The smartphone market is buzzing with new arrivals one after the other, as global companies discover the sheer insatiability of the Indian consumer market. The smartphone market has been dominated by Samsung largely in recent times with competitors like BlackBerry, HTC, Nokia and others struggling to keep their market shares intact. Alongside, local competitors like Karbonn, Lava and Micromax especially, have eaten into the market share of these global companies with their similar features and low prices. As a result, the Indian market has become a saturated one of sorts for many global giants apart from Samsung and Apple which have specific sections to cater to these days.
Sony has always been a late bloomer in the Indian market though its smartphones always did well globally. The Ericson range in earlier times did not have many takers and the subsequent range of smartphones did not do too well as well. The Xperia range brought in a ray of new hope but Sony could not really capitalize on the same. However, the Japanese smartphone maker has now brought out the all new Xperia T2 Ultra, packed with the best features and priced competitively, exclusively for Indian smartphone aficionados. The Sony Xperia T2 Ultra will now be available for purchase online. The company has made it quite affordable really at INR 32, 000 and the all new phablet will be commercially available from the 26th of February.
The device has been listed on Saholic, an online e-commerce portal and gadget retailer. The T2 Ultra along with a dual sim model and the Xperia E1, Xperia T2 Ultra Dual and Xperia E1 dual were launched by the company in January. The new phablet T2 model has not been officially launched by Sony as of yet. Saholic has only kept the single SIM model of the Xperia T2 Ultra online and there is no official confirmation on the retailing of a dual SIM version of this power packed phablet. In what should be the biggest plus point for the company, this phablet is being offered with an EMI option working out to approximately INR 1, 996 per month. This has created ripples in the tech circuit with gadget freaks and lovers going all out to explore the possibilities of snapping up this exciting new phone. Sony also launched the mini version of the highly awaited Xperia Z1 smartphone at a price of INR 36, 990 which makes the pricing of the T2 Ultra even more aggressive in the market.
An overview of the features and specifications on this device:
Sony has always been acclaimed for its excellent camera and build quality with top of the line technologies being used for the same. Taking a close look at the features and specifications on offer, what immediately grabs attention is the magnanimous TRILUMINOS 6 inch LCD TFT display on the device. This will set it apart from other competitors like the Galaxy S range. Alongside, the breath taking display comes with 720 by 1080 pixels of HD resolution and a specially incorporated picture engine, X-Reality.
The device also makes use of a powerful quad-core 1.4 GHz Snapdragon Qualcomm processor (MSM8228 for 3G and MSM8928 for LTE) along with Adreno 305 GPU. This is combined with a top of the line Android Jelly Bean 4.3 operating system for optimal performance. The device possesses 1GB of RAM along with handy 8GB of in-built storage. Storage space can be expanded all the way up to 32GB via the external memory or microSD card.
Camera, battery life and other features:
It is the camera which is the best part about this device. The Xperia T2 Ultra possesses a rear camera of a staggering 13 megapixels. This comes with a special LED flash, Sony’s Exmor RS camera sensor and 1080p recording for videos. This will certainly draw the attention of even serious shutterbugs and the 1.1 megapixel HD camera at the front is ideal for video calling, chatting and even for selfies with its similar Exmor R sensor. There are a plethora of functions supported by the primary 13MP camera. These include Sweep Panorama, Portrait retouching, Time shift Burst, collages and background defocusing.
The phone comes with connectivity options like 3G HSPA+, DLNA, WiFi 820.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 GHz/5 GHz), GLONASS, Bluetooth 4.0 and APT-X, NFC and GPS. Another USP of the device is its powerful battery. The 3000 mAh battery comes with a specially crafted Stamina mode which allows for greater battery life. The screen to body ratio stands at 73.6% with the incorporation of tinier bezels. This power packed battery allows for music playback up to a staggering 93 hours and video playback of a mindboggling 10 hours. Going by the stats mentioned on Saholic, 2G network users can expect up to 14 hours of talk time while 3G users can expect a whopping 24 hours of talk time. Standby time rests are 43 days and 44 days for both 3G and 2G networks respectively.
This is simply fabulous, considering the huge size of the display unit. The main competitors for this smartphone would include the Nokia Lumia 1520 and the 1320 along with the Intex Aqua Octa and the equally powerful HP Slate 6 model. According to industry experts, the battery life, display size and plethora of camera features are slated to make this device stand out in its own right. However, one drawback that may be experienced by seasoned smartphone users may be the lack of prominent sensors on this device.
These include sensors like gyroscope, proximity, barometer, accelerometer, compass and ambient light and temperature sensors among others. These add to the smartphone usage experience and are highly coveted by touch screen users. However, the high battery life, arsenal of powerful features and the beautiful display should tilt the balance in its favor in the Indian market. Alongside, Sony’s attention to detail and solid build quality will make this phablet a sure winner in the Indian market.