Hands-on: Sony plays it safe with new Android phones and tablets

Hands-on: Sony plays it safe with new Android phones and tablets

Summary: The Japanese manufacturer's new Android phones - the Xperia T, V and J - all look very similar, while Sony's revamped Android tablet is a more stylish affair than before


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  • There's little bad to say about the design of Sony's latest Android devices, but, certainly on the phone side, there is a certain uniformity to them.

    The template is set by the Xperia T, the 4.55-inch-screened flagship being modeled here by Sony chief Kazuo Hirai at IFA in Berlin.

    The device has a 13MP camera and a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, which is not quite as chunky as the quad-core processors that power recent flagships from Samsung and Asus.

    Image credit: David Meyer

  • These, believe it or not, are four different phone models.

    The only immediately apparent differences are screen sizes. The mid-range Xperia V (top left) has a 4.3-inch screen. The relatively budget-specced Xperia J (top right) has a four-inch screen and the Xperia T (bottom right) and TX (bottom left) have 4.55-inch screens.

    The Xperia TX is a variant on the Xperia T that is targeted at Asian markets. It has a slightly different industrial design to the T.

    Image credit: David Meyer

  • This is the Xperia Tablet S, the company's new Android slab.

    Unlike Sony's new smartphones, the Xperia Tablet S comes with top-of-the-line internals, being powered by a quad-core Tegra 3 chipset.

    Image credit: David Meyer

Topics: Android, Smartphones, Tablets

David Meyer

About David Meyer

David Meyer is a freelance technology journalist. He fell into journalism when he realised his musical career wouldn't pay the bills. David's main focus is on communications, as well as internet technologies, regulation and mobile devices.

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  • 7

    Android does not need dual core, it doesn't even need more than ARM6 320Mhz CPU. But many apps do need at least 800Mhz ARM7 CPU to work well with GPU (games usually).

    The dual- or quad-core is just great bonus to save battery lifetime and actually make use nicer when multitasking.
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      Probably glad that they stopped making robot dogs.
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