Sony's Xperia T Will Be Used In Skyfall by James Bond

By Kat Hannaford on at

After leaks, Sony's let loose the successor to last year's Arc S, only it's now sitting under the Xperia umbrella. While the Xperia T doesn't have the same "slab" aesthetics of the Xperia S, the specs are more top-notch, boding well for a review (we gave the Xperia S a four out of five stars in our review). Hey, if it's good enough for James Bond to use in the upcoming Skyfall film...

While it's only running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), an update will likely materialise at some point further down the line. In the meantime, it's a usual Sony Xperia phone, where the emphasis is firmly on multimedia -- the camera is a 13MP affair (it shoots 1080p video too), and the screen just so happens to measure 4.6-inches, slightly larger than the 4.3-inch Xperia S. Speaking of the screen, the forward-facing camera now shoots 720p, which is just one of the advantages it has over the Xperia S.

Getting down to the nitty-gritty, let's talk processors: Sony's whacked a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Krait processor into the Xperia T, which may offend anyone looking for a quad-core beast. But Sony's taken pains to point out to us that they went with the dual-core option for a better battery life, which is something I can't argue too much with, given poor battery life is the number one reason people throw their phones out of the window. Trufax. We'll obviously put the Xperia T through its paces when we get a review sample, and see if that battery life was worth the compromise.

Like other Sony phones, it's PlayStation certified -- which basically means you can download lots of classic titles (and new stuff) from their online store.

The full specs are below in the Top Trumps run-down, but all you really need to know is that it'll be available in black, white and silver, very shortly.

13 megapixel camera
16x digital zoom
Auto focus
Face detection
Flash / Photo light
Flash / Photo flash
Front-facing camera (720p)
HD video recording (1080p)
Image stabiliser
Red-eye reduction
Scene recognition
Send to web
Sony Exmor R™ for mobile image sensor
Touch capture
Touch focus
Video light
Video recording
Video stabiliser


3D surround sound
Album art
Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)
Clear bass
Clear stereo
"WALKMAN" application
PlayNow™ service
Shake control
TrackID™ music recognition
xLoud™ Experience


Google Play™
Google™ search
Google Voice™ Search
Google Maps™ for Mobile with
Street view and Latitude™
NeoReader™ barcode scanner
Pan & zoom
Web browser (WebKit™)


Call list
Facebook™ application
Xperia™ with Facebook
Google Talk™ application
Noise suppression
Xperia™ Timescape™
Twitter™ application
Twitter™ (with Timescape™ integration)


Instant Messaging
Multimedia messaging (MMS)
Predictive text input
Sound recorder
Text messaging (SMS)


Auto rotation
Gesture input
On-screen QWERTY keyboard
Picture wallpaper
Reality Display with Mobile
BRAVIA® Engine
Screenshot capturing
Touch screen
Live Wallpaper
Voice input


Accelerated Adobe Flash Video
Motion gaming TBD
Radio (FM radio with RDS)
Sony Entertainment Network
Xperia™ Mediascape
Video streaming

Airplane mode
Alarm clock
Document editors
Document readers
eCompass™ TBD
Infinite button
LiveWare™ manager
Setup guide

3.5 mm audio jack (CTIA)
Bluetooth™ wireless technology
DLNA Certified®
MHL support
Media Transfer Protocol support
Micro USB support
Native USB tethering
PC Companion
Synchronisation via SyncML™
Synchronisation with computer
Synchronisation via Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync®
USB High speed 2.0 support
USB mass storage
USB support
Wi-Fi® Hotspot functionality


Size: 129.4 x 67.3 x 9.35-10.45 mm
Weight: 139 grams

4.6” 720p HD Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine
1280 x 720 pixels
16,777,216 colour TFT
Shatter proof sheet on scratch-resistant glass