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Sony Xperia SP

Announced
Mar 18, 2013
Market status
Released
Release date
Apr 30, 2013

Pros

  • Big display (4.6 inches)
  • High-resolution display (720 x 1280 pixels)
  • High pixel densitiy screen (319 ppi)
  • Fast mobile data support (4G)
  • HDMI connector for TV-out (via microUSB)

Cons

  • Too little RAM memory (1024 MB RAM)
  • Battery is not user replaceable

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Description

The Sony Xperia SP sports aluminum frame and Sony's NXT design cues, with an illuminated transparent strip at the bottom, which pulsates in different colors, depending on the notification. Still, we get this year's power/lock key, and a variety of different colors. It also sports a generous 4.6" 720p display, 1.7 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro, 1GB of RAM, and an 8 MP Exmor RS camera sensor to round up a good mid-range package. It is still amazing that now we are calling such a handset mid-range, but that's the law of the land in the Android world. The handset is likely destined for the European and Asian markets with price tag rumors hovering around the EUR 300 mark SIM-free.

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Design

  • Device type:
    • Smart phone
  • OS:
    • PopupAndroid (4.3, 4.1)
  • Dimensions:
    • 5.14 x 2.64 x 0.39 inches (130.6 x 67.1 x 9.98 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 5.47 oz (155 g)
      the average is 4.8 oz (137 g)

DisplayPopupbenchmark

  • Physical size:
    • 4.6 inches
  • Resolution:
    • 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Pixel density:

    Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

    • 319 ppi
  • Technology:

    Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

    • TFT
  • Screen-to-body ratio:
    • 66.63 %
  • Colors:
    • 16 777 216
  • Touchscreen:
      • Multi-touch
  • Features:
    • Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass (Corning Gorilla Glass)

Camerabenchmark

  • Camera:
      • Popup8 megapixels
    • Flash:
      • LED
    • Features:
      • PopupBack-illuminated sensor (BSI), Autofocus, Touch to focus, Face detection, Smile detection, White balance presets, Burst mode, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Panorama, Scenes, Effects, Self-timer
  • Camcorder:
      • 1920x1080 (1080p HD)
    • Features:
      • Video calling
  • Front-facing camera:
      • 0.3 megapixels VGA

Hardwarebenchmark

  • System chip:

    System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

    • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro MSM8960T
  • Processor:

    Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

    • Dual core, 1700 MHz, Krait
  • Graphics processor:
      • Adreno 320
  • System memory:

    System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

    • 1024 MB RAM
  • Built-in storage:
    • 8 GB
  • Storage expansion:
    • microSD, microSDHC up to 32 GB

Batterybenchmark

  • Talk time:
    • 10.73 hours
      the average is 11 h (675 min)
  • Stand-by time:
    • 29.0 days (697 hours)
      the average is 20 days (477 h)
  • Talk time (3G):
    • 13.23 hours
      the average is 15 h (902 min)
  • Stand-by time (3G):
    • 29.4 days (706 hours)
      the average is 23 days (550 h)
  • Capacity:
    • 2370 mAh
  • Not user replaceable:
    • Yes

MultimediaPopupbenchmark

  • Music player:
    • Filter by:
      • Album, Artist, Playlists
    • Features:
      • Album art cover, Background playback
  • Radio:
      • FM, Stereo, RDS
  • Speakers:
    • Earpiece, Loudspeaker
  • YouTube player:
    • Yes

Internet browsing

  • Built-in online services support:
    • YouTube (upload), Picasa/Google+

Technology

  • GSM:
    • 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • UMTS:
    • 850, 900, 2100 MHz
  • FDD LTE:
    • 800 (band 18), 850 (band 5), 1800 (band 3), 2100 (band 1), 2600 (band 7) MHz
  • Data:
    • LTE Cat 3 (100/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS
  • Micro SIM:
    • Yes
  • Positioning:

    Positioning - This field shows the positioning systems supported by the device. There are three main types: GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS. GPS - This is one of the most widespread global positioning technologies, developed and maintained by the U.S. government. It uses satellites in order to detect your location. Works best in clear weather. A-GPS - A-GPS stands for Assisted GPS and is the industry standard for positioning and navigation. “Assisted” means that it can use local wireless networks, in addition to satellites, for quicker and more precise localization. GLONASS - GLONASS is a global positioning system, developed by the Russian Federation. It’s very similar to GPS, but isn’t so popular in cell phones.

    • GPS, A-GPS, Glonass
  • Navigation:
    • Turn-by-turn navigation
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Connectivity

  • Bluetooth:
      • 4.0
  • Wi-Fi:
      • 802.11 b, g, n, n 5GHz
    • Mobile hotspot:
      • Yes
  • USB:
      • USB 2.0
    • Connector:
      • microUSB
    • Features:
      • Mass storage device, USB charging
  • HDMI:
      • via microUSB
  • Other:
    • NFC, DLNA, MHL, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync

Other features

  • Notifications:
    • Haptic feedback, Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone
  • Sensors:
      • Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass
  • Hearing aid compatibility:
      • M3
    • Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording

Availability

  • Officially announced:
    • 18 Mar 2013

To see the full specifications with in-depth details click here.

This device is also known as Sony C5303, Sony C5302, Sony C5306


Alternative variants

We list only the specs that are different than the main variant

Sony Xperia SP C5306


Differences:
  • UMTS:
    • 850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
  • FDD LTE:
    • 850 (band 5), 1700/2100 (band 4), 1900 (band 2), 2100 (band 1) MHz

Sony Xperia SP C5302

(HSPA+ only)
Differences:
  • UMTS:
    • 850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz
  • Data:
    • HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS

Despite our efforts to provide full and correct Sony Xperia SP specifications, there is always a possibility of making a mistake. If you see any wrong or incomplete data, please LET US KNOW.


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