Sony Xperia T2 Ultra Dual – Hands on review

The Xperia T2 Ultra Dual is as big as its name suggests. The Android smartphone - actually falls into the category of foblet - is a big bet for a share of Sony users enough features: those who want large screens without paying absurd prices for it. After all, per your specifications, T2 Ultra would fall in the range of intermediate cell, with extra to be dual-chip. Check out our review below:


The Xperia T2 Ultra is a great device .... How foblet, it has an intermediate size between a conventional smartphone and a tablet and therefore, is not the type of device for everyone. You can even hold it with one hand, but there is no miracle that would hold only with the entire length of the screen. The good news is that it is a great all-in-one, and pretty much replace the use of tablet in everyday life, for example.

Precisely because of the size, T2 Ultra is slightly uncomfortable to use. Sometimes, it creates a certain feeling of insecurity, as if almost always slipping hands. Speaking of safety, take note: the device is for those who don’t bother to call attention to answer the phone in the street. Believe me, the T2 Ultra is anything but discreet in this regard.

Well, let's return to the design: big, clumsy ... But stylish. We tested the black version, which includes details such as the lock button and unlock the screen in silver. It is, without a doubt, a sober unit. The lack of boldness in design is balanced by the result.

Sony even found some interesting solutions to deal with the size of the device. All physical buttons, for example, are located in the right corner at the bottom. This means they can be easily achieved when you use your smart with just one hand, which is a beautiful facilitator. And there are three of them: the aforementioned locking and unlocking screen, volume and a dedicated camera.

Entries headphone jack and microUSB (through which the foblet is loaded) are at the top, as well as entries for both chip carriers and the microSD card to expand the internal memory of the device. The last two, however, are also protected by two plastic caps beyond fragile. Taking into account, however, that there are few users who use more than two chips and need to change them often, it is quite likely that they survive even the roughest owner, even if only for lack of use.

To finish the topic of design, there is a point that deserves attention: the material with which the rear was built: plastic. The problem is not the plastic itself, understand, but the "level drop" in relation to the most cherished brother of the line, the Xperia Z2 . The top of the line Sony has tempered glass on the back, just like its predecessor, the Xperia Z1 .

The positive side is that plastic hardly break after a fall. The bad news is that the plastic used by Sony scratches and engordura with ridiculous ease, giving an almost permanently dirty to foblet aspect. The front, if it's any consolation, it is exactly what we would expect of a smartphone with Sony seal of quality.


The T2 Ultra is no top of the line, but did not ugly. We tested the machine running multiple apps simultaneously running videos streaming in programs such as YouTube and Netflix , and did the ultimate test in games like Asphalt 8 , a title race with three-dimensional graphics. He fared relatively well in all tests.

We noticed slight gagging on some transition animations of Android, especially after occupy some memory with the installation of applications. When you exit an app running in full screen and back to the home screen, for example, the T2 Ultra had some difficulty to load the icons of programs at once. This does not mean, however, that it is a bad smartphone. To perform daily tasks - several of them - a bunch of apps open at the same time and even play games, it does the job.

The intermediate foblet Sony has ... Hardware intermediary. The processor is up to a quad-core Qualcomm 1.4 GHz, but Sony opted to save and put only 1GB of RAM inside the cell. The internal storage capacity can be disappointing, but thankfully Sony contoured case with an input of microSD. Are 8 GB internal, with the possibility of expansion up to 32 GB more. Below, you can see the results of performance tests, with applications running AnTuTu and 3DMark , respectively. In them, you can compare which devices more closely resemble the performance of newcomer Sony.

Regarding connectivity, a ball out of Sony: no 4G. Moreover, T2 Ultra does a good job. Beyond the entrance microSD, we have the ability to use two chips operators simultaneously, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC and FM radio. It was also missing digital TV, which is very popular in Brazil, but no impact on the final note of foblet.

Finally, it is important to quote the speaker T2 Ultra, which occupies a generous space in the rear. Without the headphones, the sound quality is good, even in volume achieved.

Sony also had hits and misses in Android Dual Ultra applied at T2. Errors actually speak of one, the smart gift comes standard Android 4.3 Jelly Bean yet. The KitKat , most current final version of the system, although it was announced about a year, was left out. Nevertheless, the customization that the manufacturer made the Google system deserves applause.

