Sony has unveiled a new smartphone that looks to redefine what's possible from a mid-range device. The Xperia T3 carries a large 5.3-inch display but that doesn't deter the smartphone from being classified as the world's slimmest in its category according to the Japanese electronics giant.

The aforementioned display operates at just 1,280 x 720 (keep in mind this is a mid-tier device) which is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC clocked at 1.4GHz alongside 1GB of RAM and 8GB of onboard storage (expandable via microSD card slot).

Other specifications include an 8-megapixel rear-facing Sony Exmor RS camera capable of recording 1080p video, a 1.1-megapixel front shooter, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, aGPS, LTE network support and so on. Talk time is listed at up to 12 hours and 46 minutes with 688 hours of standby courtesy of the 2,500mAh battery. It will run Android 4.4 Kit Kat out of the box, we're told.

At 150.7 x 77 x 7 mm and weighing in at just 148 grams, the Xperia T3 is no doubt light and thin for its size. It's even more impressive to see Sony pulled this off with a steel chassis instead of opting for polycarbonate plastic.

Aesthetically speaking, the Xperia T3 doesn't look too much different from other offerings in the Xperia line. That's not a bad thing as Sony has some really nice looking handsets in their current high-end catalog.

The Xperia T3 will be available globally at the end of July in purple, white and black. No word yet on how much Sony will ask, however.