Sony unveils Xperia T, V, and J smartphones

With a 4.6-inch screen offering HD resolution and a 13-megapixel camera, the Xperia T is definitely meant as Sony's new flagship handset.

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At the IFA technology trade show in Berlin, Sony pulled the wraps off of three new Android smartphones. Called the Xperia T, Xperia V, and Xperia J, each device will range in capabilities, with the T being top dog and the V and J following behind.

Sony Xperia T
Here's a hands-on view of the Xperia T. Stephen Shankland/CNET

With a 4.6-inch screen offering HD resolution and a 13-megapixel camera, the Xperia T is definitely meant as Sony's new flagship handset. The phone is also powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, will connect to LTE 4G, and have NFC (near-field communication) technology onboard. At launch, the Xperia T will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but Sony claims an upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is right around the corner.

Sony Xperia V
The Xperia V has a smaller 4-inch screen. Stephen Shankland/CNET

The Xperia V will use the same 1.5GHz dual-core CPU but have a smaller 4.3-inch display; it will pack a 13-megapixel camera as well. The Xperia V's most intriguing feature, though, is its water-resistant skin. Sony says the device can withstand immersion in water, enough to meet the international IP55 and IP57 protocols for durability. LTE 4G compatibility is planned for the Xperia V, too, as is a later update to Jelly Bean from ICS.

The Xperia J sits at the bottom of Sony's new lineup. Stephen Shankland/CNET

At the bottom of the line, the Xperia J will have a 4-inch screen and a 5-megpixel camera. Another trait that betrays its low-end pedigree is the Xperia J's 1GHz CPU, and Sony suspiciously doesn't mention the phone's specific version of Android.

About the author

Brian Bennett is senior editor for appliances at CNET and reviews a wide range of household and smart-home products. These include everything from microwave ovens, blenders, ranges and coffee makers to personal weather stations. An NYC native, Brian now resides in bucolic Louisville, Kentucky where he dreams of someday owning the sparkling house of the future.

 

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