- Excellent battery life
- Comfortable, secure grip
- Vivid screen
- Great camera quality
- Non-replaceable battery
- Limited on-board storage
- Limited video playback support without additional apps
The T2 Ultra is Sony’s latest venture into mid-range phablet territory. With a 13 megapixel camera, quad-core processor and detailed 720p IPS display, the handset appears to offer plenty of performance for the price. Let’s see how the reviews line up.
One of the first things mentioned in nearly every review of the device is the size. Cramming a 6-inch display into a mobile requires a bit of finesse. However, Sony appears to have accomplished the feat well while still sticking with the sharp, angular Xperia design. Android Authority notes, “Even with the size, this mid-range Xperia will not strain your hand — or hands — too much.”
The phone features a plastic unibody design with a microSD port on the side. While some larger devices have had trouble pulling this off well, the T2 Ultra receives positive reviews in build quality from most reviewers. GSM Arena states, “The build quality is still top notch though, and while the slippery back may harm the handling, the matte sides offer enough grip.” The only review to make note of anything negative in the build quality was Android Authority, saying, “While the phone feels sturdy and well-made in general, the buttons feel cheap, as they wiggle and provide mushy feedback. This is especially evident with the camera button.”
While the display might not be the most powerful available, it offers a full 720p resolution and is powered by the Sony Bravia 2 engine. GSM Arena says, “The contrast and brightness of the screen are very nice, color reproduction is great too, all adding up to an excellent image quality screen.” However, both note that performance in direct sunlight might be difficult. However, the IPS display ensures that viewing angles are nice and wide for easier viewing.
The T2 Ultra runs Android 4.3 out of the box. GSM Arena was particularly impressed with the performance, noting, “The user interface is buttery smooth, there is no visible lag or long loading times.” Sony mentions release of a Android 4.4 update in the future. When this happens, performance will likely increase yet again. For a mid-range product, reviews seem to suggest it's more than capable of everyday tasks, multitasking, video playback and gaming.
Finally, the X2 features an upgraded camera from previous Xperia models. With 13MP resolution, a plethora of shooting modes, 1080p video capture and an LED flash, its fully capable of taking respectable photos. Both Android Authority and GSM Arena praised the camera stating that pictures had “plenty of detail” and that “overall the phone’s camera does a great job and is fun to use.”
While the size might be off-putting to some, its performance and build quality place its reviews firmly in top of the competition in the mid-range Android smartphone market.
Reviews (7.4/10 Avg. rating)
Thin and lightweight with fantastic battery life and decent performance
The phablet with the phenomenal battery life
The bigger, the better
The T2 Ultra reports to the Z Ultra in Sony's Xperia lineup - and is getting ready to take on a number of midrange phablets the competition has had for a while now. It will certainly try to position itself as a more affordable option of the Xperia Z Ultra but, at least at this point, the difference in pricing between the two doesn't quite reflect the difference in the level of equipment.
The Xperia T2 Ultra has seen a drop in screen resolution and processing power, lost the IP certification and has a more common finish than the premium Xperia Z Ultra.
What it offers in retur... Full review
A monstrous sized phone that's packing quite the punch
The T2 Ultra completely dwarfs phones like the Nexus 5 and Samsung Galaxy S5. Despite its size, however, the T2 Ultra does not feel too heavy, which is partly due to its plastic construction and 7.7 mm thin profile. Therefore, even with the size, this mid-range Xperia will not strain your hand — or hands — too much.
True to its “ultra” name, the T2 Ultra is indeed a big phone. Its 6-inch display comes at 720p resolution, however, pixel density junkies are not likely to be satisfied here. If you look close enough, you might find jagged edges, especially with t... Full review
Undeniably large but thankfully thin and light
Sony did an excellent job with the Xperia T2 Ultra. Granted, it is a big handset, but you can't expect anything less from a 6” phablet, plus it's very thin and light for the screen size. We could also expect a bit more from the display's pixel density, but it's a worthy tradeoff for the phone's price and performance. When we stack the longest battery life we've ever measured, with the very good pictures and videos produced by the phablet's 13 MP camera, and the dual SIM Active functionality, we can pronounce the T2 Ultra as one of the best phablets in the midrange category.
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A mid-range phablet which faces monumental competition in the price range it operates
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