Sony Xperia SP announced with aluminum frame, NXT design cues, and Exmor RS camera

Sony made a press conference, as promised, and unveiled both the Xperia SP and Xperia L handsets, just as expected. The 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 for the chassis you can see in the slideshow below.

It also sports a generous 4.6" 720p super-sensitive display that has a "Glove Mode", 1.7 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro, 1GB of RAM, 8 GB of storage plus microSD slot, 2370 mAh battery, 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 destined for the European and Asian markets in Q2 for now, with price tag rumors hovering around the EUR 300 ($388) mark SIM-free.

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Xperia SP
  • Display 4.6" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Dual-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2370 mAh(13.23h 3G talk time)



1. htc_evo_3d

Posts: 84; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

solid design

40. ddxmms

Posts: 170; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

i will rather buy this than the nokia lumia 720 !

56. MarioGomez

Posts: 40; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Dont fool yourself dude... Nothing is better than Nokia.

63. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

..and your argument being? "Because I'm a fanboy and I say so!!"

64. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Oh and on a related note, this phone STOMPS the Lumia 720


Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 05, 2013


11. allthesame

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 18, 2013

from your username, i can guess that you're the samsung's fanboy.. if you think this one is boring, the how about S4? boring and ugly design just like S3. i like the S2 but no love for S3

14. rgxVOiD

Posts: 440; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

Just a troll, don't worry about it

31. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Your just a samsung fanboy that so jealous with other phone manufacturer because Samsung simply cant come up with PRemium design and good looking

3. rodkurt

Posts: 128; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

no water/dust proof?

5. AnukulVcool unregistered

u want flaps all anound?

6. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Why? You want to take it for a swim and surf a desert storm? Kidding dude... But i don't think this one will come with those features.

9. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

If u dont fap to p0rn in your phone in the toilet i dont see the omission of water proofing is an issue. Unless u r careless enough to spill drinks on your devices frequently...

4. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Make the battery capacity above 2500mAh and i'll seriously be looking into it. 4.6 inch sounds sweet! And that power button is really appealing!

15. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

It's 2,370 mAh, over 2,500 mAh is too much to be expected from a mid-ranger. It's funny though, Sony put a bigger battery in this mid-ranger than their and HTC's flagship.

17. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

agree. i min is 300mah that really cost to add on the flagship. or maybe this is the start of SOny in changing their game

34. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Hm...2370mAh is okay i guess. But something i can't understand...why not make 2400mAh or if it has to be less 2300mAh?? **70mAh is giving me a hopeless hope, if you know what i mean.

46. dmn666

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

lol... Yep, it is funny - looks like SP battery life would be very good. ZL has a 2370 mAh battery as well but that has the same specs as Z.

41. Izoe

Posts: 150; Member since: Sep 02, 2010

This is meant to be a mid ranger. Considering the fact that it has the same specs as current flagships (aside from RAM) and the design is better than some current flagship devices, says much about the phone. If this is priced right, it will be an awesome device.

7. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

ANother Great Phone from SOny, Thanks with 2300mah battery life still suffer from fade screen color, hoping when i get my hands on, its great coz its reality display

71. madpiyal

Posts: 108; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

This is going to be a huge hit when the price comes down in a matter of months. There is literary no mid ranger to compete with this one. From build quality and design to battery capacity everything makes it a sweet deal. Its gonna be the successor of xperia p. But only the introduction of this years mid ranger of HTC might beat it, but i doubt because that will be costlier than this one.

72. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

yup same as last year, people dont care P at first, but when the price come down, it outsell the S

8. Jonathan41

Posts: 532; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

Why not up the specs and make it high-range competitor. What's with all the S4's. Throw a 600 in that bad boy.

12. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Because that would outshine the Xperia Z. Sony will get a new flagship the second half of the year, that will probably have a S600 or maybe even the S800.

16. Jonathan41

Posts: 532; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

I know but, thats little late to the party don't you think?

44. TheLoyalist

Posts: 26; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

Late? Xperia Z already sell like hotcakes around Europe and Asia and has now been out for 3-4 weeks. The S4 will probably be available late april/early may with a new Sony Xperia w. S800 due Q3

48. lovefist unregistered

not really that late my friend, only difference with this soc and snapdragon 600 is the clock speed. GPU is the same and most of the time i just underclock my phones and not really into the "faster thing" cause seriously, is there an app that'll take advantage of higher clock speed up to 1.9 Ghz? GPU is more important for me.

58. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

The Xperia Z was late. It's a 2012 phone in 2013. The DNA/Butterfly has everything the Xperia Z has, except a worse camera and no water/dust proofing. But, the Butterfly/DNA does have the better display, and is easier to hold in the hand rather than the sharp angles of the Xperia Z.

65. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

there is one thing that Z HAS, as an outdated phone like what you say "Its Sells very Good around the globe" while Butterfly, no word yet about its sales

10. jlp34876

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 02, 2012

1gb of ram :/

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