Sony Xperia T3 review: Wits and looks

Wits and looks

GSMArena team, 11 August 2014.

Unboxing the Sony Xperia T3

The retail package of the Sony Xperia T3 covers just the basics. There's an A/C adapter, a microUSB cable and the headset.

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Sony Xperia T3 retail box

Sony Xperia T3 360-degree view

The Sony Xperia T3 measures 150.7 x 77 x 7mm - that's 15mm shorter, 7mm narrower and a tad slimmer than the Xperia T2 Ultra phablet and very close to the Xperia Z2 flagship. The Sony Xperia T3 weighs 148g, reasonable for a solid midranger of such caliber and 15g lighter than the all-glass Xperia Z2.

Design and handling

It's not like we haven't seen the OmniBalance design used on a plethora of Xperia smartphones over the past few years. It's probably time the next flagship moved on but the midrange Xperia T3 is on the safe side. It looks reasonably good and has pleasant handling.

The Sony Xperia T3's entire front is occupied by the 5.3" IPS display.

The non-removable rear cover is made of plastic, with matte finish in graphite black. The material doesn't look or feel low quality, but fingerprints tend to stick on. They would probably be harder to notice on the white and purple versions. Still, the issue is not as obvious as it would have been on a glossy surface.

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Sony Xperia T3

Just like most of the previous Xperia phones, the Xperia T3 sides are lined with a glossy strip for a nice contrasting accent. The only thing actually made of metal is the signature power/lock key.

Handling the Sony Xperia T3 is a pleasure and the screen size isn't a particular burden. With a 7mm waistline, the Xperia T3 feels great in hand, not bulky at all, and well put together, no wobbles or squeaks. In fact, it's among the thinnest Sony phones ever.

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Handling the Xperia T3

Display

The Sony Xperia T3 flaunts a 5.3" IPS Triluminos display of 720p resolution, which works out to 277ppi. While this is nowhere near the 400+ pixel density of current flagships, it's a completely different price range we're talking about.

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Sony Xperia T3 5.3" IPS display

The Xperia T3 display is enhanced by Sony's Mobile BRAVIA 2 and X-Reality engine. The combo aims to improve sharpness, reduce noise, while boosting contrast and saturation, and it does a pretty good job of it.

The pixel arrangement is standard RGB with an equal amount of green, red and blue pixels in line.

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The Sony Xperia T3 uses a standard RGB matrix

The screen's contrast and brightness are very good, and so is color reproduction, all adding up to excellent image quality.

The viewing angles, thanks to the IPS matrix, are better than average. There is no contrast and color washing when you look the screen at an angle, though there is a noticeable color shift from some directions.

Unfortunately, even with Auto Brightness off, the ambient light sensor kept on intervening and we couldn't run our test at 50%.

Display test 50% brightness 100% brightness
Black, cd/m2 White, cd/m2 Contrast ratio Black, cd/m2 White, cd/m2 Contrast ratio
Sony Xperia T3 - - - 0.82 790 963
Sony Xperia M2 0.33 325 989 0.64 643 1000
Sony Xperia Т2 Ultra - - - 0.49 634 1287
Sony Xperia Z1 - - - 0.38 580 1513
Samsung Galaxy S4 0 201 0 404
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo 0 142 0 389
HTC Desire 816 0.15 164 1087 0.46 478 1032
LG G2 0.10 149 1522 0.45 667 1495


Using the Sony Xperia T3 in bright outdoor conditions turned out quite a trouble-free experience. The smartphone even managed to slightly outdo the HTC One (M8) in our test.

