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Sony Xperia TX review

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Crisp and bright display
  • Ergonomic curved design for easier handling
  • Fast-shooting camera

What's bad

  • Poor quality pictures even in normal indoor conditions
  • Confusing power and camera button position
  • Lag when scrolling through homescreens

The Xperia TX has been able to stand out in the competitive smartphone crowd due to its distinctive design. According to most reviewers, the unique curved back makes it easier to hold as does the matte finish of the plastic. That finish, Tbreak notes, doesn't scratch or attract fingerprints as easily as other smartphones; however the phone did get "scruffy" quickly.

To keep the sleek design, the TX only has two buttons: a power button on the left side and a camera button on the right side. Unfortunately, reviewers find the size and placement of these two buttons to be confusing and often lead to numerous accidental photos.

Hardware-wise, the phone has a good 4.6" display with a resolution of 720p. PCWorld says that the screen displays sharp text and excellent sunlight legibility, though the colors do suffer from oversaturation.

Aside from the display, it has a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. Many experts were unimpressed with the performance however, noticing some lag when swiping between homescreens and the App Drawer. Fortunately, Android Authority did not notice any serious lag when actually using apps.

Like all smartphones, the Xperia XT offers a rear-facing camera. Although large at 13 megapixels, most reviewers find that it produces washed out and noisy photographs even in average indoors condition. TechRadar, however, notes that it's a quick shooting camera and can take amazing photos in ideal conditions.

Overall, most reviewers appreciated the aesthetic sense of the phone but were by and large disappointed with the final product. Android Police states, "knowing there are so many better options out there with more to offer…makes buying a phone like this a rather silly choice." Reviewers at CNET also agreed adding, "there are a number of phones that deliver in much in the same fashion."

Operating system
1.5 GHz
Screen Size
13+ MP

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Common Questions

Sony released the Xperia TX on October 8, 2012.

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Sony Xperia TX user manual here.

Sony backs up the Xperia TX with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your Xperia TX has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Sony support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Sony's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.

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Screen Size

The Sony Xperia TX's screen size is 4.55 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

1.5 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8260-A Dual Core 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 4.3 Jelly Bean) operating system (OS).

13+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.

16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1750 mAh battery. Sony's performance ratings are 16.7 days standby time, 400 minutes.

Xperia TX Specs

Release date October 8, 2012
Regions available USA
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
SIM card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 4.3 Jelly Bean)

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8260-A Dual Core 1.5 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16 GB
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.08 W/kg
Body: 1.42 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1750 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 240 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 400 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 16.7 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, Pink, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.1 x 6.9 x 0.9 cm (5.2 x 2.7 x 0.4 in)
Weight 127 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 323 pixels
Size 4.55 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry No
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
DLNA Support Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
PictBridge No
Main Camera
13+ megapixels
Dual lens
16x digital
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Panorama, Red-eye reduction, Scene, Exposure value, HDR, Metering
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera
1+ megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WAV, M4A, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio Yes (FM/RDS)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube)
Included Software / Apps -
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Sony LT29i

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