5. Anshulonweb (Posts: 432; 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: 49; 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: 1064; Member since: 08 May 2013)

its a midranger, go get a z1 ultra

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 06:10

8. YodhaMali (Posts: 49; 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: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)

Perfect mid range phablet.

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 07:04 5

12. hafini_27 (Posts: 898; 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: 867; 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: 369; 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: 16; 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: 56; Member since: 16 Mar 2014)

I cant wait for T2 ultra vs desire 816

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 15:12

18. alumoyo (Posts: 369; 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: 3; 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: 595; 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: 447; 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
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posted on 03 Feb 2015, 23:25

26. peegee15 (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Feb 2015)

very cool phone!

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 12:59

27. evansngothi (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Mar 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.

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Sony Xperia T2 Ultra

Sony Xperia T2 Ultra

OS: Android 5.0 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
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-core, 1400 MHz, ARM Cortex-A7 processor
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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