Sony has not one but two new upper mid-range smartphones coming to the market, while HTC has unveiled the HTC One E8, a high end phone which is likely to carry a mid-range price tag. Can Sony’s two new handsets compete? And how do they stack up to each other? Read on to find out.
The Sony Xperia T3 (above) and Sony Xperia T2 Ultra share a similar design. Both inherit the very rectangular, Omnibalance design of the Sony Xperia Z2, but neither look as high end. The Sony Xperia T3 has metal edging but a plastic back and the Xperia T2 Ultra is all plastic, other than its distinctive metal power button.
At 150.7 x 77 x 7mm and 148g, the Sony Xperia T3 is quite large and heavy but surprisingly slim, which along with its metal frame makes it look fairly high end. The Sony Xperia T2 Ultra comes in at 165.2 x 83.8 x 7.7mm and 171.7g, so it’s even bigger and heavier and not quite as slim, though it also has a larger screen.
The HTC One E8 is the odd one out here. Unlike the HTC One M8 this is all plastic, but that aside it has a similar look, with a curved back and dual front-facing speakers. At 146.42 x 70.67 x 9.85mm and 145g it’s smaller and lighter than its rivals but not as slim. In fact it’s positively chunky and while it looks well-built it also looks distinctly mid-range, leaving the Xperia T3 as the best looking of the three.
The Sony Xperia T3 has a 5.3 inch 720 x 1280 IPS LCD display with a pixel density of 277 pixels per inch, while the Sony Xperia T2 Ultra has a 6.0 inch 720 x 1280 IPS LCD screen with a pixel density of 245 pixels per inch and the HTC One E8 has a 5.0 inch 1080 x 1920 Super LCD3 display with a pixel density of 441 pixels per inch.
All three screens are impressively high quality. The Sony ones use Triluminos technology and the Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 to ensure rich, high quality visuals with strong contrast and the HTC One E8 has a similarly pleasing display. In fact it’s a lot better overall, as while it’s the smallest of the three it’s also the highest resolution, leading to a far higher pixel density and far sharper images.
The Sony Xperia T3 and Sony Xperia T2 Ultra both have 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processors and 1GB of RAM. That’s enough to give them a reasonable amount of power but they’re no threat to high end handsets.
Speaking of high end phones, the HTC One E8 has a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor and 2GB of RAM, which is identical to what the HTC One M8 has and makes it far more powerful than its Sony competition.
The Sony Xperia T3 (above) has an 8 megapixel camera which seems reasonably competent and includes a Superior Auto mode, which makes it easy to use in any conditions. It can also shoot video in 1080p and has a 1.1 megapixel front facing camera.
Both the HTC One E8 and the Sony Xperia T2 Ultra should have it beat though as they both have 13 megapixel snappers and like the T3 they can shoot video in 1080p. The T2 Ultra also matches its front facing camera, with a 1.1 megapixel sensor of its own, while the HTC One E8 has a 5 megapixel front facing camera, which is by far the best of the three.
The Sony Xperia T3 has a 2500 mAh battery quoted for up to 688 hours of standby time or 14 hours and 47 minutes of talk time, while the Xperia T2 Ultra has a 3000 mAh battery rated for up to 1046 hours of standby time or 24 hours of talk time and the HTC One E8 has a 2600 mAh power pack, which HTC reckons can last for up to 504 hours of standby time or 26.8 hours of talk time, making it the worst of the three for standby but the best in active use.
Both the Xperia T3 and Xperia T2 Ultra have 8GB of built in storage along with a microSD card slot with support for cards of up to 32GB, but the HTC One E8 has them beat with 16GB of built in storage and support for microSD cards of up to 128GB.
There’s little to choose in terms of connectivity options though. All three phones support 3G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC.
While there are certain similarities between these three handsets they’re all aimed at a different audience. The Sony Xperia T2 Ultra is a mid-range phablet with a decent camera, the Xperia T3 opts for a smaller screen and worse camera but a more premium build and the HTC One E8 goes heavy on the plastic but delivers flagship specs.
They’re all good phones but price aside the HTC One E8 is clearly the best of the three. That said, if you care about looks then go for the Sony Xperia T3 and if you want a big screen then the Xperia T2 Ultra is the one to buy.
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