Sunlight contrast ratio

  • Nokia 808 PureView
    4.698
  • Apple iPhone 5
    3.997
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
    3.997
  • Samsung Galaxy K zoom
    3.675
  • Apple iPhone 5s
    3.565
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
    3.549
  • Alcatel Idol X+
    3.527
  • Apple iPhone 5c
    3.512
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo
    3.487
  • Motorola RAZR MAXX
    3.42
  • Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III
    3.419
  • Nokia Lumia 925
    3.402
  • Gionee Elife S5.5
    3.386
  • Samsung I9505 Galaxy S4
    3.352
  • Samsung Omnia W
    3.301
  • Samsung I9000 Galaxy S
    3.155
  • Samsung Ativ S
    3.129
  • Samsung I9190 Galaxy S4 mini
    3.127
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 zoom
    3.118
  • Nokia N9
    3.069
  • Samsung Galaxy Note
    2.97
  • Samsung Galaxy Premier
    2.958
  • Sony Xperia Z1
    2.95
  • HTC One S
    2.901
  • Samsung I8730 Galaxy Express
    2.861
  • BlackBerry Q10
    2.856
  • Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II
    2.832
  • Samsung Galaxy S II Plus
    2.801
  • BlackBerry Z30
    2.79
  • Sony Xperia ZR
    2.672
  • Huawei Ascend P1
    2.655
  • Sony Xperia T3
    2.609
  • Nokia Lumia 900
    2.562
  • HTC One Max
    2.537
  • Nokia Lumia 720
    2.512
  • HTC One
    2.504
  • Motorola Moto G
    2.477
  • Sony Xperia Z
    2.462
  • Samsung Galaxy S III mini
    2.422
  • LG G Flex
    2.407
  • HTC One (M8)
    2.371
  • Motorola RAZR i
    2.366
  • Sony Xperia ZL
    2.352
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    2.307
  • Oppo Find 7a
    2.279
  • Alcatel One Touch Hero
    2.272
  • Apple iPhone 4S
    2.269
  • HTC Desire 600 dual sim
    2.262
  • Nokia Asha 311
    2.25
  • LG Nexus 5
    2.228
  • Nokia Lumia 820
    2.193
  • HTC One (E8)
    2.185
  • Nokia Lumia 920
    2.17
  • HTC One X
    2.158
  • Nokia N8
    2.144
  • Nokia Lumia 620
    2.142
  • Nokia 515
    2.134
  • HTC Desire 500
    2.129
  • Sony Xperia acro S
    2.119
  • Nokia Lumia 1020
    2.103
  • Oppo Find 5
    2.088
  • Sony Xperia SL
    2.078
  • Nokia Lumia 630
    2.056
  • BlackBerry Z10
    2.051
  • Samsung I9295 Galaxy S4 Active
    2.022
  • Apple iPhone 4
    2.016
  • HTC One mini
    2.003
  • Huawei Ascend P7
    1.992
  • LG G2
    1.976
  • Oppo R819
    1.957
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia ray
    1.955
  • Sony Xperia Z2
    1.944
  • Nokia Lumia 1320
    1.941
  • HTC One mini 2
    1.94
  • Samsung Galaxy Camera
    1.938
  • Sony Xperia J
    1.932
  • Acer CloudMobile S500
    1.931
  • LG Nexus 4
    1.926
  • LG G Pro 2
    1.922
  • Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3
    1.913
  • Nokia Asha 308
    1.911
  • Sony Xperia T
    1.894
  • HTC Desire X
    1.878
  • HTC Windows Phone 8X
    1.873
  • HTC Butterfly
    1.873
  • HTC Butterfly S
    1.867
  • Huawei Ascend P6
    1.865
  • Huawei Ascend Mate
    1.845
  • LG G2 mini
    1.838
  • LG G3
    1.82
  • Nokia Lumia 1520
    1.813
  • HTC Desire 616 dual sim
    1.797
  • Sony Xperia V
    1.792
  • HTC Desire 816
    1.783
  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
    1.772
  • HTC Desire 700 dual sim
    1.769
  • Sony Xperia U
    1.758
  • Meizu MX3
    1.754
  • LG Optimus G
    1.753
  • Sony Xperia T2 Ultra
    1.74
  • Sony Xperia SP
    1.733
  • LG Optimus 4X HD
    1.691
  • Oppo Find 7
    1.691
  • HTC One V
    1.685
  • BlackBerry Q5
    1.682
  • LG Optimus Vu
    1.68
  • LG Optimus GJ
    1.666
  • LG Optimus 3D Max
    1.658
  • HTC Desire V
    1.646
  • Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2
    1.632
  • Samsung Galaxy Ace 3
    1.622
  • Jolla Jolla
    1.605
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra
    1.578
  • Sony Xperia go
    1.577
  • Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 I8160
    1.566
  • Samsung Galaxy Core
    1.563
  • LG Optimus G Pro
    1.552
  • Motorola Moto E
    1.545
  • LG Optimus 3D
    1.542
  • Nokia Asha 302
    1.537
  • BlackBerry Curve 9320
    1.488
  • Sony Xperia M
    1.473
  • Oppo N1
    1.47
  • Meizu MX 4-core
    1.462
  • Nokia Lumia 610
    1.432
  • Samsung Galaxy S Duos
    1.4
  • Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo
    1.393
  • Sony Xperia M2
    1.393
  • Samsung Galaxy Grand 2
    1.38
  • Sony Xperia E1
    1.372
  • Nokia Lumia 625
    1.371
  • Gigabyte GSmart G1355
    1.361
  • Sony Xperia L
    1.351
  • Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8
    1.35
  • Sony Xperia miro
    1.324
  • Samsung I9082 Galaxy Grand
    1.321
  • Samsung I8530 Galaxy Beam
    1.315
  • HTC Desire C
    1.3
  • Nokia X
    1.291
  • Sony Xperia C
    1.283
  • Nokia Asha 503
    1.281
  • Nokia Asha 501
    1.27
  • LG Optimus L7
    1.269
  • Nokia Lumia 510
    1.268
  • Samsung Galaxy Fame
    1.245
  • LG Optimus L9
    1.227
  • Meizu MX
    1.221
  • Samsung Galaxy Young
    1.22
  • Sony Xperia E
    1.215
  • Nokia XL
    1.204
  • Sony Xperia E dual
    1.203
  • Samsung Galaxy Pocket
    1.18
  • Nokia Asha 305
    1.178
  • Nokia Asha 306
    1.175
  • Sony Xperia neo L
    1.169
  • Sony Xperia tipo
    1.166
  • Nokia Lumia 520
    1.161
  • Samsung S6802 Galaxy Ace Duos
    1.148
  • Samsung Galaxy mini 2
    1.114

Reader comments

  • akhil

I faced same sim card problem... Then I contacted sony service center they told me to change my sim card to 64k or 128k

  • Prasanna

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  • Amar Roy

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