Sony Xperia T2 Ultra announced as a cheaper 6-inch ‘phablet’

Sony has this morning come out with another 6-inch smartphone, this time a more affordable mid-range option called the Xperia T2 Ultra.

We’ve only recently heard of Samsung’s plans for a stepped-down, more affordable ‘phablet’ – the Galaxy Note 3 Lite – but unfortunately for the Korean company, Sony has beaten it to the punch with an ‘affordable’ phablet of its own.

With a screen of 6-inches in size, the Xperia T2 Ultra is akin to Sony’s Xperia Z Ultra but slightly smaller and scaled down in terms of specifications. The 6-inch display is 720p HD as opposed to the Z Ultra’s super-sharp Full HD display, sporting a 1.1-megapixel front facing camera just above it. The display’s resolution is 1,280 x 720 and features Sony’s BRAVIA engine 2 and Triluminos technologies.

Inside the T2 Ultra has a quad-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8928 processor and 1GB of RAM, coupled with Adreno 305 graphics power. There’s also 8GB of internal memory which can be expanded upon by up to 32GB via micro SD card. Android Jelly Bean 4.3 is the operating system of choice for Sony’s mid-range phablet, with Bluetooth 4.0 LE support for the latest wireless wearable gadgets.

Considering its size, the Xperia T2 Ultra doesn’t appear to be packing much of a punch, until you get to the camera department. The rear camera is Sony’s impressive 13-megapixel sensor with LED flash, capable of Full HD video recording and a number of other tricks. All of this is crammed into a body that’s impressively just 7.6mm thick, weighing slightly on the heavy side at 173g.

Sony hasn’t confirmed a release date nor price for its latest giant phone, but do know that it will sport 4G connectivity and there will be single and dual-SIM versions, the latter of which won’t be coming to the UK unfortunately. As Sony has done many times before, there will be three colours available: white, black and purple.

Is the Xperia T2 Ultra the more affordable giant phone you’ve been looking for?