The "Android Sony" is not the heaviest, nor is it full of frills. While the user experience is different from pure Android, it does not mischaracterizes both system does Samsung or, to use a more extreme example, Nokia with its Nokia X .

Essential additions are in it for the use of foblet. You can, for example, set up with just two touches the virtual keyboard so that it can be used with one hand. The solution caters for both right-handed as left-handed, simply choose which corner of the keyboard will be "squeezed". However, the best typing experience is still in use the keyboard in the conventional manner: the 6 inch space to give the keys have a comfortable distance apart, which reduces the rate of typing errors.

Other solutions from Sony, also present in some smartphones Xperia line, deserve note. One is the notifications bar, which can be opened with two consecutive touches in the home, one of three virtual control buttons that are on the Android screen icon. The command causes the scroll bar and paste all the notifications and icons at the bottom of the screen which, again, is great for anyone who wants to use the smart one-handed.

The management window open programs, opened by the "small window" buttons on the Android icon (located to the right) also has an extra quick in style. You can configure the application shortcuts listed at the bottom. By default, there have apps like the calculator and recorder that, when accessed, a style open "window of Windows . " So you can make a quick account, for example, without taking the trouble to open the calculator in full screen.

Beyond it, there is the flap quick access the applications menu, which can be opened with a slide from left to right on the first page of apps. It is possible to search directly for a specific app or create folders of favorite programs, a hell of a facilitator for the maniacs Google Play.

The Ultra Battery T2 has not left us in hand. Are coarse 3,000 mAh, enough to take the hit of 6 inches and everything else for a day with great tranquility screen. With moderate, active use in Wi-Fi and 3G all day, checking emails and social networking, listening to music and clicking a dozen photos in the meantime, managed to reach a day and eight hours away from the socket. Not to enter the Stamina mode, a kind of turbo Sony battery for times of need.


The screen of the T2 Ultra was the most ambiguous point of our tests. First because, according to the specifications published by the manufacturer itself, it is spectacular. After all, we're talking about a 6-inch display with generous Triluminos technology (the same already used in Bravia TVs of the brand). Live, we must say that it is not what we expected.

Come on: the screen is not bad, far from it. It just is not "all that", at least in our experience of use. One factor is the HD (720 x 1280 pixels) resolution: it is more than enough for most smartphones, but a 6-inch big screen deserves more. You can see the pixels at the edges of the icons of applications, for example.

This leaves the unit behind other foblets the market that carries a Full HD resolution - and here we speak especially of the Galaxy Note 3, Samsung. Remember, however, that T2 Ultra never paid to be a direct competitor of the Note, or in the specifications or in the price. Therefore, it might make more sense to compare it to the popular Galaxy Gran Duos, which is right behind the Xperia.

The colors and contrast of the screen are satisfactory, although the brightness may leave the user's hand under intense sunlight, as with most cell phones. The viewing angle is impeccable: it is possible that more than one person watch a video without any of them has an impaired vision of what happens.


Although load a 13 megapixel sensor, the experience of taking pictures with the T2 Ultra was disappointing. Under the sunlight, the camera even did well; was when placed in less favorable conditions than it let us down.

The click is time consuming and makes you miss good times. Also, when in automatic mode, the focus does not always hit, which sometimes generates completely blurry images. Luckily, there is the option to select the focus by touching the screen; found it best to leave the dedicated side camera button if we wanted to satisfactory photographs

In dimly lit environments, it is difficult to get cool photographs. The low light tends to play there for high ISO, and this leaves you with two outputs: either blurry or grainy photos. Below, two pictures made in automatic mode. The first, indoors in the evening and the second on external evening.

The front camera is also no big deal. The sensor has a resolution of 1.1 megapixels, which enough for a video of a very low quality or bad selfie. Do not demand too much of it.


With an average price of U.S. $ 1,100, the Xperia T2 Ultra Dual has great value for money. It has undoubted advantages, such as the big screen, the microSD card slot, battery good length and be dual-chip. Regarding performance, you can find more for less. Intermediate devices like the Moto G are cute and cost on average £ 600.

Nevertheless, in the category of foblets, it is one of the champions of Values. It's ideal for those who love big screens but don’t want to shell out the value of a Galaxy Note for this device.