Introduction


Sony's latest addition to its T-series, the T3, is a 5.3” midranger that is one of the slimmest handsets a brand-name maker has ever done - at 7mm girth, it is ready for a modeling carrier. As with most Sony middle-of-the-road Xperias these days, the phone is outfitted with a modest quad-core Snapdragon 400 chip from Qualcomm and 1GB of RAM, along with an 8-megapixel Exmor RS sensor. Sony puts its design chops front and center with the T3, though, aiming to justify a $400 USD price tag, so let's see if it can succeed in the cutthroat world of Android midrangers...

In the box:

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

Design

This one's a looker, with a 7mm steel frame, soft touch back, and a comfortable grip.

Sony's OmniBalance design language stays true to its core in the Xperia T3, with the signature metal power/lock key on the side, and a clear-cut rectangular form. This fashion statement of a phone is built around a metal frame that rims it from all sides, and has a grippy soft-touch rear with sloping edges that makes it very comfortable to hold. Despite its slim profile, the phone feels very sturdy and solid in the hand, thanks to the rigid metal framing.

The power/lock key on the side, as well as the metal volume rocker, and the dedicated shutter key beneath it, are very solid, too, and with a nice clicky feeling to them. About the only gripe we have with the design, are the all-too-thick bezels, which make this 5.3” handset larger than the 5.5” LG G3, for instance.


Sony Xperia T3

Sony Xperia T3

Dimensions

5.93 x 3.03 x 0.28 inches

150.7 x 77 x 7 mm

Weight

5.22 oz (148 g)

LG G2

LG G2

Dimensions

5.45 x 2.79 x 0.35 inches

138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm

Weight

5.04 oz (143 g)

Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4

Dimensions

5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 inches

136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm

Weight

4.59 oz (130 g)

Sony Xperia Z2

Sony Xperia Z2

Dimensions

5.78 x 2.89 x 0.32 inches

146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm

Weight

5.75 oz (163 g)

Sony Xperia T3

Sony Xperia T3

Dimensions

5.93 x 3.03 x 0.28 inches

150.7 x 77 x 7 mm

Weight

5.22 oz (148 g)

LG G2

LG G2

Dimensions

5.45 x 2.79 x 0.35 inches

138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm

Weight

5.04 oz (143 g)

Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4

Dimensions

5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 inches

136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm

Weight

4.59 oz (130 g)

Sony Xperia Z2

Sony Xperia Z2

Dimensions

5.78 x 2.89 x 0.32 inches

146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm

Weight

5.75 oz (163 g)

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



Display

Sony, please work harder on screen reflectance and viewing angles.

Sony outfitted the Z3 with a relatively large, 5.3” panel with 720x1280 pixels of resolution, returning a decent 277ppi pixel density. Granted, not everything looks as detailed as on those 1080p displays, but for the vast majority of tasks this pixel density does the job.

When it comes to screen quality, however, Sony's panel takes a step back, and no amount of X-Reality engines or BRAVIA branding can make for the fact that the display exhibits overly cold colors, returning 7698K temperature, compared to the reference 6500K white point. The screen therefore appears rather blueish, and the color saturation is a bit off, especially with the reds and the blue hues, as you can see in the chart below. The viewing angles are also pretty poor for today's standards, with brightness, contrast and color saturation diminishing greatly with the slightest tilt of the phone, and our measurements fully confirm our observation.

Our biggest gripe with the display is outdoor visibility, though. Despite the excellent peak brightness measurement of 569 nits we measured, which rivals the one on the iPhone 5s, the screen reflectance coating is rather poor. It bounces light back to our eyes with an aplomb, greatly diminishing contrast and visibility outdoors, even when the sun is not shining directly on the screen.



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16 Comments

1. dil2abu

Posts: 315; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Haha.. That deserves more than 6.5..

7. hboy857

Posts: 367; Member since: Jun 03, 2013

Nope, for the price it got what it deserve. If this phone costs $300 i'm pretty sure it will get at least 8.2.

2. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

So low score. Anyways, where is the description of front facing camera in the whole review?

3. jeeta444

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 24, 2014

According to gsmarena.com, Xperia T3 has good sunlight visibility even better than Z2 and one m8. anyways, xperia T3 is the only sony device that i do not like because insane pricing.

12. iluvsonynokia

Posts: 161; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

IT SHOULD GET 8 naa

4. LeBrownJames

Posts: 201; Member since: Mar 17, 2014

6.5???

5. blitzkreig

Posts: 103; Member since: Aug 18, 2014

"About the only gripe we have with the design, are the all-too-thick bezels, which make this 5.3” handset larger than the 5.5” LG G3, for instance." Hmm.. When PA reviews the iphone 6 & i am sure that it will at some point, I will lookout for a statement that us along the lines of this.. "About the only gripe we have with the design, are the all-too-thick bezels, which make this 5.5” handset larger than the 5.7” Note 4, for instance." I will then accept that PA's reviews & opinions are fair & straightforward.

6. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

So far the review mention quite a few good things like long battery life. Has the brightest screen compared to other flag ship some costing more. Not many people use the bundle ear piece and a mid end is expect to have an average screen quality so very strange score. Sony might want to consider not sending their phone to PA to review AT ALL.

8. enzotarece

Posts: 87; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

The score doesn't make any sense all that good talk about pictures, battery life, mic, screen etc u gave it 6.5 and why put it up against flagships, put it again other mid rangers and let see how if preform cuz I bet it's better than many other PA never have nothing good to say about no other products unless it's apple or Samsung

9. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I have come to the conclusion that in my mind I need to add "2" to whatever Sony device being reviewed here on P.A.... so this device, would actually have a fair 8.5 rating.

10. T-rex unregistered

What can i say, gsmarena says something completely different about the display

14. alumoyo

Posts: 392; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

Same story for Xperia M2 voice call performance. Phonearena said it was terrible, GSMarena said the exact opposite. I trust GSMA a bit more though. They seem to take longer, more in-depth reviews.

11. Venkatramanan

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

The Price tag of this phone should be the reason for the low score. But it should be put in the Cons list. I could not understand the pricing of Sony. My T2 ultra which has better specs than this T3 has less price than this T3.

13. cttan456

Posts: 62; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

Agree, PA is biased against Sony. Lets see if they say the same about the iPhone 6 bezels. As for the visual size comaprison, why use the S4 and not S5? Why use the G2 and not G3? The former flagships like S4 and G2 are one of the smallest 5in and 5.2in flagships ever so PA is deliberately trying to make the T3 look bad...And how can they compare a mid ranger to flagships? They should use the mid rangers like Galaxy Grand. Obvious bias !

15. MahanteshMeti

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 16, 2014

It very expensive and Sony Service is patetic, for the expensive handsets you need a good service that sony is lagging, if you give it for service you will get back refurbished item, that means you are paying for new mobile but getting 2nd hand item

16. adisrgt

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

I own xperia t3 and I dont know vhat are you talking about this phone has one of the best cameras I have ever seen vith 8 megapixels ofcourse I compared this phone vith htc 8mpx and xperia sp 8mpx this camera is better very much better and display I dont know vhat did you measured but this phone has a beautiful display high brithnes ui very smooth and fast Asphalt 8 vorks very good I actually engoying using this phone When I shou this phone camera and display to my friends two of them changes phone every year they used galaxy s4 htc one m7 lg g3 iphone 5 lg 4x hd nexus htc m8 and theirs comments on this phone vas very good for the price of the phone so sorry I recomment to all of the users that read this review that it is not relevant.
Xperia T3
  • Display 5.3" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2500 mAh(14.8h 3G talk time)

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