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

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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Topic: Mobility
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1 of 5 David Meyer

There's little bad to say about the design of Sony's , 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.

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2 of 5 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.

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3 of 5 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.

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On the outside, the biggest difference between the new Xperia Tablet S and its predecessor, the , is that this time Sony hasn't tried to make it look like an airplane wing.

The company has stuck to the idea of having a  rear lip, though, even if it is markedly less pronounced. This time round it seems a bit more stylish, and it certainly continues to differentiate Sony's Android tablets from the relatively identikit offerings of its rivals.

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5 of 5 David Meyer

Another look at the Xperia Tablet S's design, this time from the rear.

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