Sony Xperia Z vs Sony Xperia T
Sony's Xperia Z is making waves, but is it better than the Xperia T? We investigate
We see how Sony’s latest flagship, the Xperia Z, compares to its immediate predecessor, the Xperia T.
Sony Xperia T - 129.4x67.3x9.4mm, 139g
Sony Xperia Z - 139x71x7.9mm, 146g
We’ll say straight off the bat that in our view both of these Xperia handsets are equally nice externally but for very different reasons.
For our tastes the Xperia T ‘Bond phone’ has a much more interesting shape with its concave Xperia Arc-style back panel and at the same time we have a certain affinity towards matte finish devices. The build quality is top-notch and there’s no creaking or flex anywhere.
The Xperia Z is less flashy in terms of shape, being a fairly stark rectangle, but the premium fit and finish is, like a certain brand of cakes, exceedingly good.
There are some stylish tweaks such as the buttons and panelled detailing along the sides, the glass back and it’s a very thin handset at 7.9mm. The display bezel also appears to be narrower than that of the Xperia T.
There are also a few non-aesthetic perks. Both the display and the glass back panel are made from Dragontrail Glass, which is much stronger than Gorilla Glass, and the Xperia Z is also water resistant, waterproof and dust resistant.
Overall it’s much tidier than the Xperia T but has lost a little bit of character in the process.
Winner – Sony Xperia Z
Sony’s flagships frequently deliver outstanding display quality, but although the Xperia T was impressively equipped when it launched Sony has outdone itself with the Xperia Z.
The Xperia T’s screen is a 4.55-inch LCD with a 1280x720 pixel resolution at 323 pixels-per-inch (ppi) and Sony’s Mobile Bravia Engine. It’s very sharp and the Bravia engine improves contrast and colour depth.
However, the Xperia Z represents a new generation of Sony display tech with a 5-inch LCD touchscreen at 1920x1080 pixels and 440ppi.
Not only is it considerably sharper than the Xperia T but it has a new improved version of the Bravia engine and OptiContrast technology.
Between all this you get a much brighter display, purer whites, better contrast, deeper blacks and very rich colours.
Winner – Sony Xperia Z
Both devices have the same storage setup with 16GB onboard and microSD support for cards up to 32GB.
Winner – Draw