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Sony Xperia T3 unveiled: Mid-range 5.3in phone, premium build quality

Sony has taken the wraps off a new smartphone, the Xperia T3, which is a trim handset that places a premium on aesthetics.

The Xperia T3 boasts a 5.3in screen with a resolution of 1280 x 720 – that's 277 ppi so it should be perfectly serviceable, and indeed, generally Sony's displays are pretty good in our experience (resolution isn't the only story).

And the handset certainly looks the part, with a stainless steel chassis, and a thinness of just 7mm dead on; plus it weighs 148 grams.

Calum MacDougall, Director of Xperia Marketing at Sony Mobile, commented: "The T3 is packed with the latest beautiful technology from Sony – including leading digital imaging expertise and a vivid HD display – all within a stylish, stainless steel frame. The combination of this beautiful technology and the premium design ensures the T3 immediately stands apart from the competition."

Other specs include a 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon CPU, Android 4.4 KitKat for the OS, and the rear camera is an 8 megapixel affair with Exmor RS tech and SteadyShot to help prevent shakiness ruining a pic. The handset supports 4G and comes with a 2,500mAh battery with a "Stamina" longevity mode.

We criticised last year's Xperia T for its build in our review, and the fact that it was a chunky handset, so it's interesting to see that this new T3 model has become a sleek little number.

The Xperia T3 will be out at the end of July, with pricing to be confirmed, but this will be a mid-range phone, although possibly at the upper end of that bracket given the build quality.