Sony Xperia TX Review

As you’ve heard, the Xperia TX is the latest James Bond signature mobile phone. Well… it was the Xperia T actually, but the TX isn’t but the asian variant of the former. Not much difference between the two devices, the TX mainly has a removable battery, and sports a slightly modified design around the frame. The rest is pretty much the same.

By all means, the Xperia TX is a stunning handset, in terms of specifications and design. However, it is worlds apart from being revolutionary or exceptional. It is simply… a beautiful and fairly powerful device, with the same great build quality Sony is renowned for.

Xperia TX Design and Build

The curved Arc shape returns from previous Xperia handsets like the Xperia S (only difference is that battery cover is now rubberised on the black version – a nice addition); but the TX comes with an amazing 4.6-inch screen packing a 1280×720 resolution. A bit of physics now: the Xperia TX is both sturdy and lightweight. The plastic back cover isn’t as slippery as the one on the Galaxy S3, but neither is it as sturdy and solid as the Lumia 920 polycarbonate build.

The dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Plus chipset, backed up with 1GB of RAM performs fast and strong. The one disappointment that hit us was the lack of Jelly Bean on it, being stuck on Ice Cream Sandwich until sometime in February or March. That’s now a long wait though.

16GB of internal storage is paired up with a MicroSD card slot, which is conveniently located next to the replaceable 1700mAh battery.

Xperia TX Cameras

The 13 megapixel camera on the back of the Xperia TX is meant to be the major feature of this phone; the thing is that it’s not exactly the stand out performer you may have hoped for.

The shooter on the TX is fast. Really fast. In fact it might be one of the fastest camera sensors we’ve seen in a while, and it does it all with great class and above par results. Plain daylight shots are stunning and rightly exposed. Things don’t look as fancy when it comes to low light performance, but speaking frankly, this was expected. Pictures in these conditions look rather cold, with a washed out tint. The one true benchmark in this segment is Nokia’s Lumia 920. Interestingly, the specified 13-megapixel resolution is only available for 4:3 ratio shooting, with the phone sticking to a 10MP 16:9 ratio as default. As far as sweep panorama shooting is concerned, it is natively supported on the TX coming as standard.

The front facing, 1.3MP camera will be mainly useful for video chatting/calling, and it also records at 720p. Good news all the way. The rear camera can record 1080p video effortlessly. Accessing video mode is done by toggling a switch after launching the camera function. The image stabilisation feature isn’t the best we’ve seen in a phone, it’s just… fine. Video recording quality is again impressive during the day, but less than stellar at night, even with the night shooting mode switched on.

What we have to say in this particular imaging department is that we’re a bit disappointed by the general camera performance, given the fact that we were aiming at a very high-end quality 13MP Sony camera, we come out a bit… hungry for more. Maybe it’s just the awesomeness of the Lumia 920′s shooter that is leaving us biased a bit, but this is how things go in the mobile phone world.

What We Liked

The 4.6-inch screen is a beauty: crisp, clear, with a stunning 720p picture and sleek finish.

The thin bezel and arched back make it comfortable for both landscape and portrait manoeuvring.

The 13-megapixel camera is a solid performer in daylight.

The dual-core processor does a pretty good job of keeping things moving, with no lag or hangups. The fact the battery can be replaced is also a bonus.

What We Didn’t Like

The battery is a bit on the low side of things: beefing it up a notch would have been awesome, but is also a requirement with this kind of display.

No Jelly Bean out of the box: Jelly Bean has been available for months, and yet it isn’t coming to the TX before March.

It didn’t add much to previous Xperia devices like the Acro S, apart from the slimmer waistline.

Verdict

The TX is, without a doubt, one of the best handsets we’ve ever seen from Sony. But the truth is that it’s definitely not one of the devices currently at the top of the mobile phone food chain. Compared to the offerings from Samsung (S3 and Note II), Apple and even HTC and LG and to some extent Nokia, The Xperia TX is just a bit off track: lack of quad-core support, poor battery life and a missing 4G chipset are all here to weigh the TX down in the battle of smartphones. Of course, the Xperia Z is nearly here, and Sony will definitely have a few words to say when it will be released. But for now, you’re left with the James Bond phone.

Watch the video below in order to discover some new cool things Sony is bringing to Android through its latest Xperia lineup.



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