The impression on phablet series is improving day by day and almost everyone is willing to try one. The manufacturers too tempting the customers by launching phablets not only in the premium segment but also in the mid-range segments. Among all the other makers, Sony tried to stand out in the competition by launching a whopping 6.4 inch device – the Xperia Z Ultra with a great specs and somehow it is successful in its own way. This time Sony came up with Xperia T2 Ultra dual with a mid-range price and a 6 inch display. Let us see how this one performs in the real world and where it stands in the competition. Sony Xperia T2 Ultra Dual Price in India Today is Rs.12900/-. This is the Best available Online Price as of now.
Design & Display:
The phone looks similar to the other phones in the Xperia series. Though a phablet of such a whopping size, the phone is somewhat easier to handle because of its thinner profile being only 7.7 mm. Front is full glass and the surface at the back is glossy plastic which tends to attract smudges and fingerprints easily. The build quality is very good and even though being 171 gms, it feels lighter due to OmniBalance design. The phone sports a 6 inch IPS LCD display with 720p resolution and 245 ppi. Viewing angles are very good and colors too look vibrant enough. Brightness levels are okay but viewing in sun light is quite troublesome.
The phone comes with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with Sony’s own UI on top of it. Users can also upgrade to 4.4.2 KitKat via software update. The lockscreen supports few widgets and the camera shortcut is at the left. The notification panel offers few toggles along with a shortcut for settings. Small Apps feature is also present where you can open few apps in a small re-sizable window which can float around the screen. The task manager is similar to that of stock Android and you can kill an app with a side swipe. Overall the UI feels lighter and the phone didn't show any hiccups in general usage.
Camera & Audio:
The phone is equipped with a 13MP camera with auto focus and LED flash at the back. The front cam is of 1.1MP which is capable of recording 720p at 30fps. This phone too comes with a hardware shutter key. The camera interface is similar to the interface found in recent Xperia devices. There is regular mode and manual mode. Superior Auto mode restricts image quality to only 8.6MP. Sony has loaded a bunch of shooting modes to experiment on the image quality. The camera managed to take some good shots with good amount of details. Colors too looked natural and crispy enough. Noise levels are also kept minimal. Overall the image quality is not so good as other 13MP shooters but still decent in the price segment. Coming to audio, the loudspeaker produces a clear output and the loudness levels are strong and even better than some of the premium phones out there.
Connectivity & Additional Features:
The phone comes in dual sim dual standby version; supports two micro sim cards which can be placed at the side of the phone. Network reception is good and didn't give any issues. Call quality is excellent with ample loudness levels. The two noise cancellation microphones have can do a decent job when it comes to noisy environments. The phone also supports Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 4.0, 3G, FM Radio, A-GPS and even NFC. Internal memory is of 8GB only and the device also supports micro SD cards upto 32GB.
Performance & Battery:
The phone runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset with a Quad core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A7 processor along with 1GB RAM. Once again the GPU is Adreno 305 which even comes in phones with lesser price. Normal usage and multitasking is smoother and hiccups are rare. The phone is able to manage a decent score in benchmark tests, scoring around 19k in Antutu and 9k in Quadrant. Some of the heavy games are playable but still it is somewhat laggy. All the phablets come with bigger battery and the T2 Ultra dual is no exception. The phone comes with 3000mAh battery which is quite great because the display is not full HD and the UI too is lighter with lesser background tasks, so they won't eat up much battery. The phone can easily last more than two days under moderate usage and you can even expect it to last for three days with the power saving mode turned on. Considering the real world usage, this is one the best battery backups we have even seen.
Decent looks with thin profile
Good image quality
Excellent battery life
Huge size makes uncomfortable to user
Non user replaceable battery
So far, the Xperia T2 Ultra manages to make a decent impression in almost all the categories. The mid-range phablet offers a beautiful design yet being slimmer and a capable camera which produces decent shots for the price range. One more major impression is the great battery life which itself is one of the longest we have ever seen. But only reasonable issue is how far you're comfortable to use such a big device. There are few alternatives too like, Galaxy Mega 6.3, Alcatel OneTouch Hero and you can even get the Z Ultra for a few more thousands which offers water resistant capabilities and a full HD display. But T2 Ultra at least offers something better than each of them in few categories like battery life and price. Rest of the things aside, if you're okay handling and carrying a 6 inch device, the T2 Ultra makes for a great choice in this price segment.
Sony Xperia T2 Ultra Dual Rivals:
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo
HTC Desire 816
Motorola Moto G2
Nokia Lumia 1320
Intex Aqua Octa
Huawei Honor 3X
Asus ZenFone 6
Gionee Gpad G4
Panasonic Eluga U
Lava Magnum X604