Xperia SP

Sony's latest mid-ranger to sell​ for $489.99 unlocked

Hot on the heels of the Xperia Z, Sony's new mid-range offering, the Xperia SP, has also appeared for pre-order on the company's U.S.-based online store. The Xperia SP packs a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU with Adreno 320 GPU, 1GB of RAM, 8GB internal storage and an 8-megapixel Exmor RS rear camera. On the front is a 720p Sony 'HD Reality Display.' Like its high-end siblings, the SP's internal storage is expandable via microSD card.

The Xperia SP also sports a unique aluminum-frames design and a large, illuminated transparent element under the screen.

Bizarrely, Sony's spec listing for the North American Xperia SP shows support for HSPA+ on 850, 900, 1900 and 2100MHz bands, as well as LTE bands I, II, IV and V. If those specs are accurate, they'd point to an incomplete set of frequencies for both AT&T and T-Mobile. On AT&T you'll get full HSPA+ coverage but no LTE; on T-Mo you're looking at LTE, but no 1700MHz HSPA+ support.

The unlocked U.S. Xperia SP variant (C5306) is due to begin shipping from May 20, priced at a not insubstantial $489.99.

Source: Sony Store; via: XperiaBlog

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Sony Xperia SP up for pre-order in the U.S.


How does £250 turn into $489.99? By currency conversion that should have been $325/350 at the most. Once again Sony has a good product but has priced themselves out of the market. The HTC One is twice the phone this is and only cost $100 more off contract with 4x the storage, 1080 display and a current gen processor.

Nearly perfect, though 2GB of RAM would have been nice. Small storage + SD is the right thing to do, and HTC should have gone that route. Might be a bit big too, as 4.3 is preferred.

The phone's radios are useless to both AT&t & T-Mobile. The tech genius who designed this screw up should have his ass fired. The phone is just junk. Too bad all show and no go. PASS.