Berlin - Sony's newest smartphone - the Xperia T3 - is only 7 millimetres thick and weighs 145 grams.

But it also comes with a 5.3-inch HD display and a stainless steel frame, making the Xperia a phablet, albeit one that tries to punch above its weight class.

Along with its quadcore processor (1.4 gigahertz), the Xperia can also utilize the LTE and NFC standards.

It also comes with an 8-megapixel camera, 1 gigabyte (GB) of working memory and 8 GB of storage space, which can be expanded with an SD card. It goes on sale in Europe at the end of July, in white, black and purple models.

No price has been set. - Sapa-dpa