Sony introduced its Xperia T2 Ultra Dual in India in March of this year, which is a mid-range phablet from Sony with a mix of tablet and smartphone. Its Xperia T2 Ultra Dual is an encapsulated version of Sony’s top-of-the-line smartphone ‘Xperia Z Ultra’. It comes with an impressive 6-inch display with dual-SIM support and decent specifications for hardware which are obviously not adequate. Sony has created its Xperia T2 Ultra for users who aren’t too concerned with the latest specifications, but who prefer quality for their money, which can actually perform in daily use. We had the opportunity to test T2 Ultra for 10 days and we have mixed feelings regarding the device. Let’s look into it and discover whether this gadget is worth the investment or not?
What’s in the box?
Build and Design
T2 Ultra T2 Ultra is a giant phone that is influenced by the premium line-up of Xperia Z smartphones. It appears to be an expensive one from a distance, but in contrast to Z, Z1 or Z2 The T2 Ultra is built completely from plastic, rather than a metallic body with back panels made of glass. Back cover constructed of glossy plastic which is susceptible to scratches and marks. The case isn’t too bad with the white version, but the glossy exterior creates a slippery surface. The metallic-like coating on all sides appears to be metal, but it’s actually an attractive plastic composite. The phone is definitely huge and therefore, using it with one hand is difficult unless you have huge hands. Contrary to the high-end Xperia phones T2 Ultra isn’t water and dust-proof. It has a noise-canceling microphone on the top of the rear and a loudspeaker at the lower back on the handset. Just to the left of the SONY logo are ambient light and proximity sensors, which are followed by an LED multicolored indicator light as well as the earpiece.
Dimension comparison – 7″ Nexus 7, 6″ Xperia T2 Ultra, as well as 4.7″ HTC One (M7)
While the Xperia T2 Ultra has a big form factor, it is extremely light at just 172 grams, and extremely slim at only 7.7mm in thickness. The slim and elegant design makes it easy to carry around for long periods of time. The SIM card as well as the slot for microSD cards are protected by plastic flaps. The power button is the signature Sony key , and right on top of there is the volume rocker as well as an incorporated camera key Both of them appear to be fragile. The USB port as well as the 3.5mm connector are placed awkwardly in a sideways position, which can make it uncomfortable when the phone is placed in your pocket with the earphones in. The most annoying thing is the SIM inserting process. It’s a bit difficult to pull out the SIM tray and inserting them again. Micro plastic SIM tray is fragile and can easily break. Furthermore, it has large screen, as well as not scratch resistant. Really? – Yes.
The Xperia T2 Ultra Dual Photo Gallery Xperia T2 Ultra Dual Photo Gallery (Click on the pictures to open them in full-size.)
The T2 Ultra has the 6 inch (IPS LCD) HD TRILUMINOS display with a resolution of 720×1280 pixels with 245 ppi. The display is vibrant and bright, with excellent viewing angles, however the absence in Full HD 1080p resolution can be seen clearly on the big screen when zooming in the text or viewing information. The panel’s reflective can affect the view quality when it is in light. Sony has also added the Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 which is an image quality enhancement algorithm for images and videos. The engine analyzes and adjusts the quality of content in accordance with the desired quality by tuning the contrast, increasing colors, and decreasing the noise in real-time. The engine is turned on by default, and is able to be disabled by changing the display settings on your phone. The display quality is decent and there’s an Glove Mode that lets you use the touchscreen with gloves on.
The T2 Ultra has an main camera of 13 megapixels equipped with Sony’s Exmor RS sensor that looks great on paper, but the results aren’t enough to justifiably justify the price. The camera on the rear is kind average when compared with 13MP sensors on other models, since photos don’t have the same detail and quality even in good lighting conditions. We were surprised to find that it was quite effective even in dim lighting conditions. It’s not as clever, as it tends to trigger the flash in daylight conditions.
The camera’s main feature is that it comes with a flash LED that includes features such as Burst mode, HDR for pictures as well as videos Full HD videos, geo-tagging and facial detection, touch focus and image stabilization, a sweep panorama and more. The Smart social camera comes with options such as Portrait Retouch and AR Effect which allow you to add fun effect to selfies in real time. It also has a background defocus feature that takes two pictures and processing them however, it requires a steady hand as well as some patience. You can take photos with the single screen button, or by pressing the camera button that will also turn on the camera when it is pressed.
The front camera is an 1.1MP camera that is not great at best. Even in bright light the selfies proved to be sloppy and full of noise. The camera can record video at 720p at 30 frames per second. Overall, it’s an adequate camera, but If you are a fan of quality images, it will not surprise you. Below are a few uncut images taken by both the cameras on the T2 Ultra.
T2 Ultra Camera Photos Gallery T2 Ultra Camera Photos Gallery (Click on the photos to see the full size.)
Software and Multimedia
The Xperia T2 Ultra runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and just as other brands, Sony uses a customized Xperia User Interface (UI). According to Sony it is it is expected that the Android 4.4 KitKat update for the T2 Ultra is set to be released in July and will introduce new features and enhanced performance. There are three virtual buttons on the bottom of the screen – Home back, Home, and multitasking. Some Sony-branded apps are preinstalled, including Walkman, Sony Music, Sony Select, and 3rd third-party apps like McAfee Security, TrackID, Big Flix, and Box. The device has the landscape display mode for the main screen as well as drawer mode for apps that is quite useful.
