For pleasant looking photos and fluid video look no further than the Xperia T3.

The Xperia T3 sports an 8-megapixel main shooter with a Sony Exmor RS sensor and f/2.4 aperture lens. The camera interface offers some thrills like manual scene modes, HDR photography, and color effects, and there is a dedicated camera key on the side for a quick picture uptake. By quick we mean about two seconds from pressing the side shutter key, and taking a pic. That speed metric goes down to about a second shot-to-shot pause from within the camera interface. The default Superior Auto shooting mode churns out 5.5-megapixel snaps instead of 8-megapixel ones, so you have to go into the settings, and choose a 4:3 format if you want to utilize the full resolution.

The 8 MP snapper might not wow you, but it takes pictures with a fine color representation and amount of detail. Granted, the colors are a tad saturated, compared to reality, but not to a unpleasant point. Shooting against a bright source produces photos that are darker than usual, though, even for smartphone standards, and it happens even if there is a piece of cloudy sky in the frame only. Other than that, we have no qualms about the performance of the T3's shooter – it is adequate for the phone's class.

Indoors things turn a bit sadder, as the Xperia T3 introduces noise in the frame, and the pictures come out a tad soft and mushy. The color oversaturation holds as well, but there aren't any glaring white balance mishaps. The LED flash does a pretty average job at illuminating our test scene from about three feet distance, failing to distribute the light evenly to the edges of the captured scene.

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 T3 3.8
LG G2 4
Samsung Galaxy S4 3.4
Sony Xperia Z2 3
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As for video capture, the 1080p footage looks fine and is fluid at steady 30fps, with adequate detail, accurate colors, and no excessive artifacting. Our complaint is underexposure again, just like with the stills – the video comes out rather dark, compared to reality. The sound picked up by the two noise-canceling mics while filming is strong, and rather clean.


The Xperia T3 can be considered a multimedia consumption specialist, with a fairly large display, and rich codec support.

The usual crop of Sony-themed multimedia apps is what you'll find pre-loaded on the Xperia T3. As per usual, their design is pleasing and uniform, and they often offer some extra functionality you won't find on stock Android. For example, the Gallery is interconnected with Sony's PlayMemories Online service, which allows you to automatically upload photos to its servers and have them sync throughout all your connected devices.

The Walkman music player, for its part, has extras such as ClearAudio+, which automatically enhances sound clarity, not to mention that it's also hooked with Sony's Music Unlimited service (eligible for a free trial). Speaking of music, the thin T3's loudspeaker is of average quality, with bearable strength, and a bit tinny, flat sound.

The stock video player of the T3 played everything we gave it, such as DivX/Xvid/MKV formats, up to 1080p resolution. The player is rather barebones in terms of options, though, so if you want more features, you'd have to hit the Play Store.

Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
Sony Xperia T3 0.27
LG G2 0.29
Samsung Galaxy S4 0.38
Sony Xperia Z2 0.29
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
Sony Xperia T3 73
LG G2 66
Samsung Galaxy S4 77
Sony Xperia Z2 71



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, 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


4. LeBrownJames

Posts: 201; Member since: Mar 17, 2014


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: 2980; 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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