Like similar to Android devices manager Sony is integrating ‘My Sony Xperia’ to locate lost devices and then erase or lock it. With the large screen and the large screen, the UI is optimized to be a one-handed operation, similar to you can double-tap the home button to open the notification area. The personalization options include themes that are pre-installed and more Xperia themes are available through Sony Select. You can modify your Quick settings, choose the number of quick settings that will be displayed in the notification panel , and alter the order in which they appear.
Battery, Storage, and Connectivity
Battery – The T2 Ultra comes with an unremovable 3000mAh battery with a powerful backup battery. The phone has been designed to ensure that the battery will last longer than anticipated and, in the event that it is running low users can change to one of the energy-saving modes to prolong the life of their battery. In our numerous test, our battery ran for two days and 17 hours, with a display at 8h25m. The power management setting informs the battery’s estimated life, and there are several great energy-saving modes like STAMINA mode and Low battery mode which reduces power usage. Battery backup is one of the most impressive features of this phone. It took over four hours to fully recharge the phone fully with the supplied low-powered output of 850mA USB charger.
Storage – The phone has 8GB of internal memory that can be expanded to 32GB with an SD card micro. But, of the 8GB, there is only 4.33GB in memory are available to the user , which could easily be wiped out over the course of a few hours. There is no option to move Apps to an SD Card, you see the plight Sony has created in this case! Then again, Moto E offers this feature.
supports USB On-the-Go (OTG) as well as MHL, which is a remarkable and practical feature. It is all you need to do is connect your flash drive, and the phone will recognize it automatically without installing any other app. You can browse the storage with an application for file explorers and then unmount your external USB storage by going to the Settings menu > Storage. This is ideal to watch movies straight from the device and for moving media files effortlessly while on the move.
Connectivity – The T2 Ultra Dual an Dual-SIM phone with a dual standby mode, which means that both SIMs are active at the same time and you can take or make calls using either. It has the most connectivity options, including HSDPA 42Mbps HSUPA 5.76 4 Mbps, WiFi Direct, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0 A-GPS, DLNA, NFC, and FM radio with RDS. However it is the SIM 1 is the only one that supports 3G. SIM 1 supports 3G while SIM 2 is capable of only 2G networks.
dual SIM settings The option to disable or enable one or both the SIM cards, and set the SIM card’s name. There’s an Dual SIM reachability function that forwards calls to the second SIM card when the primary SIM card is not reachable. You can create your own ringtones for both one of these SIMs.
Sony is well-known for its loud and clear audio systems on their phones, particularly in the classic Walkman series. However, you’ll be dissatisfied with the sound quality of the T2 Ultra. The speaker is located in the back, at the bottom, with a large grill that doesn’t impress. We observed something odd and could not believe that Sony would engage in such a shady practice.
The huge speaker grill that is on the Xperia T2 Ultra is actually an euphemism and to prove our argument, we record an unintentional video to prove that it. As you will see in the video it is only 10 percent of the entire speaker’s function actually functions, while the remainder is silent. Keep in mind: “Looks can be deceiving.” Take a look out the video and decide for yourself!
T2 Ultra Dual is powered by the 1.4 quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor as well as an Adreno 305 GPU. It comes with one GB RAM as well as 8GB internal memory. The specs on the hardware aren’t ideal for a phablet , but Sony has done an excellent job of optimizing the software for this phone, so that the combination of both functions very well. We did not experience any problems with performance or lags when using multiple apps, but sometimes, the device can be prone to slow down when switching between the home screen (with widgets in place) and switching between apps or moving gallery previews weren’t as fast. In the end, it provides an excellent and pleasant user experience.
Pricing and Verdict
The Sony Xperia T2 Ultra Dual is available in India at the price of Rs. 25,990, which is definitely at the bottom of the range considering the mid-priced hardware. The T2 Ultra is a winner due to its 6-” display, and there aren’t many other Tier 1 manufacturers that offer this big display at this cost. T2 Ultra is a great choice for those who want to maximize their smartphone’s display T2 Ultra is a recommended purchase for those who are looking for a smartphone with an impressive display, lightweight, sleeker design, longer-lasting battery life, and dual-SIM capabilities. The T2 Ultra is available for purchase at Dual for around 23,500. Through numerous retailers on the internet located in India. It is available in three colors: white, Purple as well as Black.
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Good Build Quality
Extremely Lightweight and Slim Design
Awe-inspiring 6-inch LCD with IPS Triluminos display that comes with Mobile BRAVIA engine 2.
Incredible battery backup – 3000 mAh battery, and powerful energy-saving modes
Multi-colored Notification light
USB On The Go (OTG) support
NFC stands for Near Field Communication (NFC)
Dual-SIM (dual stand-by)
Dedicated Camera key
- The camera that is the primary one is an average
- Poor Front Camera
- Big Loudspeaker produces low sound
- It isn’t possible to move apps onto an SD card.
- Inserting and removing SIM tray SIM cards is quite complicated and frustrating
- SIM 2 does not support 3G.
- Non-scratch-resistant display
- Earphones of low-quality
- Non-removable battery
- The quality of voice calls is average.
- It comes with an USB charger with 850mA. USB charger.
Let us know your thoughts regarding the device!